The Okanagan: Welcome to B.C.’s Wine Country
This is Wine Country.
Welcome to the Okanagan, the home of sun and relaxation and lakes, linked by thin highways and rolling hills of delicious soon-to-be-crushed grapes.
It’s British Columbia’s Napa Valley, its Douro, its Bordeaux. And there’s plenty to see and taste, as many tourists and residents discover every year. (FYI, we’re also obviously incredibly proud to have another Grand Prize Home in the Okanagan this year – at Lakestone Living, a “A gorgeous setting where the good life is right outside your door.”
Below are some of the Okanagan’s best wineries and a brief tour of the area. The map is from OliverOsoyoos.com. They have a great website with more information and details for visitors, as does Hello BC and Okanagan Visitor – not just for wine but for anything in the Valley.
Click here for a list of wineries in Osoyoos-Okanagan.
And here’s a brief guide to Touring the Okanagan’s wineries, from OliverOsoyoos.com:
“With 29 wineries in Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country, choosing who to visit and how to explore can feel overwhelming. We’re here to make it a little easier. And remember – the best trip is the one that leaves you wanting to come back for more, so there really are no wrong choices.”
Map of Oliver-Osoyoos Wine Country:
A well-known winery from the area is Burrowing Owl, located south of Oliver.
“Today, with its dramatic vantage point in the middle of the vineyard, Burrowing Owl Estate Winery is a winemaking facility that combines state-of-the-art technologies with proven, classic winemaking traditions,” reads the winery’s website.
Jackson-Triggs is another favourite, located in Oliver:
From the winery’s website: “Jackson-Triggs is a name you know. It’s a name your friends know. It’s a name that stands for our commitment to crafting the perfect wine for any occasion, and our attention to detail shows. We are Canada’s most awarded winery and have been named ‘Best Canadian Winery’ an unprecedented number of times in international and domestic competitions. You can feel proud when serving Jackson-Triggs wines in knowing that, no matter the varietal, vintage, or region, you’ll be pouring a premium wine that pairs perfectly with every moment, large or small.”
Photos from Jackson-Triggs’ Facebook page:
At Road 13 – It’s all about the dirt, they say.
“Road 13’s wine making philosophy is to grow great fruit in the vineyard, maintain this fruit character through careful steps in the wine making, and finally, to perfect the texture of the mouthfeel of the wine with the use (or not) of barrels and fining.”