Winery

Festive Winery Events Around Kelowa
Dec01

This holiday season we are slowly seeing the welcome return of some traditional festive vineyard events. Things may look a little different due to COVID-related restrictions, but we are sure there will be plenty of holiday excitement and cheer.

Take a look these 5 exciting events happening around Kelowna in December!

  1. Season of Trees at Mission Hill

    This is a holiday event with a large dose of good will. As a proud sponsor of Festival of Trees Kelowna, Season of Trees at Mission Hill is a fundraising event for BC Children’s Hospital. This is Mission Hill’s 5th year as the events’ lead supporter. A ticket to Season of Trees includes an exclusive behind the scenes tour, a seated wine tasting paired with festive bites, and of course, the brilliantly decorated trees on the covered Terrace and Loggia.

  2. Camelot Vineyards Outdoor European Christmas Market

    Visit Camelot Vineyards December 4th and 5th for their traditional European Christmas Market! Treat yourself to some authentic gluhwein, grab a bratwurst and a beavertail, and take a peek at all the local vendors for stocking stuffer inspiration!

  3. Grizzli Winery Holiday Market

    During the month of December you can head over to Grizzli Winery for their Indoor & Outdoor Holiday Market! Check off your holiday shopping list as you peruse the artisan vendors, sip mulled wine, say hello to Santa, sing along with the carollers and stroll through the dazzling light tunnel. The indoor market is open weekend 11am-4pm and the outdoor market is open weekends 11am-9pm and weekdays 4pm-9pm.

  4. Holiday Fire Pits at Ex Nihilo Vineyard

    Thinking of checking out Ex Nihilo Vineyard this December? Book a holiday fire pit and enjoy the rustic outdoors with a bucket of s’mores, a glass of wine (red, white, or mulled if you’re feeling extra festive), candy cane chocolate peanut brittle (yum!), and Italian smokies!

  5. The Market at Quails Gate

    Celebrate the holiday season with a visit to Quails Gate this December. Warm yourself around the fire with complementary mulled wine and enjoy the local entertainment and artisan market. If you feel like making the evening extra special, head to the tasting room for the Festive Foch Flight, where each hand selected wine is paired with sweet dessert bites.

We hope that you are as excited for the holiday season as we are! If you want to make a weekend out of it, check out our cottages for families and small groups, or La Casa Mirador for a larger gathering! Get in touch if you have any questions!

Aug13

East Kelowna’s Lakeshore Wine Route

 

Looking for your next favourite winery?  Well, if you hop over to East Kelowna and drive around the edge of the lake, you will find four beautifully situated wineries.  This route is called the Lakeshore Wine Route and features some of Kelowna’s top wine-makers.

  • Tantalus Vineyards:

    Tantalus Vineyards, previously known as Pioneer Vineyards, is known as the oldest continuously producing vineyard in British Columbia’.  From 1927 till present day, this vineyard has been growing grapes on the hillside of Lake Okanagan.  Tantalus focuses on Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling grapes – some plantings are from 1978!   The vineyard is farmed naturally and the wines are made from only the fruit grown on site.  We think Tantalus would be a wonderful place to enjoy a summer’s afternoon, don’t you?

  • Summerhill Pyramid Winery:

    Summerhill Pyramid Winery takes pride in its use of organic vineyard practices and is committed to producing 100% organic wine. If you visit Summerhill you will not only get a chance to taste their wines, but also an opportunity to taste local, sustainable food at their restaurant Sunset Organic Bistro. With lunch and dinner menus – and a locals’ happy hour (!) – this Bistro is sure to whip up the perfect meal to satisfy your hunger.  Perhaps one of the most impressive elements of this winery is the Summerhill Pyramid.  The pyramid was built under the philosophy that liquids are affected by geometry –so far it seems to be working…because Summerhill’s wines are loved by many!

