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  • 1. SPRING 2011 - SPRING 2012 T H E O F F I C I A L Regional Maps including the Okanagan, Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island & Gulf Islands Your complete directory to British Columbia WineriesTasting Notes :: Wine Festivals :: Attractions :: Restaurants Accommodations :: Lifestyle Developments Page 32 :: Enter to WIN Wine Festival Event Package
  • 2. CONTENTS The O f f i c i al 2 0 1 1 Wi n e To u r H a n d bo o k to B r it ish Co lumb i a PUBLISHER 4. B.C. WINE COUNTRY :: 4. The Regions Tammy Tomiye eXpose design studio 6. Vine to Wine 6. BCWI and VQA EDITOR 20. WINERIES OF BRITISH COLUMBIA :: Directory. Julianna Hayes 20. Okanagan / Similkameen Valley 28. Coastal Region ADVERTISING 30. Fraser Valley Tammy Tomiye, Terry Varga ART DIRECTOR 31. OKANAGAN WINE FESTIVAL SOCIETY SPECIAL Tammy Tomiye SECTION :: The OWFS has provided you with the EDITORIAL PHOTOGRAPHY Wineries of the Okanagan Valley Map (34), year round Averill Creek / Brian Sprout Okanagan Wine Festival information (33) and a tear-out Jackson Triggs / Julianna Hayes Passport Contest entry form (32). Predator Ridge Golf Resort Quails’ Gate Estate Winery 35. FESTIVAL FILES :: Keeping up with the Consumer Tastings See Ya Later Ranch / Tammy Tomiye Festival Directory Vincor International Tourism BC: Andrea Johnson; 37. B.C. WINE REGIONS / MAPS :: Tour information JF Bergeron; Don Weixl; Tom Ryan; including detailed route descriptions and maps, region Randy Lincks; Dannielle Hayes; by region. 38. Tour Operator Directory 39. North Bob Young; Caroline West Okanagan: Salmon Arm, Armstrong, Vernon, Lake Country© 40. Central Okanagan: Kelowna, West Kelowna 41. South © Okanagan: Peachland, Summerland, Penticton, Naramata 42. South Okanagan: Okanagan Falls, Similkameen Valley The Wine Tour Handbook toBritish Columbia is published annually 43. South Okanagan: Oliver, Osoyoos 44. Fraser Valley, by eXpose design studio. Greater Vancouver 45. Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands 46. Kootenays To obtain copies of this publication, please contact eXpose design studio at: 47. DINING OUT :: 48. Restaurant Directory. phone/fax (250) 764-4272 or email 50. ATTRACTIONS :: 51. Things-To-Do Directory. No part of this publication may 55. ACCOMMODATION :: 56. Accommodation Directory. be reproduced without written consent of the Publisher. 58. B.C. LIVING :: Relocation Directory. Printed in Canada 61. THE MYSTIQUE OF WINE :: Can you Talk the Talk? COVER PHOTO CREDITS Wine Lingo and Trivia Bear Cub Vineyard, Jackson Triggs Ladies Dining in Vineyard, Tourism BC/Andrea Johnson Pouring Red Wine, HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE© The Official Wine Tour Handbook to British Columbia is your COVER INSET PHOTOS guide to the wonderful and diverse B.C. wine country. Inside you’ll Grapes, Tourism BC/Andrea Johnson find tips on touring and tasting, maps to help you find your way Cellar, Tourism BC/JF Bergeron around and space for you to jot down your own notes on wines Food & Wine, and memories of your tour. Our comprehensive list of BC wineries Tourism BC/Andrea Johnson makes this guide an invaluable tool for your wine tour experience. Vineyard Tasting, Wine festival information, restaurant, attraction, accommodation, Tourism BC/Andrea Johnson and development listings are all at your fingertips. Keep this guide CONTENTS PAGE PHOTO handy and enjoy your visit! Tourism BC/JF Bergeron British Columbia Wine Tour Handbook 3
  • 3. B.C. WINE COUNTRY I t ’s i n t h e Gl a ss By Julianna Hayes Tourism BC/Don Weixl Prominent wine critic Jancis Robinson once referred to one of B.C.’s grape-growing areas as the“most famous wine region she’s never visited.” In 2009, she finally crossed it off her bucket list. Her glowing description of it as “a ribbon of lakes with sandy beaches threaded between slopes of ponderosa pines, granite cliffs and vine-covered benchland,” could easily have been plucked from a tourism brochure. But you know what? All of B.C.’s wine-growing regions really are that beautiful with diverse landscapes that are truly unique. Yes it’s true, any place can call itself pretty. Where British Columbia wine country really delivers is in the glass – to which Robinson firmly attested. The Regions THE OKANAGAN/SIMILKAMEEN VALLEY is B.C.’s largest and oldest wine appellation and has experienced unprecedented growth over the last two decades. The Okanagan is an ecological wonder. It stretches more than 100 kilometres and is arid, receiving less than 30 mm of precipitation annually. Okanagan Lake fills most of the valley floor and offers welcome respite from the Vancouver and the Gulf Islands have a longer blistering summer heat. An additional attraction growing season, a lower risk of frost in the spring is the vast array of wildlife species, including big and fall and little or no snow in the winter. These horn sheep, cougars, burrowing owls and even areas are more suitable for growing aromatic rattlesnakes. The Okanagan is home to Canada’s whites and lighter-style reds. But fine wines only desert, an extension of the Sonoran, which are also being made from tree fruits, berries and stretches up from Mexico. even honey. Many island producers purchase grapes from the Okanagan to make fuller-bodied This divergent terrain has created unique wines. microclimates in the various pockets of the valley. For that reason, you will find a profound This charming region harkens back to a simpler diversity in the varieties of grapes and styles of time, with an easy, casual approach to life. wines produced here. For example, in the south Agritourism is very strong with roadside and part of the valley, one will find increasing plots farm-gate produce at the ready. containing highly-prized reds once thought never possible to grow here, such as Zinfandel, Growing conditions are similar in B.C.’s third Syrah, Carmenere and Sangiovese. primary wine producing region, the FRASER VALLEY, which has a collection of wineries in VANCOUVER AND THE GULF ISLANDS an area rich in agricultural roots. Its proximity wine region is far more humid, but is also blessed to Vancouver makes it highly accessible and with microclimates that favour winegrowing. provides excellent opportunities for rural The Cowichan Valley, for example, enjoys daytrips and urban excursions. Fraser Valley rather dry summer months with just over 100 cm producers focus mainly on growing whites and of rainfall annually. lighter reds, along with picking up fruit from the Okanagan.4 British Columbia Wine Tour Handbook
  • 4. B.C. WINE COUNTRY Vine to Wine by Julianna Hayes If during your travels you find yourself in a vineyard on the eve of harvest, pick a grape and pop it into your mouth. Like plucking a still-warm-from-the sun apple off a tree and biting into it, a fresh-from- the-vine grape will kick the crap out anything you’ll find in a grocery store. When they say wines are made in the vineyard, they’re not kidding. There’s no way man could replicate something this dazzling in a lab. The fate of a wine is all but decided the moment the fruit is plucked from the vine. If the quality is there and the grapes are handled with care, winemakers can produce an exceptional vintage Few people fully understand the amount of blood, sweat and tears that goes into each bottle. So we’ve put together this breakdown of the process from vine to wine: CYCLE OF LIFE: The process starts with the planting of the vine, of course. There is typically a two- to-four year waiting period before growers will begin to harvest fruit from the vine. The annual growth cycle begins in the spring in B.C. with bud break when temperatures consistently surpass 10C daily. Bud break is followed by flowering in 40-80 days, when the clusters that will eventually become grapes begin to take shape. Fruit set occurs quickly after this and the berries start to form. As the fruit develops, vineyard managers will tend to the “canopy” or leaf formation on the vine. It is important to keep this in check to allow for sun exposure for the fruit and so that the vine doesn’t use up all it’s energy on making leaves. It is also during this period that growers will thin out the fruit to achieve maximum ripeness. The next important stage is veraison, which signals the beginning of ripening. Until this time, the berries are green and virtually rock hard to the touch. Veraison is when the grapes begin to change colour and develop sugar. It usually occurs 40-50 days after fruit set and is one of the most dramatically noticeable periods in the vineyard. Final thinning is typically done during or just prior to veraison. HARVEST TIME: Harvest of dry table wines begins in B.C. in early to mid-September and typically continues through to late October. The average ripeness for red grapes is between 23-25 Brix and for whites 21-23 Brix. Grapes are harvested either by hand or machine cultivated. Whites are typically pressed immediately and separated from their skins using a bladder press before fermentation. In the case of reds, winemakers need to extract tannins and colour from the skins, thus this fruit typically goes through a crusher/destemmer which crushes the grapes just enough to release the juice. The juice and skin - called must - is fermented together. PAGE 6 PHOTO CREDIT Tourism BC/Andrea Johnson DIRTY LAUNDRY VINEYARD NEWLY EXPANDED Come visit our beautiful boutique winery with a great story behind our name, award winning wines, free tastings and a unique gift shop. Our Wineshop is Open 10am - 5pm Daily 7311 Fiske Street, Summerland, BC V0H 1Z2 p: (250) 494-8815 f: (250) 494-8850 e: www.dirtylaundry.ca6 British Columbia Wine Tour Handbook
  • 5. Yeast is added to grapes to start the fermentation process. During this time, the skins will rise to thetop forming what is called the cap, which has to be pushed or “punched down” to interact with thejuice. The yeast will consume all or most of the sugar in table wines. The juice is gently squeezed andpressed and separated from the skins.Red wines and some whites such as Chardonnay often go through a secondary fermentation wherea special bacteria is added to encourage malolactic fermentation. This converts sharp malic acid intosmooth lactic acid and softens the wine.Winemakers use either French or American oak with varying degrees of toast (the char inside thebarrel). Depending on the characteristics they seek, they leave the wines in barrel for a few monthsto up to three years. Age of the barrel is also a consideration, as newer barrels will impart morecomplexity and structure.Whites are generally filtered to produce clean, clear looking wines free of any sediment. Manywineries tend not to filter their higher-end reds to preserve character and thus sediment can often befound in these wines. Decanting is recommended.Whites are typically released soon after bottling, but reds will often be held back several months to afew years for further development inside the bottle. BCWI and VQA by Julianna HayesThe establishment of the British Columbia wines and conducted research and developmentWine Institution (BCWI) and the creation of on behalf of the industry. Simply put, BC VQAthe Vintner’s Quality Alliance (VQA) in 1990 = 100% BC Wine. Since its introduction theare considered a critical turning point in the industry has seen phenomenal growth and it hasprovince’s wine history. bolstered consumer confidence in the BC brand.In response to the North American Free Trade Today, the BC Wine Authority is charged withAgreement (NAFTA) between Canada and the regulating BC VQA standards while the BCWIUnited States, the industry needed to become operates as a voluntary trade association withmore competitive in anticipation of an onslaught 111 member wineries and an additional 15of high-quality imports. Thus less-desirable grapegrower partners. The mandate of the BCWIlabrusca varieties were pulled out to prepare for is to support and grow the Wines of Britishfurther plantings of premium vinifera grapes. Columbia (BC VQA) as the preferred quality choice for consumers and encourage continuedThe BCWI oversaw the development of BC VQA, growth in the BC wine industry.which set minimum quality standards for BC PAGE 7 PHOTO CREDITS (L to R) Tourism BC/Tom Ryan :: Tourism BC/Andrea Johnson Averill Creek :: Tourism BC/Randy Lincks British Columbia Wine Tour Handbook 7
  • 6. Wine is one of the most civilized things TOURING NOTESin the world and one of the most naturalthings of the world that has been broughtto the greatest perfection, and it offers Wine #1 :: ______________________________________a greater range for enjoyment andappreciation than, possibly, any other _______________________________________________purely sensory thing. Ernest Hemingway _______________________________________________2010 BLACKBERRY TABLE _______________________________________________The flagship wine of Coastal Black, ourBlackberry Table is bold and fruit forward _______________________________________________from the first nose to the final sip. Rich init’s blackberry depth and well structured _______________________________________________with the fruits natural acidity, it pairs wellwith our local artisan Bison meats and Wine #2 :: ______________________________________gives fantastic body when blended intoyour favourite spaghetti sauce. _______________________________________________2009 RASPBERRY DESSERT _______________________________________________Our limited vintage dessert wine is abottleofyourtreasuredsummermemories _______________________________________________brought to life with each taste. Thefull weight of raspberry flavour easily _______________________________________________transports you to a hot July day runningbarefoot through Grandma’s berry _______________________________________________patch. Of course now that your grown,the raspberries have 17% alcohol and Wine #3 :: ______________________________________pair lovely with dark chocolate and fine _______________________________________________cigars.2009 SPICED MEAD _______________________________________________A taste of wine making history is found inevery drop of our signature Spiced Mead. _______________________________________________Crafted using our own estate producedhoney the subtly of the fireweed nectar _______________________________________________is brought to life with the light accents _______________________________________________of cinnamon and ginger. This wine goesbeautifully with any traditional holiday Unique Feature of the Winery :: _____________________meal or simply enjoy it with friendsaround a glowing hearth. _______________________________________________UNIQUE FEATURES AND OTHER _______________________________________________NOTABLES:Nestled at the base of Mt Washington, _______________________________________________Coastal Black is the home of the largestcultivated blackberry farm in all of _______________________________________________Canada. Come stroll through the vineyardor sit and relax on our patio where you can _______________________________________________enjoy a glass of wine and a slice of artisanbread made daily on site in our authentic Notes :: ________________________________________Pompeii oven. Keep your eye on ourwebsite for information on our upcoming _______________________________________________first annual Blackberry Festival held on theestate at the end of the summer. _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________Coastal Black Estate Winery2186 Endall Road, _______________________________________________Black Creek B.C. V9J 1G8Phone: (250) 337-8325 British Columbia Wine Tour Handbook 9
