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  Award-winning wine sales continue to climb, according to Statistics Canada, and home-turf advantage goes far in luxury products. For wineries and winery investors poised to expand their market, purchasing Okanagan and Lower Mainland locations may be the next step. If so, it makes sense to tap into Capulet Properties’ experience in luxury sales and tailored concierge services. Partners Carolyn Glazier and Darci Steffins have lived, worked and served the Fraser Valley community within the Greater Vancouver Regional District for over 25 years. They’ve experienced the lifestyle that gives them a sharp sense of the ideal match between owners and…

Originally from the Okanagan Valley, the Ratzclaffs have found lasting passion at Recline Ridge in the Tappen Valley outside Salmon Arm. The Ma’n’Pa outfit consistently produces outstanding expressions of aromatic wines. The 10–acre estate features the cool-climate varietals Ortega, Madeleine Angevine, Madeleine Sylvaner, Optima, Foch, and Siegerrebe. The portfolio also incorporates locally grown features such as Blaufränkisch, Kerner, Zweigelt, Pinot Noir and Bacchus. This May the vineyard released Wine2Go, fruit-forward, aromatic white and red wine in a can. The outpouring of support was spectacular! The best part for the Recline Ridge family was seeing neighbours visit for the first time…

Fall is a great time to delve into Armstrong/Spallumcheen’s eclectic community. Come for the beautiful landscapes and farm-fresh flavours; stay for the warm-hearted locals and cozy vibes. We are ready to embrace our favourite fall events and activities. Join us! Events Pumpkin Fest – Thanksgiving weekend. All things PUMPKIN! www.aschamber.com/harvest-pumpkin-festival.html Cheese! It’s A Natural – Saturday, November 3. Watch for details. www.facebook.com/events/1621454944620567/ O’Keefe Ranch – Come for a scare at the Haunted Corn Maze and satisfy your sweet tooth at the General Store. www.okeeferanch.ca Farmstrong Cider Company Jeff and Halee Fried are strong-hearted local farmers – one could even say…

Anyone who has ever visited Spirit Ridge Resort knows this isn’t the kind of place one forgets. Located in the heart of the ancient home of the Osoyoos Indian Band, this land is infused with culture, history and beauty. From the perfect blue of Osoyoos Lake to the dramatic vistas of the Okanagan Range, visitors are enveloped in splendour. Spirit Ridge is a modern-day oasis, boasting top-of-the-line amenities and accommodation. It’s the perfect venue for those hungering for a short getaway from the pressure of contemporary life. In keeping with this ideal, Spirit Ridge has created the ultimate autumn getaway.…

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…

Join legendary Canadian wine industry pioneers, the Triggs family, as they mark the fifth anniversary of Culmina Family Estate Winery — their Golden Mile Bench estate — on September 14, 15 and 16. Friday Fun The weekend’s celebratory events kick off with a special edition of the Open Deck series featuring R&D by Culmina wines. Set in a gorgeous tasting room overlooking one of the best views in the region, wines will be paired with delicious small bites while a guest DJ plays an all-vinyl set. Sumptuous Saturday On September 15 the festivities continue, with a rare opportunity to attend…

From its famous, annual Show Shine ‘n’ Wine event, to its Crush Party, Oliver Twist Estate Winery knows how to have fun. The winery just released its fifth vintage in the NOSTALGIA series with new pin-up girl, Cindy Lou, claiming the bottle. For those who have yet to try Oliver Twist wine, each bottle in the NOSTALGIA series is labelled with a unique pin-up girl, from Billy Jean on the Pink Cadillac, to Ellie Mae dancing on the Boogie Woogie White. “Each character embodies the personality of the wine,” says Gina Harfman, owner and winemaker at Oliver Twist Estate Winery.…

The awards keep coming in for Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery. Chardonnay Their unoaked Chardonnay won Double Gold and Best of Class at the prestigious 2018 Indy International Wine Competition (IIWC). This Chardonnay, made only in stainless steel, enjoys a slow-cool fermentation and a drawn-out sur lie process. (Sur lie is a process developed in Burgundy in which the aging wines aren’t filtered but kept in contact with dead yeast cells.) The process adds a gorgeous complexity and creamy feel to this wine. On the palate, there are hints of pear and pineapple. Light, almost translucent with a gold sheen, there’s an…

Two-time recipients of the Governor General’s Award for Excellence, this family-owned-and-operated winery rests in the heart of Oliver’s famed Black Sage Bench. With 16 vintages under its belt, Desert Hills has become a renowned producer of high-quality wines that have won numerous local and international awards. Teamwork The winery team takes pride in the family aspect of their endeavour. Three brothers divide and conquer at Desert Hills, each focussing on a particular facet of the winemaking process. Whether on the business end of operations or the crucial areas of vineyard and production management, the Toors have their bases covered. A…

As one might expect from the Wine Capital of Canada, Oliver can be a bit overwhelming at times. Between the constant rush and roar of the highway and the labyrinth of backroads, it’s easy to forget you’re supposed to be on vacation! But just a quick turn onto Pinehill Road and the sounds of the highway quickly fade as the weary traveller finds herself overlooking the valley below — the serene, garden-clad sanctuary that is Hidden Chapel Winery. A Hidden Gem This award-winning winery is one of those hidden gems that locals like to keep to themselves. Guests are greeted…