Posts Written ByDona Sturmanis

Very exciting things have been happening at Clos du Soleil Winery. Last season they completed their new state-of-the-art winery and new tasting room. “When we re-open May 1 this will be the first full season for visitors to fully appreciate the new facility,” says Michael Clark, managing director and winemaker. “We are eager to welcome people, show them our new project and share our award-winning wines.” Clos du Soleil has been fortunate to receive many awards for their wines over the years. “Most recently we submitted three wines to the International Wine & Spirits Competition in London, England, and won Silver…

Dining at Burrowing Owl Estate Winery’s Sonora Room Restaurant is a culinary highlight when you are touring the South Okanagan’s wine country. In 2014 the Sonora Room won the Georgia Straight’s Golden Plate for Best Winery/Vineyard Restaurant, and the restaurant is consistently one of TripAdvisor’s top recommendations. Reviews on OpenTable are almost universally five stars. To celebrate Spring Wine Festival, the Sonora Room Restaurant will be offering a nightly six-course wine paired dinner April 29th—May 8th, 2016, starting at 5:00 pm.  Each splendid course by the culinary team will be expertly paired with library and current vintage wines from Burrowing Owl’s…

Sandy Beach Lodge is a four-star lakeshore resort on beautiful Okanagan Lake, featuring old world charm and today’s luxury. With character, comfort and convenience, it offers over 400 feet of sandy beachfront —an ideal and picturesque location for a weekend getaway, family holiday, group retreat or wedding. Because Sandy Beach Lodge is located just moments away from renowned Naramata Bench, it is perfect headquarters for your local wine touring as well as many other recreational pursuits. Guests can choose from six bed and breakfast bedrooms located in the restored 1940’s log lodge offering adult guests a quiet retreat with breathtaking…

“We believe in making wine with minimal interference and low impact techniques to showcase varietal characteristics, through our sustainable grape growing practices,” says Bobby Gidda, (pictured), proprietor of Volcanic Hills Estate Winery in West Kelowna. “Our winemaking philosophy is also very creative when it comes to making very unique and unusual blends.”Volcanic Hills is a truly family business. The Giddas have been growing grapes since 1978, and in May 2010, the children of Sarwan Gidda fulfilled their father’s dream of establishing Volcanic Hills Estate Winery. “Our focus is to produce distinctive, fruit forward wines by utilizing premium grapes,” says Bobby…

Poplar Grove Winery is a popular destination for visitors—it practically has its own following—for good reasons. There are, of course, the award-winning single varietal wines, the spectacular and scenic tasting room and patio, and the delectable offerings of The Vanilla Pod Restaurant. What you may not know is that Poplar Grove is popular and perfect for booking private events. These could include corporate meetings or the company Christmas party. You might want Poplar Grove to host your family reunion or serve as the perfect venue for your wedding. Whether it’s for 30 or 150 people, Poplar Grove Winery is an…

It’s been busier this summer than last year with our new picnic area open,” enthuses Marina Knutson, proprietor at Spierhead Winery in Kelowna. “We’ve had lots of visitors from BC of course and the Prairies—most from Alberta. Also Quebec and Ontario. We’ve had international guests from the UK, Russia, Poland, the Czech Republic, and particularly the Netherlands.” Spierhead will continue to draw flocks of visitors this fall. “It’s the perfect time,” says Marina. “Bring a picnic and enjoy it with some of our wine.” Spierhead recently underwent a huge landscaping project that included a new road, entranceway and gate. “The…

You’ll want to continue experiencing Smack DAB’s spectacular 150-seat patio at Manteo Resort in Kelowna through September and October, weather permitting. It’s so close to Okanagan Lake, you could be swimming. Besides enjoying the spectacular view, what you really want to be doing at Smack DAB is savouring the fabulous food and the vast range of craft beers, wines and cocktails. “Executive Chef Brad Horen and Executive Sous Chef Marc Schoene are very proud of the kitchen team and the consistent food they prepare and serve each and every day,” says GM Heather Schroeter. “It is very hard work and we…

Fall is the time when full-bodied red wines are released. They’re popular with Discover Wines customers who look forward to when they come in to the Kelowna and Kamloops stores. In addition, Discover Wines always carries a large selection of Fall Wine Festival Winners. Business was brisk during the summer at both Discover Wines locations. According to owner Tracy Gray, the products of many new wineries were added to shelves including Privato Vineyard and Winery, Evolve Cellars, Adega on 45th Estate Winery and Culmina Family Estate Winery. It’s never too early to start ramping up for the holidays, and this…

It’s not surprising TripAdvisor has ranked Larch Hills the #1 thing to do in Salmon Arm. The drive up the scenic road is worth the time. At Larch Hills, the highest elevation winery in North America, you’ll have the opportunity to try some distinctive, award-winning cool climate wines. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet and chat with personable owners Hazel and Jack Manser, who’ve been making their unique wines for 11 years. Many visitors made their way up that road to Larch Hills this summer, including a lot from Alberta. There were also many more locals from the Okanagan,…

“Adjusting to the whims of Mother Nature, we anticipate an early harvest this season,” says Graydon Ratzlaff, who with wife Maureen owns Recline Ridge Vineyards & Winery in the Shuswap. Otherwise it’s business as usual this fall, making cool climate wines that continually win awards (six to date this year!), participating in Okanagan Fall Wine Festival events and continuing to welcome visitors to the winery. “We continue to have guests arriving from points around the globe,” says Graydon. “European visitors travelling in Canada, folks from other Canadian provinces, and many from the U.S. are stopping by for exposure to our cool-climate…