Posts Written ByLesley Buxton

Adega on 45th Estate Winery is the perfect combination of old world tradition and new world opportunity. The tasting room, housed in the façade of a terracotta, Mediterranean-style architecture, reflects the Portuguese heritage of the family who owns and operates it. The dramatic landscape surrounding it is distinctively Okanagan. The family began its relationship with this land in the 1960s and it shows in the quality of the wine. Owners Alex Nunes and Fred Farinha were orchardists until 2005 when they began to grow grapes. They built the estate together, even paving the tiles on the tasting room floor and…

Things are heating up in the desert this spring. Spirit Ridge, the iconic Okanagan resort, has entered into a franchise agreement with Hyatt Hotels Corporation, becoming the first Canadian property included in Hyatt’s Unbound Collection — a prestigious line of boutique-style hotels that specialize in offering guests the opportunity to stay at unique properties with distinctive narratives. Anyone who has ever visited Spirit Ridge knows this is the perfect fit. Situated in Canada’s only desert, it is a place of great spiritual significance to the Osoyoos Indian Band who have lived here for thousands of years. It charms the senses…

Spring promises to be an exciting time for Rosé enthusiasts. Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery’s much anticipated Rosé is due to be released at the end of March. This new release features two varietals, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. It’s intended to have a classic dry style that’s perfect for sipping, but it can also be enjoyed with everyday foods such as pastas, salads and light seafood. This delicate wine is designed to be enjoyed young. Judging by the response to the winery’s sold-out 2016 Cabernet Franc Rosé, it’s bound to be delicious. This award-winning 2016 Rosé, along with the 2016 Dry…

At Hester Creek Estate Winery this season, the emphasis is on honouring their old vines as they prepare to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their estate vineyard. As one of the pioneers of the South Okanagan wine industry, they are proud of their historical connection to this spectacular landscape. This story begins with Joe Busnardo, an Italian immigrant, who in 1968 was searching for the ideal spot to plant the vinifera vines he’d brought over from the old country. Those were nascent days for the BC wine industry, but Joe recognized the opportunity to grow premium wine grapes. He carefully…

 At Red Rooster Winery, they want their visitors to feel welcome. They’ve worked hard to create an atmosphere where both new wine lovers and aficionados will feel comfortable from the moment they arrive. To start, there’s the spectacular views of Okanagan Lake and the mountains — some of the best in the neighbourhood. Then there’s fanciful sculptures throughout the garden. One can’t help but fall in love with local metal artist Lawrence Cormier’s whimsical mermaid with her long strands of flowing hair. Inside the tasting room, there’s a lot to admire as well. There’s fun, farm-house-inspired art and knickknacks as…

At Volcanic Hills Estate Winery, they believe in the adage that good wine begins in the vineyard, and it’s clearly working for them. Over the years, this winery has won a host of awards including two Golds at this year’s Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition for its 2016 Single Vineyard Gewürztraminer and 2016 Gamay Noir, and a Double Gold, Best of Class for its 2015 Reserve Viognier at the Harvest Challenge California. Recently the winery won its first platinum at the British Colombias Wine Awards — BC’s oldest and largest competition — for its 2016 Gamay Noir. President Bobby Gidda…

The Westside Wine Trail is renowned for its stunning vistas and delicious wines but this is only part of the story. It’s also a creative centre. A place where visitors can enjoy local art, world-class architecture and yoga. The Art in the Park series pairs great art with great wines as it travels from one winery to another. Curated by Louise Lambert, owner of Wine Country Studios, and sculptor Allan Waidman, this series lets visitors mingle with artists working in a wide variety of media in some of the most beautiful settings imaginable. The Mezzanine Gallery at Little Straw Vineyard…

The atmosphere is lively when I arrive at Upper Bench Winery and Creamery. It’s 2:30 on a Friday afternoon but the patio is filled with guests enjoying oven fresh pizzas and platters featuring the creamery’s renowned hand-crafted cheeses. Everything smells delicious. Owners Gavin and Shana Miller are the perfect pairing: the winemaker and the cheesemaker. They love what they do and it shows in their guest’s appreciative smiles. Shana is grateful to those who have encouraged them through the years. People like her old boss, who still visits regularly, their industry peers, their local customers and partners, Wayne and Margareta…

The atmosphere is lively when I arrive at Upper Bench Winery and Creamery. It’s 2:30 on a Friday afternoon but the patio is filled with guests enjoying oven fresh pizzas and platters featuring the creamery’s renowned hand-crafted cheeses. Everything smells delicious. Owners Gavin and Shana Miller are the perfect pairing: the winemaker and the cheesemaker. They love what they do and it shows in their guest’s appreciative smiles. Shana is grateful to those who have encouraged them through the years. People like her old boss, who still visits regularly, their industry peers, their local customers and partners, Wayne and Margareta…

At Clos du Soleil Winery, they have a unique tasting room philosophy. Here it’s not just about tasting the wine, it’s about understanding its origins—the intricate journey from the vineyard to the bottle. This is a rare opportunity to learn first-hand from people deeply connected to what they create. It’s like learning from a much-loved musician the inspiration behind your favourite song. They work hard to give visitors an intimate experience, including free tastings of the majority of their portfolio of wines —even award-winning flagship wines like the 2013 vintage of Signature that was recently awarded a gold medal from…