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Our Okanagan trip 2011

We left Naramata and headed towards the wine Capital of Canada Oliver. It was our intent to drive along Lakeshore road on the east side of Skaha Lake to visit Pentâge and Painted Rock Wineries. I some how missed the turn. So it was on to Tinhorn Creek Estate where we would spent the next two nights.


A very welcome was provided by the staff as we entered the tasting room. After a tasting of Sandra's newest release Chardonnay, which I enjoyed immensely. It was off to find our quarters.


The view from the window. Click here to see additional view photos


Tinhorn Creek Estate Winery - photo by Bob Bell

After a short rest it was back on the road journey to the far end of the valley to visit. Jackson-Triggs Winery


The view from the winery is magnificent.

The tasting room was extremely busy

Dunham & Froese

Dunham & Froese

A run up the hillside along a dirt road to Dunham & Froese Estate Winery was worth the trip. Despite arriving minutes before closing. I was warmly greeted by co owner Shelly Covert.She insisted on providing a full tasting.

The following morning I began my day by touring the grounds of Tinhorn Creek. I visited the Barrel house, Miradoro Restaurant and of course the tasting room. The hospitably was exceptional. I had a great time chatting with the staff and tasting the wines. A very impressive line up. ( wine reviews ) . The Oldfield Series Kerner Icewine sensational. It was served in a chocolate cup.

We enjoyed lunch at the Miradoro Restaurant next to the winery. Stunning views of the valley. Five star service great food.

We enjoyed lunch at the Miradoro Restaurant before setting out to visit more wineries.

We made a quick stop at Gehringers Bros. Estate Winery

Hester Creek Estate Winery phot Bob Bell

Just across the lane we find Hester Creek Estate Winery


We were impressed with Hester Creek's Terrafina Restaurant


A charming young lady greeted us as we entered the tasting room . The Pinot Gris exceptional!

Hester Creek Winery - photo by Bob Belll
Loved their new tasting room.

Cassini cellars is easy to spot it has a strong presents right on the highway. The building design is also impressive.
In the parking lot a couple told us the wines were the "Best".

Tasting with owner Adrian Capeneata . The wines are exceptional. Loved the design of the winery.

Bruce Fuller - Rustico Cellars

How could we forget the very impressive winemaker/owner Bruce Fuller at Rustico Farms and Cellars . If you love history and love wines you can not miss this winery. Speaking of missing wineries our vacation was limited to only six days this year as we had to return home to MOVE!. We would have rather stayed!

Rustico Farm & Cellars located on a gentle slop over looking the golden mile and the valley. Bruce Fuller launched the winery in 2009 calling it Canada's most romantic winery. He based the theme of the winery on the history of the Golden Mile

Rustico Farm and cellars photo by Bob Bell
Looking east from the winery over the valley. More Images

Rustico's Bruce Fuller
It was our privilege to have Bruce guild us though our tasting. I'll never forget Bruce introducing me as a world famous wine writer


We can only recommend Rustico as a winery you must visit not only for its wines but its uniqueness


Our next stop was Church and State Wines on the east side of the Valley off Black Sage Road. Church and Sate also has a location on Vancouver Island.

Once again it was our privilege to meet the owner Kim Pullen and have him conduct our tasting session.
Church and State is one of a handful of wineries that provide seating at the tasting bar. It was a very enjoyable time. Thanks Kim.

Some girls shoot back.. another photographer behind the bar. Also notice the tasting bar allows you to view the barrel cellar. Church and State was one of the busier wineries. We had a wonderful experience.

It was now time for us to head farther south to Osoyoos and enjoy the hospitality of Peter and Dee Newman

Dee Newmans garden of Lilies
We enjoyed wines from Young and Wyse Collection a local winery in the Newman's lovely garden.

Castoro de Ore winery

The following morning it was time for us to head home again. We had to cut our trip short as we were moving at month end.Of course we could not leave the Golden Mile without visiting Castoro de Ore and Stella Schmidt.

A friendly welcome accompanied by some good wines made us wish we were not on our way home.


We did a quick stop at Seven Stones amidst the rain

One of BC's newer fruit wineries. We stopped for a tasting

A true family (Harper) business that began farming the land in 1988. Daughter in-law Sara looks after the winery

Our Trip

Page 1 - Shuswap
Page 2 - Naramata

also see Gallery Trip 2011
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