Wineries of Black Sage Road


Black Hill Winery


Bai Family Estate

4315 Black Sage Road
Okanagan, BC

 

One of the most famous vineyards on the Black Sage road was sold recently. Sundial is the front half of a 110-acre property better known as Black Sage Vineyards. Planted in 1993, this was at the time the single largest block of Bordeaux red varieties in Canada. This was the block that established the ability of the Black Sage Bench to produce premium wines.

The new owner of Sundial, Bai Family Estates, plans to complete the 25,000-square-foot winery already under construction there. Superstar California winemaker Anne Vawter will make the wine. She has already been the consulting winemaker for One Faith Vineyards, making wine since the 2012 vintage with grapes from Sundial.

Will be known as

Phantom Creek Estates
4315 Black Sage Road

New Zealand-born Ross Wise (left) joined Phantom Creek in September, 2016, as the full time winemaker. 

The winery facilities will sit on the top of the hill in the vineyard. Backen, Gillam and Kroeger, a San Francisco and Napa firm of architects with a portfolio that includes 40 wineries, has designed Phantom Creek. John Taft, Backen, Gillam’s senior winery architect. “As you approach from Black Sage Road, you would come in from the south to the winery. You would come up through the vineyard. We are building on top of the hill, into the site to take advantage of the underground spaces which are best for barrels. We will build new on top. This is the hospitality facility. There is the restaurant where it has the panoramic view. You get amazing views from the hospitality room, looking straight south down the valley.”

The winery’s underground cellars are designed both for handling wines by gravity and for allowing customers to tour the entire facility. Taft’s model includes a cellar for large oak vats and another of Alsace-style oak foudres for future white wines.

2016 wines have been released only reds.

Winemaker: Anne Vawter, Ross Wise



Black Hills Estate Winery

30880 Black Sage Road
Oliver, BC


Black Hills Estate Winery is located between Oliver and Osoyoos, British Columbia. The vineyard is nestled in the sun-burnt hills on the Black Sage Bench, home to British Columbia's highest quality vinifera grapes. The rugged desert earth, long sunlight hours and cool nights yield the intensely flavourful grapes that are blended to produce Bordeaux-style "Nota Bene" their most popular wine. In fact all their wines sell out within weeks of been released

Black Hills Estate Winery is owned by Vinequest Wine Partners Limited Partnership. The Board of this Limited Partnership is comprised of five individuals who share this passion: Glenn Fawcett, Jason Priestley, Gary Nissen, John Houghton and Dale Burstall The winery donated a barrel of Nota Bene to a charity auction It sold for $19,000. Production is capped at around 4,300 cases a year. Black Hills was the first and is now one of only two Okanagan producers of carmenère.

Graham Pierce is the Head Winemaker for Black Hills Estate Winery. In this capacity he oversees every facet of our winery operations and is a passionate hands-on operator

new label Cellar Hand

Signature wine Nota Bene (cabernet sauvignon/merlot/cabernet franc blend), Alibi

Winemaker: Graham Pierce



Black Sage Vineyards

Black Sage Road
Okanagan, BC


A new constellation Brands wine announced in Sept 2012. The vineyards 115 acres was originally purchase by partners Harry McWatters and Bob Wareham then owners of Sumac Ridge. The Winery and vineyards was purchased by Vincor Canada now know as Constellation Brands.

The vineyard is located at the northern tip of the Sonoran Desert, with high mid summer temperatures. The vineyard is planed with Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc. Whites include Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Point Blanc and Semillion. Black Sage will concentrate on the reds Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc Merlot

Jason James winemaker at Sumac will be the winemaker for Black Sage Vineyards producing bold red and Pipe a Port Style wine.

