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While the Bottleneck Drive region is really known for the wineries, this summer Dirty Laundry Winery proved that wine lovers and beer lovers are sometimes one and the same. Their ever-popular patio started serving up their version of BC’s best beer, a line called “Laundry Suds”, brewed especially for the winery by Bridge Brewing in North Vancouver. While the wines by the glass and bottle were definitely flowing, kegs of their Dirty Blond Kolsch, Brunette IPA, Full House Pale Ale and the Red Head Wheat Ale were being rapidly depleted. The winery served up pints and many opted for the…

Lunessence

When Michal Mosny and wife Martina opened Lunessence, just last year, they brought a unique touch to both the land and the art of wine making. The philosophy in the vineyard is one of melody and grace; here, it is the wellbeing of the whole environment that is maintained.   Visitors may be pleasantly surprised by the classical music that is piped throughout the vineyard and the winery, filling the air with euphonious notes, and perhaps adding to the wine a quality of harmony. Lunessence marries tradition with exploration, European sophistication with new world progression, and in between the extremes…

Thornhaven

What’s an anniversary without wine, music, family, gift wrap and presents? Thornhaven Estates Winery is happily awash in all the above as it celebrates 15 great years, making it Summerland’s oldest family-run winery. Anniversary gifts are pouring in for the winery. Thornhaven took Gold for its 2015 Gewürztraminer at the All Canadian Wine Championships and the BC Best of Varietal Spring Wine Awards. Its special anniversary XV Syrah also took Gold at the BC Best of Varietal Spring Wine Awards. “Every time we are acknowledged with an award for our wines it’s a great compliment to our winemaker (son) Jason…

Delong

“Art is a kind of mining,” he said. “The artist a variety of prospector searching for the sparkling silver of meaning in the earth,” wrote Canadian author Jane Urquhart in her book, The Underpainter. A treasure trove of jewelry and unique gift items such as gemstones has been offered for more than 25 years at DeLong Studio, which you’ll find in the Trout Creek area of Summerland just off Highway 97. Those in the know have been mining this boutique shop for years with the majority of DeLong’s customers as returning clients, many for 20 years or more. As they…

Lunessence

“For those who doubt the influence of moon, music, and eco-friendly farming practices the proof of quality is clear in the tasting.” If a wine is the expression of the terroir, then what goes in, on and around the terroir is of the utmost importance. Some of the most significant high-end wine producers today have converted to biodynamic practices, and the secret to the success of wines lies in the soil.   This summer, all wine lovers looking for a wine of superior purity and quality should take a trip down to Lunessence, where this little-known winery produces truly delicious…

DirtyLaundry

10 years has flown by for the partners that own this unique and fun filled winery. On August 20th these visionaries will be hosting an Anniversary Party on the stunning patio. Ticket holders will enjoy a fabulous wine paired four course dinner created by Chef Paul Cecconi, owner of Brodo. Live entertainment, dancing under the stars, door prizes and a special memento for all guests will ensure this will be a party no one should miss. Be sure to purchase your tickets through the website as they will be sold out before you can say: “What happens at Dirty Laundry…

Thornhaven

Pull up a red chair, pop open some lovely pink frizzante-style Infusion, soak in the stunning views and drink a toast to the 15th anniversary of Thornhaven Estates Winery. This down-to-earth adobe-style winery with its way up in the sky views of vineyards, canyon and Lake Okanagan is a cause for celebration.   Summerland’s oldest family-run winery began life as a retirement project by Jan and Jack Fraser. They have been at it long enough to call it their second career project while changing the lives of their son Jason, (Thornhaven Estate’s winemaker, cellarmaster and vineyard manager) and daughter Cortney.…

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Allow yourself the time and pleasure to follow the DeLong Studio signs off Highway 97 in the Trout Creek neighbourhood of Summerland. Here, you’ll discover there’s more than lakes and wine sparkling in the Okanagan. With a fresh look and stocked with exciting new pieces after last year’s 25th Anniversary festivities, DeLong Studio continues to offer unique shopping in its garden cottage setting. Owner John DeLong and Manager Sue May returned from key industry events such as the Tucson Gem and Mineral Shows with sensational materials for their production, innovative ideas and some new artisans. Find treasures such as one-of-a-kind…

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It’s a cause for celebration in Summerland, as Thornhaven Estates Winery marks its 15th year anniversary this summer. The picturesque adobe styled winery was born as a retirement project by Jan and Jack Fraser, but has since become one of this modest town’s most well-known and beloved wineries, and also holds the distinction of being Summerland’s oldest family-run winery as well. This is evident in every aspect of the vineyard, with the whole family deeply involved in the day-to-day operations of the winery at every level. In addition to Jan and Jack, who also run the Jackson Height’s vineyard, son…

SageHills

Built into the hillside, just on the outskirts of Summerland, you will follow a road that will lead you to a gasp inducing view and Sage Hills Winery. Named for the desert-like sagebrush bushes surrounding the estate, the colour palate for the winery matches the sublime calming colours that nature has brush stroked here. There is a peaceful, Zen-like feel here, like being on the edge of the earth, that will lead you into the gorgeous tasting room that beckons you to stay, to actually sit and stay. Besides the panoramic lakeview provided by the expanse of windows surrounding the…