Time for a little self-promotion. Some of
my readers will have used earlier editions of John Schreiner’s Okanagan Wine Tour Guide, the handy pocket-sized volume that came out first in 2006 with 248 pages.
The fourth edition, now 368 pages but still
$20, has just been published. It profiles 34 wineries that were not in the
third edition just two years ago. In
total, there are 161 profiles in the latest book, up from 100 in the 2006 book.
I have extended the coverage beyond the Okanagan and the Similkameen to include
both the Kootenays and Kamloops.
Even frequent wine tourists will find many
wineries that they have never heard about until now. Here is a quick peak to
whet your curiosity either for the wineries or the book, or both. Most have
websites where you can get more information than I have room to give here.
Adega on 45th Estate Winery is a winery opening this spring
in Osoyoos, not far from Nk’Mip Cellars. The owners are Portuguese; “adega”
means wine cellar in Portuguese.
Alto Wine Group is located in a rustic metal clad building just east of Okanagan Falls. It is a bit of a winemaker
collective that produces a host of very good small labels including Synchromesh
Food & Beverage Group is one of the members of the Alto co-operative, run by a consultant who
lives in Vancouver
and makes wines under the Siren’s Call label. Liquidity Wines is opening this year near Okanagan Falls
and Blue Mountain Cellars, on a vineyard once farmed by Blue Mountain’s
founder. The winemaker here is a young Australian who once worked for Tantalus.
Ridge Winery is a new organic winery opening this summer in
Grindrod, a small community near Enderby. It is just off Highway 97A.
Celista Estate Winery opened last year at Celista, a
community beside Shuswap
Lake. This is B.C.’s most
northern winery, owned by a couple who used to live in Yellowknife. Sunnybrae Vineyards & Winery is a charming Shuswap winery that
also opened last summer.
Double Cross Cidery at Function Junction is a new cidery and part of a popular fruit stand on Highway 33 at the
north end of Kelowna.
50th Parallel Estate is an ambitious new winery not
far north of Gray Monk and on the same side of Okanagan Lake.
The winemaker is a Pinot Noir expert from a top New Zealand winery.
Harper’s Trail Estate Winery is a new winery just east of Kamloops
near the Lafarge cement plant. There will not be a tasting room for a year or
so. Monte Creek Ranch Estate Winery will open nearby in several
years. Privato Vineyard & Winery is north of Kamloops
and will not have a tasting room.
Heaven’s Gate Estate Winery opened a lovely tasting room last summer just outside Summerland on what
used to be a peach orchard. SummerGate Winery and Tyler Harlton Wines are new wineries nearby and Saxon Winery is the former Hollywood &
Three new wineries have opened beside Highway 97 south of Oliver. Intersection Winery at Road 9 (no wineshop yet) is
owned by Bruce Schmidt, once national sales manager for Calona Wines. Maverick Estate Winery, a bit
further south, is run by the winemaker at Burrowing Owl and his father-in-law,
a South African doctor. Gold Hill Winery, which is just completing a grand tasting room, opened last summer beside Highway
97, midway between Oliver and Osoyoos.
Niche Wine Company is a West
Kelowna winery with no tasting room at this time. The young couple
who own the winery are hand-selling the wines – Pinot Noir, Foch, Pinot Gris -
Okanagan Crush Pad Winery is a very modern winery in
Summerland that does custom winemaking. This is where Haywire, Bartier
Brothers, Bartier & Scholefield wines are made, among others. The wineshop
only opens for wine festivals.
Perseus Winery & Vineyards is almost in downtown Penticton. Nearby, Upper Bench Estate Winery is the former Stonehill winery
under new management; and also selling cheese. Misconduct Winery, which was profiled in previous
books, now has a tasting room, also on Upper Bench.
New to Black Sage Road
is Platinum Bench
Estate Winery, opening a wineshop this
spring, and Time Estate Winery, Harry McWatter’s new venture, which has not yet begun building its
Stone Estate Winery, near the Jackson-Triggs winery, opened last year with impressive wines.
Two new wineries have opened on the Naramata Bench. Terravista
Vineyards (no tasting room) is owned by former founders of Black Hills Winery. 3 Mile Estate
Winery opened a wineshop last year on Naramata
Road and 3
The Vibrant Vine/Okanagan Villa Estate
two years ago in Kelowna
but the owners did not contact me in time for the previous tour guide. This is
a must-visit winery where guests are given 3-D glasses to view the 3-D wine
don’t expect as many new wineries to open in the next two years, there still are
others to come. Don Triggs, one of the founders of Jackson-Triggs, has just
begun to build a new winery, called Culmina,
on the Golden Mile and will be releasing wines in 2013.