Top New Tasting Rooms to Visit in the Okanagan
The Okanagan is a hot spot for wineries. Every year we delight in the new locations open and beckoning visitors to darken their doorsteps.
This is one of our favourite times of the year because we love to explore the new kids on the block and how they are enhancing wines for us to try.
Some wineries may not necessarily be new but usually, they at least have a new tasting room to visit. A great example is Mt Boucherie Winery. This past winter they built a brand new facility, which included a restaurant on the main floor and the tasting room below. We have had the pleasure of visiting for a tasting and dining and it’s always a great experience.
They brought on a new winemaker a few years ago, and Jeff has been creating some new wines which were delightful. When you visit, make a special note of the Petit Verdot that was made specifically for the restaurant. Talk about a dream wine! The restaurant is also phenomenal and has quickly become one that we grace on a regular basis. Utilizing the freshest ingredients possible, the menu changes based on what is seasonally available which ensures variety and uniqueness with every visit. Reservations highly recommended.
Headed down the highway, we often find ourselves in Summerland making a stop at Lightning Rock Winery. Winemaker Jordan and Vineyard Manager Tyler have been making wine in the Okanagan since 2011. Their concept is farm to glass, utilizing minimal intervention to create the truest expression of each varietal. We’ve had the pleasure of trying a few of their wines and we have yet to be disappointed. With the limited number of guests allowed in the tasting room at a time, it’s best to make a reservation. Take advantage of the Vineyard Walk and Tasting to learn more about their property and the wines they are producing.
If you travel a little further south into Oliver, you’ll notice French Door Winery on all of the local’s lips. Winemaker Pasquale began his career in winemaking as the head winemaker for Osoyoos Larose so we knew the wineries would be nothing but delicious. Not only is the property beautiful, but their wine varieties are enticing and fresh. We loved their rosé made from 100% Mourvedre grapes. Not many wineries are growing this varietal, which may be why you haven’t heard of it. Originating in France, this grape gives flavours of grapefruit, peach and pear. They also do an orange wine from Marsanne which has us very intrigued. We haven’t tried it yet but you bet we’ll tell you about it when we do.
While these are just three examples, the Okanagan has so many hidden gems. As new wineries keep opening up, our list gets longer and our glasses forever need a refill.