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Larch Hills Winery. This little winery has a big personality and holds some amazing titles in wine country like being the oldest winery in the north  (they opened back in 1997) and being the highest altitude winery in North America! Nestled into the cozy wooded hills of Salmon Arm, the vineyards of Larch Hills truly have a spectacular view. Owners Jack and Hazel Manser have planted the perfect varietals that thrive in this cooler climate resulting in their wines winning awards galore. Just recently they won big at the Northwest Wine Summit Awards: 1 Gold medal– Tamarack Rosé; 4 Silver…

Recline

In the Shuswap near Tappen, you’ll find Recline Ridge Winery, a beguiling spot surrounded by mountains, hillsides and acres of vineyards. Sun-dappled days and cool evenings maximize the varietal character and set the stage for award-winning cool climate wines. Proprietors Graydon and Maureen Ratzlaff say that they’re expecting harvest to be a bit early in 2016. As the crush pad is next to the wine shop, visitors can see everything that is taking place when they do a crush. A great viewing spot is their pristine picnic area, where guests are welcome to bring their own food and purchase wines…

Shuswap

Part Two of my Shuswap adventure led me on a grand expedition across the region from the South to the North. I was overwhelmed with the choices of activities to choose from–from fishing and canoeing to hiking, biking, wine tasting, zip-lining to farmers market picnics and wine to snorkeling with salmon – who knew there was all of this on top of the legendary house boating? This adventure definitely needs a return visit that includes delving into the famous Adams River Salmon Run when the red fish are in the water, and exploring further the wonderful culture of the Little…

Armstrong

While the Okanagan South is rich in vineyards, the Okanagan North offers a plethora of farms. Armstrong, in particular, is a farmland haven, sitting just past Vernon and before Salmon Arm, its lush green landscape is dotted with beautiful farms raising animals and growing fruits, vegetables and grains. This agricultural region also has a niche for cheese makers, who thrive in the area. The cheese culture (get it?) here is strong and was started many years ago by the pioneer of this delicious craft, Armstrong Cheese. The 4th Annual ‘Cheese…It’s A Natural’ Festival takes place this year on November 5th. “Many…

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Discover for yourself why it’s a not-to-be-missed destination. The youthful energy the region exudes and the entrepreneurial spirit enhancing it has blossomed. The stunning setting amid orchards, vineyards, rolling grasslands and picturesque parks surrounded by lakes remains (the three main ones are Okanagan Lake stretching south to Penticton, Kalamalka Lake and Swan Lake). Added to that a renewed vibrancy and the growth in year-round activities available for anyone with the desire to pursue them. The array of activities available whether you are an adventure seeker, explorer, foodie, or culture hound is astounding. Chart your approach at tourismvernon.com For the foodie,…

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The glorious Shuswap region of our province has become a seriously amazing new frontier for food and wine lovers. We all know about their amazing houseboat scene, with boaters returning year after year to float about the shimmering Shuswap Lake surrounded by lush cedar forests and majestic mountains, but there are so many other layers of this unique locale to discover, and I am going to let you in on these secrets. Now boasting seven wineries, the Shuswap wine scene is a wonderful new offering for oenophiles and wine geeks to lay their palates upon. Uniquely ‘North’, the wineries here…

Larch

Larch Hills Winery, renowned for premium cool climate wines, is a must-see for visitors to the Shuswap this summer. Surrounded by spectacular viewscapes near Salmon Arm, you’ll enjoy fine summer sippers, bubbly or superb dinner wines. Larch Hills was established in 1997 and its position in the northern area of the region provided ideal conditions for cool climate wines.  Now, Larch Hill has developed a well-earned loyal following. Proprietors Hazel and Jack Manser oversee every aspect of the operation.  From tending the vineyards to creating the wines and operating the wine shop, the Mansers have been hands-on at Larch Hills…

Recline

Recline Ridge Winery near Salmon Arm is proud to create the very special wines that are made only in cool climate conditions, with sun-drenched days and cooler evenings. Their fan loyalty is a testament to their ongoing success. Nestled at the foot of Mount Tappen, this charming winery produces about 2,000 cases of wine each year. Their portfolio of 12 wines include five German-style cool climate whites (off-dry), a dry Rosé, four cool cimate, Northern-European style reds and two dessert wines. Most of their grapes come from their six acres of vines surrounding the winery. Recline Ridge features a licensed…

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At picturesque Larch Hills Winery near Salmon Arm, they’re heralding the start of summer with the release of several of the newest offerings. The 2015 Lemburger is a medium-to-full bodied wine, described by Proprietor Hazel Manser as “full raspberry flavour.” “Lots of people love it. You can chill it and serve it on its own, and it goes great with Italian food,” she says. April releases included the Grandview Bench, a blend of varietals featuring Shiraz grapes for the first time this year.  Try it as a stand-alone wine or pair it with steak or any barbecue. New whites include…

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At Recline Ridge Winery near Salmon Arm, you’ll find one of the most charming and unique wine shops in the region.  A beautiful log structure nestled in the heart of the Shuswap, this picturesque setting is home to some delicious cool climate wines. “We focus on cool climate varietals we can grow in the Shuswap,” says Proprietor Graydon Ratzlaff. “We produce 12 different wines, including 5 whites, a dry rose, 4 reds, and 2 desserts. Our wine shop and tasting bar offer tastings with our friendly and knowledgeable staff.“ Spring is the ideal time to sample some of Recline Ridge’s…