If you’re looking to do your own self-guided Oliver BC wine tour (with a designated driver of course), here is a sample itinerary of a few wineries in close proximity to each other. I’ve included a stop at Tinhorn Creek so you can pop in for lunch at the famous Terrafina bistro for some wood-fired pizza.
A winery after my own heart. I love the laidback vibe the winery owners exude from the second you step onto the property. Everyone is welcome, and they don’t take themselves too seriously, except when it comes to making a killer Syrah. In fact, they make three versions from three different appellations (Okanagan Valley, Golden Mile Bench, and Similkameen Valley) each year.
A wine tour in Oliver BC wouldn’t be complete without lining up to taste a side-by-side of all three Syrahs to spot the subtle differences. On a sunny day cluster around an old wine barrel with friends with a view overlooking the Black Sage bench.
For your second stop on this Oliver BC wine tour, head to Bartier Bros. The winery is owned by two brothers that grew up in Okanagan Valley, Don and Micheal. They use the rare growing conditions of the Valley to their advantage to create some of the best wine in the region. They recently partnered with a European wine company to create Project ‘B’, a classically French, New World Wine sourced from a single vineyard.
My favourite Bartier Bros. wine is The Goal 2018, a wine paying homage to the world champion 1955 Penticton Vees. It’s a delicious full-bodied red blend with a label any hockey fan will love.
This summer (2021) they have partnered with the popular shop Oliver Eats Ltd to offer picnic-style lunches to enjoy on their patio.
Tinhorn Creek or Hester Creek
If you’re looking for a place to sit down and have something a little more hearty for lunch on your Oliver wine tour, I highly recommend Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek. They have amazing wood-fired pizza (the Funghi – wow) and some great appetizers to share with your group. Pop in for a wine tasting at Tinhorn before walking over for lunch. Make a reservation!
Local tip: If you’re heading out wine touring on a Saturday in the summer, consider having lunch at Hester Creek. They have a beautiful patio and usually have live music outside Saturday afternoons. It’s lovely!
If you’re looking for more wineries with restaurants in the Okanagan Valley, I dedicated an entire post on that you can find here.
La Vieux Pin
Our final stop will have you thinking you hopped on a plane from Oliver BC to France. The tasting room is moody and rustic and cavelike in the very best way. La Vieux Pin wines are made using traditional French winemaking methods with low input viticulture and minimal intervention. While they use French methods, they make sure to still honour the fruit and characteristics that make the Okanagan region so special. A must-visit!
Here is a map of all the locations pinned so you can map out your day!
If you’d prefer to sit back and relax and have a wine tour company take you through your Oliver BC wine tastings, Grape Escapes is the best in the biz!