When planning your wine tasting tours this spring, you must travel north to the Shuswap to discover BC’s newest wine frontier. One of the region’s pioneer vineyards knew the conditions here were ideal for growing cold climate wines a long time ago, and they continue to garner awards for the wines they are creating on top of the world. Larch Hills Winery is your destination.
Winding your way up the beautiful forested larch hills, you will be captivated by the views and feel a sense excitement –you are heading to the highest altitude winery in North America! Surrounded by rich green vineyards, the cozy European style tasting room will greet you. Owners Jack and Hazel Manser who provide the European charm to the winery (he originally from Switzerland and she from the Netherlands) together offer an utterly delightful experience.
Their sought after 2016 Rosé is available on the shelves again. This gold medal winner from the North West Wine Summit is a unique blend of Ortega and Lemberger and just screams for a sunny day. Jack, also the winemaker, is proud to bring back the Semillon this year after a two-year hiatus. This relatively unfamiliar variety is finally getting recognition and growing a fan club. For red wine lovers, the Grandview Bench Blend will be your target to taste. Rich and delicious, Jack has added Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc to the mix this year.
~ Jennifer Schell

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