  • 7. Mission Hill Family Estate welcomesvisitors year round. Join us daily for a widerange of tours & tastings, educational wine& culinary seminars and performances inour outdoor amphitheatre. From Maythrough October dine on the award-winning Terrace.PERPETUA TOURING NOTESPerpetua shows great restraint withregards to oak, opting for a fresh, mineralladen, food friendly style. The nose shows Wine #1 :: ______________________________________notes of honeysuckle and lemon-limealong with hints of fennel, hazelnut and _______________________________________________a subtle suggestion of vanilla bean. Thepalate is crisp and lively _______________________________________________with yellow apple, lime, jasmine and afaint note of praline and oak spice on the _______________________________________________finish. A clean, pure reflection of our top _______________________________________________Chardonnay vineyard in Osoyoos.QUATRAIN _______________________________________________Made in a ripe, fruit forward style,Quatrain shows intense aromas of coffee Wine #2 :: ______________________________________mocha, sage, and both black and red _______________________________________________fruits. The rich, full bodied palate has ripenotes of blackberries, black raspberries _______________________________________________and plums, with cocoa, red licorice andallspice adding further complexity. A wine _______________________________________________pleading to be consumed early, but withthe density and power to be enjoyed for _______________________________________________the next four years or more. _______________________________________________COMPENDIUMOur top Cabernet driven blend, Wine #3 :: ______________________________________Compendium, is dense and deep withcaptivating aromas of red currants, _______________________________________________cedar, cinnamon and hints of mint. Themineral-infused palate is pure and fresh, _______________________________________________with classic southern Okanagan notesof dried earth, sage, plum and sundried _______________________________________________blackberries. With ample tannins andfresh acidity, this wine will cellar well and _______________________________________________be a perfect foil for rich meats or game. _______________________________________________S.L.C. RIESLING ICEWINE(Select Lot Collection) Unique Feature of the Winery :: _____________________Classic sweet-tart Icewine profile, with anexhilarating blast of ripe Bartlett pear. The _______________________________________________lively, citrus-driven structure cleanses thepalate and provides a counterpoint for the _______________________________________________decadent sweetness. Vibrant and long onthe finish, with a mouth-watering citrus _______________________________________________aftertaste. _______________________________________________Ask about our library wines, seasonaloffers and limited release wines that are _______________________________________________only found at the cellar door. Notes :: ________________________________________Join our wine club and receive memberbenefits including advance wine releases _______________________________________________delivered from our cellar to yours.Wearelocated15minutesfromdowntown _______________________________________________Kelowna, just off Boucherie Road on the _______________________________________________west side of Lake Okanagan.Mission Hill Family Estate _______________________________________________1730 Mission Hill Road,West Kelowna, BC V4T 2E4 _______________________________________________Phone: (250) British Columbia Wine Tour Handbook 11
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  • 9. TOURING NOTESEnjoy a Tasting Experience with our Wine Wine #1 :: ______________________________________Evangelist in our new Vineyard lounge. _______________________________________________Join us for one of the most innovative and _______________________________________________enjoyable wine tasting experiences you _______________________________________________may ever have. Our “Tasting Experience” _______________________________________________is hosted in our beautiful new vineyardlounge immersed in the middle of our _______________________________________________vineyard. In this spectacular setting you Wine #2 :: ______________________________________can taste the wine right beside the vinesthat literally make the wine. This is an _______________________________________________exceptional way to feel and learn the _______________________________________________connection of our terroir to the wines you _______________________________________________are enjoying! _______________________________________________Our Tasting Experience is hosted by _______________________________________________our impassioned “Wine Evangelist” whowill give you fascinating insight into the Wine #3 :: ______________________________________wines of our region. As well you get the _______________________________________________opportunity to taste Black Hills flagship _______________________________________________Nota Bene as well as our Carmenere, Alibi,Chardonnay and Viogner. Further, you _______________________________________________will get a sneak peak of the winery and _______________________________________________enjoy a barrel sample of our 2009 Syrah! _______________________________________________All is all, this 75 minute long tasting is amagical experience for your palate! Unique Feature of the Winery :: _____________________ _______________________________________________The Tasting Experiences cost only $20per person and are run at 11:00 am and _______________________________________________1:30 pm, seven days a week. We also _______________________________________________conduct a special “Food and Wine Pairing _______________________________________________Experience” at 4 pm each day for only$30.00 per person. Reservations are a _______________________________________________must, so call the friendly folks at Black Notes :: ________________________________________Hills Estate Winery at (250) 498-0666and we will be pleased to help you out! _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________Black Hills Estate Winery _______________________________________________30880 Black Sage Road,Oliver, B.C. V0H 1T0 _______________________________________________Phone: (250) _______________________________________________ British Columbia Wine Tour Handbook 15
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  • 11. Situated at the North end of the GoldenMile Bench adjacent to the first hole ofthe Fairview Mountain Golf Course is anelevated plateau formed from a portionof the alluvial fan emanating from ReedCreek. On this plateau sits Fairview Cellarsproducing elegant reds from the Bordeauxcultivars, Cabernet Sauvignon, CabernetFranc and Merlot. TOURING NOTES Notes :: ________________________________________ _______________________________________________Established in 1985, the winery boasts _______________________________________________a selection of 22 wines consisting of thefollowing brands: Gehringer Brothers, _______________________________________________Optimum Series, Minus 9 Icewine, DryRock,and Gehringer Signature Icewine. _______________________________________________Award-winning varietal wines have _______________________________________________established Gehringer Brothers as one of thepremier wineries in B.C. They invite you to _______________________________________________the wineshop to taste their unique varietals _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________Our 95-acre estate is home to some of the _______________________________________________Okanagan’s oldest vines, rooted here in the“Golden Mile Bench’s” exceptional terroir. _______________________________________________Visit our new 23,000 sq ft winery and tasteour portfolio of outstanding wines. Enjoy a _______________________________________________snack from the mini-deli and relax on ourpatio with a glass of award winning wine. _______________________________________________Accomodation? The Villa at Hester Creek _______________________________________________has six luxurious suites, call now to bookyours. _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________Road 13’s Philosophy: Our motto, “it’s all _______________________________________________about the dirt” reflects our belief that greatwines start in the vineyard. Our wines _______________________________________________express the special character of the South _______________________________________________Okanagan’s renowned Golden Mile Bench.We firmly believe that our efforts in the _______________________________________________vineyards are reflected in the final wines andthat the art of winemaking is about creating _______________________________________________a final bottle that, when opened and tried,conveys a very specific sense of place. _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________On the hillside overlooking vineyard,sagebrush, and the old gold mining creek _______________________________________________that gave the winery its name,Tinhorn Creek _______________________________________________Vineyards is located just south of Oliver BC,in the famed Golden Mile wine growing _______________________________________________district. Tinhorn Creek Vineyards offers anunrivalled visitor experience and wines that _______________________________________________rank among the best in the world. British Columbia Wine Tour Handbook 17
  • 12. TOURING NOTESBLASTED CHURCH378 Parsons Road, Okanagan Fallsphone: (250) 497-1125 Notes :: _______________________________________________intrigued@blastedchurch.comKRAZE LEGZ VINEYARD & WINERY _______________________________________________141 Fir Ave, PO Box 108 _______________________________________________Kaleden, BC V0H 1K0phone: (250) 497-6957 _______________________________________________MEYER FAMILY VINEYARDS _______________________________________________4287 McLean Creek Rd,Okanagan Falls , BC V0H 1R1 _______________________________________________phone: (250) _______________________________________________NOBLE RIDGE VINEYARD & WINERY,2320 Oliver Ranch Road, _______________________________________________Okanagan Falls, BC V0H 1R2 _______________________________________________phone: (250) _______________________________________________PAINTED ROCK ESTATE WINERY400 Smythe Drive, _______________________________________________Penticton, BC V2A 8W6phone: (250) 493-6809 _______________________________________________SEE YA LATER RANCH _______________________________________________2575 Green Lake Road,Okanagan Falls , BC _______________________________________________phone: (250) 497-8267 _______________________________________________STAG’S HOLLOW _______________________________________________WINERY & VINEYARD2237 Sun Valley Way, _______________________________________________Okanagan Falls, BC V0H _______________________________________________TANGLED VINES ESTATE WINERY2140 Sun Valley Way, _______________________________________________Okanagan Falls , BC V0H 1R2phone: (250) 497-6416 _______________________________________________WILD GOOSE VINEYARDS2145 Sun Valley Way, _______________________________________________Okanagan Falls, BC V0H 1R2phone: (250) 497-8919 British Columbia Wine Tour Handbook 19
  • 13. WINERIES o f B r it ish Co l u mbia Gray Monk Estate Winery, Brian Sprout We recommend that you call ahead or refer to winery websites to ensure that they are open at the time of your visit. Winery information may change throughout the course of the year. For information updates or to be added to our list please forward information to OKANAGAN / private vineyard and winery tour BURROWING OWL ESTATE SIMILKAMEEN VALLEY followed by a sit down guided 100 Burrowing Owl Place tasting of current and future (off Black Sage Road), 8th Generation Vineyard releases, sold out wines and barrel Oliver, B.C. V0H 1T0 6807 Hwy 97, samples. Starts April 28th and Phone: (250) 498-0620 Summerland, BC V0H 1Z9 runs daily throughout the summer, Toll free: 1-877-498-0620 Phone: (250) 494-1783 reservations highly recommended. See ad on page 14/15. Open May – October, 7 days a week for sales and tasting from 10am to Aces Okanagan Estate Winery Black Widow Winery 5pm. Public tours on weekends at (not open to the public) 1630 Naramata Road, 11 am & 2 pm; $5 per person. Call Phone: (250) 809-9339 Penticton, BC V2A 8T7 ahead for winter and spring hours. Phone: (250) 487-2347 See ad on page 25. Ancient Hill Winery Calliope Vintners (opening 2011) BLASTED CHURCH (not open to the public) 378 Parsons Road, Okanagan Falls Antelope Ridge phone: (250) 497-1125 Calona Vineyards 32057 – Rd #13 1125 Richter Street, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0 Getting religion never tasted so Kelowna, BC V1Y 2K6 Phone: (250) 498-6966 good! Stop in and try our new Phone : (250) 762-9144 heaven-sent Storytelling Series. See ad on page 18/19. Arrowleaf Cellars Camelot Vineyards 1574 Camp Road Blue Mountain Vineyard & Cellars 3489 East Kelowna Road, Lake Country, BC V4V 1K1 (By appointment only) Kelowna, BC V1W 4H1 Phone: (250) 766-2992 2385 Allendale Road Phone: (250) 862-8873 Okanagan Falls, BC V0H 1R2 Phone: (250) 497-8244 Baccata Ridge Winery Cassini Cellars 66-68 McManus Road , 32056 Hwy 97, Oliver, BC Grindrod, BC V0E 1Y0 Bonaparte Bend Winery Ltd Phone: (250) 485-4370 Phone: (250) 838-0512 2524 Cariboo Highway, www. Cache Creek, BC V0K 1H0 Beaumont Family Estate Winery Phone: (250) 457-6667 Castoro de Oro Estate Winery 2775 Boucherie Rd., 29690 Highway 97, Kelowna, BC V1Z 2G4 Oliver, BC V0H 1T0 Phone: (250) 769-1222 Bonitas Winery Phone: (250) 495-4991 20623 McDougald Rd., Summerland, BC, V0H 1Z0 CedarCreek Estate Winery BLACK HILLS ESTATE WINERY Phone: (250) 494-5208 5445 Lakeshore Road, 30880 Black Sage Road Kelowna, BC V1W 4S5 Olive,r BC V0H 1T0 Phone: (250) 764-8866 Phone: (250) 498-0666 Bounty Cellars #7-364 Lougheed Road, Join us in our covered outdoor Kelowna, BC V1X 7R8 Celista Estate Winery lounge and be apart of our Phone: (250) 765-9200 2319 Beguelin Road, Tasting Experience. Indulge in a Celista, BC V0E 1L0 Wines of British Columbia (BC VQA) Okanagan Wine Festival Society member20 British Columbia Wine Tour Handbook
