David and I have been looking forward to a day in the Oliver area for wine tasting. It is likely our favourite region for wine, known for their big bold reds. Sure enough, we were blown away by the following wineries, and bought some wonderful wines.
We started at Blasted Church, on the way to Okanagan Falls. The logos are really creative and colourful, and the names are equally interesting. Blasted Church is named for a wooden church that was blasted by four dynamite sticks to “loosen the nails” so it could be dismantled and rebuilt in OK Falls 120 years ago. The area is really lovely, and we had a great time talking with the woman pouring our wines here to start out our day.
Keeping on the church theme, our next stop was Church and State. Lots of great buzz and awards for this winery and we understand why. The tasting room is really innovative and comfortable, their high end wine is incredible, and they have a line of lower priced wines called “Lost Inhibitions” with all kinds of cool and funny labels to choose from. Great find!
During our time in the Okanagan, we met a sommelier from Vancouver who mentioned Road 13 winery was great, and he worked with them on his restaurant’s house wine. We also heard it was almost burned to the ground during this summer’s fire in Oliver. When we arrived, you could see the burned hillside right down to the main tasting room (an oh so close to the precious vines). Scary! The wines lived up to the recommendation and then some.
Finally, we finished with our personal favourite winery of the area – Le Vieux Pin. We have blogged about this special wine before, and we knew we wanted the Cuvee Violette (which we bought on our last trip). We bought three bottles, and another more expensive Equinox for a special occasion. What a fantastic way to end our wine tasting in Oliver, and our wine touring this vacation!