Owners Fred Farinha and Alex Nunes are involved in every aspect of the Adega Estate Winery on 45th, from caring for the vines to working in the barrel room. Adega blends old-world traditions with new-world technology, accompanied by hard work. As autumn approaches, they’ll be busy bottling new fall releases: the fortified Portao (Port), the 2016 Syrah — known for its smoothness and blackcurrant flavour — and the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, a wine with a remarkable pedigree, recognized for its lushness and rich tannins. These new releases will be available in the lower mainland at Save On Foods, several select restaurants and the winery itself. Adega Estate Winery is open seven days a week from 10 am to 5 pm until Christmas Day.

Malbec and BBQ

Adega is celebrated for its red wines, which have a distinctive fruit-forward style. Their 2016 Malbec received acclaim for its uniqueness – there are few in the region that could rival it. Created with only Malbec grapes, it has a distinguishing floral signature with aromas of blueberry, white pepper and sugary candy floss. This varietal has smooth tannins and is medium bodied with hints of vanilla and a gorgeous caramel finish. Try it with spicy food, or a delicious BBQ steak.

Refreshing Whites

Naturally, Adega also has plenty to offer white wine lovers. First there’s the Pinot Gris. This alluring wine is the perfect warm-day accompaniment with its delicious aromatic bouquet of peaches, apricots and apples. This wine is wonderful with salmon or a light salad. The winery’s popular off-dry Riesling is filled with diverse aromas: green apple, mango with a sliver of papaya. This wine has a big finish with a touch of sweetness and a smooth, fresh acidity. Drink it cold when you have nowhere to be and can just linger over it. You won’t want to rush it.