  • 14. TOURING NOTESLocated in West Kelowna’s LakeviewHeights area, Mt. Boucherie Family Estate Wine #1 :: ______________________________________Winery is only a five-minute drive fromdowntown Kelowna across the Okanagan _______________________________________________Lake bridge. _______________________________________________The winery is owned and operated by the _______________________________________________Gidda family, who have been growinggrapes in the Okanagan and Similkameen _______________________________________________Valleys since 1968. The Giddas now ownone of the largest family-owned vineyards Wine #2 :: ______________________________________in British Columbia, with over 300 acresof grapes. _______________________________________________All Mt. Boucherie wines are made to the _______________________________________________highest standards from only 100% Estate _______________________________________________Grown grapes and proudly bear the VQAquality seal. _______________________________________________WINES TO LOOK FOR: Unique Feature of the Winery :: _____________________2007 Summit Reserve Summit2008 Family Reserve Zinfandel _______________________________________________The Tasting Room and Gift Boutique _______________________________________________is open daily year round.Summer 10am to 6pm _______________________________________________Winter 11am to 5pm Notes :: ________________________________________Mt. Boucherie Family Estate Winery _______________________________________________829 Douglas Road,West Kelowna, BC _______________________________________________Phone (250) _______________________________________________ British Columbia Wine Tour Handbook 21
  • 15. Phone (250) 955-8600 Dunham & Froese Estate Winery Series, Minus-9 Icewine, Dry 38614-107th Street (Secrest Road), and Gehringer Signature Icewine. Oliver, BC V0H 1T0 See ad on page 16/17.Cellars at The Rise, The Phone: (250) 498-WINE364 Cordon Lane, Granite Creek Estate WinesVernon, BC V1H 1Z9 2302 Skimikin Rd.,Phone: (250) 549-4481 EAUVIVRE WINERY & Tappen BC V0E VINEYARDS LTD. Phone: (250) 835-0049 716 Lowe Drive. www.granitecreek.caCerelia Vineyards & Estate Winery Cawston, BC V0X 1C22235 Ferko Road. Phone: (250) 499-2655 tasting room GRAY MONK ESTATE WINERYCawston BC V0X 1C2 fax: (250) 499-2675 fax 1055 Camp Road,Phone: (250) 499-8000 Okanagan Centre, Phone: (250)766-3168 EauVivre is a boutique winery Toll Free: 1-800-663-4205Chandra Estate Winery specializing in handcrafted wines33264-121st Street, British Columbia’s oldest family sourced from premium grapesOliver, BC V0H 1T0 Estate Winery. Today, they own and grown in local SimilkameenPhone: (250) 485-4081 maintain over one hundred acres of lush vineyards, which produce some Edge of Earth Vineyards of the world’s finest wines.Church & State Wines 4758 Gulch Road,31120 - 87th Street, Armstrong, BC V0E 1B4 Greata Ranch VineyardOliver, BC V0H 1T0 Phone: (250) 546-2164 697 Hwy 97 South,Phone: (250) 498-2700 Peachland, BC V0H Phone: (250) 767-2768 Elephant Island Orchard Wines www.greataranch.comClos Du Soleil Winery 2730 Aikens Loop,2568 Upper Bench Road, Naramata, BC V0H 1N0 Haywire WineryKeremeos, BC, V0X 1N4 Phone: (250) 496-5522 www.haywirewinery.comPhone: (250) 499-2831 Herder Winery & VineyardsColumbia Gardens Vineyard Ex Nihilo 2582 Upper Bench Road,9340 Station Road, 1525 Camp Rd., Keremeos, BC V0X 1N4Trail, BC V1R 4W6 Lake Country, BC V4V 1K1 Phone: (250) 499-5595Phone: (250) 367-7493 Phone: (250) 766-5522 HESTER CREEK ESTATE WINERYCrowsnest Vineyards FAIRVIEW CELLARS 13163 - 326th Avenue,2035 Surprise Drive, 13147-334 Ave., Oliver, BC Oliver, BC V0H 1T0Cawston, BC V0X 1C0 Phone: (250) 498-2211 Phone: (250) 498-4435Phone: (250) 499-5129 Toll free: Fairview Cellars is located adjacent to the first hole of the Fairview The new Hester Creek winery isD’Angelo Estate Winery Mountain Golf Course. “From the beautiful, winning wines, friendly979 Lochore Rd, Heart, For the Heart.” and knowledgeable staff and a patioPenticton BC V2A 8V1 See ad on page 16/17. with a view of the valley. It’s all here.Phone: (250) 493-1364 See ad on page 16/ First Estate Cellars 5078 Cousins Place Hidden Chapel WineryDeep Creek Wine Estate & Peachland, BC VOH 1X2 9756 Pinehill Road,Hainle Vineyards Estate Winery Phone: (250) 767-6465 Oliver, BC V0H 1T05355 Trepanier Bench Road Phone: (250) 490-6000Peachland, BC V0H 1X2 Forbidden Fruit Winery www.hiddenchapelwinery.comPhone: (250) 767-2525 620 Sumac Rd., Cawston, BC V0X 1C0 Hollywood and Wine Phone: (250) 499-2649 9819 Lumsden Avenue,Desert Hills Estate Winery Summerland, BC V0H 1Z830480 - 71st Street, Phone: (250) 494-0311Black Sage Road, Foxtrot Vineyards www.hollywoodandwine.caOliver, BC V0H1T0 2333 Gammon Road,Phone: (250) 498-1040 Naramata, BC V0H 1N0 House of Phone: (250) 496-5082 2270 Garner Road, Kelowna, BC V1P 1E2DIRTY LAUNDRY VINEYARDS Phone: (250) 765-08027311 Fiske Street, Ganton & Larsen www.houseofrose.caSummerland, BC V0H 1Z2 Prospect WineryPhone: (250) 494-8815 Howling Bluff Estate 1086 Three Mile Rd.,Come visit our beautiful boutique GEHRINGER BROTHERS Penticton, BC V2A 8T7winery with a great story behind ESTATE WINERY Phone: (250) 490-3640our name, award winning wines, Road 8, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0 www.howlingbluff.cafree tastings and a unique gift shop. Phone: (250) 498-3537Enjoy one of our picnic basket E-mail: INNISKILLIN OKANAGANlunches and a glass or bottle of wine VINEYARDSon our gorgeous vine covered patio Established in 1985, 26 years of Road 11 West,while enjoying the vista. tradition boasts a selection of Oliver, BC V0H 1T0See ad on page 6. 22 wines under these labels: Phone: (250) 498-6663 Gehringer Brothers, Optimum Toll free: 1-800-498-6211 Wines of British Columbia (BC VQA) Okanagan Wine Festival Society member
  • 16. Rustico ( “simplicity and charmtypical of the countryside, rural setting TOURING NOTESwith a relaxed welcome-home attitude,romantic, artisan, handcrafted quality.” Wine #1 :: ______________________________________Swirl and savor our boutique wineryportfolio from old-fashioned tumblers _______________________________________________while sharing the ambience of an antique-filled olden-days’ tasting saloon. Toast _______________________________________________to the ranching, mining and agriculturalhistory of Oliver and Osoyoos in the _______________________________________________South Okanagan _______________________________________________TryFarmer’sDaughterDryGewürztraminer,Isabella’s Poke Pinot Gris, Doc’s Buggy Wine #2 :: ______________________________________Pinot Noir, Mother Lode Merlot or LastChance, big red blends and if still cellared, _______________________________________________share our certified gold editionThreesome,a CabFranc / CabSauv / Merlot blend or _______________________________________________maybe Bonanza the old-vine Zinfandel. _______________________________________________Bring along your country picnic to thechuckwagon and we’ll provide dishes and _______________________________________________cutlery. Then enjoy the misted coolnessof our shady old pergola and corral Unique Feature of the Winery :: _____________________overlooking hundreds of vineyard acresacross the valley to Lake Osoyoos. _______________________________________________The winery’s mezzanine floor is the home _______________________________________________of the Oliver Sagebrushers, a 45-strongmember group of the Oliver Community _______________________________________________Arts Council and while many wineriesdisplay artwork, Rustico’s Quails’ Roost Notes :: ________________________________________Gallery is the only full-on community artgallery at a winery in the Valley. _______________________________________________Rustico Farm & Cellars _______________________________________________Hwy. 97 to Rd.16 to 123rd St. andleft to the covered wagon. _______________________________________________Phone (250) British Columbia Wine Tour Handbook 23
  • 17. La Frenz Winery Located on the western slope of 740 Naramata Rd the valley, north of Osoyoos Lake, Penticton, BC V2A 8T5 “Crafting single vineyard wines of the Dark Horse Vineyard on site is Phone: (250) 492-6690 Excellence”. Come visit us at our planted with award winning noble wine shop and tasting room nestled varieties. Open daily 10am-5pm. under the cliffs of Peach Mountain Icewine Discovery Tours at 11am, La Stella in Okanagan Falls. Daily from 10-5 1pm & 3pm daily. Winter 10am to 8123 – 148th Ave., May to October. 4pm, tours by appointment. Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V0 See ad on page 18/19. See ad on page 12/13. Phone: (250) 495-8180 MISSION HILL FAMILY ESTATE Intrigue Wines 1730 Mission Hill Road, Toll Free: 1-877-474-3754 Lake Breeze Vineyards West Kelowna, BC V4T 2E4 930 Sammet Road, Phone: (250) 768-6448 Naramata, BC V0H 1N0 JACKSON-TRIGGS Phone: (250) 496-5659 Dramatic underground cellars, OKANAGAN ESTATE an outdoor amphitheatre, and a 38691, 97th Street, 12-story bell tower provide visitors Oliver, BC VOH 1T0 Larch Hills Winery with an unforgettable winery Phone: (250) 498-4500 110 Timms Road, experience. Wine Shop & Tasting Toll Free: 1-866-455-0559 Salmon Arm, BC V1E 2P8 Rooms open year round. Participate Phone: (250) 832-0155 in a wide range of educational tours Open Year Round for Tasting & seminars to be enjoyed, no matter 10:00am to 6:00pm Summer. your level of wine knowledge. Laughing Stock Vineyards 10:00am to 4:00pm Winter. See ad on page 10/11. 1548 Naramata Rd., See ad on page 12/13. Penticton, BC V2A 8T7 MOON CURSER VINEYARDS JoieFarm Wines Phone: (250) 493-8466 3628 Hwy 3 East 2825 Naramata Road, Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V6 Naramata, BC V0H 1N0 Phone: (250) 495-5161 Le Vieux Pin Winery Phone: (250) 496-0073 34070 73rd & Black Sage Rd Moon Curser Vineyards is a boutique Oliver, BC V0H 1T0 Phone: (250) 498 8388 winery specializing in uncommon Kalala Organic Estate Winery noble varietals like Tempranillo and 3361 Glencoe Road, Roussanne. Rated number twelve West Kelowna, BC V4T 1M1 Little Straw Vineyards amongst Canadian wineries by Wine Phone: (250) 768-9700 2815 Ourtoland Road, Access Magazine. See ad on page 7. Kelowna, BC V1Z 2H7 Phone: (250) 769-0404 MT. BOUCHERIE Kettle Valley Winery FAMILY ESTATE WINERY 2988 Hayman Road, 829 Douglas Road Naramata, BC V0H 1N0 Marichel Vineyard & Winery Kelowna, BC V1Z 1N9 Phone: (250) 496-5898 1016 Littlejohn Road, Phone: (250) 769-8803 Naramata, BC V0H 1N0 KRAZE LEGZ Phone: (250) 496-4133 One of British Columbia’s largest VINEYARD & WINERY family owned & operated vineyards, 141 Fir Ave, PO Box 108 featuring 100% estate grown Meadow Vista Honey Wines grapes. The Gidda family has been Kaleden, BC V0H 1K0 3-1352 Industrial Road, growing grapes in the Okanagan phone: (250) 497-6957 West Kelowna, BC V1Z 1G5 and Similkameen Valleys since 1968. phone: (250) 769-2337 Taste award winning wines at their scenic wine shop overlooking Lake Kaleden’s first winery. Swing by and visit our speakeasy, try our award Okanagan. Open daily year-round. MEYER FAMILY VINEYARDS See ad on page 21. winning wines and take in the view 4287 McLean Creek Rd, from our scenic picnic area. Okanagan Falls , BC V0H 1R1 Nichol Vineyard & Estate Winery See ad on page 18/19. phone: (250) 497-8553 1285 Smethurst Road, Wines of British Columbia (BC VQA) Okanagan Wine Festival Society member24 British Columbia Wine Tour Handbook
  • 18. Naramata, BC V0H 1N0 Phone: (250) 763-6344 Pentage WinesPhone: (250) 496-5962 www 4400 Lakeside Road, www.tastevibrantvines Penticton, BC V2A 8W3 Phone: (250) 493-4008NK’MIP CELLARS OLIVER TWIST ESTATE WINERY www.pentage.com1400 Rancher Creek Road, 33013 Road 9A, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V0 Phone: (250) 485-0227 Perseus Winery & VineyardsPhone: (250) 495-2985 134 Lower Bench Welcome! Visit the outstanding Penticton, BC, V2A 1A8North America’s first aboriginal staff in our tasting room and enjoy Phone: (250) 490-8829owned & operated winery dedicated a sample of our wines as you enjoy www.perseuswinery.comto crafting premium VQA wines. the view from our tranquil patio.Traditional Style “Feastivals” hosted Poplar Grove WineryAug - Oct, offer the chance to Orchard Hill Estate Cidery 1060 Poplar Grove Rd.,experience NK’Mip’s mystical 23404 Highway 97, Penticton, BC V2A 8T6atmosphere & breath taking view. Oliver, BC V0H 1T0 Phone: (250) 493-9463Open all year, tours & tastings daily Phone: (250) 689-0240 www.poplargrove.caMay-Sept. See ad on page 12/13. Quails’ Gate Estate WineryNOBLE RIDGE Orofino Vineyards 3303 Boucherie Road,VINEYARD & WINERY 2152 Barcelo Road, Kelowna, BC V1Z 2H32320 Oliver Ranch Road, Cawston, BC V0X 1C0 Phone: (250) 769-4451Okanagan Falls, BC V0H 1R2 Phone: (250) 499-0068 www.quailsgate.comphone: (250) 497-7945 QUINTA Osoyoos Larose Estate Winery ESTATE (Not open to the public) 34664 71st Street“Noble Ridge – A place where great PO Box 1650, Highway 97, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0wine is made; great memories are Oliver, BC VOH 1T0 Phone: (250) 498-4756created. Taste our award-winning Phone: (250) 498-4981 www.quintaferreira.comwines in the Shop, Patio, in the Located in the heart of Oliver, ourVineyard.” See ad on page 18/19. 20 acres of vineyard and winery are Ovino WineryOKANAGAN SPIRITS located on the popular Black Sage 1577 Yankee Flats Road2920 28th Avenue, Bench with a breathtaking view of Salmon Arm, BC V1E 3J4Vernon, BC V1T 1V9 the landscape and community. Join Phone: (250) 832-8463Phone: (250) 549-3120 our community by following us: in downtown Vernon, Okanagan PAINTED ROCK ESTATE WINERY and is the region’s award winning 400 Smythe Drive, QuintaFerreiradistillery, making specialty spirits Penticton, BC V2A 8W6 phone: (250) 493-6809 Raven Ridge Cideryfrom the many fruits grown in 3002 Dunster Road,our valley. Our distillery welcomes Situated on a spectacular bench Kelowna, BC V1W 4H4visitors to come and experience first overlooking Skaha Lake, Painted Phone: (250) 763-1091hand, the delicate process of taking Rock is creating ultra-premium‘carefully selected’ local fruit anddistilling these into award winning Okanagan wines. Join us in the Recline Ridge Vineyards & Wineryproducts. We produce a strong tasting room May 1-Oct 15; 11am- 2640 Skimikin Road,selection of fruits spirits and berry 5pm. See ad on page 18/19. Tappen, BC V0E 2X0liqueurs, complimented by Canada’s Phone: (250) 835-2212 Parallel 49 Vineyardsonly Genuine Absinthe. We are Hwy 97 and Road 8,open all year round, six days a week. Oliver BC V0H 1T0See ad on page 24. Red Rooster Winery Peller Estates 891 Naramata Road,Okanagan Villa Estate Winery Penticton, BC V2A 8T5 1125 Richter Street,Vibrant Vine Vineyard Phone: (250) 492-2424 Kelowna, BC V1Y 2K63240 Pooley Rd, Phone: (250) 762-9144Kelowna BC V1W 4G7 Wines of British Columbia (BC VQA) Okanagan Wine Festival Society member British Columbia Wine Tour Handbook 25
