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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,…

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 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 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…

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…

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…

While the vineyards aren’t filled with plump grapes right now, this is a busy time for Larch Hills Winery, just south of Salmon Arm. A newly-installed bottling line has allowed for greater production of their award-winning cool climate wines. Proprietor Hazel Manser says Larch Hills is open year-round, and many people also visit the area for the nearby cross-country skiing. “We have some of the best cross-country skiing in BC,” says Manser. “Larch Hills is a four season destination. We ask that people give us a call if there has been fresh snow so we can advise them about access.”…

Nestled in the heart of the picturesque Shuswap area of British Columbia, Recline Ridge Winery will be offering some unique and delicious new wines in 2016. They have been busy bottling the 2013 Marechal Foch and creating the popular 2013 Just Being Frank, a 100% Blaufrankisch, which will be ready in April. The big news, though, is the introduction of their new 100% Zweigelt, which translates loosely to mean “too many.”  It’s a humorous nod at the many varietals available from Recline Ridge, and – in particular – the numerous feral cats who have made the property home. Look for…

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…