British Columbia’s southernmost location, Oliver and Osoyoos, is the hottest and driest region in the Thompson Okanagan Valley. With the desert-like climate and sandy soil that their grapes are grown in, the Oliver and Osoyoos wine region produce distinct flavour profiles in their wine production. With these superb wines as a key attribute, this collection of communities features over 40 wineries and is a beautiful destination for wine lovers!
Why Should You Visit the Oliver and Osoyoos Wine Region?
Osoyoos is widely considered the warmest town in Canada, and is known for its red wine production. In turn, Oliver is known as “The Wine Capital of Canada”, which like Osoyoos, creates wines with unique flavours due to the effect of its hot, dry days and cool nights on growing grapes.
In sommelier terms, this how the terroir affects the grapes and the wine produced! And for a brief history lesson, the Okanagan Valley was once home to glacial plains (it was all ice). What has remained is a silty sand and gravel mixture (aka, the desert). In wine terms, it means these wines have a strong aromatic presence and produce a more subtle tannin structure. The compressed growing season also means that these grapes develop sweetness quickly during the high heat of daytime, as the temperatures dip much lower during the evening, which produces high acidity.
Which Wineries You Should Visit in The Oliver Osoyoos Region?
Adega on 45th Estate Winery has been focused on producing quality grapes and wines since 2009, blending their traditional knowledge of winemaking with modern technologies. If you’re in the Osoyoos area, check out their luxurious patio and enjoy the wine, a beautiful sunset and arid environment.
JustWine Recommendation: Adega on 45th Estate Winery Riesling
As a part of the unique terroir in the Oliver & Osoyoos area, Black Hills Estate Winery has consistently produced great tasting wines! They are well worth the visit when checking out the wine scene in the Okanagan.
JustWine Recommendation: Black Hills Estate Winery Syrah
As a true family business, the Toor brothers have built the Desert Hills Estate Winery from scratch. The wine is flavourful, and their efforts to build community are shown all over the world.
JustWine Recommendation: Desert Hills Estate Winery Pinot Gris
With a focus on natural fermentation, the Covert Farms Family Estate consistently produces a high-quality wine for guests and customers. Their biodynamic processes help to create the most authentic tasting experience possible!
As one of British Columbia’s most popular wineries, Burrowing Owl Estate Winery has demonstrated an ability to produce the highest quality of wines while being a leader in environmentally sustainable practices.
Located in Osoyoos, Bordertown Vineyards & Estate Winery is owned and operated by the Gill family. They have built the perfect experience for guests who are new to wine, well-traveled wine connoisseurs and everyone in between!