Discover Food and Wine in the South Okanagan Valley
Photos and story by: Tourism BC
The South Okanagan Valley has many wine and food features: From light dining and summer concerts at TinHorn Creek, to the tastings and fine cuisine at Burrowing Owl. The South Okanagan is an amazing place just waiting to be discovered.
There’s something for everybody at Tickleberry’s Gourmet Specialists. With over 65 flavours of ice cream, they’re sure to have your favourite, and even a few others you might want to try too. However, they also have delicious all-natural dried fruit for your more responsible side.
1-800-667-8002 Highway 97, Main Street Okanagan Falls, BC
An outdoor amphitheatre for enjoying summer concerts, a terrace for light meals and sipping, and easy self-guided tours. Tinhorn Creek Vineyards has it all, great wine included. They call their much-awarded Gewürztraminer a “deck” wine because it is ideal for sipping outside on the terrace.
(250) 498-3743 Tinhorn Creek Road, Oliver, BC
Visit Hester Creek Estate Winery and savour excellent wines all day, then spend the night in one of their sumptuous villa guest suites. Hester Creek is one of the Okanagan’s oldest wineries and their experience shows in great wines like their Pinot Blanc and their Pinot Gris.
(250) 498-4435 13163-326th Avenue, Oliver, BC
An old pine in a corner of the vineyard gave Le Vieux Pin Winery* their name, while French tradition gave them inspiration for their wines. Their soft, creamy Aurore Sauvignon Blanc is so sought after that simply finding a bottle, much less tasting it, provides a great finish.
(250) 498-8388 34070 73rd and Black Sage Road, Oliver, BC
Beautiful Black Sage Bench terrain surrounds Black Hills Winery. Enjoy their exquisite Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon blend Alibi, while you look out on sunburnt hills of desert earth. Their Nota Bene, which loosely means “take notice”, is a real standout that will also demand your palate’s attention.
(250) 498-0666 30880 71st Street, Oliver, BC
Burrowing Owl Estate Winery makes reds that are big and bold, setting themselves apart from the many Okanagan wineries known for medium-bodied reds. Stay for a meal at the Sonora Room, in the very inviting dining room, or on the beautiful patio, and try their Cabernet Franc – you won’t be disappointed.
1-877-498-0620 100 Burrowing Owl Place, Oliver, BC
The south Okanagan’s only cidery is known as, surprisingly, Orchard Hill Estate Winery. A bold start and a snappy finish make their Extra Dry a true delight. And the fresh apples they use to make their ciders are available at their own fruit and vegetable market.
(250) 495-4325 Just off Highway 97, Oliver BC, V0H 1P0
North America’s first aboriginal-owned and operated vineyard and winery is Nk’Mip Cellars. Try a glass of their reserve series called Qwam Qwmt, a Nk’Mip term meaning “achieving excellence.” Then dine on their outdoor terrace and enjoy aboriginal-inspired cuisine featuring bannock and game meats.
(250) 495-2985 1400 Rancher Creek Road, Osoyoos, BC
Not many regions offer such a diversity of experience – everything from ice cream, to Qwam Qwmt, to burrowing owls.
For complete listings of wineries and touring tips in BC visit HelloBC.com/winetouring
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