Burrowing Owl Winery and Sonora Room Restaurant

Burrowing Owl Winery & Estate is the first in my BC winery series.

Burrowing Owl Winery & Estate
Burrowing Owl Winery & Estate

Restaurant: The Sonora Room Restaurant
Wine tastings by donation to their owl conservatory
www.bovwine.ca
Region: Oliver in the South Okanagan
List of All Okanagan Wineries

This was my first winery on the trip up to Okanagan the famous Burrowing Owl. I checked out some of the reviews online and it was fairly positive. Have to admit I hadn’t had any of their wines for a while and was excited to get rekindle my affair with their Meritage.

The estate is sprawling reminiscent of a castle. It was long and windy drive up to the winery and the estate was perched up top. The views were gorgeous.

burrowing owl views from their patio
burrowing owl views from their patio

Entering the tasting room, it was packed, everyone was pushing their way to the bar. It felt more like a bar and I felt like I had to elbow my way through to the front.

burrowing owl wine tasting room
burrowing owl wine tasting room

We were famished and decided to have lunch at the Sonoma Room before we the wine tastings. I wished we done the reverse, I would have loved to have tried Burrowing Owl’s wines before our meal. The pairing recommendations on their menu, I felt could have been paired better.

sonora room
sonora room

I really wanted to this winery to be one of my greats, unfortunately it fell short, the wine and food. I bumped into other patrons after all was done and regrettably it was a consensus.

duck confi
duck confit
seafood cioppino
seafood cioppino

None the less the view is spectacular and that alone is worth the trip.

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Burrowing Owl Estate Winery
100 Burrowing Owl Pl
Oliver, BC V0H 1T0
(250) 498-0620

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery

Winery Feature:

Region: Oliver, South Okanagan
German focused winery, they are known for their award-winning whites. The whites I sampled are a little more sweeter than I generally liked but, definitely very good.

 

Upon walking into the tasting room you will notice the awards pinned up on the wall. It’s nuts how many they have.

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery
13166 326 Avenue Oliver, BC V0H 1T0 Canada
(250) 498-3537

Hester Creek Estate Winery

Hester Creek Winery and Estate

Winery Features

List of All Oliver Wineries

welcome to hester creek
welcome to hester creek

I remember all I got from the young girl behind the counter was “this was sooo good, very fruity, I drank the whole bottle yesterday” Uhhh….yea… I figured I couldn’t get much else out of her. Hester Creek’s wine are all on the lighter side. They had a few wines we weren’t able to try. It thought they would be very expensive but, you can’t even serve up a $35 bottle of wine for a tasting, we have a problem. It wasn’t due to the volume either, Hester had plenty left out in their wine store.

Winery store
Winery store

The wines that we sampled were alright, none of the wines had much depth and I thought a little young.

I do like the patio with live music. They have a small section in their store that has cheese and breads for purchase so you can take your wine and food out to the patio to enjoy.

Picnic Area at Hester Creek
Picnic Area at Hester Creek

This was my last of the big wineries I went to on my trip. At the smaller wineries the staff tend to be more educated and passionate about the subject; whereas some of the bigger wineries like Hester, had the more sprawling estate but also staff who didn’t know much about wine.

Since you are here you might as well take a 30 seconds drive to Gehringer.

Hester Creek Estate Winery

877 Road 8, Box 1605
Oliver, BC V0H 1T0
(250) 498-4435

Cassini Cellars

Cassini Cellars

Tastings: $5 credit towards purchase

Restaurant: n/a

List of All Okanagan Wineries

Local award winning winery. Our faovurite was the Maximus from their collector series. It is a smaller winery, no picnic area and located on a busier road. Not so much in terms of views but, this bottle is worth it. You can also purchase this from your local VQA store, only 310 cases and this is their most popular wine.