    Lakeshore Wine Route

  • Cedar Creek Estate Winery:

    For 30 years, Cedar Creek Estate has been making wines and the winery prides itself in the fact that it is one of the eight pioneering wineries of BC. With three unique vineyards and a strong understanding of Okanagan terrain, Cedar Creek consistently produces a range of award-winning wines.  There are several options for tastings so it is worth giving them a call and making a reservation beforehand if there is a particular experience you are interested in. If you are peckish, stop by their Terrace Restaurant which shouts spectacular views over Lake Okanagan.

     

  • St Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery:

    This small, family-run winery is a must-see on the Lakeshore Wine Route.  St Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate does not have the grandeur of the bigger wineries in the region, but this does not mean that it’s wines are any less special.   With a quaint tasting room and gorgeous grounds, we guarantee that you will leave this boutique winery happy – and with more than one bottle of wine!  You only need to read the reviews on TripAdvisor to see why this little gem is a favourite with the locals.

 

There you have it – the Lakeshore Wine Route! Don’t these four wineries sound divine? Which one are you most looking forward to visiting?

If you are planning a trip to Kelowna then why not stay with us here at La Casa! More details about all our cottages can be found here.  For more information on Kelowna wine routes, please check our previous blog post on the Westside Wineries!  AND If you are looking for a wine tour, please give us a shout – we would be more than happy to recommend some companies to you.

Happy Wine Tasting!

 

Written by Hannah Poaros

Grapes Wineries
Jun04

4 West Kelowna Wineries you won’t want to miss

 

If you’re staying at La Casa Cottages and want to embark on some wine tasting, then you should definitely check out the West Side Wine Trail. These wineries are closest to La Casa – so are perfect for lunch, tastings and vineyard walks! Whether you decide to take a Wine Tour (recommended for groups that plan on multiple wine tastings) or self-drive the route (cost-effective if you have a designated driver), here are 4 wineries you don’t want to miss on your next visit to Kelowna.

4 West Kelowna WIneries

 

Mission Hill Family Estate Winery

Mission Hill Family Estate has some of the finest architecture in the Okanagan region. With a curved arch entrance way, 12-storey bell tower and a latin-inspired Loggia (outside corridor/room) the estate is a romantic setting that is like no other winery. Enjoy walking around the grounds before you head into the tasting room. In the Summer months, dine at the Terrace Restaurant whilst looking out over Lake Okanagan.

• Quails’ Gate Winery

Though Quails’ Gate was founded in 1989, the Stewart family have been tied to vines and grape growing since 1908. This beautiful winery has a long history and so you may want to think about booking their Quails’ Gate Family Tour. This tour will give you an understanding of wine production and information specific to Quails’ Gate, as well as the opportunity to taste three of their award-winning wines. Afterwards, head over to the Old Vines Restaurant – a farm-to-table venue that is rated one of Canada’s top 100 restaurants. You won’t be disappointed!

• Rollingdale Winery

Rollingdale is a small certified Organic winery. Everything – the vines, grapes and wine-making process is Organic, making this a must-see winery on the West Side trail. With friendly staff and a small tasting room open all year round, Rollingdale is an authentic, unpretentious experience. In addition to the red and white wines, you can also taste three ice wines – very delicious!

• Indigenous World Winery

Aiming to showcase the history of the land through amazing wines and indigenous local food, Indigenous World Winery is one to watch. The winery is one of the only 100% natively-owned wineries in the world and takes pride in this fact. Pay attention to the exquisite designs on the wine bottle labels – these all have stories behind them and the staff will be more than happy to explain to you. Because it is so close to the highway, you don’t expect this winery to have knock out views across Lake Okanagan…but it does! What more could you want?

 

With so many wineries to choose from, the Okanagan is ideal for that special weekend away. Do you have a favorite location? If you were recommending one winery to a friend, which would it be? We would love to hear your thoughts – and if you are planning to visit Kelowna, then why not stay with us here at La Casa! More details about all our cottages can be found here.

