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When Desert Hills Estate winery reopens its tasting bar this spring, visitors will discover two new special releases: a 2015 Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and a Family Reserve Gamay. Winemaker Anthony Buchanan explains how blocks from two of the Toor family’s estate vineyards were identified as having the potential to produce extremely high quality grapes. “From the beginning through to harvest, we treated these particular blocks differently.” The Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon has been 16 months in 100 per cent new French oak and Buchanan said, “It is absolutely beautiful.” Gamay is the most popular of Desert Hills’ wines, which…

Enjoy at trip back to the good old days at Oliver Twist Estate Winery. A 1970s Airstream food truck is parked right outside. Throughout the tasting room, you’ll find retro luggage, nifty art work and other vintage items. You may even hear your favourite ‘50s or ‘60s songs playing in the background. Plan a travel adventure on March 10, when the entertaining staff at Oliver Twist welcomes everyone to their Customer Appreciation Day. Gina Harfman, a fourth generation Osoyoos resident, is as local as it gets. During this Customer Appreciation Day, there will be wine specials, delicious snacks and lots…

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…

Returning visitors to Hidden Chapel Winery near Oliver will no doubt miss the ever-popular and beloved German Shepherd winery dog, Max. Since Deborah Wilde, co-owner, established Hidden Chapel in 2009, Max was a key component of winery life at the picturesque setting. Max loved greeting guests, playing with visiting children while their parents tasted, guiding people to visit the hidden chapel, and performing guard dog duties. Wilde explained, “Sadly, on January 8, 2018, family, friends and staff had to say goodbye to beloved, 12-year old Max as he departed to Doggy Heaven, where he is chasing pinecones with his family…

Ted Kane started making wine before he could even drink it. At 17 years old, Kane experimented with winemaking kits. He squeezed wine from anything he could use — crab apples from his parents’ tree, grapes from the market, even potatoes. Wine has been his life’s work. Now he puts those decades of experience making wine and growing grapes to good use at the winery he founded, River Stone Estate Winery in Oliver. “So much of the fun to me is experimenting,” said Kane. “I learned how to manipulate the chemistry in certain ways.” Knowing he wanted to farm a…

On Friday, April 27, the Triggs family reopens the Culmina Family Estate Winery Tasting Room. New in the tasting room this season will be a weekly open house, taking place every Saturday afternoon from 2 to 6 pm. Guests who visit Culmina during the Saturday open house will still receive the individualized attention they have come to expect from their visits to the winery, but with a bit more flexibility in terms of their timing of arrival. For only $10, half of which will be waived with purchase, each visitor will be guided through their choice of five wines from…

On the Golden Mile Bench in Oliver, as spring pokes her head through the vineyards, the Italian-inspired cuisine of Terrafina at Hester Creek by RauDZ returns to delight locals and visitors alike. Meaning “from the earth,” Terrafina is a stunning Tuscan-style restaurant nestled among some of the oldest vines in the South Okanagan. This year is the 50th anniversary of the estate vineyards of Hester Creek. Capture the true essence of the Okanagan’s seasons on your plate and palate in this fine setting of 105 acres of Mediterranean-influenced grounds. Hester Creek wines star on the wine list with many selections…

For wineries around the world, a beautiful wine shop with a great view is an essential part of the visitor experience. Stag’s Hollow’s new wine shop will offer a new level of experience for their guests. It has a wraparound deck that offers sweeping views of their unique, steeply sloped vineyard. The view is totally unobstructed and quiet with no roadways visible. There will be traditional tastings at a large granite tasting bar and plans for guided sit-down tastings featuring library and reserve wines. Most importantly for winemaker Dwight Sick, the experience will really connect visitors to the unique vineyard and…

When visiting Burrowing Owl Estate Winery, there are so many things to feel good about. The wine is delicious, the scenery is beautiful, the food and service at the Sonora Room restaurant is amazing and the winery uses environmentally and ecologically sustainable practices from top to bottom of their entire organization. From solar technology to the actual Burrowing Owl Conservation project, they care deeply about the environment and their community. Who wouldn’t feel good about purchasing wine from Burrowing Owl? This fall, don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of the highly anticipated 20th Vintage Celebration at the annual…

When River Stone owner Ted Kane was planning the vineyard that now covers their special south-facing slope north of Oliver, he had a particular wine that he wanted to create. That wine, called Corner Stone, is the flagship red Meritage blend that anchors River Stone’s portfolio and has recently been profiled in John Schreiner’s book, “Icon: Flagship Wines from British Columbia’s Best Wineries.” The varieties are planted with similar proportions of grapes that go into the blend making Corner Stone a true reflection of the vineyard. Merlot is the dominant variety in the 2013 Corner Stone and this is echoed…