Looking to try wine from BC’s more than 200 wineries for the first time, or to expand your BC wine palate? You might want to check out the list below! Last month, we asked our Facebook and Twitter communities what their favourite BC wineries and wines were, and received a great response. Without further ado, here are the results:
5. Summerhill Pyramid Winery (Kelowna, BC)
The first BC winery to crack your top 5 list is Summerhill Pyramid Winery in Kelowna. They specialize in pyramid-aged sparking, table, and dessert wines, and as a bonus, all of their wine is 100% organic! Summerhill’s Syrah, Ehrenfelser, and Late Harvest wines were mentioned as some of your favourite Summerhill wines, as well as the 2008 ‘Eidse Brothers’ Zweitgelt. The Zweitgelt is aged for 42 months in oak barrels and is described to be akin to Burgundian Pinot Noir with a distinct blueberry character.
4. Mission Hill Winery (West Kelowna, BC)
Next on the list is Mission Hill Winery, the winner of the 2013 Canadian Winery of the Year award (Winealign National Wine Awards, 2013)! From luxury collections to Reserves, Mission Hill has been making distinctive wines that showcase the diverse Okanagan Valley for over three decades. Not sure where to start? Consider the Riesling, which is described as having intense aromas of tangerine, peach and pears, with hints of Riesling’s characteristic minerality.
3. Burrowing Owl Estate Winery (Oliver, BC)
There’s a lot of love for Burrowing Owl Estate Winery in Oliver. This South Okanagan estate produces 11 varieties of premium VQA wines, while their on site fine dining restaurant is often considered a must for visiting foodies. A fan favourite is the Chardonnay, which Burrowing Owl defines as a wine of excellence and delicacy while maintaining intensity and verve. Curious about the reds? Try the Cabernet Sauvignon, whose tasting notes include flavours of plum, blackcurrant, black olive, violet, leather, marzipan, minerality and pepper.
2. Silver Sage Winery (Oliver, BC)
A family owned and operated winery in Oliver‘s Golden Mile, Silver Sage Winery was the talk of many of you! In particular, Silver Sage Winery’s Pinot Noir, Merlot, Flame, and Sage Grand Reserve were the stars to look out for. Now, some of these wines aren’t your standard affairs. The Sage Grand Reserve, for example, is a Gewurztraminer fermented with wild sage plants, described as a semi-dry, crisp-spiced well balanced wine with a unique sage aroma. Likewise, the Flame is a unique aperatif wine, made with a late harvest Gewurztraminer, peach and pear fruit, as well as a pepper, offering a combination of sweet, hot, and spice.
1. Gray Monk Estate Winery (Kelowna, BC)
The resounding fan favourite was Gray Monk Estate Winery out of Kelowna. Specific wines that were mentioned include the Late Harvest, Ehrenfelser, Pinot Auxerois, Odyssey III, and the Kerner. The Pinot Auxerois is known for its fruity aroma with muted notes of lime with flavours that suggest peaches and sweetened rhubarb. The Ehrenfelser has a delicate cirtrus note and a pronounced apricot flavour, while the Kerner’s layered aroma suggests ripe peaches and spiced pears, with complex flavours ranging from butter to lemon tarts.
What’s your favourite BC wine? Let us know in the comments below!