Winemaker: Jason James


Burrowing Owl Estate Winery


100 Burrowing Owl Place
R.R. #1 Site 52 Comp 20
Oliver, BC V0H 1T0
Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

Located on the prestigious Black Sage Road near Oliver, British Columbia, Burrowing Owl Estate Winery is one of Canada's most popular wineries with a reputation for producing premium wines of exceptional quality. Their wines have already been amply rewarded with top honours including Canadian Wine of the Year, Best Canadian Red Wine, Best Canadian Cabernet Sauvignon, The Lieutenant Governor?s Award of Excellence and internationally, their Meritage has twice won Best of Class.

Jim and Midge Wyse selected their location based on the Canadian Grape Atlas (Ag Canada 1984), which identified this area as the best grape growing region in the country. Being nature lovers and with a vineyard surrounded by a wildlife preserve that in the past has protected the endangered burrowing owl, the naming of the winery was easy. The winery is now run by son Chris and daughter Kerry.

According to proprietor Jim Wyse, the winery at Burrowing Owl Vineyards is among the world's most modern. It was designed to use gravity flow and cool, temperature-controlled underground caves for fermentation and barrel aging.

Burrowing Owl opened a fine dining restaurant in 2003 The Sonora Room, which is open daily for lunch and dinner from Easter to Thanksgiving.

Winemaker is Bertus Albertyn. Winemaking itself is generally a simple process. If you have good quality grapes you are going to make a good wine. The key is to take yourself out of the equation as much as possible

White wines: Chardonnay, Pinot Gris
Red wines: Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Franc Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Meritage. Athene a blend of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Calliope (pronounced ka-LIE-oh-pee) a new label from the Wyse family

At the winery enjoy self guided walking tours and visit the Vineyard viewing tower complete with interpretive wine-making information

Winemaker Bertus Albertyn.
Philosophy: To create the finest wines in Canada, using classic techniques aided by the flow of gravity, extensive underground barrel cellars and ecologically sound viticulture practices.



Cana Vines

129 Brauns Road
Oliver , BC
V0H1T2


The winery, with its three hectares (7.5 acres) of sunbathed vines, is beside the highway, just south of Vaseux Lake and north of McIntyre Bluff. Its not on the Golden Mile and is not on the Blacksage Bench. It is the most northern northern winery in Oliver.

Cana Vines is a mother-daughter team committed to creating small-lot, handcrafted estate wines for everyone. Arnie Elgert bought the property in 1991, the land lay unplanted for several years as he researched potential crops. In the winter of 1996 Arnie finally made his decision: grapes it would be! Planting began the spring of '97 with the help of friends, and finished the next year. 

After Arine's passing in 2008, the vineyard was put on the market, but ultimately the girls his wife Mindy and his daughter Lisa decided to carry on with the original plan: to open a tiny winery. The license was obtained spring of 2011, and the first vintage made that fall with the assistance of Karnail Singh Sidhu of Kalala Organic Estates in West Kelowna.

The name comes form the miracle of Cana in Galilee, where Jesus of Nazareth turned water into wine.

Winemaker: Lisa Elgert



Cellared Hands

30880 Black Sage Road
Oliver, BC


Owned by Vinequest Wine Partners Limited Partnership who operate Black Hills Estate Winery

 

Winemaker: Graham Pierce



Church and State Wines
Coyotes Bowl Vineyard

Black Sage Road
Oliver, BC VOH 1T0


Church and States Coyote Bowl Vineyard was chosen for rich soil, fantastic exposure to the Western sun, and on the prestigious Black Sage Bench – one of Canada’s most sought after wine producing locations.

Kim Pullen purchased Victoria Estate Winery in 2004 and began sourcing grapes from the Okanagan Valley. Upon changing the name to Church & State wine that year, it began a transformation into a winery dedicated to producing the highest-caliber wines possible from BC fruit, starting with pouring out 20,000 cases of wine produced prior to his purchase that did not meet our rigorous quality demands. By 2009, production had moved to Oliver, BC, and construction of a new winery on Coyote Bowl Vineyard began. Now, Church & State farms 100 acres, in both Oliver and Brentwood Bay to produce only ten to twelve thousand cases annually, with two locations open to the public: Coyote Bowl on the Black Sage Bench, and Brentwood Bay near Butchart Gardens.

