Posts Written ByBlake Allen

Desert Hills

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…

Hidden Chapel - 3 Bottles

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…

Nighthawk_Panorama

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.…

Meyer Family - Fire Pit

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…

Ciao Bella Winery

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…

LakeBreeze

Accessed off Naramata’s main road by a farm-lined lane, most people fall for the winery long before they’ve even set foot in the tasting room. It begins when they are greeted atop the clay bluff that the winery rests upon by a panoramic view of Lake Okanagan, spanning from the south shores of Penticton north to Okanagan Mountain Park. From this breathtaking lookout, patrons are whisked down a garden-lined path, with the cooling breeze from the lake at their back, down to the wineshop, cellar, patio restaurant, and several other buildings clustered together in a Tuscan-style that can quickly make…

HiddenChapel

It’s been said that the season is never over until the birds say it’s so, and while the bite of autumn winds may be slowly filling the valley, the summer season is still in full swing on the northern fringe of Oliver at Hidden Chapel Winery. With harvest just around the corner, the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes give purple freckles to the still lush greens of the forested gardens that adorn the property. Despite the chill in the air, it is still very much summer here. The South Okanagan is more known for its reds, but at this cozy little tasting…

Burrowingowl

Burrowing Owl Winery has long demonstrated that quality wine can be cultivated and produced in an environmentally sustainable fashion, having emerged an industry leader in ecological stewardship. Right from the start the Oliver-based winery has funded conservation efforts concerning its endangered namesake – the burrowing owl, while building a facility that was ecologically sensitive and spearheading the use of renewable energy in its cellar. The decision to pursue solar energy was an obvious decision for a winery situated in one of the sunniest places in all of Canada. Now 10 years since its first investment into solar energy, Burrowing Owl…

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At the very core of viticulture is an attention to growing region. Distinctive variations in soil and climate create identifiable trademarks to wines born of these areas. But when it comes to distinctive growing regions, few wineries in the Okanagan stand out quite like Kraze Legz at SKAHA Vineyard. Nestled on the slopes overlooking Skaha Lake in the village of Kaleden, this boutique winery is able to boast a distinctive growing region set apart from the rest of BC, distinguishable by a unique substrate of fossilized sandstone that occurs in this small portion of Kaleden. This marks the estate grown…