Wineries of the Oliver City Region


Bartier Bros





Brother Don and Michael Bartier were born in the Okanagan. They came home joined forces and opened the Bartier Bros winery in Summerland. They have a small vineyard and use the facilities at the Crush Pad.

Michael is a well know winemaker in the Okanagan. Michael's winemaking experience was launched by making wine at the Okanagan's Hawthorne Mountain Vineyards (See Ya Later Ranch). From there he took university courses a UC Davis and Washington State University. He followed that with an apprenticeship with Australia's celebrated Hardys winemaker. On his return to Canada, Michael made wine at Township 7, Stag's Hollow and Road 13 Vineyards. He is also head winemaker at the Okanagan Crush Pad.

Don a successful businessman runs the business side of the winery

Michael's winemaking philosophy is simple:

  1. Plant the correct grapes on the correct site.
  2. Farm these well, thinking of the vineyard as a 200-year project.
  3. Take the good fruit into the cellar, and make sure the vineyard characters, not the winemaker's manipulations, make it to the glass.
  4. Don't try to copy Napa, or Bordeaux, or Burgundy; make Okanagan wine. These places make beautiful wines, but they're different from what the Okanagan gives, and they don't have the privilege of working with Okanagan grapes.

Winemaker: Michael Bartier




Bonamici Cellars

 




A virtual winery, Bonamici ( good friends in Italian) is a partnership of two old friends (hence the name): consulting winemaker Philip Soo and veteran marketing executive Mario Rodi.

Bonamici is currently seeking property. Grapes are from the South Okanagan, predominately Oliver, Osoyoos area.

Signature Unique blends. 1. 2012 Sauvignon Blanc-Viognier Blend & 2. 2012 Merlot-Cab Franc Blend


Winemaker: Phil Soo
Philosophy: Minimal intervention by the winemaker and let nature do the work. We want wines to express the true nature of the vineyard and terroir.

 




Cassini Cellars Winery

32056 Highway 97
Oliver, BC V0H 1T0



Cassini wines


After falling in love with the Okanagan during a vacation Adrian Capeneata and his wife bought a organic lavender farm south of Oliver in 2006. Planting began in 2009 chose primarily Cabernet Franc and Merlot, with just a few rows of Pinot Gris. Adrain believes in the reds

Consultant Phil Soo was hired to make their first wines.

The winery has a strong visible presence on the Golden Mile Cassini built a a large tasting room with a 10-metre (33-foot) bar long enough for 25 visitors to be served at once. Windows on two walls give guests a view of the barrel cellar and the tank cellar.

signature wine Maximus a red blend


Winemaker: Phil Soo



 

Castoro de Oro Estate Winery

4004 Highway 97
Oliver, BC V0H 1T1



Bruno Kelle and Stella Schmidt believe they found a diamond in the rough when they located their winery on the Golden Mile south of Oliver. The couple fell in love with the wine region while touring the area in 2005. When Bruno was asked if he was interested in purchasing anything he responded by saying “Yes, your winery” The very nice lady informed him that it wasn't for sale but that another winery was. At that point it was just a joke but they did go look at the winery for sale. By the time their mini vacation was over they we were excitedly discussing the possibilities and potential of being winery owners. They continued to pursue the idea and soon purchased their winery. The property (7.4 acres) with a great slope, wonderful soil for grapes and no frost will provide excellent grapes for producing wine.

Name changes from Golden Beaver to Castoro de Oro Estate Winery in 2011 . It was the prospect of oro - gold, which prompted settlement of early Canada. As prospectors carved the mountainsides, one of nature's most intelligent creatures, castoro - beaver, built dams, flooding and ultimately creating rich agricultural soil. The beaver's ability to make changes to the landscape is secondary only to man. Canada recognizes this noble creature as the emblem of national sovereignty. The handcrafted Castoro de Oro Estate Wines reflect the natural flavours of our terroir and are a tribute to our country.

A true family winery, their son helps with making the unique wines. They produce 14-16 small batch handcrafted wines per year. A comfortable patio with picnic tables provides a spectacular view of the Okanagan Valley.

Signature wine: Unique Vin de Cure' in both Red - Merlot and White – Vidal or Pinot Blanc


Winemakers: Bruno Kelle, Stella Schmidt 
Philosophy: Make spectacular wine from hand picked, hand sorted grapes.




Chandra Estate Winery

RR1 Site 62, Comp. 22
Oliver, BC V0H 1T0


Owner Dave Dhillon chose the name Chandra as a reflection of his winemaking philosophy and culture. Its meaning is twofold. Chandra, derived from the Hindi language, (the ‘a' is pronounced as a short vowel ‘u') means ‘moon god'. From a spiritual perspective, ancient Hindu myth states that the moon stores Soma (an ancient drink and lunar deity), which was said to be the elixir of immortality consumed by the gods themselves. The moon is said to wane because the gods are drinking away some of its properties and, wax when the gods are not.