They have 100 acres - Merlot, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Chardonnay-Musque, Marsanne, Roussanne, and Viognier Production ranges from 10,000-12,000 cases/year

Signature wine is Quintessential (Best Red Wine in Canada at the 2009 All-Canadian Wine Championships), a full 5-varietal Bordeaux blend featuring Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, Malbec, Merlot, and Petit Verdot

Church & State Wines flagship red wine, the 2011 Quintessential was awarded the Canadian Red Trophy and a Gold Medal – a 95-100 point equivalent - from the International Wine Challenge in the UK 2014.

Winemaker: Barbara Hall

Philosophy: To produce the best possible wines from exclusively BC grapes, through a belief in handcrafted quality, attention to detail and the highest standards we can achieve through teamwork, patience and dedication, both in the vineyards, and the cellar.




Covert Farms Family Estate Winery

38614 107th Street
(Seacrest Road)
Oliver, BC V0H 1T0


The winery was originally called Dunham & Froese Estate Winery but after five years of operation Winemaker Kirby Froese sold his share to his partners Gene and Shelly Covert. The Dunham half of the winery’s original name comes from Gene’s grandmother’s maiden name.

Historic Covert Farms was founded in 1959 on the plateau just south of McIntyre Bluff by George Covert, a Californian who came to the Okanagan to grow tomatoes, onions, tree fruits and, ultimately, grapes. The vineyard was large enough in the early 1980s that a mechanical harvester was tested (with indifferent results, because the early harvesters mangled the vines). Except for six hectares (15 acres) of table grapes, vines were pulled out in 1988 and were not replanted until 2005, when the partners decided to start a winery.

Since 2005, Gene has planted nine hectares (22½ acres) of wine grapes, including the five major Bordeaux reds, along with Zinfandel, Syrah, Pinot Blanc, Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc. In full production, the vineyard,
which is certified organic, supports 5,000 cases a year.

Covert Farms believes in crafting fine wines while being careful stewards of the land. The winery is working towards Organic and Biodynamic certification. A Salmon-safe vineyard and farm. Signature wines are Our Red Blends: Amicitia, MDC, Stoneface, The Bluff

Today Covert Farms is still one of the leaders in quality fruit and vegetable production in the Okanagan

Winemaker: Bailey Williamson
Philosophy: … Every vintage is an exciting story of nature unfolding. We aim to make wines that express the great details of this story. By carefully tending our vines for balance and varietal expression to minimal intervention in the winery, our wines reveal the essence of their time and place.




Desert Hills Winery

30480 71st. Black Sage Road
Oliver, BC VOH 1T0


The winery was opened in 2003 by Randy, Jessie and Dave Toor. They had previously operated as producers of grapes for other wineries. The winery overlooks the Okanagan River Valley. They started by selling their grapes to Domaine de Chaberton in the Fraser Valley, then producing their own wine. Today they produce over 10,000 cases. They recently added Zinfandel.

Desert Hills Estate Winery is a two time recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for excellence in winemaking and the winner of Canada’s Best Red.

Signature wines, Syrah and a Mirage blend.

Also see Ursa Major Estate Winery

Winemaker: Anthony Buchanan
Philosophy: We believe that we must “grow” wine.  We started as farmers, and know that great wines can only be achieved with wonderful grapes. When we purchased the Estate, we planted vines that would prosper on that particular vineyard, and this is a philosophy that we carry on with all of our vineyards.  We grow the grapes that grow best in each vineyard.We also craft wines that are representative of the terroir, with a balanced elegance that can only be achieved through a seamless collaboration between wine growing and winemaking.”




Hidden Chapel

482 Pinehill Rd.
Oliver, British Columbia
V0H 1T5

 


A small, boutique winery just ten minutes north of Oliver. The property is 3 acres planted with Cabernet Sauvignon . The winery was founded by Deborah Wilde and Lanny Kinrade. In 2012, partner Lanny Kinrade moved on to other ventures and is no longer involved with Hidden Chapel Winery. Deborah Wilde continues as Proprietor and loves every minute of it.