Cassini Wines
Cassini Wines

“MAXIMUS is about complexity, balance, elegance, character. This classic Bordeaux/Meritage style wine has intense aromas of black currant, black pepper, strawberry jam, vanilla, cocoa and tobacco. This full bodied wine finishes with a nice oaky balance, with a long lingering silky finish with soft and subtle tannins.”

The tasting room itself was great, not busy at all which I liked, I didn’t have to fight my way to the tasting bar. This was right off the highway so no views or picnic area.

cassini wine tasting room
cassini wine tasting room

4828 HWY 97
Oliver, BC, V0H 1T0
Tel: 250-485-4370

Le Vieux Pin Winery

Le Vieux Pin Winery

Winery Features

  • Small picnic area
  • Region: Oliver, South Okanagan
  • $5 tastings credited towards purchase
  • Le Vieux pin
  • Region: Oliver: South Okanagan
  • Restaurant: n/a

List of All Oliver Wineries

I love this little winery. Their drive for quality makes their wine really stand above all other wineries in the area. Jeff educated us on their winery and rigid standards for quality control. That is also one of the reasons why the volume is kept low.

Le Vieux Pin Wine Storage
Le Vieux Pin Wine Storage

They have a small picnic area as well, I prefer going to their sister Winery LaStella for a picnic instead, their views are stunning.

Le Vieux Pin picnic area
Le Vieux Pin picnic area

Sauvignon Blanc is quite unique in that they mix a little yeast, to take out that acidic bite usually found in Sauvignon Blancs, resulting in a rounder wine. Yep, I had to get a few.

The Equinox line is their premium line, averaging around 75 cases and starts at $70 a bottle.

Equinox Chardonnay
Equinox Chardonnay

The tasting room is small and lacks view but, the wine is worth a trip.

Le Vieux Pin Winery

5496 Black Sage Rd
Oliver, BC V0H 1T0
(250) 498-8388

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards

Winery Features

Restaurant: Miradoro Restaurant
www.tinhorn.com
Tastings free
Region: Oliver, South Okanagan
Unique features: free wine tastings, summer concert series, one of the most stunning views

Gorgeous! The views are spectacular. For a few years now Tinhorn Creek has been presenting a concert series during the summer and anytime a stadium is perched on top of a mountain, in a vineyard…Yes Please!

Stage at Tinhorn Creek
Stage at Tinhorn Creek

A very popular destination for weddings, the vineyard is ideal for it. This bench was just too romantic to pass up and I usually cringe at cute/romantic things but, maybe because I was on vacation or, I was mesmerized by the stunning views and I’ve been sipping on wine for nearly 4 hours but, I thought this winery would be a perfect setting for a wedding.  (ahhheemm…don’t read too much into this)

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards secret spot

Upon walking in,  you are immediately welcomed with a glass of wine and instructed to explore their grounds. There are two bars where you can try out a few of their wines and a small shop in the middle. A great tidbit, if you don’t want to carry their wines back you can purchase them at your local VQA store.

Tasting Room and shop
Tasting Room and shop

Standing at the top of Tinhorn’s Creek grand stair case.

Tinhorn creek vineyards
Tinhorn creek vineyards

This is a small vineyard where guests are invited to tastes the grapes. Quite interesting, you can taste the difference between the grapes as you go through the different varieties

Tinhorn creek sample vineyard
Tinhorn creek sample vineyard

Their winery restaurant,  Miradoro Restaurant is on the pricier side, their steak are a little more expensive than Gotham’s Steakhouse in Vancouver.

There is separate room where they showcase their barrels, it’s pretty neat, you learn a little bit more about the types of wood they use and the reason why.

wine barrel room
wine barrel room

I will definitely be back, the estate is just too breath-taking to miss.

Events at Tinhorn:

Okanagan Fall Wine Festival – Oct 3

Chef vs Chef Dinner – Oct 4

For more events at Tinhorn please visit Tinhorn in my events section

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards

537 Tinhorn Creek Road
Oliver, BC V0H 1T0
(250) 498-3743
tinhorn.com‎