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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…

You can’t truthfully say you’ve tasted the best of Okanagan wine until you’ve tasted a truly Okanagan take on the king of wine: the Red Bordeaux. No wine tasting is complete without good friends at a garden table in the sun, within earshot of a babbling river, surrounded by lush vineyards and a couple of lazy winery dogs. You haven’t discovered the Wine Capital of Canada until you’ve discovered Oliver’s hidden gem: River Stone Winery. River Stone is the kind of place one can very easily (even inadvertently) spend an entire day soaking up the last rays of sun. But…

Now is the time to stock up on those big reds cherished in the cooler months. Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery’s tasting room remains open daily, 10 am to 6 pm, until October 31. Big Reds Quinta Ferreira’s flagship wine, Obra-Prima, is a stunning blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petite Verdot, which greets you with bell pepper and black cherry notes. With a sip, a concerto of mocha coffee, light cedar, cherry and sweet vanilla will play across your palate, its long spicy finish displaying hard candy flavours. Aged 25 months in 40 per cent new oak,…

Opening the Kismet Estate Winery was destiny for the Dhaliwal family. The word “Kismet” is, in fact, “destiny” in Punjabi. Immigrating to Canada in the 1990s with a mere five dollars in his pocket, Sukhwinder Dhaliwal settled into the Okanagan, working hard in agriculture, and was eventually joined by his brother, Balwinder. Their focus turned to managing vineyards as they gained insight into the industry while buying vineyard property on the side. After shifting their efforts into their own vineyards, selling grapes and consulting as leading grape growers, Sukhwinder’s daughter Neelam shares, “We felt something was missing. We wanted to…

Summer might be over, but the fun continues at Black Hills Estate Winery. With their Fall Harvest Party, release of their long-anticipated Nota Bene wine and a new autumn menu at their Vineyard Kitchen, you won’t be missing the heat at Black Hills. Party of the Season Instead of mourning the end of summer, celebrate it September 29, 2018 at the Black Hills Fall Harvest Party. The family-style dinner, paired with top-class wine and locally sourced food, and prepared by Black Hills’ talented Vineyard Kitchen culinary team, is set to be the party of the season. “Not only is the…