Travel Guide: Oliver, BC Wine Country

Covert Farms 3British Columbia is home to so many beautiful places. This Summer I traveled to Oliver, known as BC wine country, on a fantastic media trip. During our long weekend stay, we toured various vineyards and met the wonderful people behind the wines. Along with my blogger friends, Alicia from Go Live Explore, Jen from Jeyla Loves and Cindy from The Vancouverite, I spent four days soaking up the sunshine and enjoying plenty of delicious BC vino. If you’re ever lucky enough to visit this region, these are the vineyards you can’t miss.Oliver 4Covert Farm 1Oliver 10Covert Farms 10Covert 7Covert Farms 6Covert Farms
300 Covert Place, Oliver, BC

Tucked away on the far end of Oliver is Covert Farms. This charming, family owned farm produces sustainable, organic produce, along with incredible wines. With glasses of rosé in hand we hopped onto their red truck to see the 650 acre property. We drove around the farm to view miles of vineyards, the flower farm and the strawberry fields that were overflowing with ripe berries ready for picking. We walked through the fields, ate and picked fresh strawberries before returning to the home base to try more of their wines with a charcuterie board. Covert Farms is also home to some adorable farm animals. Feeding the Llamas and seeing 1 week old baby chicks was definitely a highlight!

Must Try – Their Rosé and MDC Cabernet Sauvignon 
Oliver 5Oliver 3Oliver 9River Stone  Winery
143 Buchanan Drive, Oliver, BC

This family run vineyard is located on the edge of Tuc-el-Nuit Lake. When we arrived, we were greeted by the family dog, Charlie along with owner Ted Kane, who toured us around the estate. We could immediately tell this was a special vineyard. It is personally tended by Ted and his team, ensuring the quality of grapes that are produced are world class. Since it’s a small vineyard, you won’t find their wine in many places, but they have a wine club and will ship their wine to you directly.

River Stone produces five red Bordeaux varietals; Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot as well as two white varietals; Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer.

Must Try – Their Sparkling White Merlot

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4821 Ryegrass Road, Oliver, BC

The big event we attended during our weekend stay was the Half Cork Marathon, winner of best event in Canada last year (Yes, you literally run between 16 vineyards, tasting wine and eating snacks along the way!) One of the stops along the race path was Bartier Bros. I remembered how delicious the samples were, so I was very excited to return and taste more of their wines. One of the brothers, Michael Bartier toured us around the vineyard, telling us all about the history of the land, and how they use minerals in the soil to their advantage. By growing the right types of grapes for the area, they are able to produce the best quality wine. I was happy to find a bottle of their rosé in a BC liquor store last week. If you see it, you must try it for yourself.

Must Try –  Their Rosé and Pinot Gris

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500 Burrowing Owl Place, Oliver, BC

We had a delicious dinner at The Sonora Room, overlooking the Burrowing Owl Estate Winery. This is one of the most well known vineyards in the area.  Their restaurant overlooks 140 acres of picturesque vineyard from both the patio and inside the dining room. We sat outside to watch the sun set, and enjoyed a beautiful three course meal with wine paring. This fresh made pasta with pine nuts, chard, pecorino cheese and a beetroot glaze was divine, made even better with a glass of crisp chardonnay.

Must Try – Their Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc

Black Hills
4190 Black Sage Rd, Oliver, BC

We were lucky to stay on the private estate of Black Hills vineyard, which was incredible. Waking up to the views of vineyards was breath taking. We completed our wine tour at the Black Hills’ restaurant pool side. The Okanagan is very hot, so this was the perfect way to unwind and relax after a busy (and fabulous!) day wine tasting.  As you can tell, we had a magical time in the region, and can’t wait to return next summer.

Must Try – Their Rosé and white wine called Alibi

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Thank you to Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country for hosting us
For more information, visit oliverosoyoos.com

 

  • Alo

    Wow! what a place it is!

    • Yes, it is so beautiful! I hope to visit again soon.

  • This looks so fun! Your photos are really lovely dear. Thanks for sharing!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    • Thanks so much Jess! BC sure is beautiful. Very lucky to call it home.
      Hope you are having a great start to Fall xo

  • SO fun. I absolutely love, love places like this. So quaint, photogenic and so lovely to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life! And now I totally want to go… you’ve listed so many amazing places!! Happiest weekend to you lovey and fingers crossed to seeing you soon!! xo

    http://www.girlandcloset.com

    • We are so lucky to have so many beautiful areas so close to us in BC! You and M should plan a trip for next summer. It is seriously stunning, and the wine is all so good! Hope you have a wonderful weekend too. Can’t wait for a catch up soon xo

  • What an absolutely beautiful region! I grew up in the PNW but had no idea BC had such a developed wine country. I think it might just be time to take a trip!

    • It was incredible!! I had no idea how beautiful Oliver was, or how many vineyards there were. We had such a wonderful visit. I couldn’t recommend it more.
      Thanks for visiting Style Calling xo

  • It looks amazing there!!

    Jennifer
    Effortlessly Sophisticated

    • Thanks Jennifer! It really was beautiful

  • This looks like so much fun. What a neat place!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Thanks Amy Ann! Oliver is such a beautiful place, so many good vineyards.
      Hope you’re having a great start to October xo

  • Looks like such an amazing place! Your photos are beautiful.

    Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

    • Thanks Gemma! It was such a beautiful location.
      Hope you’re having a great start to October xo

  • Oh my gosh, such beautiful images – you’re making me wish for summer again! I love all of your casual outfits, and the food looks super delicious. Hope you’re having a fabulous week so far!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • Thanks lady! AH I know, last set of summery photos.
      Now onto Fall 🙂

  • Yes to wine country! And omg that pool looks amazing. Could definitely spend some time there. Sounds like it was a nice little girls trip. 😉

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

    • Big Yes to wine country 🙂
      It really was the perfect place for a girls getaway. BC has some really fantastic vineyards.
      Hope you’re having a good start to October xo

  • wow it looks amazing there, I want to go
    xo
    http://www.laurajaneatelier.com

    • Oh you really should! So close to you. The summer time was so beautiful. Oliver has SO many good vineyards!
      Hope you’re having a great start to Fall
      Lyndi xo

  • OMG this looks incredible!!!

    http://www.fivethingsaboutchloe.co.uk

    • It was so wonderful! It’s such a beautiful part of Canada. Some of the best wines too!

  • This looks like such a fun, yet relaxing trip! I’ve never been to a vineyard before, but my husband and I plan on doing so next year at some point because we love trying out different wines and pairings! Thanks for sharing your time spent, you looked so cute in that dress!

    XO,

    Jalisa

    THE STYLE CONTOUR

    • Thank you Jalisa! Visiting a vineyard is such a great way to spend an afternoon. I would highly recommend going with your husband. So fun, especially as a food pairing. So many vineyards offer this now.
      Hope you’re having a lovely start to October xo

  • Nikki Living-Life

    Wow this looks incredible. I went to Napa Valley and it was so much fun. Thank you for sharing. I did not know about this vineyard in BC.

    Xx
    Nikki
    http://www.nikkilivinglife.com