It’s no secret that the Okanagan Valley is home to many of Canada’s most internationally celebrated wineries, Tinhorn Creek being one of them. Established in 1993, the winery has been making its mark for almost three decades. Perched on the Golden Mile Bench in Oliver, BC, Tinhorn Creek offers panoramic valley views that span all the way to Osoyoos Lake. From inside the tasting room or outside on the covered patio, visitors can gaze upon the picturesque landscape that makes the southern Okanagan region truly unique.
“The Okanagan is fantastic because you have wine professionals from all over the world in one place sharing their knowledge,” says Leandro Nosal, head winemaker at Tinhorn Creek. “It’s an exciting place to be crafting wine because there is so much versatility and room for creativity. Within the Okanagan, I think the Golden Mile Bench has one of the most interesting terroirs, and I strive to showcase that uniqueness in our wines.”
For Those Who Like to Hike
For those who might want to work up a thirst and an appetite, the winery backs onto the Golden Mile Stamp Mill Trail. The trail is one of the only remaining access points to the Mount Kobau Range and takes hikers to historic century-old stamp mill ruins. The path leading from the winery up to the trailhead takes you past Tinhorn’s Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Muscat and Malbec plots, as well as the new developing vineyard sites at the far west of the property, which will be dedicated to Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc. The hike offers stunning views of Tinhorn’s property, Osoyoos Lake and the South Okanagan Valley.
Once back from your hike, it’s time for wine.
Whether you’re enjoying your wine flight on their sunlit covered patio overlooking the Valley, seated below in front of the demonstration vineyard, or having a bottle picnicking in the amphitheatre, you can take in the impressive views and customize your experience at Tinhorn Creek.
New Releases and Experiences
While visiting this spring, be sure to try Tinhorn Creek’s newest releases. They will be featuring their highly anticipated Rosé, along with their new Blanc de Blanc Sparkling and famous Pinot Gris.
Starting on the May long weekend (May 21–23), Tinhorn Creek will officially offer their Library Lounge Experience. Held in an intimate setting above the winery’s cellar, surrounded by Tinhorn’s collection of vintage library bottles, guests will be immersed in the nearly-30-year-old history of Tinhorn Creek. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a flight of wines focusing on a particular vintage or wine varietal, while learning about the aging potential of wine.
Also starting May long weekend is Tinhorn Creek’s Guided Tour, where guests will embark on a walk around the beautiful estate. While learning about the winery’s history, guests will be shown the vineyards and barrel cellars. After touring the property, guests will be treated to a carefully selected wine flight so they can transfer the knowledge they’ve learned to the wine itself. This fully immersive experience is the best way to learn about the entire winemaking process, from the growing of the grapes to barreling. You’ll want to bring your thirst and your questions for this experience!
Visitors can now elevate their wine experience further by opting to add food pairings to their wine flight, provided by Miradoro Restaurant. Discover how award-winning executive chef Jeff Van Geest’s Mediterranean-style cuisine pairs beautifully with Tinhorn Creek’s wine, enhancing the flavours of both the wine and the food.
Miradoro Restaurant is dedicated to sourcing local products wherever possible, tying into Tinhorn Creek’s continued leadership in sustainable practices.
One of the new sustainability initiatives at Tinhorn Creek is their EchoTrack bat initiative. The southern Okanagan is home to 14 different species of bats, one being the pallid bat. One of the rarest mammals in British Columbia—and in Canada—it can only be found in the South Okanagan and Similkameen Valley. The winery is working to help draw the native bat population back to the area by planting native vegetation and species to encourage pollination and fertilization by the bats.
The Tinhorn Creek Tasting Room is open seven days a week from 10 am to 7 pm. Miradoro Restaurant is also open daily, from 11:30 am to 9 pm. The winery strongly encourages reservations, but will do their best to accommodate walk-ins.
For more information about Tinhorn Creek and its wine club, or to book a wine flight experience, please contact 1-888-505-5537 or visit tinhorn.com.