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3 Okanagan Valley wineries to tour this summer

By: Stephanie Zolis
Canadian Living
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3 Okanagan Valley wineries to tour this summer

By: Stephanie Zolis

Photo courtesy Mission Hill More than 80 percent of British Columbia’s wine-producing acreage falls in the Okanagan Valley, one of Canada’s premier wine regions. Enjoy the province’s spectacular vistas (the Coastal Mountains to the west and the Monashee Mountains to the east) and 60 varietals at one of the following Okanagan vineyards. Mission Hill’s five wineries can be found throughout the Okanagan Valley: two in Kelowna, as well as one each in Naramata Bench, Southeast Oliver and East and West Osoyoos. Enjoy one of Mission Hill’s award-winning wines in either the wine boutique tasting bar or private tasting salons, where groups of eight to 12 can enjoy a 30-minute tasting. Visitors will want to try the Martin’s Lane 2011 Pinot Noir, which won World’s Best Pinot Noir in the under £15 category at the Decanter World Wine Awards in October 2013. In addition to tastings and tours, the estate also offers the Terrace Restaurant, deemed one of the top five winery restaurants in the world, and an outdoor amphitheatre, where you’ll find a lineup of musical guests—including Tony Bennett and the Gypsy Kings—performing throughout the summer. One of the first eight pioneering wineries of the Oakanagan Valley, CedarCreek Estate Winery’s top varietals include Merlot, chardonnay (the 2012 won double gold at the All Canadian Wine Championship), Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and its Cabernet Merlot blend. From May through October, the tasting room is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and daily vineyard tours take place at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Special events include a BBQ & Wine Garden free Canada Day concert and weekly yoga and brunch every Sunday. Mt. Boucherie Family Estate Winery’s Kelowna tasting room and gift shop is open daily, and visitors can also enjoy the estate’s seasonal picnic deck and picnic grounds. You’ll want to try the 2012 Family Reserve Gamay Noir, the winery’s gold-winning varietal from the 2013 BC Wine Awards, though a number of other varietals took home silver and bronze awards at the Fall Okanagan Wine Festival. Not located on the West Coast? See what Ontario’s Niagara Peninsula has to offer. (Photo courtesy Mission Hill)
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