Posts Written ByBlake Allen

It’s that time of the year when the nighthawks return to their nests in the hills above Okanagan Falls, where they’ll spend their days like all of us basking in the warm summer sun, while their nights are spent dutifully watching over the vines at Nighthawk Vineyards. Summer is a season of rediscovery here in the Okanagan, and much like these beautiful birds we too return to familiar locales this time of year, to be met with a handful of pleasant surprises. Such is the case at Nighthawk Vineyards, a cozy little mountain winery built along the shores of Green…

In recent years, the Thompson Valley has emerged as one of British Columbia’s newest and most promising wine regions. What makes this region of the province unique for winemaking is the South Thompson Valley’s semi-arid climate, with hot, dry days and cool nights—it makes for the perfect conditions for both grapes and weary travellers looking to enjoy a summer afternoon. Fluctuations in the diurnal temperature make for richly distinct wines that are renowned for their intense flavour concentrations and balanced acidity. Located in this new frontier in winemaking is Monte Creek Ranch Winery, where the silty soil lying beneath the…

The Black Sage Bench is celebrated both nationally and internationally as a wine growing region, distinguished by the unique terroir of the valley’s desert hills. And there are few wineries in this renowned little town that capture the character of this region quite like the aptly named Desert Hills Winery. The picturesque wine shop, baroque but in a uniquely small town way, sits atop its namesake with a vista that spans a sea of grapes running down to the meandering Okanagan River, and sleepy town of Oliver built upon the far shore. On a typically warm summer evening guests can…

Renowned for its loyal commitment to sustainability and environmental awareness, the celebrated wines of Burrowing Owl Estate Winery, all of which are estate grown, are quite literally an ode to the fruits of the Sonora Desert on which this historic establishment has dug its roots. But this celebration of the local harvest is not limited only to the wine shop, as Burrowing Owl’s aptly named on-sight restaurant The Sonora Room also draws from this same desert’s harvests in order to create unforgettable, and seasonally distinct culinary treasures. Just about everything on the summer menu is sourced from South Okanagan farms…

The desert hills which line the town of Oliver come alive in the spring with sage and flowers. This changing of the season brings with it the return of songbirds to the desert’s hills, and the release of the much anticipated 2016 vintage to Desert Hills Winery. Built atop a low ridge on Oliver’s Black Sage Road, and looking out over the valley below. Desert Hills has grown quite literally out of its very namesake through the hard work and vision of the Toor brothers – Randy, Jessie, and Dave. As was always envisioned by the Toor brothers, the wines…

The winter winds have finally subsided and as the snow thaws, the spring season always seems to bring with it a few new surprises. Such is the case this year at Hidden Chapel Winery who will be unveiling, in addition to their new vintages, their first Sparkling Rosé this year! The predominately Syrah-based bubbly, a distinctive take on this classical style, is effervescent with hints of strawberries and cranberries. Not to mention perfectly timed for popping the cork and celebrating the season’s return! Those still unfamiliar with the winery are especially encouraged to visit this favourite hub of locals and…

Take it from a local, the best places in the Okanagan are often found just around the corner and off the main road, and Nighthawk Vineyards is no exception to that rule of thumb. Located in the sleepy village of Okanagan Falls, this quaint boutique winery is only ten minutes up the mountain, with a stunning view of the emerald waters of Green Lake. As one would expect this rugged location to entail, the winery beautifully melds into its surrounding scenery. With vineyards lined by thick ponderosa forests and picnic grounds which offer panoramic views of the surrounding mountain valley.…

It’s that exciting time of the year when those nasty winter winds finally begin to fade away and the warm, early season sun draws us out to play. And for those just itching to get out into the spring weather Meyer Family Vineyards is inviting the entire family out to the winery to play in the expanded picnicking garden and patio, and will officially open its doors for the new season on April 1st. The winery itself is also an idyllic setting for every member of the family. The patio, ringed by a quaint flower dotted garden, looks out over…

Tucked away just off Naramata’s main road along a dusty small town road dotted with farms, you’ll see the encompassing view of Okanagan Lake and feel the warm breeze for which the winery is named before the winery itself. It’s the kind of welcome one only receives in the Okanagan. The early spring season is always an exciting time to visit the wineries, as the season brings with it the release of all the newest vintages and usually a new surprise or two. The doors at Lake Breeze will open for the season on April 14th and for those familiar…

The winery is the hard earned dream of the Fiume family, Roberto and Sharon along with kids Antonio and Olivia, who began the commercial cultivation of their first grapes in 2014 with the help of the expert viticulturalist Dr. Alan Marks and the guidance of the celebrated winemaker Jim Faulkner. The property is deeply rooted in the wine growing history of the Okanagan Valley, and is home  to stubby, thick-trunked vines that are more than 60 years old, the oldest in West Kelowna! On a sunny day, one can sit back with a picnic in the garden, and take in…