With travel restrictions in place, we've made the most of domestic travel by visiting a number of BC vineyards. It was tough but someone had to do it.
We started our summer of wining back in June with a trip to Kelowna. It chucked it down the whole time but that didn't dampen our spirits. We visited three small wineries on the Westbank;
Off The Grid Organic Winery (Kelowna) - this is a really fun place where goats frollick and the owners are committed to sustainable farming. Their wine tasting hut is completely off the grid and the family have been farming the land since 1919. Worth a visit!
Kalala Organic Estate Winery (Kelowna) - Kalala means 'Miracle Place' and the vineyard has been certified organic since 2010. Visit their website for an excellent explanation of how each wine has been made.
Ciao Bella Winery (Kelowna) - the hint is in the title. This is an Italian family run vineyard with a passion for making Italian style wines. We picked up a bottle of pinozannte (their take on Italian sparkling) which would have gone perfectly with a nice Summer BBQ (had there been any sun).
Next up we ventured a little further and swung by some wineries that are very en vogue right now;
Scout (Similkameen) - only set up in 2018, Scout has had an amazing year in BC. They are one of the only places I know of that uses amphorae to ferment which they import from Georgia. They are experimental trying things like co-fermenting syrah and riesling which you should definitely try if you can get your hands on it.
Lock and Worth Winery (Naramata Bench) - You probably recognise their bottles for their beautiful simplicity and we will soon be tasting one their wines in class. Their focus is on making honest, affordable natural wine. They are unfined and unfiltered and quite unique.
Still to come;
Pig Out Festival in Oliver - let's see where our driver takes us... Tickets are still available to this if you fancy a Autumnal wine tour. Hopefully see you there.