The “first true wine village in Canada” is officially opened the summer of 2021 in Oliver British Columbia in the heart of the Okanagan. The mall type village has 16 tasting rooms. It allows wineries without vineyards and their own tasting facilities to set up shop and sell their wines.
District Wine Village is the brainchild of two Okanagan Falls, born and raised childhood friends, Max Brock and Matt Kenyon. Sadly, Max Brock died unexpectedly during the early construction. However, once the decision was made to carry on, Kenyon teamed up with Mike Daley, a former wine executive who has become operations director, bringing a wealth of wine knowledge and wine culture to the project.*
The site is just off Highway 97, about a kilometre south of Gallagher Lake and some seven kilometres north of downtown Oliver. Fittingly, its northwest backdrop is the historical dividing line between the north and south Okanagan, iconic McIntyre Bluff. The quirky modern buildings have sprouted up from the desert scrubland on the west side of the Osoyoos Indian Band’s Senkulmen Business Park.
Each winery is provided with Production Space - Tasting Room - Patio facing Village centre - Crush Pad Access Road
One Faith Vineyards
Vintners Cove Winery
Eau Vivre Winery
Time Family Winery
Those in blue have a previous location . Read More on the District Village wineries
The village has a culinary experience centre where you can enjoy delicious food alongside your wine.
Oliver is located at the northern most point of the Sonora Desert, tucked into the southern end of BC's beautiful Okanagan Valley, 25 miles north of the US border. It is renowned for the quality of wine grapes the area produces. Known as the "Wine Capital of Canada", Oliver has the largest concentration of both vineyards and commercial wineries in British Columbia. The majority of these are located along what is known as the Golden Mile of Highway 97, just south of Oliver.
Oliver's population is just under 5,200, but projections show a rapid population increase in the next few years as Oliver develops its "Wine Town" project. Oliver has a semi-arid climate (BSk) with hot, dry summers and cool winters. Annual snowfall is light, averaging just 18 inches (46 cm). Oliver is amongst the warmest communities in Canada with an average daily mean of 50.5°F (10.3°C).
* Vancouver Sun