A very small chapel is located on the property. A shiraz/cabernet blend is called Nuns on the Run; the rosé is called Blushing Bride and the white blend is called White Wedding. They produce 16,000 cases mostly white

We have a winemaking team rather than one specific winemaker enabling us to make exceptional, award winning wines!

All tasting fees at the winery are donated to South Okanagan Women in Need


Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate

38691 97th Street
Oliver, BC V0H 1T0


Established by Don Triggs and Allan Jackson in the Fall of 1993, Jackson-Triggs has wineries in both Ontario and British Columbia . In 1998, Jackson-Triggs leased a 410-acre site from the Osoyoos Indian Band in the Okanagan Valley . Located along striking mountain slopes overlooking Osoyoos Lake , the area's unique climate and soils combine to create an ideal "terroir" for growing a wide selection of premium quality varietals.

The original winemaking centre in Oliver underwent a major expansion in 2002 and is now a 35,361 square foot (3,285 square metre) space that employs some of the most advanced technology in the world, along with the very best equipment from as far away as Europe and Oceania . The grapes for all its wines, with the exception of the Icewines, are sourced from six vineyards in the Southern Okanagan Valley, which together cover a total of 1200 acres One vineyard, named Sunrock, is dedicated exclusively to the production of Jackson-Triggs' highest quality SunRock Vineyard Wines

The winery is owned by Constellation Brands

Winemakers: Derek Kontkanen
Philosophy: Is to ensure every grape that enters the winery reaches its maximum potential

 



Le Vieux Pin


34070 73rd and Black Sage Road
Oliver, BC

 

Le Vieux Pin, named after the old pine on the North-West corner of their vineyard. Wines are made in the French tradition but with the latest in equipment and technique. The focus is to make wine representative of its terroir. Low-input viticulture is the method we use to get there. Dry farming, minimal fertilizer addition, high-density plantings (6 feet x 3 feet) and low yield will allow vines to show who they really are deep down to the roots.


Owned by Enotecca Winery and Resorts



McWatters Collection



Harry McWatters, widely considered the pioneer of Okanagan Valley wine, along with Richard “Dick” Cleave and Harry's daughter Christa-Lee McWatters are producing wines from their Black Sage Vineyard

Winemaker: Tom DiBello
Philosophy: Having started in the wine business now over 40 years ago, I have devoted my life's work to establishing the Okanagan Valley as a premier vinifera grape growing region. My vision with the McWatters Collection is to craft premium wine that reflects the unique Black Sage Terroir and leave a lasting legacy for future generations.



Montakarn Estate Winery

5462 Black Sage Road
Oliver, BC


Located in one of the most beautiful spots possible on Black Sage Road on Oliver's east side. It has a magnificent west view of the valley from McIntyre Bluff along the Golden Mlle to the Okanagan River.

The winery is owned by Gary Mission and his wife Montakarn. The work of planting the vineyards began in 2003. Today the vineyards are planted with Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Malbec.

Gary has a degree in architecture technology. He designed the winery buildings.

Winemaker: Gary Mission


Oliver Twist Estate Winery

33013 Road 9A,
Oliver, BC V0H 1T0

Oliver twist WIneryy


Located on the Black Sage Bench owned by Trevor& Gina Mitchell.. In 2002, the Hagermans bought an orchard south of Oliver, on Black Sage Road , with a winery in mind. They replaced the fruit trees in 2006 with 5.6 hectares (17 acres of grapes) and built their winery, launching it with 2,500 cases of wine from purchased grapes (Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Kerner, Merlot and Pinot Noir.) Winemaking consultant Christine Leroux helped the Hagermans through their first vintage. Thy hired Gina as the assistant winemaker. As the Hagermans decided to move on Gina and her husband bought the winery.