  • 19. ROAD 13 WINERY Okanagan Falls, dog-friendly See Ya BC’s Premier Estate Winery. 13140-316 A Avenue, Road 13, Later Ranch offers award-winning See ad on page 12/13. Oliver, BC V0H 1T0 wines year round. Phone: (250) 498-8330 See ad on page 12/13 & 18/19. Summerhill Pyramid Winery 4870 Chute Lake Road, Road 13’s Philosophy: Our motto, Seven Stones Winery Kelowna, BC V1W 4M3 “it’s all about the dirt” reflects our 1143 Highway 3, Phone: (250) 764-8000 belief that great wines start in Cawston, BC V0X 1C3 the vineyard. Our wines express Phone: (250) 499-2144 Sunnybrae Vineyards & Winery the special character of the South 3849 Sunnybrae-Canoe Point Road, Okanagan’s renowned Golden Mile Silk Scarf Winery Tappen BC Bench. See ad on page 16/17. 4917 Gartrell Road,Summerland BC Phone: (250) 835-8393 Robin Ridge Winery Phone: (250) 494 7455 TANGLED VINES 2686 Middle Bench Road, ESTATE WINERY Keremeos, BC V0X 1N2 Silver Sage Winery 2140 Sun Valley Way, Phone: (250) 499-5504 Road 9, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0 Okanagan Falls , BC V0H 1R2 Phone: (250) 498-0310 phone: (250) 497-6416 Rollingdale Winery 2306 Hayman Rd Tangled Vines is a boutique winery Skimmerhorn Winery featuring white wines made by Kelowna, BC V1Z 1Z5 1218 - 27th Avenue South, “three guys and a girl”. When life Phone: (250) 769-9224 Creston BC V0B 1G1 gets too tangled, unwind with our Phone: (250) 428-4911 wines!. See ad on page 18/19. Ruby Blues Winery 917 Narmata Rd., Tantalus Vineyards Sleeping Giant Fruit Winery 1670 Dehart Road, Penticton, BC V2A 8V1 6206 Canyon View Drive, Kelowna, BC V1W 4N6 Phone: (250) 276-5311 Summerland, BC Phone: (250) 764-0078 Phone: 250 494-0377 Rustic Roots 2238 Hwy 3, Therapy Vineyards Sonoran Estate Winery 940 Debeck Road, Cawston, BC V0X 1C2 5716 Gartrell Road, Naramata, BC V0H 1N0 Phone: (250) 499-2754 Summerland, BC V0H 1Z6 Phone: (250) 496-5217 Phone: (250) 494 9323 RUSTICO FARM & CELLARS Hwy. 97 to Rd.16 to 123rd St. and Thornhaven Estates Sperling Vineyards 6816-Andrew Avenue left to the covered wagon. 1405 Pioneer Road, Summerland, B.C. V0H 1Z7 Phone (250) 498-3276 Kelowna BC V1W 4M6 Phone: (250) 494-7778 Phone: (250) 764-1767 www.thornhaven .com Swirl and savor our boutique winery portfolio from old-fashioned TINHORN CREEK VINEYARDS tumblers while sharing the ambience SpierHead Winery Road No. 7, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0 of an antique-filled olden-days’ 3950 Spiers Road, Kelowna BC Phone: (250) 498-3743 tasting saloon. Bring along your Phone: (250) 763-7777 Toll free: 1-888-484-6467 country picnic to the chuckwagon where we’ll provide dishes and On a hillside overlooking vineyards, cutlery, then stroll through and STAG’S HOLLOW sagebrush, and the old gold mining enjoy our on-site community art WINERY & VINEYARD creek that is its namesake, Tinhorn gallery. See ad on page 23. 2237 Sun Valley Way, Creek offers visitors an unrivalled Okanagan Falls, BC V0H 1R2 St. Hubertus & experience with stunning views, a Oak Bay Estate Winery self-guided tour, and stunning wines 5225 Lakeshore Road, from its estate vineyards. Stag’s Hollow is an established Kelowna, BC V1W 4J1 Bench. See ad on page 16/17. family winery with a philosophy Phone: (250) 764-7888 of quality, balance and Township 7 Vineyards & Winery sustainability. Taste familiar varietals 1450 McMillan Avenue, like Merlot and Pinot Noir but also Penticton BC V2A 8T4 St. Laszlo Vineyards discover new ones like Tempranillo & Phone: (250) 770-1743 2605 Hwy. 3, Grenache. See ad on page 18/19. Keremos, BC V0X 1N0 Phone: (250) 499-2856 Stoneboat Vineyards Turtle Mountain Vineyards 7148 Orchard Grove Lane, 3111 Agnew Rd, Sandhill Wines Oliver, BC V0H 1T0 Vernon, BC V1H 1A1 1125 Richter Street, Phone: (250) 498.2226 Phone: (250) 540-1011 Kelowna, BC V1Y 2K6 Phone: (250) 762-9144 The Vinegar Works SUMAC RIDGE ESTATE WINERY 10216 Gould Avenue, 17403 Hwy 97 N Summerland, B.C. V0H 1Z8 SEE YA LATER RANCH Summerland BC V0H 1Z0 Phone: (250) 494-7300 2575 Green Lake Road, Phone: (250) 494-0451 Okanagan Falls , BC phone: (250) 497-8267 Open Daily for Wine Tastings, Van Westen Vineyards Winery Tours or a Founder’s Tasting (by appointment only) Located in a historic 100 year in an intimate tutored environment. RR#1 - 850 Boothe Road, old stone house, surrounded Enjoy the wine! Enjoy the Food! at Naramata, BC V0H 1N0 by vineyards and overlooking Wines of British Columbia (BC VQA) Okanagan Wine Festival Society member26 British Columbia Wine Tour Handbook
  • 20. Cowichan Valley G R O U P O F W I N E R I E S Come visit... stay a while and experience our unique niche of boutique wineries and cideries. We look forward to meeting you! Rocky Creek Winery TOURING NOTES22 OAKS WINERY#1 - 6380 Lakes Road, Duncanphone: (250) 709-0787 _______________________________________________AVERILL CREEK6552 North Road, Duncan _______________________________________________phone: (250) _______________________________________________DAMALI LAVENDER FARM, _______________________________________________WINERY AND B&B3500 Telegraph Road, Cobble Hill _______________________________________________Phone: (250) _______________________________________________ENRICO WINERY _______________________________________________3280 Telegraph Road, Mill Bayphone: (250) 733-2356 _______________________________________________GLENTERRA VINEYARDS& THISTLES CAFE _______________________________________________3897 Cobble Hill Road, Cobble Hillphone: (250) 743-2330 _______________________________________________MERRIDALE CIDERWORKS,BISTRO AND ORCHARD SPA _______________________________________________1230 Merridale Road, Cobble Hill _______________________________________________phone: (250) 743-4293 / _______________________________________________ROCKY CREEK WINERY _______________________________________________1854 Myhrest Road, Cowichan Bayphone: (250) 748-5622 British Columbia Wine Tour Handbook 27
  • 21. Phone: (250) 496-0067 Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery De Vine Vineyards 1140 - 27th Avenue South 6181B Old West Saanich Road Creston, BC V0B 1G1 Saanichton, BC V8M 1W8 View Winery & Vineyard, The Phone: (250) 428-8768 (250) 665-6983 #1-2287 Ward Road Kelowna, BC V1W 4R5 Phone: (250) 860-0742 Beaufort Vineyards & Estate Winery Deol Estate Winery 5854 Pickering Road, 6645 Somenos Rd., Courtenay, BC V9J 1T4 Duncan BC V9L 5Z3 Volcanic Hills Estate Winery Phone: (250) 338-1357 Phone: (250) 746-3967 2845 Boucherie Road, West Kelowna, V1Z 2G6 Phone: (778) 755-5550 Blue Grouse Estate Winery Divino Estate Winery Vineyards & Winery 1500 Freeman Rd., 4365 Blue Grouse Road, Duncan, BC V0R 1L3 WILD GOOSE VINEYARDS Duncan, BC V9L 6M3 Phone: (250) 743-2311 2145 Sun Valley Way, Phone: (250) 743-3834 Okanagan Falls, BC phone: (250) 497-8919 Dragonfly Hill Vineyard Winery Blue Moon Estate Winery 6130 Old West Saanich Road, B.C.’s original Farmgate winery!! 4905 Darcy Road Victoria, BC V9E 2G8 Growing and producing premium Courtenay, BC V9J 1R5 Phone: (250) 652-3782 British Columbia wines! Phone: (250) 338-9765 See ad on page 18/19. ENRICO WINERY Willow Hill Wines Carbrea Vineyard & Winery 3280 Telegraph Road Oliver, BC V0H 1T0 1885 Central Road, Mill Bay, BC V0R 2P3 Phone: (250) 498-6198 Hornby Island, BC V0R 1Z0 phone: (250) 733-2356 Phone: (250) 335-3120 Home to award winning wines Working Horse Winery and friendly people! Join us in our 5266 Coldham Road, Chase & Warren Estate Winery Cantina for a wine tasting and stroll Peachland, BC V0H 1X2 6253 Drinkwater Road, through our picturesque vineyards Phone: (250) 448-5007 Port Alberni, BC V9Y 8W6 of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Ortega, Phone: (250) 723-WINE Cabernet Foch, and Cabernet Libra. Relax and sip wine in our picnic area Young & Wyse Cellection by the trout pond. We would love 9503 12th Avenue , Cherry Point Vineyards to meet you and show you around. Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V1 840 Cherry Point Rd., RR3, Our mission is to please you with Phone: (250) 495-3245 Cobble Hill, BC V0R 1L3 premium quality wines. Phone: (250) 743-1272 See ad on page 27. THE COASTAL REGION Garry Oaks Vineyard Church & State Wines 1880 Fulford Ganges Rd., 22 OAKS WINERY 1445 Benvenuto Avenue, Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2A5 #1 - 6380 Lakes Road Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1J5 Phone: (250) 653-4687 Duncan, BC V9L 5V6 Phone: (250) 652-2671 Phone: (250) 709-0787 GLENTERRA VINEYARDS COASTAL BLACK Come taste our wines in our & THISTLES CAFE ESTATE WINERY beautiful tasting room overlooking 3897 Cobble Hill Rd, 2186 Endall Road, the lake and mountains..... Enjoy a Cobble Hill, BC V0R 1L5 Black Creek, BC V9J 1G8 bottle in our gorgeous picnic area phone: (250) 743-2330 Phone: (250) 337-8325 with friends. See ad on page 27. Estate Grown, Sustainably farmed, Alderlea Vineyards Coastal Black wines are handcrafted small lot wines. Sit indoors or on 1751 Stamps Rd RR#1, on site with our own berries and the patio and enjoy seasonally Duncan, BC V9L 5W2 honey. Our hope is to excite your inspired cuisine at Thistles Cafe in Phone: (250) 746-7122 palate, and revive your body and the vineyard. spirit with our wines that are full of See ad on page 27. flavour and complexities. AVERILL CREEK See ad on page 8/9. Godfrey-Brownell Vineyards 6552 North Road, 4911 Marshall Rd., Duncan, BC V9L 6K9 DAMALI LAVENDER FARM, Duncan, BC V9L 6T3 Phone: (250) 709-9986 WINERY AND B&B Phone: (250) 715-0504 3500 Telegraph Road Join us on the slopes of Mount Cobble Hill, BC V0R 1L4 Prevost in our tasting room or on Phone: (250) 743-4100 Honeymoon Bay Blackberry Winery our patio overlooking spectacular 9940 Southshore Road, views of the Cowichan Valley. Open Indulge Your Senses. Wander in the Honeymoon Bay, BC V0R 1Y0 11am - 5pm, 7 days a week, Apr lavender fields, sample our wines Phone: (250) 704-6111 16 - Oct 10. Call or check out our including some specialties flavoured website for winter hours, maps, with lavender. Enjoy a glass in the directions and more. Twitter @ picnic area overlooking the farm. Malahat Estate Winery AverillCreek. Wine on Island Time! See ad on page 27. 1197 Aspen Road, See ad on page 27. Malahat, BC V0R 2L0 Phone: (250) 474-5129 Wines of British Columbia (BC VQA) Okanagan Wine Festival Society member28 British Columbia Wine Tour Handbook
  • 22. TOURING NOTESOne hundred and fifty years ago theHudson’sBayCompanybeganconstructionof Fort Berens on a sage-brush covered Wine #1 :: ______________________________________bench on the east side of the FraserRiver, at Lillooet, British Columbia. This _______________________________________________trading fort was to serve the thousandsof prospectors who flocked to the region _______________________________________________in search of gold. This historic site isnow home to Fort Berens Estate Winery, _______________________________________________Lillooet’s first winery and vineyard. _______________________________________________In the spring of 2009, we planted 20 Wine #2 :: ______________________________________acres with six varietals: Riesling, PinotGris, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet _______________________________________________Franc and Merlot. This fall, we expect ourvineyard to hang ripe with grapes for the _______________________________________________first time. Until we harvest our first cropof grapes, we source premium grapes _______________________________________________from the Okanagan. Our wines are hand _______________________________________________crafted: elegant, well balanced and withlots of fruit. Offered at a fair price, our Unique Feature of the Winery :: _____________________wines are accessible for a broad audienceand allow for outstanding food paring. _______________________________________________Fort Berens Estate Winery Ltd. _______________________________________________1881 Highway 99 NorthPO Box 758 _______________________________________________Lillooet, British Columbia Notes :: ________________________________________V0K 1V0 Canadaphone: 250 256 7788 _______________________________________________fax: 250 256 7780toll free: 1-877-956-7768 _______________________________________________email: info@fortberens.catwitter: @FortBerens _______________________________________________ British Columbia Wine Tour Handbook 29
  • 23. Marley Farm Winery Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse Phone: (604) 288-0608 1831 Mt. Newton X Road, 2487 Mt. St Michael Road, Saanichton, BC V8M 1L1 Victoria, BC V8M 1T7 Phone: (250) 652-8667 Phone: (250) 544-4824 Kermode Wild Berry Wines 8457 River Road South, Dewdney, BC V0M-1H0 MERRIDALE CIDERWORKS, Silverside Farm & Winery Phone: (604) 814-3222 BISTRO AND ORCHARD SPA 3810 Cobble Hill Road 1230 Merridale Road, Cobble Hill, BC Cobble Hill, BC V0R 1L0 Phone: (250) 743-9149 Lotusland Wines phone: (250) 743-4293 28450 King Rd., Toll Free: 1-800-998-9908 Abbotsford, BC V4X 1B1 SouthEnd Farm & Vineyards Phone: (604) 857-4188 Sample authentic ciders and fruit 319 Sutil Road brandies, browse the farmhouse Quadra Island, BC V0P 1N0 Phone: (250) 285-2257 Lulu Island Winery store, relax in the orchard spa, and 16880 Westminster Hwy, enjoy fresh local fare at the bistro. A Richmond BC V6V 1A8 unique, family-friendly destination Starling Lane Winery Phone : (604) 232-9839 in the Cowichan valley! 5271Old West Saanich Rd., See ad on page 27. Victoria, BC V9E 2A9 Phone: (250) 881-7422 Neck of the Woods Winery Middle Mountain Mead Winery 3033 232nd St, 3505 Euston Road, Langley, BC Hornby Island, BC V0R 1Z0 Venturi-Schulze Vineyards Phone: (604) 539-9463 Phone: (250) 335-1397 4235 Vineyard Road, Cobble Hill, BC V0R 1L5 Phone: (250) 743-5630 Pacific Breeze Winery Mistaken Identity Vineyards 6-320 Stewardson Way, 164 Norton Road, New Westminster, BC V3M 6C3 Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2P5 Zanatta Winery & Vineyards Phone: (604) 522-2228 Phone: (250) 538-WINE (9463) 5039 Marshall Rd., Duncan, BC V9L 6S3 Phone: (250) 748-2338 Paradise Ranch MooBerry Winery (not open to the public) 403 Lowry’s Road Phone: (604) 683-6040 Parksville, BC V9P 2B5 THE FRASER VALLEY Phone: (250) 954-3931 Rivers Bend Winery Blackwood Lane Vineyards Morning Bay Vineyard 15660 Colebrook Rd., 25180 8th Ave., & Estate Winery Surrey, BC V3S 0L2 Langley, BC V4W 2G8 6621 Harbour Hill Drive, Phone: (604) 574-6106 Phone: (604) 856-5787 Pender Island, BC V0N 2M1 Phone: (250) 629-8351 St. Urban Winery Blue Heron Fruit Winery 47189 Bailey Road, 18539 Dewdney Trunk Rd., Morningstar Creek Winery Chilliwack, BC V2R 4S8 Pitt Meadows, BC V3Y 2R9 403 Lowry’s Road, Phone: (604) 824-6233 Phone: (604) 465-5563 Parksville, BC V9P 2B5 Sanduz Estate Winery Phone: (250) 954-3931 12791 Blundell Road, Domaine de Chaberton Estate Muse Winery Richmond, BC V6W 1B4 1064 - 216th Street, 11195 Chalet Road, Phone: (604) 214-0444 Langley, BC V2Z 1R3 N. Saanich, BC Canada V8L 5M1 Phone: (604) 530-1736 Phone: (250) 656-2552 Township 7 Vineyards and Winery FORT BERENS ROCKY CREEK WINERY 21152-16th Avenue, ESTATE WINERY LTD. 1854 Myhrest Road, Langley, BC V2Z 1K3 1881 Highway 99 North Cowichan Bay, BC V0R 1N1 Phone (604) 532-1766 Lillooet, BC V0K 1V0 phone: (250) 748-5622 Phone: (250) 256 7788 Toll Free 1-877-956-7768 Vista D’oro Winery Sustainable. 100% Vancouver Island 20856 4th Avenue, Grapes. Estate-grown boutique Fort Berens Estate Winery is Langley, BC V2Z 1T6 winery and outdoor patio to enjoy Lillooet’s first winery and vineyard. Phone: (604) 514-3539 the wines after meeting the owners. Our award winning wines are hand Try our WOW factor. Cheers! crafted: elegant, well balanced and See ad on page 27. with lots of fruit. Wellbrook Winery Salt Spring Vineyards See ad on page 29. 4626-88th Street, 151 Lee Road, Delta, BC V4K 3N3 Fort Wine Company Phone: (604) 946-1868 Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2A5 26151-84th Ave., Phone: 250-653-9463 Langley, BC V1M 3M6 Phone: (604) 857-1101 Westham Island Estate Winery Saturna Island Winery 2170 Westham Island Rd., 8 Quarry Road, Delta, BC V4K 3N2 Saturna Island, BC V0N 2Y0 Isabella Winery Phone: (604) 940-9755 Phone: 250-539-5139 11491 River Rd., Richmond, BC V6X 1Z6 Wines of British Columbia (BC VQA) Okanagan Wine Festival Society member30 British Columbia Wine Tour Handbook
  • 24. Four Spectacular Seasons, Four Fun Festivals The Okanagan Wine FestivalsThe Okanagan WineFestivalsStart Planning Your Visit to Okanagan Wine Country For more information on our four Okanagan Wine Festivals, contact or email or call 250-861-6654.
