Best <span class="caps">BC</span> Wineries of 2012

Annually, leading wine experts across Canada group together for the Wine Access Canadian Wine Awards, which judge the best in Canadian wines. Based upon the December 2012 publication of Wine Access, below you will find the winning wineries that hail from BC. I definitely encourage you to pick up a December 2012 copy of Wine Access, as it will go into more detail on the winning wineries.

Thornhaven Estates Winery – Summerland, BC – Thornhaven is open throughout the summer months from 10am to 5pm and during the winter months from 11am to 5pm until December 16th. You have to check out the stunning views from the courtyard patio; it is one of the highlights of this winery. They do not have a restaurant or accommodation, so plan ahead and bring a picnic.

Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery – Oliver, BC – The winery is open during the summer months from 10am to 6pm (March to October) and by appointment for the rest of the year. When you are there, make sure to try their very first port-style of wine. They do not have a restaurant or accommodation, so plan ahead and pack a picnic.

Wild Goose Vineyards and Winery – Okanagan Falls, BC – Open daily from 10am to 5pm (April to October) and by appointment throughout the winter. The winery just recently had a makeover to include a new and larger tasting room, an expanded patio and outside picnic space, and a private function room with food preparation amenities. They do not have a restaurant or accommodation, so plan ahead and pack a picnic.

Pentâge Winery – Skaha Lake, Penticton, BC – Make sure to call Pentâge prior to visiting because I believe winery visits are by appointment only. Pentâge is a small boutique winery only producing 5000 cases a year. What is exciting about this winery is that they really enjoy making small amounts of interesting wine. Make sure to sample their new ruby/port style wine made from Zinfandel. They do not have a restaurant or accommodation, so plan ahead and pack a picnic.

Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estates – Oliver, BC – Open daily from 10am to 6pm during the summer months (May to October) and from 10am to 5pm during the winter months. The winery is involved in many different events throughout the region. My favorite event is the ½ corked marathon which includes wine tasting and running. This event sells out quickly, so make sure you know when registration starts. The winery is very well-known for its Grand Reserve Shiraz. They do not have a restaurant or accommodation, so plan ahead and pack a picnic.

Quails’ Gate Estate Winery – West Kelowna, BC – Open daily from 9:30am to 7pm from July to August, 10am to 7pm in May, June, and September, and 10am to 6pm for the rest of the year. They have an amazing restaurant called the Old Vines Restaurant and Wine Bar that is a must try. If you get an opportunity to visit this winery make sure to try their Pinot Noir and Old Vines Foch. The Stewart family was the first winery in BC to import the Pinot Noir plant in 1975 and they have stayed loyal this grape. Today, they are the largest producer of premium Pinot Noir in Canada.

Cedar Creek Estate Winery – Kelowna (Mission Area), BC – The winery is open daily 10am to 6pm May through October; 11am to 5pm November through April. They have a restaurant called the Terrace Restaurant that is open during the summer from 11am until 6pm. If you love yoga then you have to try the yoga brunch offered every Sunday in the summer until August 26th.

Road 13 Vineyards – Golden Mile, BC – The winery is open daily from 10am to 5:30pm from April to October and 11am to 4pm Monday to Saturday from November to March. If you are a dog lover you then you will love it when two miniature dachshunds named Fil and Meg, affectionately known as the “wienery” dogs, greet you on your arrival. Two must try wines at Road 13 are the Syrah and the Jackpot Viognier-Roussanne-Marsanne. They do not have a restaurant or accommodation, so plan ahead and pack a picnic. The winery has some great patio areas with spectacular views where you can enjoy a delicious bottle of wine.

Church and State Wines – Black Sage, Oliver Brentwood Bay and Oliver, BC – The winery in Brentwood Bay is mostly focused on sparkling, white wines and the Black Sage winery is focused mostly on red wines. The Black Sage winery is open daily 11am to 6pm from April to October. During the winter season they do accept appointments to come view. The Black Sage winery does not have restaurant or accommodation, so do make sure to pack a lunch as they do offer some great seating on the patio. If you find your way to Vancouver Island, Brentwood Bay winery has a great little restaurant that is open during the summer season.

Painted Rock Estate Winery – Skaha Lake, Penticton, BC – Pained Rock Is open daily from 11am to 5pm from May 15th until October 15th and by appointment throughout the winter. The winery only started operations in 2004 and by their first release had won numerous awards. The wines you must try when you visit are the Icon Red, Syrah, and Chardonnay. The winery does not have a restaurant or accommodation, so be sure to pack a picnic to enjoy with your wine experience.

Nk’Mip Cellars – Osoyoos, BC – Open daily from 9am to 8pm from July to September and 9am to 5pm for the rest of the year. The winery offers accommodation at the Nk’Mip Resort, where you can indulge in a spa day or round of golf. The neat thing about this winery is that it is owned and operated by local native band and is rich in history. There is a patio restaurant that serves lunch from late April until early October and is closed for the winter months. Some must try wines at the winery are Nk'Mip Qwam Qwmt Pinot Noir, Nk'Mip Qwam Qwmt Merlot, Nk'Mip Qwam Qwmt Cabernet Sauvignon, and Nk'Mip Cellars 2009 Mer'r'iym.

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