Winery explosion around Oliver

Okanagan Crush Pad winemaker Matt Dumayne crafted a diverse bunch of new release wines for the Summerland-based Haywire and Narrative labels. Lionel Trude

They have names such as Red Horses, Second Chapter, Sonora Desert, French Door and Lakeside.

They are the Okanagan’s newest wineries and belong to the Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association, taking membership of the group to 44.

In all, B.C. now has 370 wineries, most of them in the Okanagan.

 The statistics are a testament to the strength and rapid growth of the wine industry in the province.

Thirty-five years ago there were only 15 wineries in B.C.

Now, with 370 wineries, the industry is worth $2.8 billion annually.

The wineries get their grapes from 929 vineyards covering 10,260 acres in nine regions, Okanagan, Similkameen, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands, Thompson, Shuswap, Lillooet and Kootenays.

Red Horses, owned and operated by three generations of the Fortin family, is the first winery right in the town of Oliver at 365 Zinfandel Ave.

While its address may be Zinfandel, the winery capitalizes on Oliver’s heat and gravelly soils to make three big and bold Cabernet Sauvignons.

The winery also makes a Chardonnay and Merlot and two other wines with horse-inspired names, the Cross Breed blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon and Run Away Rose.

Second Chapter Wine Co. on Tinhorn Creek Road in Oliver is owned by John Pullen, previous co-proprietor of Church & State Winery in Oliver for 15 years.

Church & State was sold and Second Chapter is literally Pullen’s second chapter in the Okanagan wine industry.

Sonora Desert Winery in Osoyoos is a venture of grape growers and brothers Paul and Herman Gill.

French Door is a family-owned winery on Oliver’s Black Sage Bench.

And Lakeside Cellars is indeed beside Osoyoos Lake on the East Bench.

The Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association also wants you to know its Uncork the Sun series of podcasts with Moss Scheurkogel of The Vinstitute continues.

The first four episodes (creating a wine cellar, terroir, oak or no oak and viticulture) can be downloaded from OliverOsoyoos.com, iTunes or Spotify.

Scheurkogel also hosts virtual wine tastings on Facebook Live with the oak or no oak theme repeated Tuesday at 7 p.m., sparkling wines on June 23 at the same time and the softer side of reds on July 7.

The association has also posted the 360-degree video tour of Covert Farms Winery to its website.

Amazing winemaker

Winemaker Matt Dumayne can do it all.

The evidence is in the 12 new-release wines he crafted for Okanagan Crush Pad in Summerland under the Haywire and Narrative labels.

The dozen runs the gamut from white and red to rose and sparkling.

Dumayne is a Kiwi who worked in New Zealand, Australia, California and Nk’Mip on Osoyoos before landing at Okanagan Crush Pad in 2012.

Taste South Africa

Affordable, approachable and quality.

That enviable trifecta is being touted all of June as B.C. government liquor stores celebrate Wines of South Africa Month.

The COVID pandemic meant special tastings and events couldn’t be arranged.

However, there’s ample signage drawing attention to South African wines and tempting you to take home a bottle from the well-established Southern Hemisphere wine region.

You’re also urged to flaunt your drinking on social media with the hashtags #SpectacularSouthAfrica and #DrinkChenin.

Chenin Blanc is a grape and wine originally from France, but South Africa has made it it’ signature white wine.

Osoyoos Market on Main

 Event Dates:
  • Sat  June 13, 2020  9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Town Square on Main Street
  • 8707 Main St, Osoyoos, , V0H 1V4

 

 

 

We are a volunteer society, and all products sold by our vendors are made local and grown local, so you can buy local. This includes a variety of artisan crafts, local fruits and vegetables, baked goods and wine/cider/beer/spirits.

The market runs from Saturday May 9th 2020, through to Saturday September 12th 2020, at Town Hall Square,  Main Street Osoyoos, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m rain or shine.

Every week we feature live music from local or visiting musicians.

Livestream Class with the Virtual Vinstitute

HOSTED BY: VINSTITUTE WINE SCHOOL AND OLIVER OSOYOOS WINE COUNTRY

 Event Dates:
  • Tue  May 26, 2020  7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

To bring the Vinstitute to you, we have partnered with Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country to produce a monthly Virtual Vinstitute session that will explore different topics in wine as well as feature a spotlight on some of the magnificent wines of our region.

The session will air on Facebook Live on the Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country page.

The first session will feature Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery Pinot Noir and Tinhorn Creek Vineyards Pinot Gris

Hiking and Biking around Osoyoos

Hiking the hills around Osoyoos is a major pastime for locals and visitors alike. Around Osoyoos, for example, you’ll find a terrain that varies from easy strolls along the shoreline and along the Okanagan River to more strenuous climbs on nearby Mount Kobau where you’ll find yourself atop a rampart that separates two ancient river valleys.

It’s worth the hike to find yourself among wildflowers that bloom on the slopes between the sage and pine, looking down on orchards, vineyards, wetlands, and grasslands. And at night, stargazers are in their element. Drive up the mountain, set up your telescope (if you have one) and be dazzled by the brilliance of the stars.

Several trails throughout the area provide interpretive signage or guided tours with opportunities for bird watching and wildlife watching, with panoramic views. And, if you’re a birder, bring your binoculars for seeing some of the 300 species found throughout the Okanagan – two-thirds of which breed in our area. The best hot spot to viewing is at South Okanagan Grasslands Protected Area around Kilpoola and Blue Lakes, the Osoyoos Oxbows wetlands and the Golden Mile Trail north of Osoyoos. Among the species, depending on which habitat you’re at, are great blue herons, woodpeckers, raptors, warblers, white tailed ptarmigan and the boreal chickadee.