  • 25. Passport To enter this contest your Passport ! must be validated by eight or more participating wineries.Rules1. After your Passport is validated by eight (8) or more participating wineries, simply complete and detach this card with your name, address and phone number, and drop off at participating wineries or mail to the address listed below.2. Entrants must be 19 years of age or older.3. Early bird draws are on August 1 and September 1 for Two (2) free tickets to the Friday Night Grand Finale Consumer Tasting in Penticton.4. The final draw takes place on Oct 31, 2011 and the Grand Prize includes one (1) night package for two (2) to the 2012 Spring Wine Festival. Package will include two (2) airfares, one (1) night accommodation and event tickets.Participating Wineries8th Generation Forbidden Fruit Meyer Family Vineyards SandhillAces Winery Fort Berens Estate Winery Misconduct Wines See Ya Later RanchArrowleaf Cellars Ganton & Larsen Prospect Mission Hill Family Estate Seven StonesBeaumont Family Estate Gehringer Bros. Estate Moon Curser Vineyards Silk ScarfBlack Hills Estate Winery Gray Monk Estate Winery Mt Boucherie Estate Winery Silver Sage WineryBlasted Church Vineyards Hester Creek Estate Winery Nk’Mip Cellars Sleeping Giant Fruit WineryBlue Mountain Hidden Chapel Winery Noble Ridge Estate Winery Sonoran Estate WineryBonitas Winery Hillside Estate Winery Okanagan Villa Estate Sperling VineyardsBurrowing Owl Vineyards Hollywood & Wine Oliver Twist Spier Head WineryCalona Vineyards House of Rose Orofino Vineyards St. Hubertus Estate WineryCamelot Vineyards Howling Bluff Osoyoos Larose Stag’s Hollow WineryCassini Cellars Inniskillin Okanagan Ovino Winery Stoneboat VineyardsCastoro de Oro Estate Intrigue Wines Painted Rock Estate Winery Sumac Ridge Estate WineryWinery Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Peller Estates Summerhill Pyramid WineryCedarCreek Estate Winery Kalala Winery Pentâge Wines Tangled VinesCerelia Vineyards Kettle Valley Winery Ltd. Perseus Winery & Vineyards Tantalus VineyardsChurch & State Wines Kraze Legz Vineyard Poplar Grove The View WineryCrowsnest Vineyards La Frenz Winery Quails’ Gate Estate Winery Therapy VineyardsDAngelo Estate Winery La Stella Winery Quinta Ferreira Thornhaven Estates WineryDesert Hills Estate Winery Le Vieux Pin Winery Recline Ridge Winery Tinhorn Creek VineyardsDirty Laundry Vineyards Lake Breeze Vineyards Red Rooster Winery Township 7Dunham & Froese Larch Hills Winery Road 13 Winery Volcanic HillsEdge of the Earth Vineyards Laughing Stock Vineyards Robin Ridge Winery Wild Goose VineyardsElephant Isl. Orchard Wines Little Straw Vineyards Rollingdale Winery Young & Wyse WIneryEx Nihilo Vineyards Lulu Island Winery Ruby Blues WineryFairview Cellars Meadow Vista Honey Wines Rustic Roots mp here staName ___________________________________________________________________________________________________Address _________________________________________________________________________________________________City/Prov __________________________________________________ Country/Postal ______________________Phone ____________________________Email __________________________________________________The Okanagan Wine ❑ PLEASE ADD ME TO YOUR MAILING LISTFestivals PRIVACY STATEMENT The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society uses all information provided herein in accordance with its Privacy1527 Ellis Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2A7 Policy. To view the policy please visit www.TheWineFestivals.comPhone: (250) 861-6654 Fax: (250) 861-3942 or contact us for a printed copy.Email: Offer not valid where prohibited by law. !Website:
  • 26. The Okanagan Wine Festivals Start Planning Your Visit to Okanagan Wine Country The Spring Okanagan Wine Festival Savour spring and fine wine in the warm Okanagan sunshine. Described as“one of Canada’s best small festivals”, the Spring Festival is a perfect marriage of wine and culinary tourism. 2011: April 29 - May 8 2012: May 4 - 13 2013: May 3 - 12 The Summer OkanaganWine Festival Expanding in 2011 from the intimate weekend at Silver Star Mountain Resort to a valley wide festival for guests to come and treat yourselvestowineeducation,arts,music,gourmetmeals,winetastingandoutdoor recreation. 2011: July 8 - 16 2012: July 7 - 15 2013: July 6 - 14 The Fall Okanagan Wine Festival This is the only wine festival in North America that takesplaceduringtheheartofgrapeharvest. Enjoyover165eventsthroughoutthe valley including vineyard tours, lunches, dinners, events and the fall wine harvest. 2011: September 30 - October 9 2012: September 28 - October 7 2013: October 4 - 14 The Winter Okanagan Festival The most unique of all the festivals, the Winter FestivalofWineisheldatSunPeaksResort. Enjoywinemastersdinners,educational seminars and a unique progressive tasting of acclaimed wines and world famous Okanagan Icewines. 2011: January 19 - 23 2012: January 18 - 22 2013: January 16 - 20Purchase Your Tickets Today! For more information on our four annual OkanaganWine Festivals, contact or email info@thewinefestivals.comor call 250-861-6654. download our free app on iTunes
  • 27. or access our site from your mobile The Okanagan Wine Festivals 1527 Ellis Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2A7 Phone: (250) 861-6654 • Fax: (250) 861-3942 Email: Website:
  • 28. FESTIVAL FILES Keeping up with the Consumer Tastings by Julianna HayesBritish Columbia is home to a variety of wine festivals hosted by various associations, consordiums,wineries, restaurants and accommodators alike – from casual brunch food and wine pairings, celebritybeach parties, to fine dining and large consumer tasting events. Spring, Summer, Fall and Winterare all open season for celebrating and showcasing one of BC’s most intriguing and fastest growingindustries.To help you get the most out of your wine festival experience and avoid that dreaded hangover, havean open mind and a game plan. Here are some things you should know before you go:• Scope out the room at consumer tastings • Don’t wear white – red wine will splashbefore lining up for your first wine. Make note (especially when you wear white).of the producers and/or wines you really want totry and head to those spots first while your palate • Carry a shoulder bag or knapsack to stashis still fresh magazines, tasting notes, free samples etc. Avoid clutches, as you’ll want to keep your hands free.• Take notes, but keep them simple. You won’t beable to keep all the wines straight in your head, • Wear comfortable shoes – low or no heels andso it helps to have written reminder of what you closed toes are preferable even indoors. You’ll beliked and what you didn’t. surprised how much walking you do and how heels can trip you up after “a couple.”• Keep yourself hydrated and your palaterefreshed with lots of water. • Dress in layers. Crowded rooms heat up fast, especially where alcohol is served.• Don’t feel the need to drain your glass of everydrop. Even though the samples look small, the • And last but not least, arrange for a safe ridealcohol will accumulate in your system rapidly. home ahead of time. Use the hotel shuttleA couple sips will be enough to judge the wine service or some events include free cab rides- dump out the rest. home. Check for safe ride home options on event organizers’ websites or by calling them direct.• Don’t wear cologne, perfume, scented hairproducts or deodorants. These fragrances willinterfere with your sense of smell and thosearound you. FESTIVALS DIRECTORYOKANAGAN WINE FESTIVALS SOCIETY OSOYOOS CELEBRITY WINE FESTIVAL1527 Ellis Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2A7 info@osoyooscelebritywinefestival.comPhone: (250) 861-6654 The 3rd Annual Osoyoos Celebrity Wine Festival runsmobile phone at from June 9 to 12, 2011. Rub shoulders with from Film & Television along with regional Chefs Winemakers while enjoying the Okanagan’s best cuisine,The Okanagan Wine Festivals continue to be one of the wine and entertainment. Check out our website ortop attractions in North America. We offer four annual/ contact us for more information on future festival dates.seasonal wine festivals, each having their own reasonfor being an enjoyable time for all those attending. Forinformation on our award winning wines visit us PAGE 35 PHOTO CREDIT © British Columbia Wine Tour Handbook 35
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  • 30. DAY TRIPPING Way To Go by Julianna HayesImagine, if you will, visiting a winery by helicopter; pedalling and tasting your way by bike; organizinga thoughtful excursion with the sturdy maps in this guide; or following the roadside wine route signswilly-nilly in an aimless exploration of British Columbia’s wineries.Whatever your style - or your budget- daytripping through the Okanagan, Fraser Valley and GulfIsland wine regions has never been easier. You’ll have an unparalleled opportunity to experience thefine wines of B.C., while taking in its extraordinary landscape.In recent years, trips of this nature have been made simple with a determined approach by producersto help you find your way to their doorsteps. They’ve linked elbows with their neighbours topresent themselves as packaged destinations - creating ready-made daytrips such as Okanagan Falls’Corkscrew Drive, Oliver’s Golden Mile Bench, and Kelowna’s Wine Trails that help you plan fundaytrips.In addition, on major highways and roadways you’ll find Wine Route signs that will guide you to yourdestinations. Just remember to have a responsible driver, given B.C.’s strict drinking and driving laws.Another option is to use the services of a tour company that will provide you with a ground tour oreven a bird’s eye view of this incredible landscape and ease all the risk.But before you put rubber to the road or eye in the sky, let’s cover a little history. B.C. wine countryis considered one of the new kids on the winery block, yet there is a tradition that dates back 140years. Father Charles Pandosy is credited with setting up the first vineyards at the Obelate Missionnear Kelowna back in the 1860s. The purpose was to make sacramental wines for his parish.It wasn’t until 1926 when the first commercial vineyards were planted and a winery began offeringproducts for sale to the general public. It was not a stellar beginning. B.C.’s early foray into theindustry was synonymous with sweet jug wines bearing laughable names like Fuddle Duck and HotGoose.The turning point for the B.C. industry came in the latter part of the 20th century. Prior to the 1990s,the British Columbian wine industry was well protected. Producers relied on the domestic market for99 per cent of their sales. But when free trade was announced, winery operators were faced with theoptions of radical change or being replaced by imports. They stepped up to the plate.The vineyards were once planted mostly in French hybrid varieties, which were hardy but tended toproduce wines of little dimension. In order to compete with the anticipated flood of imports, localvintners gambled with Mother Nature and began replacing these less desirable vines with traditionalnoble vinifera grapes. PAGE 37 PHOTO CREDIT Enrico Winery British Columbia Wine Tour Handbook 37
  • 31. Prior to the introduction of Free Trade there were just 14 wineries operating in the province with approximately 3,400 acres of mostly hybrid grapes. Growers pulled out about 2/3 of the vines, leaving barely 1,000 acres in the ground. That move, while drastic, was the catalyst for remarkable growth. There are now more than 130 wineries producing grape and fruit wines, ciders and other wine-type products in the province. And vineyards have multipled to about 6,000 acres. The most commonly planted variety today is Merlot, followed by Chardonnay. Ok, let’s hit the road. Plan your wine country excursions using the detailed maps included in this section. TOUR OPERATOR DIRECTORY GRAPE ESCAPES WINE TOURS MJO TOURS 597 White Avenue, East 206-3317 30th Avenue, Vernon, BC V1T 2C9 Penticton, B.C. V2A 1Y8 Phone: (250) 545-3016 Toll Free 1-877-362-3382 Toll Free: 1-877-726-6548 email: web: Twitter: @GrapeEscapes_ca Our mission is to ensure your experience is second to Grape Escapes is the premier wine tour company of none with solid local knowledge, exclusive “behind the choice in the South Okanagan. We treat every client scenes” wine experiences – MJO provides you with a like you are our only client, and this impeccable personal great touring adventure. relationship, service, and experience is what stands us apart from the rest. Select from one of our six unique WINE COUNTRY HELICOPTER ADVENTURES viticultural zones, combinations, or create a custom Nkmip/spirit Ridge resort in Osoyoos, BC designed excursion of your favourite wineries. We Phone us -250-498-9441 are passionate about helping consumers discover our Toll free - 1-855-403-HELI(4354) fabulous Okanagan wines, feel confident about buying wine, ordering wine in a restaurant or just talking about wine and having fun! We’re driving you to drink… Come see the beautiful Okanagan Valley from a legally… and loving it! perspective few get to experience. Enjoy our helicopter winery adventures, sightseeing tours or choose from several other heli-adventures we offer. We have something for everyone to enjoy. PAGE 38 PHOTO CREDITS (L to R) Quails’ Gate Estate Winery/Brian Sprout :: Tammy Tomiye Tourism BC/Andrea Johnson :: See Ya Later Ranch38 British Columbia Wine Tour Handbook