Situated on 10 acres of land on Oliver's historic ‘Golden Mile', family owned and operated, Ecovitis Vineyard and Chandra Estate Winery officially opened its doors on September 3, 2008 . Half of the acreage had been planted 12 years ago with Merlot, Pinot Noir, Blaufrankisch, and Chardonnay varietals, so the vineyard was in its maturity stages; however, the other 5 remained barren. Given the Okanagan's favourable terroir and climate, Chandra imported Malbec and Sauvignon Blanc varietals from France and planted the other five.

Chandra Estate Winery and Ecovitis Vineyard Ltd. is a family owned and operated winery committed to excellence an environmental sustainability. Signature wines are Chardonnay, Red Fusion, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir Rose, Merlot, Pinot Blanc

Winemakers: Allan Marcus and Josh Scott
Philosophy: Great wines begin with the land, which is why our vineyards are certified organic. Knowing that conventional agricultural practices have stripped the soil of vital minerals, we grow grapes the way nature intended—free from insecticides, fumigants, and herbicides.

 



GOLD HILL WINERY

3502 Fruitvale Way
Oliver, B.C.

 



 

The winery opened in 2009 founded by brothers Sant and Gurbachan Gill. For the location, they chose their prime vineyard on the slopes of a hill along the Golden Mile, between Oliver and Osoyoos. They called he winery Gold Hill because of its location along this famous stretch–and because they wanted to produce the very best wine possible, the Gold standard, a moniker which challenges their wine-making year after year.

They partnered with winemaker Phil Soo. Gold Hill’s inaugural 2009 Cabernet Franc was honoured with the prestigious Lieutenant Governor’s Award of Excellence in 2012.


Winemaker: Phil Soo



Intersection Winery

9736 326th Avenue
Oliver, BC V0H 1T0


Bruce Schmidt born and raised in Kelowna, worked in the wine and spirits division of Nabisco Brands Canada and was responsible for the national marketing for Calona Wines, then one of the industry leaders. This is where he developed his interest in wine and the Okanagan wine industry. He started his own marketing and venture capital consulting firm in 1987, one of the clients he helped raise capital for was Blue Mountain Vineyard & Cellars

In 2002 Bruce began the search of his own winery purchasing properly in 2007. The winery is located at one of the larger ˜intersections' on Highway 97 thus the name Intersection., however we also feel that this project is truly an “intersection” of lifestyle, quality experiences, great food and friends (who like decent wine). It's all about honest wine at a decent price that we are proud to share with friends and family. Intersection is the brand name the holding company  is Parallel 49 Vineyards

The property now has 20,000 closely-packed vines on four hectares (10 acres). Half of the vines are red varieties (Merlot, Cabernet Franc) and the other half are whites (Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Marsanne, Riesling). Wine production began in the 2009 vintage under the hand of consulting winemaker Philip Soo. The wineries direction is to produce relatively small amounts of premium red and whites aimed at the wine enthusiast.

Signature wines are 100% unfiltered Merlot, 2. White blend that is Viognier based.


Winemaker Dylan Roche
Philosophy: Grow great grapes and stay out of their way as much as possible. Touch them as little as possible by eliminating unnecessary bruising and pumping.




Kanazawa Wines

9580 306 Avenue
Oliver, BC, Canada




Richard Kanazawa began his career in the wine industry as a truck driver for Domaine de Chaberton Winery. His desire to become a winemaker led him to Austrailia. In Australia, he was able to further my education, gain experience tasting with accomplished winemakers and play another passion rugby.

He returned to Canada and the Okanagan to start his own winery. It would not be easy he first worked as winemaker at Red Rooster Winery in Naramata and later at Blasted Church Vineyards

The first vintage of Kanazawa Wines was produced in 2010, in which Richard and his wife jennifer produced only red wine and sparkling wine. The following year, they made a white blend and late harvest dessert wine. Total production fortheir inaugural release is 900 cases. I hope you enjoy our current releases that are focused, unpretentious and approachable.


Winemaker: Richard Kanazawa

 



Kismet Estate Winery

9580 Road 20,
Oliver, BC V0H 1T0




The winery is owned by Balwinder Dhaliwal and Sukhwinder Dhaliwal. The business started over twenty years ago growning grapes for others efore deciding to produce their own wines. they have vineyard locations starting from North of Oliver to the south of Osoyoos. Each vineyard location has been chosen extensively and carefully to produce the best quality of grapes.
In total they have 200 acres producing 1200 cases

A wine shop will open in 2014 at their Oliver location on the Golden Mile.


Winemaker: Richard Kanazawa 
Philosophy: We would like to deliver wines that offer more than a price point and over delivers on its price point.




Maverick Estate Winery

29686 Highway 97
Oliver, BC V0H 1T0


The name Maverick was chosen to reflect the owners style  - going our own way, doing our own thing, not following the rest of the market.  We are unique in our attitude and our wines. Maverick Estate Winery's emblem is inspired by the pictographs drawn on cave walls around South Africa many thousands of years ago. Our emblem represents the enthusiastically unconventional free thinker. Whether in ancient times or today, Mavericks are not afraid to forge their own path and stay true to what they believe in. We are mavericks: uncompromising in our pursuit and unrestrained in our enjoyment of exceptional wine.

