BC Wineries Guide

I hit up a few wineries throughout BC. This meant to be a guide to help you plan your next trip to some of these wineries. Made some wine recommendations as well.

This is probably one of the most detailed Okanagan wineries map that I used on my trips, download and print it out.

Oliver

In order that I went, these wineries are relatively close to each other.

  • Platinum Bench – Wife and co-owner makes one of the most delicious housemade breads, that is also for sale. Everyone came out with at least one loaf
  • Church & State Winery – gorgeous patio, recommend their 2012 Viognier
  • Le Vieux Pin – Celebrated winery also one of the most expensive wines

Osoyoos

  • Church & State – ‘Viognier 2012’, buttery smoothness
  • Black Hills
  • Desert Hills – Cactus White 2011, award winning blend.’Gamay 2011′
  • Burrowling Owl – Athene 2010
  • La Stella – Recommend Maestoso 2009, it’s like eating steak and tomatoes. weird description but damn good. ‘Fortissimon 2010’
  • Moon Curser – young wines with huge potential if left to age for a year
  • Gehringer Brothers
  • Hester Creek Winery
  • Tinhorn Creek – Awesome summer concert series with a gorgeous backdrop

Kelowna

  • Sperling Winery – Recommend their ‘Old Vines  Riesling 2011’, not too sweet with body. It’s like drinking summer on a beach
  • Summerhill Winery – Recommend their sparkling wine, a little pricey
  • Cedar Creek

West Kelowna

  • Mission Hill *must try restaurant* and their International Award Winning ‘Pinot Noir 2011, Martins Lane’ and ‘Martin’s Lane Viognier 2012’. Only available at winery
  • Mt. Boucherie – Recommend their ‘summit 2009t’, full bodied wine
  • Volcanic Hills – ‘Eruption 2008’
  • Quails Gate
  • Gray Monk

Langley

I originally posted my Langley Winery Guide on Hello Vancity

  • Township 7 Vineyards & Winery
  • Domaine de Chaberton – AC 50 – Bordeaux based wine, only 163 cases produced
  • Vista d-oro farms and winery – f Bomb and Walnut Wine
  • Backyard Vineyards – Nosey neighbour, their signature blend
  • Blackwood Lane Vineyards and Winery – Signature Bordeaux Blend, complex and intense
  • Krause Berry farms & estate Winery – legendary pies
  • Fort Wine Co.

The Patio Lake Breeze Bistro

The Patio Lake Breeze Bistro is located in Naramata Bench. It came highly recommended by locals and tourist.

From the patio you aren’t able to see the gorgeous view but it is a must see.

It’s casual and the prices are affordable, more importantly the food is fresh, simple and delicious.

Burger was juicy and thick. Balsamic and pickled veggies cut through the richness, very nice balance.

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Pork sirloin had a nice crunchy char on the outside and the meat was juicy and tender on the inside. Topped with pear and balsamuc compote. With a side of wild rice and sautéed leafy greens. We paired that with one of their fuller wines, Meritage. Continue reading “The Patio Lake Breeze Bistro”

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.

The Sonora Room on Urbanspoon

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

LaStella Winery

LaStella Winery

Winery Features

  • Restaurant: None
  • www.lastella.ca
  • Region: Osoyoos, South Okanagan
  • Patio/ picnic area
  • $5 wine tastings with credit towards purchase
  • Gorgeous views

List of All Osoyoos Wineries

LaStella view
LaStella view

This was my favorite winery. Mark the wine connoisseur knew his stuff. I think we spent nearly 35 minutes at this gorgeous Tuscan villa, sipping on wine and chatting up with Mark.

LaStella Tuscan Winery
LaStella Tuscan Winery

They also have a patio overlooking some epic scenery. You are welcome to bring a picnic basket and lunch on their patio, I will definitely be doing that next time.

Picnic Patio
Picnic Patio

The wine was some of the best I have tasted on this trip. My favourite was the Maestoso, for a $100. LaStella crown jewel. Reminded me of steak and tomatoes. On the noise smoked mean, coffee, toffee. Tastings was big and bold, creamy and the tannins were ripe. The finish was longer than most wines.

As respect to the wine, I wasn’t going to just go to a restaurant and order a so-so steak. This wine demands the best, so we had to source an excellent steak and cooked it in our hotel.

**sidenote** Wow! Watermark Beach Resort’s kitchen was fully stocked kitchen, including a cast iron pan and a blender. It is even more fully stocked than my kitchen. So kudos to Watermark.
LaStella is also a sister to Le Vieux Pin

 

LaStella Winery

8123 148th Ave RR 2, Osoyoos