  • 32. THE OKANAGAN VALLEYOnce known as the mecca for “peaches and beaches, the Okanagan Valley is increasingly beingrecognized as a destination for the wine tourist. It is the largest of the five recognized British Columbiaappellations and several daytrips are necessary to take it all in. The main corridor is Highway 97connecting the north to south and a wine route signage program initiated in the 1990s alerts travelersto the turnoffs for local wineries. Just watch for the grape logo.The Okanagan is an ecological wonder. It stretches more than 100 kilometres and is fairly arid,receiving less than 30 mm of precipitation annually. One of the predominate features is OkanaganLake, which fills most of the valley floor and offers welcome respite from the blistering summer heat.The expanse of shimmering blue water and abundant beaches along the lake has helped to transformthe valley into Canada’s summer playground. An additional attraction is the vast array of wildlifespecies, including grizzly bears, big horn sheep, cougars, burrowing owls and even rattlesnakes. TheOkanagan is also home to Canada’s only desert, an extension of the Sonoran, which stretches upfrom Mexico.This divergent terrain has created unique microclimates and soil types in the various pockets of thevalley. For that reason, you will find a profound diversity in the varieties of grapes and styles of winesproduced here.NORTH OKANAGANYour tour will take you through Vernon, the oldest and second largest city in the valley. A littlefurther north is the quaint farming community of Armstrong, known as the cheese capital of Canada.And just outside Salmon Arm you’ll find the Shuswap Lake region, an area that offers more than 1,000km of gorgeous shoreline.. North Okanagan Salmon Arm / Armstrong Vernon / Lake Country Winery Attractions Accommodation Tour Operator Arts & Culture Restaurant Shopping Association Real Estate Car Rental
  • 33. Central Okanagan Kelowna / West Kelowna Winery Attractions Accommodation Tour Operator Arts & Culture Restaurant Shopping Association Real Estate Car Rental40 British Columbia Wine Tour Handbook
  • 34. CENTRAL OKANAGANAs far as destinations go, the Central Okanagan has it all. With Kelowna, the valley’s largest cityat its heart, the area offers the scenic wonders of the great outdoors with the convenience of anurban setting. It is here you will find miles of sandy beaches hugging the shores of Okanagan Lakeand North America’s longest floating bridge spanning one mile of waterway at the lake’s narrowestpoint. The region is home to a dozen wineries, ranging in size from cottage-style to what would beconsidered as large commercial. They are all conveniently located in pockets in and around the City,in Lake Country and the Lakeview Heights area on the Westside of the lake. This home to Kelowna’sStoried Wine Trails.PEACHLAND / SUMMERLANDThe names of these two charming lakeside communities should give you some clue as to whatawaits in Peachland and Summerland. Both are picturesque, peaceful retreats bathed yearly in amplesunshine and located right along Highway 97 between Kelowna and Penticton.Peachland offers clean pebble beaches and hiking trails. Summerland is home to the Kettle ValleyRailway, ornamental gardens, a salmon hatchery and, of course, the Bottleneck Drive.PENTICTON / NARAMATAPenticton is a lovely city sandwiched between two lakes - Okanagan Lake and Skaha - and just a shortdrive away from Apex Mountain ski resort. There’s a terrific river channel in the heart of the city thatdraws thousands of tubers each year. Tucked away on the other side of Penticton is the captivatingbenchland known as Naramata. The main road winds its way along the southeastern tip of OkanaganLake past farm properties that give the area an old English countryside appeal. Perhaps it’s this charmthat has resulted in a high concentration of wineries. Whatever it is, Naramata is Nirvana for thedaytripper and if you don’t mind the occasional hill climb, this is the ideal spot for a bike tour. South Okanagan Peachland / Summerland Penticton / Naramata British Columbia Wine Tour Handbook 41
  • 35. South Okanagan Okanagan Falls / Similkameen Valley OKANAGAN FALLS As you head further south, you’ll begin to notice the landscape become more arid and desert like. This really becomes apparent when you reach the Okanagan Falls area, which has a decidedly old west flavour. A word of warning, there are no falls in Okanagan Falls. They disappeared when a series of dams were constructed back in the 1950s. However, if you’re a wildlife buff keep an eye out for big horn sheep, they are frequently visible from the Highway. Among the landmarks you’ll notice between here and Oliver is McIntyre Bluff, vertical cliffs which rise 250 meters on the edge of Vaseaux Lake. Check out the Corkscrew Drive for your wine experience. SIMILKAMEEN VALLEY This picturesque appellation lies to the west of the southern portion of the Okanagan Valley – look for the turn off to the Crowsnest Highway (Highway 3) between Penticton and Okanagan Falls. This region has a decidedly rural feel with ranches and fruit farms dotting the landscape. It includes the communities of Keremeos and Cawston where many of the wineries are concentrated. Keremeos is known as the “Fruit Stand Capital of the World,” and indeed in the summer and fall months there are smatterings of stands selling fresh local produce and assorted fruit products. Cawston is a bustling agricultural center of approximately 900 people. The town boasts two fruit packing plants, one for organic produce - a fast-growing segment of the area’s economy. WINETOURS Driving you to drink... legally... and loving it! photography courtesy of Tourism BC/Don Weixl 1-877-362-3382 597 White Avenue, East, Penticton, B.C. V2A 1Y8 email: web: Twitter: @GrapeEscapes_ca42 British Columbia Wine Tour Handbook
  • 36. OLIVER / OSOYOOSThis region is home to Canada’s only desert. Indeed, the area frequently records the highest dailytemperature during the summer months. Here the landscape is dotted with sagebrush and cacti,yet the soil is rich enough to sustain thriving vineyards when irrigated. Recently, the town properdeclared itself the “Wine Capital of Canada” and it comes by that name honestly. The region featurestwo preferred growing areas - Golden Mile and the Black Sage Bench. Osoyoos features a beautifullake and is the last town before the U.S. Border.PAGE 43 PHOTO CREDITS (L to R) Nk’Mip Cellars :: Vincor International Vancouver Island, Caroline West :: Jackson Triggs, Tammy Tomiye South Okanagan Oliver / Osoyoos Winery Attractions Accommodation Tour Operator Arts & Culture Restaurant Shopping Association Real Estate Car Rental British Columbia Wine Tour Handbook 43
  • 37. FRASER VALLEY Stretching along the winding and scenic Fraser River from Hope to south and east of Vancouver is the Fraser Valley where a growing collection of wineries are setting roots thanks to a unique microclimate that blesses the area otherwise known for its rainfall. The region is deeply agricultural with green rolling farmland that gives way to urban density. It’s also an ecological wonder bordered by the Coast Mountains and Cascade Mountains, the Fraser Canyon the US border and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Wineries can be found in various pockets including Langley, Abbotsford, Surrey, Richmond and Delta. Fraser Valley :: Greater Vancouver Winery Attractions Accommodation Tour Operator Arts & Culture Restaurant Shopping Association Real Estate Car Rental44 British Columbia Wine Tour Handbook
  • 38. Vancouver Island :: Gulf IslandsVANCOUVER ISLAND AND GULF ISLANDSIn the world of wine, B.C.’s coastal waters are home to the temptation islands. There are more thantwo dozen producers of grape, fruit and cider-based wines which now make their home onVancouverIsland and neighbouring isles, regions that not so long ago few people would envision as a viticulturalhotbed. Some say coastal British Columbia is where the Okanagan was a decade ago and that there isthe possibility of 50 or more wineries thriving on Vancouver and the Gulf Islands.This is the ultimate tour for foodies as amid the vineyards there are dozens of roadside stands andfarm-gate operations pedaling every thing from balsamic vinegar to spring lamb, Saskatoon berries toasparagus, fresh farm-baked bread and produce. British Columbia Wine Tour Handbook 45
  • 39. What the region lacks in heat, it more than makes up for in charm and beauty. Vancouver and the Gulf Islands wineries typically are quaint, family-run cottage operations each with its own signature and style. Wineries on Vancouver Island can be found throughout the Cowichan Valley, Duncan, Nanaimo, Saanich Pennisula, Sooke and close to the capital city of Victoria. Wineries can be found on the following Gulf Islands: Pender, Saturna, Hornby, Salt Spring, Thetis, Quadra and Bowen. KOOTENAYS Even wine is being made in this area, known mostly for its skiing and forestry industry, a testament to the expansion of the wine industry in B.C., and the endless possibilities for the future. Kootenays :: Trail46 British Columbia Wine Tour Handbook
  • 40. DINING OUT Savour the Flavours of B.C. by Julianna HayesB.C. wine country is blessed with an incredible selection of fine restaurants, thanks in no small partto the abundance of fresh local foods that literally grow on their doorsteps. Along with the grapes,there is a thriving orchard industry that brings seasonal fruit to the table.Plus the Pacific Ocean and interior fresh water lakes provide trout, oysters, salmon, spot prawns andmore, which can literally be plucked from the water and served on the same day.In the finest independent eateries, on-staff sommeliers have the task of procuring wines, managingthe cellar, and training the hospitality staff on wine service. These guys know their stuff and are ableto make suggestions on wines that will best complement each food item on the menu. This paysoff for both the restaurateur and the winery since the consumer usually has a wining and diningexperience they won’t soon forget.The same is true at winery restaurants. While the selection of wines will mostly be limited to theirown products, the advantage here is two-fold. First all, the menu is typically built around the wines,showcasing them to their best advantage. Many of the dishes will infused with the same wine thathas been recommended to pair with them – thereby creating the ideal match. Secondly, many wineryrestaurants have picturesque settings with unstoppable views at mountains, over lakes or rollingvineyards. PAGE 47 PHOTO CREDIT Tourism BC/Dannielle Hayes British Columbia Wine Tour Handbook 47
  • 41. RESTAURANT DIRECTORY THE BARKING PARROT BAR BOGNER’S OF PENTICTON the shore of Okanagan Lake. 21 Lakeshore Dr. W 302 Eckhardt Ave West Relax beside the fire or out on the Penticton, BC V2A 7M5 Penticton BC patio, either way the lake view free. Phone: (250) 493-9753 250.493.2711 GRAPEVINE RESTAURANT The hottest place to be and be seen. Fine European cuisine refashioned at Gray Monk Estate Winery Featuring a large outdoor patio for the contemporary palate with 1055 Camp Road, Okanagan Centre that runs along Okanagan Lake, the added touch of incorporating Phone: (250) 766-3168 where patrons can enjoy the sun fresh home-grown produce as Toll Free: 1-800-663-4205 and the passing foot traffic. With a key ingredients. Summer patio dynamic menu and choice selections barbeques $27. There are many ways to enjoy a of featured wine, the lounge wonderful wine experience at Gray offers a modern, chic and inviting BUFFLEHEAD PASTA Monk along with your tour. We atmosphere for guests to wine, AND TAPAS ROOM now have our long-awaited for dine, and unwind. You can cozy up 21 Lakeshore Dr. W Grapevine Restaurant, where you on the couches by the fireplace or Penticton, BC V2A 7M5 can enjoy gourmet food prepared enjoy the spacious lounge offering Phone: (250) 493-9768 by the Grapevine culinary team and numerous TVs and a large 10 foot wines by the glass, or by the bottle, drop down screen projecting live The Bufflehead Pasta and Tapas on our lovely deck overlooking the sporting events. Room, authentic Italian cuisine on beautiful Lake Okanagan. PAGE 48 PHOTO CREDITS (L to R) Vancouver, Coast and Mountains, Bob Young :: Food & Wine, Stock Vancouver Island, Caroline West :: Quails’ Gate Estate Winery48 British Columbia Wine Tour Handbook
  • 42. THE HOODED MERGANSER Lauretta and Franco have 34 PHEASANT & QUAIL PRIVATEBAR, GRILL & MARINA years of dining experience and LIQUOR STORE stocks a large21 Lakeshore Dr. W offer homemade Italian cuisine, selection of local VQA winesPenticton, BC V2A 7M5 an extensive Okanagan wine including a great assortment ofPhone: (250) 487-4663 list and festive service in a warm imported wines to compliment a atmosphere. wine service to our customers. AlsoThe Hooded Merganser Bar & provided in our “one stop service”Grill is a chic and sophisticated MISSION HILL FAMILY ESTATE are a variety of spirit products fromwaterfront restaurant & lounge that DINNING TERRACE many distillers around the world.takes Penticton’s dining scene 1730 Mission Hill Road,to the next level. It offers its West Kelowna, BC V4T 2E4 r a n g e at Predator Ridge Resortguests insurmountable views of Phone: (250) 768-6443 301 Village Centre Place,Okanagan Lake and a menu that Vernon, BC V1H 1T2offers a fusion of eclectic tastes and Our culinary program led by Winery Phone: (250) 542-3436textures complemented by a diverse Chef Matthew Batey offers guests Toll Free: 1-888-578-6688wine collection. private events, culinary classes and an outdoor dining experience on our For an early morning breakfast,THE KEG STEAKHOUSE & BAR award-winning Terrace. relaxing lunch or an upscale yet1580 Water Street, unpretentious dinner, r a n g e ’ sKelowna, BC V1Y 1J7 PHEASANT & QUAIL PUB expertly prepared fare and warm,Phone: (250) 763-5435 & PRIVATE LIQUOR STORE welcoming service will exceed 3110 Lakeshore Road expectations.Steak grilled to perfection or Kelowna, B.C. V1W 3T1succulent prime rib paired with Phone (250) 860-1066 THE SONORA ROOMflavourful local wines makes for a RESTAURANT atwinning dining experience unique As one of British Columbia’s premier Burrowing Owl Estate Wineryto the Okanagan. The Keg offers neighbourhood pubs and liquor 100 Burrowing Owl Placecasual dining with a contemporary store, the Pheasant & Quail has (off Black Sage Road)flavour. It’s your best choice for a carved out a solid niche in the Oliver, BC V0H 1T0great night out. Kelowna hospitality marketplace Local: (250) 498-0620 by serving high quaility food and Toll free: 1-877-498-0620LA BUSSOLA beverage products in a friendly www.burrowingowlwine.ca1451 Ellis Street, Kelowna, BC casual pub atmosphere. Great food Open February – December. FinePhone: (250) 763-3110 and service indeed. cuisine paired with award wines in a beautiful vineyard setting. British Columbia Wine Tour Handbook 49
