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