The name comes from the town of Oliver and the fact that the winery uses Stelvin 'twist' tops

signature wine is Kerner Annual production is roughly four thousand cases of red, white, rosé, and dessert style wines.

You can find their wines in BC, Alberta and Manitoba. Signature wines: Kerner, Viognier & Chardonnay

Winemaker: Gina Mitchell
Philosophy: It all starts in the vineyard  Quality Vines to Quality Wines



 

One Faith Vineyards


 

 

The vineyards are locate along the Black Sage Road. One faith is owned by Bill Lui Winn Choi. The wines are produced at Time Estate.

In 2012 they produced just 144 cases. As a result there is a limit of 3 bottles per person at a cost of $495


Winemaker: Anne Vatwer
Philosophy: We believe that by using our combined knowledge and experience, and being free of financial constraints, we can produce a world class wine in the Okanagan, a Grand Vin


Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery

34664 - 71st Street at Black Sage Road
Oliver, BC V0H 1T0




Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery  opened it doors in June of 2007. Situated on the famed Black Sage Road in Oliver. Quinta means estate in Portuguese, and Ferreira is the owners last name, John and Maria Ferreira. Quinta also means 5, which there are 5 members in the Ferreria family. They obtained the property in 1979 and converted the orchard to grapes in 1999

The wineries direction is limited production concentrating on quality wines. They have a slogan Canadian wines with a Portuguese twist

Signature wines: Malbec, Viognier, Merlot, Syrah Vinho Du sol, a late harvest dessert wine

Winemaker: Michael Ferreira
Philosophy: Fruit forward wines

hadicap



Platinum Estate Winery


30640 Black Sage Road
Oliver, BC V0H 1T0

 

Murray Jones and Fiona Duncan from Winnipeg took a cycling vacation through the vineyards of Bordeaux. Where they were enthralled by lifestyle of the wineries. It took a vacation eight years later to the Okanagan before they seriously considered opening a winery themselves. They researched the wine business for a couple of years before buying an established vineyard on Black Sage Road. They moved to Okanagan in 2011 enrolling in classes at Okanagan College

The vineyard they bought was planted over 15 years ago with Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Gamay. They obtained the help of Okanagan Crush bad and their first wines 2011 were made by Michael Bartier. When the vineyard was purchased it had a scarecrow which remains today.

They settled on Platinum Bench as the winery name because they had been told that Black Sage Road is a platinum
growing area. “It certainly stands for quality,” Fiona says. “The name is parallel with the quality that we want
to be producing.”





River Stone Estate Winery


7148 378th Ave .   
RR#2 S5 C18
Oliver, BC V0H 1T0



 

A small, family owned and operated by Ted and Lorraine Kane. Located in the South
Okanagan north of Oliver on the east side of the highway.

It all started with a passion for winemaking and the love of all things technical. I started making wine at the age of 19. I soon realized that the best wines came from the best grapes and ventured out to find this quality fruit. My quest led me to the deep south of BC to Oliver and arguably the best grape growing region of Canada. Over time, I came to develop a particular affinity for the Bordeaux red varietals and the wines being produced in a new world style. These are rich in color and texture and bold in fruit flavours.

Winemaker Ted Kane



Saddle Ridge Vineyards

487 Sibco Landfill
Oliver, BC V0H 1T1


Ranchers become winemakers. That sums up the story in a nutshell for Saddle Ridge Vineyards. Owners Bill and Darlene Freding who produce Okanagan’s Finest Angus Beef from animals that are finished with a litre of wine daily for 90 days.

It was Darlene that wanted the vineyard. The first planting were in 1998 with a little advise from Mission Hills. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Cabernet Franc were the main varietals. In 2011, the Fredings, having seen others make award-winning wines with their grapes, decided to have wines made under their own Rafter F label by Okanagan Crush Pad. Rafter F been the brand they put on there cattle.