 

Dr Schalk De Witt came to Canada from South Africa in 1990. He travelled through the green farm land and sparkling lakes of BC's south Okanagan in amazed by the similarities to his hometown half a world away. He knew he'd found the place he wanted to call home. But, life has a way of getting in the way, at least temporarily, of even the surest of intentions. Work and family commitments took him into the Kootenays and then on to Alberta. He and his wife Lynn invested in two Okanagan properties 48 prime grape growing acres in Osoyoos in 2005.

His daughter married her childhood friend Bertus Albertyn who grew up to be a winemaker. With a winemaker as a son inlaw Dr Schalk knew he need to start a winery.

Prior to Maverick Bertus was the winemaker at Burrowing Owl’s He is deliberately styling the wines differently at Maverick . They are more Old World, says Bertus, who began his winemaking career in South Africa . The whites, for example, all have a portion of barrel-fermented wine in the blends. Production at Maverick is currently 500 cases. The Highway 97 vineyard is planted to Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc and a little Chardonnay. The other property, which has just enough water to support six hectares (15 acres) of vines, will be planted in 2012 with similar varieties

The owners are Schalk J. De Witt, Lynn J. Safroniuk, Elzaan and  Bertus Albertyn

Signature wines Rubicon a red blend, Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah/Cabernet Franc. Origin, a white blend of Gewürztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc.also a Sofia port-style wine

Winemaker: Bertus Albertyn
Philosophy: Nature delivers everything of value in wine. You can't add; you can only destroy what naturally exists in the fruit,” says winemaker Bertus Albertyn. “A winemaker should see himself as observer and preserver rather than ‘maker', which is why we allow the winemaking process space and time to go at its own pace. Our job is simply to capture and preserve the unique flavours of our soil, our climate, and our weather and translate that potential into exceptional wine.”




Orchard Hill Estate Winery

23404 Highway 97
Oliver, BC V0H 1T0


Opened in 2006 by Gian Dhaliwal and his son, Ravi, who operate a roadside orchard and fruit market. The orchard primarily grows apples, along with cherries and other tree fruits. For some time, the Dhaliwal family has sold its fruits and vegetables at what they called the Sunshine Valley Fruit. It is currently the only cidery in the Okanagan south

Situated between Oliver and Osoyoos, right off of Highway 97, Orchard Hill provides safe and easy access to all of its customers

They offer three ciders; Okanagan Bubbly a light semi-sweet and fruity, Extra Dry a sparkling cider and Summer Sipper a medium dry sparkling apple cider with slightly more complexity than Okanagan Bubbly.



Pipe Dreams Vineyard and Estate Winery

168 Sportsman Bowl Road
Oliver, British Columbia
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The winery is owned by John Ness who bought the property in 2009. It is located on the north west side of Oliver. The name of this winery comes from a question that John Ness, the owner, asked himself when launching the project: is it a big dream, or just a pipe dream?

consulting winemaker is Mark Wendenburg. John chose varieties outside the mainstream of Okanagan plantings: Grüner Veltliner, Kerner, Gamay Noir and Zweigelt. 

Pipe Dream produces a very nice Grüner Veltliner

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Silver Sage Winery

4852 Ryegrass Rd
Oliver, B.C. Canada V0H 1T1




Silver Sage Winery was established by Anna and Victor Manola. Set on the bank of Oxbow Creek, which meanders gently through the vineyard, Silver Sage offers a picturesque view of the surrounding mountains and countryside.

The winery is located in the Okanagan Valley, more precisely in Oliver, BC, in the Golden Mile region, which is well known for its rich soils and warm microclimate.

In 1996 the dream became a reality. They purchased 25 acres of land near Oliver, BC, and with a lot of hard work, love, and passion, it became an established vineyard. A tragic accident took Victor away from Anna on November 10, 2002, but Anna and the family have carried on to fulfill the family tradition and dream.


Winemaker: Anna Manola
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VinAmite Cellars

5381 Highway 97
Oliver, V0H 1T1

 



 

A trademark conflict is causing vinPerdu Cellars of Oliver to change its name to vinAmité Cellars.

Oliver's newest winery opening in 2015. vinPerdu is a small lots winery with no plans of growing beyond 3,000 cases in the near future, starting with baby steps as we evolve our vision and points of differentiation . The name means Hiding in plain sighta nd can also be translated into Lost Wine

There has been a vineyard in this location for many years this vineyard sold its grapes to well-known wineries throughout the Okanagan Valley at a crucial time of the wine industry's development into what it is today, only to be 'lost' in other winemakers' blends, lost in blends from its own terroir of unique taste and sense of identity.

Chardonnay grows at the bottom of the hill by the highway working its way up hill which is shared between the Gamay Noir and Pinot Gris. AT the top surrounding the winery is the Cabernet Sauvignon.

vinPerdu is a family affair, partnered by Ray and Wendy Coulombe and their two equally committed daughters, Catherine and Nathalie Coulombe.

Wines will be release in 2015 with Gamay Noir one of the signature offerings along with Chardonnay, fermented and aged entirely in new and neutral French oak barrels.

A Salmon-Safe Winery


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