 

Written by Hannah Poaros

Okanagan Vineyard
Aug21

The Okanagan’s Top 10 Most Instagrammed Sites

The Okanagan region has some wonderful views and gorgeous vineyards.  We’ve done some research and created this list of the area’s most instagrammed sites (not including Kelowna or Vernon). If you’re a regular to La Casa Cottage Resort, you might just want to try something different this year! Take a look at our round-up – which one sparks your interest?

  1. Mt. Boucherie

Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery has 4 vineyard locations in the Okanagan.  Take a trip to the winery in West Kelowna where you can sign up for a vineyard tour or pop into their shop to purchase bottles of their signature collection.  This vineyard has a stunning mountain backdrop – perhaps this is what makes it so Instagram worthy.  That, and the glasses of wine you will be consuming!

  1. Osooyos

We’ve already mentioned in our 5 things to do article just how great Osooyos is.  It makes an interesting day trip – you’ll hardly feel like you’re in Canada once you step foot in this desert space.  Go grab some fresh cherries and Instagram those beautiful colours.

  1. Christie Falls

Why not take a trip to Christie Falls? This excellent waterfall is well worth the hike to and is just outside Kelowna.  It’s practically in fashion  to take a selfie under the waterfall, so what’s your reason not to?  There is even talk of there being a rope swing available – time to be adventurous!

  1. Tinhorn Creek

It’s not a surprise that Tinhorn Creek is on our list – this vineyard is another favourite with locals and tourists alike.  There Miradoro Restaurant has panoramic views of the valley below with a Mediterranean style menu, using locally sourced produce.  What makes Tinhorn Creek so brilliant is that the winery is neighbours to an access point for the Golden Mile Trail! Set off on a hike, enjoy breaking a sweat then return to the vineyard for a tour and wine tasting.  Perfection.

  1. Gray Monk

Head down to the 3rd winery on our list – Gray Monk Estate Winery! Try their Odyssey Tasting sessions – these give you the opportunity to taste their top tier wines.   Their restaurant, The Grapevine, offers wine and cheese sittings as well as lunch and dinner.

  1. Monashee

Monashee Provinical Park is located in the Monashee Mountain Ranges in North Okanagan.  Visitors can hike, fish, climb and horseback ride on these beautiful wild trails. You will discover lakes, waterfalls, rocky outcrops and plenty of wildlife! We would love to hear what trail you decide to hit up.

  1. Quail’s Gate

Quail’s Gate is a gorgeous winery where you can dine and stay overnight as well as taste their wines! This is the perfect place for a wedding or family reunion – check out their website and you’re sure to see why this rates high on Instagram!

  1. Lake Okanagan

Lake Okanagan is the reason many people venture out to Kelowna and Vernon.    The lake is spreads across 135km so no wonder it is so popular! Grab your kayak, paddleboard, boat or swimmers and get out on the water!  We know that one of the reasons many of you choose to stay with us at La Casa Cottage Resort is for this reason since we have lake access at the bottom of the resort.  Contact us now if you would like to hear more about our rentals services which are available as an add-on to your cottage rental.

  1. Knox Mountain

Situated in downtown Kelowna is Knox Mountain Park. Perfect for a walk or a hike, this trail leads you uphill to wonderful views of the city.   Since you don’t have to go far away from town, this is an extremely popular place to hangout!  Grab a picnic, your hiking boots, and your swimmers and enjoy a day in Kelowna’s large 766-acre park.

  1. Mission Hill

Mission Hill Winery, in West Kelowna, has superb architecture, an award-winning restaurant, a wine boutique and an Amphitheatre.  This picturesque estate is perfect for spending an afternoon in the sun or an evening under the stars.  They hold summer concerts, offer wine tastings and tours, and outdoor dining.  No wonder this is the top of the Instagram list for the Okanagan region – we can’t wait to check it out! Just have a look at that gorgeous courtyard and the 12-storey bell tower…

 

 

Written by Hannah Poaros