Cyclists come to us for high road, back road, off road, mountain and BMX biking adventures. Many top-end athletes come to us for endurance biking, which you’ll find in several locations. One of the most popular – and difficult – is the road up Anarchist Mountain, a straight up the mountain test that puts the heart rate up and muscles straining. Once you get to the top, you’ll have one of the most spectacular views in the entire region.

More gentle cycle tours can be found on Black Sage Road and the International Hike and Bike Trail. Take the Black Sage Road, north of Osoyoos, and pass dozens of small and large wineries including Desert Hills Estate, Burrowing Owl, Black Hills Estate and Church and State Winery, among others. Stop in at one or two, have lunch and experience this exceptional industry. The 18 km (10mi) and generally flat International Hike and Bike Trail borders the Okanagan River Channel and like the Black Sage Road route, passes wineries and fruit stands.

Walkways & Trails

Walkways

Pioneer Walkway & Cottonwood Park
The first of these two public lake shore parks is along Main Street, the second on Cottonwood Drive. Beautiful gardens change with the seasons. Easy short strolls with benches, picnic tables, public washrooms. Wheelchair accessible.

Lakeshore Drive Pathway
This paved pathway starts at the public beach access where the road makes a sharp left turn, then runs parallel to the roadway and next to the waterfront. This is an easy familiy biking route for those staying in RV campgrounds along Lakeshore Drive.

Irrigation Canal Walkway
This popular 12 kilometer round trip trail is accessed on 62nd Avenue just north of Osoyoos Secondary School. Parking is available around the corner adjacent to the trail sign. The walkway can also be accessed from the Visitor Centre parking lot. This trail follows an abandoned section of the irrigation canal, once the lifeline of Osoyoos that opened up the area for the fruit industry. Flat with hard surfaces, ideal for easy strolls and strollers.

Trails

Swiws Wetlands Trail
Located within Swiws (formerly Haynes Point) Provincial Park, this easy 1.5 kilometer gravel trail is designed for bird watchers and other nature lovers. Pathways, a spotting tower, boardwalks and interpretive signs will heighten appreciation for this precious wetlands area.

International Bike and Hike Trail
Located at the north end of Osoyoos Lake and running parallel to the Okanagan River channel, this 18.4 kilometer trail is perfect for biking between wineries, fruit stands and farms. The parking lot is accessed on Road 22 off Highway 97, eight kilometers north of Osoyoos.

Osoyoos Lake Oxbows
Recently restored, the oxbows at the north end of Osoyoos Lake are ideal for watching both migratory and resident birds. Access at the same parking area as for the International Hiking and Biking Trail but head south instead of north. Located next to and as part of the Haynes Lease Ecological Reserve.

Mount Kobau Trail Network
The five kilometer Testalinden Trail has oustanding views of the Similkameen and Okanagan Valleys. Access via Highway 3 approximately 11 kilometers west of Osoyoos, then 11 kilometers along the gravel/dirt access road (not suitable for low clearance vehicles) which takes you within one kilometer of Mt. Kobau’s summit. Follow the trail to the forestry lookout for a great view of the valleys and mountains.

Unmarked Trails
Please note that the Kruger Ridge and Strawberry Creek trails are unmarked.  Please see the map above for locations.

Eating For Anxiety with Raina Lutz, RHN

Let’s talk about holistic support for anxiety with Raina Lutz, RHN, including diet tweaks & additions to support it. Experiencing anxiety, the most common mental illness, is complicated. It takes time, patience, trial & error to find the right foods, supplements, exercise & emotional/therapy. Learn specific recommendations for your anxiety.

Registration Encouraged, Drop In Welcome

Details

Date:
March 24
Time:
6:30 pm
Cost:
Free
Website:
http://www.orl.bc.ca/hours-locations/osoyoos

Venue

Osoyoos Regional Library
8505 68th Avenue
Osoyoos, Bc V0H 1V0 Canada 
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Phone:
(250) 495-7637
Website:
http://www.orl.bc.ca/hours-locations/osoyoos

New Year’s Eve Dinner – On New York TIME

Celebrate the coming year with a New York-inspired New Year’s Dinner experience at TIME Winery & Kitchen.

Tue  December 31, 2019  5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

$59 + taxes & gratuity per person (food only) 

Enjoy a celebratory bubbles toast with us at 9 pm, as we countdown to 2020 on New York TIME.

Visit our website for full menu details (6 pm and 9 pm seating available)

  1. Seating is limited. For reservations, please call 236-422-2556 or email chelsea@encorevineyards.ca

Organizer’s Info:

CHRISTMAS CRAFT WORKSHOP: TRADITIONAL CANDYMAKING @ GRIST MILL

CHRISTMAS CRAFT WORKSHOP - Dan Jones

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas is a great time to gather with family and indulge your sweet tooth.

On Friday, November 15th from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, we will show you how to make some gift-worthy traditional seasonally-inspired treats including taffy, fudge, candied peel and more. The fee for this three hour workshop is $30 and every participant will get to take recipes and some of the treats we make together home. (There is a separate kid-oriented candy workshop on Dec 4th).

Advanced registration is required.

Details:

Date: November 15
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Cost: $30
Website:
oldgristmill.ca

Venue:

Grist Mill and Gardens in Keremeos | Phone: 250-499-2888
2691 Upper Bench Road KEREMEOS, BRITISH COLUMBIA V0X1N4 Canada + Google Map