  • 43. ATTRACTIONS The Sky’s the Limit by Julianna Hayes Wine touring may have been your main draw to British Columbia, but you may feel the desire to step off the trail when you realize how much else it has to offer. B.C. is brimming with attractions for adults who want a relaxing escape or families who are seeking a thrill. Consider a visit to a day spa, hot springs or botanical gardens. Take in a helicopter tour, a shopping trip or ride an old-fashioned steam train. B.C. is an ecological wonder with a desert interpretative centre, old growth forests and marine-life migration points. It’s a golf and ski mecca, offers world-class fishing, snowmobiling, boating and RVing opportunities and is home to some of the most beautiful beaches anywhere. The area is also teeming with a diversified arts and cultural community that continues to flourish and enrich the experience of visitors. There are ballet companies, theatre groups, galleries and museums. You find symphonies, chamber orchestras, jazz clubs and French cultural centres. The streets are home to public art. The parks are filled with buskers and craftspeople. And many wineries, which once offered only wine to those who appeared on their doorsteps, now have added cultural components to their venues. Several have constructed outdoor amphitheatres, which provide concert series or theatre productions during the summer months. Some have onsite art PAGE 50 PHOTO CREDIT Kettle Valley Steam Railway WineCountryHelicopterAdventures Makeyoursouthokanaganvacationan experienceyou’llrememberforalifetime! • Helicopter Winery adventures • Helicopter Silver mine adventure/BBQ picnic • Golf and Spa packages • Weddings/Honeymoons • Sightseeing Adventures • Customized Heli-Adventures and more Located at Nkmip/spirit Ridge resort in Osoyoos, BC ph: 250-498-9441 tf: 1-855-403-HELI(4354) email: winecountryheli@telus.net50 British Columbia Wine Tour Handbook
  • 44. galleries featuring local artisans. Others offer cooking classes and educational wine seminars. Considerletting someone else do the driving for you to check out these venues by hiring a professional winetour company.There are thriving multicultural organizations, which embrace the province’s undeniable First Nationsheritage or embrace the traditions of the region’s newcomers. There are countless festivals dedicatedto music, theatre, art and wine, and ones that combine them all.Whether it’s adventure you seek or a little rest and relaxation, B.C. wine country has it all. THINGS-TO-DO DIRECTORYAMICI’S HAIR & BODY SPA Choose a delightful adventure in than 750 vehicles available for hire595 Lawrence Ave pampering at Beyond Wrapture or rent from eight locations acrossKelowna BC V1Y 6L8 Day Spa! We guarantee you will Canada. CanaDream makes itPhone: (250) 762-3000 leave feeling refreshed, rejuvenated easy for you to take a and ready to welcome your world! vacation anywhere in Canada Locations: Summerland Waterfront Alaska with a choice of rentalWelcome to the Amicis Experience. Resort, Lake Okanagan Resort, vehicles for one to six people.Coni and her team are committed in Coast Capri Hotel, Big White Ski Whether you choose to rent a truckproviding high quality salon services Resort camper, a van conversion or a Classin an intimate and comfortable C motorhome, you can be sure thatsetting. All of our services are CANADREAM RV your CanaDream RV will enable youpersonalized for every individual, RENTALS & SALES to experience Canada at your ownboth male or female that come to 2510 27th Street NE pace.our friendly salon! Calgary, AB T1Y 7G1 1.403.291.1000 GRAPE ESCAPES WINE TOURSBEYOND WRAPTURE DAY SPA 1.800.461.7368 597 White Avenue, EastPhone: 1-866-548-8899 Penticton, B.C. V2A CanaDream has a fleet of more Toll Free 1-877-362-3382 British Columbia Wine Tour Handbook 51
  • 45. email: 90 minute journey includes live music for all those attending. Forweb: and a trip onto the Trout Creek information on our award winningTwitter: @GrapeEscapes_caGrape Bridge circa 1913. wines visit us at:Escapes is the premier wine tour of choice in the South MJO TOURSOkanagan. We treat every client 206-3317 30th Avenue ORCHARD PLAZAlike you are our only client, and this Vernon, BC V1T 2C9 SHOPPING CENTREimpeccable personal relationship, Phone: (250) 545-3016 Cooper Road and Harvey Avenueservice, and experience is what stands Toll Free: 1-877-726-6548 Phone: (250) 763-7787us apart from the rest. Select from Located in the heart of Kelowna’sone of our six unique viticultural premier shopping area. This regionalzones, combinations, or create a Our mission is to ensure your centre features a wide array ofcustom designed excursion of your experience is second to none with shopping and entertainmentfavourite wineries. We are passionate solid local knowledge, exclusive opportunities. Medical and dental,about helping consumers discover “behind the scenes” wine experiences three financial institutions and fiveour fabulous Okanagan wines, – MJO provides you with a great theatres.feel confident about buying wine, touring adventure.ordering wine in a restaurant or OSOYOOS CELEBRITYjust talking about wine and having OKANAGAN WINE WINE FESTIVALfun! We’re driving you to drink… FESTIVALS SOCIETY info@osoyooscelebritywinefestival.comlegally… and loving it! 1527 Ellis Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2A7 The 3rd Annual Osoyoos CelebrityKETTLE VALLEY Phone: (250) 861-6654 Wine Festival runs from June 9 to 12,STEAM RAILWAY 2011. Rub shoulders with A-listers“The Okanagan’s Heritage Railway” mobile phone at from Film & Television along with18404 Bathville Road regional Chefs and Winemakers whileSummerland, BC V0H 1Z0 enjoying the Okanagan’s best cuisine,Phone: (250) 494-8422 The Okanagan Wine Festivals wine and entertainment. Check outToll Free: 1-877-494-8424 continue to be one of the our website or contact us for top attractions in North America. information on future festival dates.A unique way to experience We offer four annual/seasonal winethe scenic beauty of Wine festivals, each having their ownCountry! Ride May to October. The reason for being an enjoyable time52 British Columbia Wine Tour Handbook
  • 46. PHEASANT & QUAIL collector. Open Tuesday throughPRIVATE LIQUOR STORE Play two of the best Okanagan golf Saturday or by appointment.3110 Lakeshore Road courses with immaculately groomedKelowna, B.C. V1W 3T1 fairways. The new Ridge Course was WINE COUNTRY HELICOPTERPhone (250) 860-1066 just awarded Canada’s Best New Golf Course for 2010. Nkmip/spirit Ridge resort inStocks a large selection of local Osoyoos, BCVQA wines including a great TUTT STREET GALLERY Phone us -250-498-9441assortment of imported wines to 9 - 3045 Tutt Street Toll free - 1-855-403-HELI(4354)compliment a full wine service to Kelowna, BC V1Y 2H4 www.winecountryheli.comour customers. Also provided in our Phone: (250) 861-4992“one stop service” are a variety of Come see the beautiful Okanaganspirit products from many distillers Valley from a perspective few getaround the world. Established in 1984, Tutt Street to experience. Enjoy our helicopter Galley represents original work winery adventures, sightseeingPREDATOR RIDGE RESORT by some of Canada’s finest tours or choose from several other301 Village Centre Place, contemporary artists. The Gallery heli-adventures we offer. We haveVernon, BC V1H 1T2 provides a welcoming and something for everyone to enjoy.Phone: (250) 542-3436 relaxed atmosphere for the firstToll Free: 1-888-578-6688 time purchaser or the seasonedPAGE 53 PHOTO CREDITS (L to R) Beyond Wrapture Day Spa :: Shopping, Stock Boating, Tammy Tomiye :: Wine Country Helicopter Adventures Toll free Reservations 1.888.860.1212 Each Best Western hotel is independently owned and operated British Columbia Wine Tour Handbook 53
  • 47. Overlooking Skaha Lake Enjoy your stay in Penticton European Sauna & Spa Pool Facilities Waterfront Inn Overlooking Skaha Lake, Penticton BC 1.800.563.6006 / • Coast Capri Hotel • Big White Resort • Lake Okanagan Resort • Summerland Waterfront Resort p: 250.448.8899 tf: 1.866.548.8899 www.beyondwrapture.com54 British Columbia Wine Tour Handbook
  • 48. ACCOMMODATION Just Like Home (but more fun) by Julianna Hayes“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Likewise, one person’s idea of a great night’s sleep isbedding down in a tent under the stars, while another demands 600-thread count Egyptian cottonsheets.Fortunately, B.C. wine country can accommodate both and everyone in between.One of the unique factors of this province is the variety of its landscape. It gives you the option ofcentering yourself in an urban setting with all the amenities at your doorstep. Or you can escape itall to the peace and tranquility of a quaint village or even into the woodlands where your neighboursare of the winged and four-legged variety.From lake or ocean-front resorts, city-centered boutique hotels and highway motor lodges to quietvillage bed & breakfasts, RV parks and remote campgrounds, you find something to meet yourcomfort level and your budget.If you’re heart is set on the great outdoors, there are plenty of scenic parks that will provide the mostbasic of overnight stays - a campfire area, and a place to pitch your tent. But you can roll up in agiant, tricked-out motorhome, and there will be places that can accommodate you too. They’ll havelots of space and all the necessary hook-ups so you can appreciate the stars at night and enjoy yoursatellite TV too.If you think a 40-foot RV is akin to “roughing it,” there is a large selection of fine hotels that offervalet, concierge and head-to-toe spas services. And many resorts provide unique “wine countrypackages,” such as tours and safe storage for your wine purchases.There are lots of kid-friendly options, as well, some places even have onsite amusement parks andwaterslides. And if Rover comes along for the ride, many facilities have designated rooms for peopletraveling with pets. PAGE 55 PHOTO CREDIT Ramada Inn & Suites Penticton S T R A N D L A K E S I D E R E S O R T. . . enchanting, inviting and oh, so Okanagan. 7343 Okanagan Landing Road, Vernon, BC | (250) 542-3716 | 1-888-988-7488 | British Columbia Wine Tour Handbook 55
  • 49. ACCOMMODATION DIRECTORY APPLE ORCHARD RV PARK THE GUEST HOUSE AT Accommodation? The Villa at Hester 4410 Wallace Hill Road, BURROWING OWL WINERY Creek has six beautifully appointed Kelowna V1W 4C3 100 Burrowing Owl Place (off Black suites with private patios, stunning Phone: (250) 764 3442 Sage Road), Oliver, B.C. V0H 1T0 views and breakfast included. Phone: (250) 498-0620 Sumptuous lodgings! Featuring 10 full service, drive- Toll free: 1-877-498-0620 through sites for big rig and THE LAKESIDE RESORT fifth wheeled RVs. 50 and 30 A beautiful 11 room Guest House RR4, S6, C5, 37005 81 St. Amp electrical service, wireless overlooking Burrowing Owl Oliver, BC V0H 1T0 internet, water and sewer. On-site Vineyards. Breakfast is included. Phone: 1-800-220-7330 washrooms/showers and laundry Amenities include meeting space, room. Large sites nestled in amongst an all season hot tub and a 25 meter “Tranquility in Wine Country.” Enjoy an apple orchard. Close to lake, solar heated outdoor pool. relaxing wine tours or our famous hiking/biking trails, golf courses and “Steak-on-the-Lake”™ golf packages. award winning wineries. THE COVE LAKESIDE RESORT Park-like setting, lakeview suites, 4205 Gellatly Road outdoor spa. BEST WESTERN KELOWNA West Kelowna, BC V4T 2K2 HOTEL & SUITES (250) 707-1800 THE OUTBACK 2402 Highway 97 North, (877) 762-2683 LAKESIDE RESORT Kelowna, BC V1X 4J1 9845 Eastside Road Phone: (250) 860-1212 Located in the heart of Okanagan Vernon BC V1H 1Z2 Toll free: 1-888-860-1212 wine country, this premier (250) 545-5005 waterfront resort offers luxurious all (877) 546-5005 Enjoy our premium full service suite accommodation and features hotel, located minutes from several beach, pools, hot tubs, private This distinctive waterfront resort renowned wineries. We offer marina, Spa at The Cove, Bikram offers serenity & exclusive luxury in well appointed guest rooms with Yoga and Bonfire Restaurant & Bar. two and three bedroom beautifully upscale amenities, a full service appointed vacation homes that are spa, restaurant, sports bar, indoor THE VILLA AT HESTER CREEK discreetly situated overlooking the /outdoor mineral pool, two outdoor 13163 - 326th Avenue, waters of Okanagan Lake or nestled hot tubs, private garden courtyard & Oliver, BC V0H 1T0 among the natural pine forest. Enjoy BBQ area, and business centre. Enjoy Phone: (250) 498-4435 the beaches, pools, hot tubs and your complimentary hot buffet Toll free: 1-866-498-4435 private marina. A place of retreat, an breakfast daily. opportunity to relax. FREE Hot B uffet Kelowna Hotel & SuiteS 2 Out Break door fast Hot T In/Ou ubs t Hea ted M Large ineral BBQ C Pool Resta ourty urant ard & Spo 250.860.1212 rts Ba r 2402 Hwy 97 N, Kelowna Toll free Reservations 1.888.860.1212 Each Best Western hotel is independently owned and operated56 British Columbia Wine Tour Handbook
