New Ways to Sip and Swirl in British Columbia’s top wine region
Discover the best new vintages and winery openings across the Thompson Okanagan, British Columbia
Home to the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Canada’s only desert, and sprawling lakes, the Thompson Okanagan’s natural wonders are only matched by its active spirit and world-class wine region. As British Columbia’s top wine region, producing award-winning vintages at over 250 vineyards, visitors can enjoy wine tasting, food festivals, and farmers-markets throughout the year. New for 2019, sip it for yourself at one of these iconic BC wineries:
New on the urban scene: Ricco Bambino became Kelowna’s newest downtown ‘urban’ winery when it opened its doors in Summer 2018, following in the footsteps of Penticton’s TIME Winery, which also opened in June 2018.
New wineries to watch: Here’s The Thing Vineyard; BC’s newest ‘green’ winery, is completely solar powered and located just off the Black Sage Road route. This Spring, Burnt Timber Winery will offer exclusive appointment-only tastings of their delicious selection of reds.
Adding some sparkle: One of BC’s pioneering wineries, Cedar Creek Estate have begun producing a sparkling wine. Pop the cork and enjoy a bottle of their new Home Block Sparkling Brut at the open-air Vineyard Terrace restaurant.
Not to be missed award winners:
- Summerhill Pyramid Winery in Kelowna remains among BC’s most unique wineries. This 32-acre organic vineyard and star-aligned pyramid cellar offer visitors farm-to-table lunches at the Sunset Organic Bistro paired with a glass of Gold Medal Chardonnay Icewine, a pour that received the 2017 French Chardonnay du Monde competition’s highest score.
- Anchored by a 12-storey bell tower, Mission Hill Family Estate beckons visitors through its limestone arches. It was Mission Hill that first helped launch BC wine into the international spotlight, winning the Avery Trophy for Best Chardonnay Worldwide in 1994 at the International Wine & Spirit Competition. Today, the accolades are still rolling in: at the Decanter World Wine Awards in the UK in spring 2017, the winery earned Best Canadian Pinot Noir and Best Canadian Red Wine honours for its 2015 Terroir Collection No. 43 Reflection Point Pinot Noir.
- Church & States’ vineyards benefit from the long evening sun and gravel-sand soils of the Black Sage Bench—ideal conditions for longer-ripening red grapes. (No wonder that the 2014 Merlot garnered 98 points and Best Canadian Wine title.) The winery continues to take home awards; and was recognised at the 2017 New World International Wine Competition.
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