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Join Hester Creek Estate Winery on September 29 for the 7th Annual Garlic Festival. This fun, family occasion features over 20 Okanagan garlic growers and artisan crafters, as well as appetizing food carts, live music and world-class wine. Admission is by donation to the winery’s charity, the Oliver Elementary School Farm to Table Lunch program. It provides students with healthy meals using fresh, seasonal, homegrown ingredients. The program also educates students about the benefits of eating well, making it popular with healthy-eating enthusiasts throughout the area. For those coming from afar, there’s no need to travel home right away. Stay…

Situated in the South Okanagan, Tinhorn Creek is surrounded by pristine, natural and rugged beauty. Perched mid-hillside, at the base of the Golden Mile hiking trail, the winery offers sweeping views of the valley and beyond to its visitors. The creek flows down the steep mountain slope behind the vineyard; its curvy shape is replicated on the Tinhorn Creek wine labels.  Thanks to a strict ethos and years of conscious effort by the founders, the vineyard is a place where natural biodiversity thrives. Bears are a typical sighting during harvest, known to wander down from the mountainside and load up…

Golden Mile pioneers, the Gehringer Brothers, continue to woo wine critics with their exceptional vintages. Their summer lineup — the 2017 Dry Rock Sauvignon Blanc and the 2017 Gewürztraminer-Schönburger, discussed in the last edition of Wine Trails — is already making a mark. Winning Wines At the recent 2018 British Columbia Best of Varietal Wine Awards, a competition that brings together 26 different varietal categories, 550 wines and 14 judges, the Sauvignon Blanc took home the award for Best of Varietal and the Gewürztraminer-Schönburger picked up a Gold. Another award winner was the winery’s Desert Sun, which received a Silver.…

The Reserve Tasting at Culmina is designed to cultivate an in-depth understanding of the artistry and science that goes into each of their wines. Tastings are intimate (maximum 10 guests), ensuring personalized attention. The tasting starts on the patio with a splash of wine setting a relaxed tone. Here, everyone sits family-style on the long, antique Doukhobor table surrounded by the exceptional views. At Culmina, guests are always poured the best of what they produce — a reward for visiting. Their flight-style tastings include award-winning wines as well as their iconic signature wine, Hypothesis. The Reserve Tasting is $10 per…

Envision beautiful gardens guarded by forested hills. The din of Oliver’s Highway 97 replaced by the medley of songbirds. The gentle buzz of hummingbirds. From the wineshop, look down on the Okanagan, the hustle and bustle of the valley below. All the stress that comes with travelling the valley quickly disappears here at this hidden gem in the north of Oliver. You can relax in the shadows of a tiny chapel tucked beneath the trees after tasting some award-winning wines. This is Hidden Chapel Winery, nestled in the hills, one quick turn off the highway as you enter Oliver from…

The first stop on Black Sage Road as you enter Oliver, the Wine Capital of Canada, is Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery. Here, you can quench your cravings for a BC wine country experience. You’ll feel part of the family whether attending one of Quinta Ferreira’s special events or browsing the tasting room. Pack a picnic for the patio or buy selections from the on-site picnic case to make a lunch. Add a bottle of wine to share and it’s a party! Food and Music Reserve your place at the ever-popular Paella event, 11:30 am to 3 pm, July 29, and…

Desert Hills’ Black Sage Bistro Executive Chef Patrick Khatri is turning heads. The young Toronto-based chef just joined the Desert Hills’ team and showcases how the winery makes award-winning wine and top quality food. “He’s certainly a hard worker and his creativity is incredible. I would never have thought of the combinations he comes up with,” said Desert Hills’ marketing manager Trish Hahn. “He’s getting a lot of support from local chefs.” Khatri does an expert job combining traditional Indian flavours in a modern way, infusing World Collective Elements and Fusion. For example, at the seventh annual Pig Out! festival…

You could say that Oliver is big on wine, but it’s the smaller wineries here that have most shaped this small town’s distinctive character and culture, and truly earned it the moniker of Canada’s Wine Capital. In the north of Oliver, right off the highway as one drives south from Penticton, sits the perfect stepping stone for any wine venture into this internationally celebrated region. River Stone Winery is perched atop a small hill and watched over by what might very well be some of the friendliest winery dogs in the whole of the Okanagan. The winery is lined by…

Members of the Dhaliwal family followed their destiny to make great wines. Sukwinder Dhaliwal immigrated to Canada in the 1990s with a borrowed $5 in his pocket, and settled in the Okanagan Valley. He made ends meet by working in agriculture, eventually focussing on managing vineyards. Sukwinder, along with his brother, Balwinder Dhaliwal, learned to turn grapes into gold, growing fruit that became award-winning wines for numerous well-known Okanagan wineries. “That’s when we started thinking, something’s missing. We want to be at the front end,” said Sukwinder’s daughter, Neelam Dhaliwal. The brothers began purchasing property together on the side. Eventually,…

The Okanagan is undoubtedly the best place to spend summers in Canada, and Black Hills is arguably the best place to spend summers in the Okanagan. Therefore, it only makes sense that Black Hills Estate Winery is the best place to spend your summer, period. The winery, located in Oliver along the Black Sage Bench, has events that will have you marking them in red on your calendar and counting down the days. “We hear from people all the time that they look forward to our events all year,” says Rachel Dick, Black Hills’ marketing manager. “It’s really a time…