If you haven’t been to Poplar Grove – put it on your list of must-see wineries. In addition to award-winning wines and tempting creations from the Vanilla Pod Restaurant, the view alone is worth a visit.
Perched high on the Naramata Bench, just before the turnoff to Munson Mountain Park, the winery offers a commanding perspective of the South Okanagan stretching from Summerland to Skaha Lake. The building itself is contemporary and sophisticated, yet incredibly inviting. Floor-to-ceiling windows will make you forget you’re inside, and on warm summer days, glass walls open up – creating a seamless transition to the patio.
This year, Poplar Grove hopes to share that view with others by promoting itself as the venue to hold private functions, corporate meetings and/or receptions, and weddings.
“We designed the winery with events in mind,” says general manager Jacquie Carlson. “We’ve had weddings for 50 to 130 people. It’s a gorgeous setting in the day. By night, there’s a lovely romantic feel with the city lights as the backdrop.”
The winery is also partnering with non-profits. “We want to give back and show support for community groups,” says Carlson. “This provides local residents with the opportunity to get to know us better.”
Last spring, the winery held a fashion show benefiting the South Okanagan Victim Assistance Society. “It was a little nerve-racking – hosting all those women,” laughs Carlson. “But it was so much fun. Since then, we’ve sponsored an awards night for the United Way and a reception for the Community Foundation.”
Poplar Grove can accommodate up to 130 guests for a sit-down meal, and up to 200 for a casual, stand-up event. It’s also wired with an audio-visual system for speeches and presentations. “We collaborate with the Vanilla Pod Restaurant on many events – and really try to create a memorable, special experience for our guests.”
~ Erin Trainer