Their daughter Kerri, and son-in-law Ken Hinsberg left there farm in Manitoba to help establish the winery. A modest winemaking and tasting room was established by re-modeling an existing building. in 2014. Kerri will be the winemaker with some training

Winemaker: Crush Pad
Philosophy: “I want to grow the best wine grapes possible within this amazing, unique environment,” says Darlene. “ We are so lucky to live here.”



Silver Sage Winery

32032 87th Ave
Oliver, BC, V0H 1T0

 

The winery is owned by the Manola Family who emigrated from Romania, Europe over 25 years ago. The had always dreamed of owning a vineyard in the Okanagan Valley, and in 1996 the dream became a reality. The Manola's purchased 25 acres of land, cleared it, planted and with a lot of hard work, love and passion it became a well established vineyard of which they were and are very proud. Both Anna and Victor had a wine making and viticulture background that stretches back to their youth

They have 600 hectare vineyard producing Gewürztraminer Pinot Blanc and Merlot. Signature wines Grand Sage Reserve, Flame


Winemaker: Anna Manola


Stoneboat Vineyard

7148 Orchard Grove Lane
Oliver, BC V0H 1R0

stoneboat label

Julie and Lanny Martiniuk were pursuing careers in Vancouver when they decided to leave the hustle and bustle of the lower mainland and move to the Okanagan Valley, where Julie was born and raised. Hoping to buy a vineyard with their savings, Julie and Lanny left Vancouver with a truck, a dog and some furniture. Because no vineyard land was for sale, they settled for a 15-acre orchard on the Black Sage and bought it on a handshake in 1979. Lanny left his career in nuclear medicine to farm it, while Julie continued practicing pharmacy

The property was planted with Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris vinifera in ‘92, with Pinot Blanc, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon added later. They worked as growers for years raising their family. Their first vintage was 2007

The name comes from a flat sledge for carrying stones; originally used to clear the home vineyard of its abundant river rocks. They named their vineyards as a tribute to the original caretakers Vineyard, who had to clear the land of its rocks in order to cultivate it. We believe that a stoneboat is representative of qualities that we value: hard work and tradition

Julie and Lanny Martiniuk have three sons. Jay is studying to be a winemaker

Winemaker: Bill Adams




Squeeze Wines

7229 Tucelnuit Drive
Oliver , BC .



Located in the Tuc-el-Nuit area of Oliver. The winery is owned by three siblings Christina Ferreira, Nicole Ferreira, Michael Ferreira. Operating as a virtual winery the first wines released in 2013

Michael Ferreira is also the winemaker at Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery 

Winemaker: Michael Ferreira
Philosophy: Fruit forward, wine that can be drank without food


Time Estate Winery

30861 Black Sage Road
Oliver, BC


Owned by Harry McWatters founder of Sumac Ridge and Bob Wareham. . They own 24-hectare (60-acre) Sundial Vineyard, which he planted on Black Sage Road in 1993. Harry’s obligation to sell grapes to Vincor ended in 2011, freeing him
to sell fruit to many client wineries, including his own. They grow merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon with small plots of
Cabernet Franc and Syrah

A few years ago he commissioned Township 7 winemaker Brad Cooper to make the 2007 Meritage about nine months before Harry retired as an executive with Vincor Canada. It was the first wine named after himself.

The winery will produce small lots around 800 cases. It is currently a virtual winery.


Tipsy Hill Winery

5477 Black Sage Road
Oliver, BC


Owned by the Cheema & Toor families The relationship that was decades in the building comes to fruition in Tipsy Hill Winery. A top the hill overlooking the Black Sage Bench, members of two generations of these great families produce Okanagan wines.



Ursa Major Estate Winery

5407 Black Sage Rd.
Oliver B.C


Rajen Toor ( second generation of the Toor family to enter the wine business) is owner Ursa Major Estate Winery . His family owns Desert Hills.

Ursa Major is a constellation in the northern celestial hemisphere. It means the grat bear.

Winemaker: Anthony Buchanan


 


 

 

 

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