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.

New Interactive Wine Tasting Series in Vancouver

quini wine tasting event

Quini recently launched their first ever Interactive Wine Education Series in Canada in collaboration with Sutton Place Hotel, Vancouver. The seminar that I attended focused on BC Wines. Quini’s wine educator took us through the different regions of B.C., top grape varietals and the different stages of tasting wine, sight, nose, taste and finish. Continue reading “New Interactive Wine Tasting Series in Vancouver”

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