  • 50. PENTICTON LAKESIDE RESORT Phone: 250 492-8926 and vineyard cottages. You will21 Lakeshore Dr. W Toll free: 1-800-665-4966 particularly love the completelyPenticton, BC V2A 7M5 screened verandas to enjoy the longPhone: (250) 493-8221 Resort-style hotel. From standard summer nights, mile of rooms to deluxe suites with sandy beach, and opportunity toLocated on the shores of Okanagan fireplaces and jetted tubs. Heated stay in a working vineyard. Add aLake in British Columbia’s beautiful outdoor pool & hot tub. Pub onsite. little golf, some boating, some R&ROkanagan Valley, the Penticton Wine tours available. and you’ve got the perfect placeLakeside Resort, Convention Centre to escape the everyday, to relax, to& Casino is a destination all its own. STRAND LAKESIDE RESORT breathe.203 deluxe guest rooms and suites 7343 Okanagan Landing Roadeach with its own balcony, offer Vernon, BC V1H 2J6 WATERFRONT INNspectacular views of the beautiful Phone: (250) 542-3716 3688 Parkview Stlake and mountains. You won’t find Toll Free: 1-888-988-7488 Penticton, BC V2A 6H1a more elegant setting to enjoy the Reservations Toll free in Canadadiverse activities the resort and the Sparkling blue waters, endless and USA 1-800-563-6006region have to offer. The facilities of sunshine and a truly unhurried pace www.waterfrontinn.neta first class hotel await you! to life. Kick off your shoes. Clear Overlooking Skaha lake, beach and your mind. This is your own park. Situated in the heart of winePREDATOR RIDGE RESORT personal retreat - the perfect place country we are in near proximity301 Village Centre Place, to refresh your soul and energize to all your vacation needs. Quiet,Vernon, BC V1H 1T2 your lifestyle. Welcome to Strand off highway across from tennis andPhone: (250) 542-3436 Lakeside Resort. beach, volley ball courts, children’sToll Free: 1-888-578-6688 playground waterslides, riverWeb: VERANDA BEACH channel rafting, children’s themeStay at Predator Ridge Lodge or 299 East Lake Road park, marina, roller blade pathsenjoy the views from the Peregrine Oroville, WA and rock climbing at Skaha BluffsCottages. With a variety of Phone: (509)476-4000 nearby shopping, take-out andaccommodation choices, your stay Toll Free: 1-888-476-4001 dining within walking distance closewill be a memorable one. to airport. Complimentary wireless Veranda Beach is a vibrant cottage high speed internet. Indoor spa-poolRAMADA INN & SUITES resort village on Lake Osoyoos that and European steam sauna.PENTICTON provides the perfect base for wine1050 Eckhardt Avenue West, touring in the South Okanagan withPenticton, BC V2A 2C3 a choice of beachfront, lakeside
  • 51. B.C. LIVING Vacation in your own Backyard by Julianna Hayes During your visit to B.C. wine country you’ll likely find yourself slowing in front of homes with “For Sale” signs or picking up real estate publications and newspaper sections. Indeed, the grape-growing regions of British Columbia are among the most sought after areas of Canada in which to live - thanks in large part to the desirable climate, natural beauty and incredible amenities, not the least of which is the wine community. After a couple years of adjustment, courtesy of the economic slowdown affecting the world, the real estate market in B.C.’s wine growing regions has begun to rebound. Still there are excellent investments to be had. Residential options range from contemporary, urban facilities to remote country settings, luxurious waterfront developments to scenic snowy getaways high in B.C.’s mountainscapes. There are opportunities to settle among the vineyards or along the countless golf courses which pepper B.C.’s landscapes. If you do decide to invest in wine country real estate, you can look forward to enjoying plenty of the area’s bounty grown literally on your doorstep. RELOCATION DIRECTORY INVUE HIGH-RISE views. With contemporary interiors Toll Free: 1-866-578-2233 CONDO RESIDENCES and convenient lifestyle amenities Show Suites and Sales Office set in quality concrete construction, Experience Okanagan Resort Living Open Daily Noon-5:00pm there is no equal in condo residences for yourself. Predator Ridge Real (closed Fridays) within the Okanagan Valley. Estate has some of the finest homes 2040 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC Location ❑ Quality ❑ Price for sale in the Okanagan. Phone: 250-862-1047 Toll Free: 1-888-862-1047 PREDATOR RIDGE SONOMA PINES LIMITED PARTNERSHIP Sales Centre and Show Homes This 14-story landmark offers 100 Mashie Crescent, Open Daily Noon – 5:00PM spacious two-bedroom suites Vernon, BC V1H 1V8 On Carrington Road beside Two featuring desirable lake and city Phone: (250) 503-1739 Eagles Golf Course PAGE 58 PHOTO CREDIT Predator Ridge Golf Resort58 British Columbia Wine Tour Handbook
  • 52. Nature Inspired Living www.wilden.caImagine life in a beautiful Okanagan sanctuary. Spacious hillside homes woventhrough 1,000 acres of parkland and forested trails. Nature at your doorstep;sandy beaches, orchards and vineyards just minutes away. Now availableare lots and homes for all lifestyles and budgets. Wilden is even breakingnew ground in ecologically sensitive development. Offering an affordablegeothermal system to each homebuyer is just one of Wildens ways of helpingensure a clean, healthy environment. This is Wilden - it’s all natural!Valley View Lots from $139,900Lake View Lots from $229,900Four Bedroom Townhomes from $429,900Sales Centre and Show Homes open Daily 1-5 (except Friday)Call 250-717-7966 or 250-863-4166 Toll Free 1-866-762-2906
  • 53. 3823 Sonoma Pines Drive, West Toll Free: 1-888-988-748 center, recreation area and marina. Kelowna, BC Veranda Beach is the perfect place Phone: 250.768.3703 Warm and inviting, Strand Lakeside to escape the everyday, to relax and Resort is designed for relaxed, yet breathe. Established in 2004, this colourful sophisticated living. Inside your Santa Fe style development has residence, quality finishings offer WILDEN recently introduced fresh new style and functionality, while Presentation Centre neighbourhoods with single family outside, thoughtful amenities 286 Clear Pond Place and townhome residences that offer encourage full enjoyment of the Kelowna, BC V1V 2X6 stunning lake, vineyard and fairway Okanagan’s legendary lifestyle. Phone: (250) 762-2906 views. Visit this timeless, golf- Strand Lakeside will oriented community in the retail simpy never want to leave. 5 show homes to showcase 5 of the hub of West Kelowna. Over 300 Okanagan’s finest Builders. Wilden residents love living here! VERANDA BEACH offers a fresh approach to Hillside 299 East Lake Road living. Enjoy your new home in a SOPA SQUARE Oroville, WA spectacular setting offering views of 3013 Pandosy Street Phone: (509)476-4000 Kelowna and Lake Okanagan with Kelowna, BC Toll Free: 1-866-837-2632 parkland and hiking literally at you 250 762 5818 door. Wilden stretches across the The developers of Veranda Beach, a most prized view-lot real estate in vibrant cottage resort village on Lake the Okanagan. The largest master Living at SOPA Square provides for Osoyoos, just south of the Canadian planned community between all your daily living needs including border at Osoyoos, are pleased to Vancouver and Calgary is laced with boutiques, restaurants and sidewalk offer the rare opportunity to own secluded lakes, wetlands and hiking cafes in a trendy, pedestrian friendly in a working vineyard with their trails. Close to downtown and urban atmosphere. recent release of Vineyard Cottages, several award winning wineries. to complement the lakeside cottage STRAND LAKESIDE RESORT offering, village center amenities 7343 Okanagan Landing Road including an outdoor pool, hot tubs, Vernon, BC V1H 2J6 children’s pool, restaurant, general Phone: (250) 542-3716 store, fitness center and activity PAGE 61 PHOTO CREDIT Tourism BC/Don Weixl60 British Columbia Wine Tour Handbook
  • 54. THE MYSTIQUE OF WINECan You Talk the Talk? by Julianna HayesIf the appreciation of wine were as simple as lifting a glass to your lips and drinking deeply, themystique that surrounds it would not exist.But the world of wine is filled with such complexities that it merits its own language. Unfortunately,when you attend events like the Okanagan Wine Festivals and you don’t speak the language, it’s likewatching a foreign film without subtitles. You may like the pretty pictures, but you won’t understanda darn word anyone is saying.Don’t throw in the towel just yet. Wine-speak doesn’t have to confound you. We’ve put together thishandy glossary of terms, along with some great wine trivia to turn you into a pro in no time. Wine Lingo at Your Fingertips Did you Know?Balance – The structure of wine. Wines should have fruit, • A vertical tasting involves samplingacid and tannins in equal proportions. the same wine from different vintage years. This will show you how a wineBrix – The standard way to measure the sugar content in can change from year to year basedgrapes. Most table wines are harvested between 19 and 25 on the whims of Mother Nature.degrees Brix. • A horizontal tasting is tasting differentChaptalization – The practice of adding sugar to the wines with something in commongrape must (crushed juice and skins) prior to fermenting, to from the same vintage. For example,compensate for low sugar content in the grapes. tasting 2010 Rieslings from differentCorked – Wines that smell of mould resulting from a wineries or regions.defective cork. • Meritage was originally created inFinish – The aftertaste that lingers in your mouth after California and is a blended wine thatswallowing a sip of wine. Wines with a long finish or good can be summed up as “New World“length” are desirable. Bordeaux.” The term is a combo of the words “merit” and “heritage” andFlinty – A sharp, metallic tang sometimes found in very dry pronounced the same. The red blendwhite wines. is made from at least two of the five Bordeaux grape varieties: CabernetFoxy – Wines that are overly “grapey” smelling and tasting. An Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc,undesirable quality. Petit Verdot, and Malbec. The whiteLees – The sediment that accumulates in the bottom of the Meritage is a blend of at least two ofbarrel during fermentation. Wines will often be aged “sur lees” Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Vert,to give them a creamy, buttery texture. and Semillon. British Columbia Wine Tour Handbook 61
  • 55. Wine Lingo at Your Fingertips Did you Know? Maderization – Oxydation of some types of wines. • A closed wine is, simply put, one that doesn’t smell like much. Many Mousse – The effervescence in a sparkling wine. Some fine wines go through a ‘”closed” people think itIn the glass it perceived as the bubbling but the or “dumb” period as part of their surface of the glass can affect this perception. Premium quality development. Some can take several sparkling wine has a mousse composed of small, persistent years before developing the aromas string of bubbles. that are considered highly prized by Noble rot – A desirable fungus brought on by Botrytis aficionados. cinerea that results in dehydrated and shrivelled grapes that are highly in concentrated sugar. Noble Rot grapes are an • Open wine should be sealed as component of many B.C. late harvest dessert wines. tightly as possible and stored in the refrigerator, even reds. Colder Punt – The indentation found in the base of a wine bottle. temperaturesslowdownthechemical reactions caused by oxygen. Limiting Tannin – Found in wine from the skin and pips of the grape the wine’s exposure to oxygen by and oak barrels. Tannins form the basis for the long life of wines pouring it into a smaller bottle will and their levels are highest in reds due to barrel aging. Tannins also improve its shelf life. So save in young wines can impart a bitter astringency in the mouth. Tannins will fade with time, helping wines age gracefully. those half bottles! • Volatile acidity refers to a wine that Terroir – Literally means “earth” or “dirt” in French but refers has excessive acidity, specifically to soil and climate where the wines grapes are grown. A region’s “terrior” can be a wine’s signature. acetic acid. A wine with V.A. will smell vinegary and in extreme cases like Véraison – A grape-growing term meaning “the onset of nail polish remover. Understandably, ripening.” It’s the noticeable period when red grapes begin to it’s considered a fault and those wines change colour. that exhibit it will be penalized if not rejected altogether when under scrutiny for certification, such as in Wine by Numbers the tasting panel of B.C. Vintner’s Quality Alliance system. People • One standard acre of grapevines produces five tons of can confuse V.A. with desirable grapes; 13.5 barrels of wine; 3,017 litres; 3,985 bottles; characteristics of acidity, particularly 15,940 glasses. in New World wines. • One barrel of wine equals 738 lbs of grapes, 24.6 cases of • Temperature can affect how a wine wine, 221.4 litres, 295.2 bottles, 1,180 glasses. tastes. Cold masks flavours. The ideal serving temperature for whites • B.C. by the numbers: wine regions - 5; grape wineries in is three to seven degrees Celsius 2011 - 193; grape wineries in 1990 - 17; current number higher than the average refrigerator. of vineyards - 710; grape varietals - 60+; ratio of red to Likewise with reds, if you serve them white produced - 51% to 49%; 2009 grape harvest - too warm, all you can taste is the 19,879 tons; 1995 grape harvest - 8,108 tons; 2009 wine alcohol. production - 12,921,350 litres; 1995 wine production - 4,864,800 litres Value of 2009 grape crop - $40,305,170. • The proper formula calculating the calories in a glass of wine is this: 1.6 multiplied by percentage of alcohol multiplied by number of ounces.Thus, drink eight ounces at 14 per cent alcohol, the calorie count is 180. Those with a penchant for big reds, which can tip the scales at 16 per cent alcohol, you’re sipping 204 calories. Drink a whole bottle and you’re in the 610 to 665 calorie range. PAGE 62 PHOTO CREDITS (L to R) Tourism BC/JF Bergeron :: © Julianna Hayes :: © Cellar – Tourism BC/JF Bergeron62 British Columbia Wine Tour Handbook