How do you commemorate 30 years of hard work, trailblazing and delicious inspiration? Well, folklore suggests that the traditional gift is pearl, but CedarCreek is already a jewel in the Okanagan. So, as part of the von Mandl family’s commitment to growth in the valley, they’ve decided to crack open their shell and expand.
Meanwhile, CedarCreek has planned a series of mini-celebrations as a thank you gift to all of us, for having supported them in their 30 years of endeavours. This means plenty of perks for the public!
The coveted summertime Sunset Concert series lineup has just been announced; the Philosopher Kings, Matthew Good and Five for Fighting are all on the bill. Tickets are released in May, and sell out quickly.
Happily, there’s no ticket scramble for the other anniversary delights. This season, several unique tours join the regular offerings. The Anniversary Tour highlights the history of winemaking in the Okanagan, as well as the particular history of CedarCreek. The intimate Winemaker’s Tour (on Fridays) will appeal to guests who’ve already enjoyed the more all-encompassing winery visits. Led by winemaker Taylor Whelan or assistant winemaker Leandro Nosal, these are limited to 6-8 people, and feature in-depth vineyard and cellar walks, as well as barrel samples and pairings.
You don’t need to partake in a tour to celebrate, though! Visitors who happen by on the 30th of any month will discover free tastings, matched with delectable canapes from the Vineyard Terrace kitchen. If that entices you, stay for a meal at the restaurant. Now through September, diners can enjoy Chef Tucker’s specially designed $30 menus on the 30th, as well.
And yes, despite the construction confusion, this means that the acclaimed Vineyard Terrace Restaurant is still up and running. The grand scheme calls for the eventual development of an expanded, all-season, spectacular restaurant (something to look forward to for wintertime, locals!), but throughout this summer, visitors can still enjoy the unparalleled views and mouth-watering flavours from the intimate, perfectly-formed patio dining area. Pro tip: it’s easier to get in on a weekday.
There’s much on the (gorgeous view of the) horizon down at CedarCreek. While they make space for 30 more years of winemaking excellence, they continue to provide the community with many reasons to celebrate. Ongoing options for locals, newcomers and visitors, for

the wine beginners and the well-informed, means this 30th year is a happy anniversary for everyone.

~Abbey Westbury