Located 394 kilometers (245 miles) east of Vancouver, B.C., Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country is nestled at the northernmost tip of the great Sonoran Desert, and is an extremely popular year-round getaway destination, one that you should visit.
For more that 40 years, Canada’s cherished “desert wine country” has been producing incredible wines—partially due to its unique microclimate and remarkable terroir—and to date, there are 39 wineries spread across more than 5,052 acres in the region. And it’s growing every year!
Now that spring is here, the sun is finally shining, and the weather is rather pleasant, we highly recommend that grape lovers plan a wine tasting trip to the South Okanagan. In addition to touring the award-winning boutique wineries and dining at the various noteworthy, vista-hugging restaurants, you should consider incorporating one of these local events into your getaway itinerary:
On Saturday April 30 between 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., chefs from eight local restuarants will be showcasing their hog roasting skills in the beautiful vineyards of Covert Farm in Oliver. This year’s Pig Out theme is ‘If Pigs Could Moo’, a cornucopia of dishes featuring B.C. beef will be offered alongside the wineries of the Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association’s new releases and fan favourites. Entertainment from local musicians, souvenir wine glass and lots of great food and wine are to be expected at this fun-filled summer kick-off event. Tickets are available for $55 at oliverosoyoos.com.
Half Corked Marathon
The Half Corked Marathon weaves racers through the beautiful vineyards of the Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country, sampling wines and fine food on route. For those not partaking in the race this year, there are still many fun events to participate in. The night before the Half Corked Marathon (May 27) invites racers and non-participants to join the Primavera Dinner to indulge in delicious pastas, salads and wines from the Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country. On May 28 between 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., head to the party at the finish line for a relaxing afternoon of entertainment, food, wine, friends and family. General admission of the finish line party is free but if attendees wish to participate in wine tasting and a finish line lunch tickets will be available for purchase.
Tinhorn Creek Summer Concert Series
Follow up an afternoon of fun at the Half Corked Marathon finish line party by heading to the kick-off of the Canadian concert series on the evening of May 28th (Pernell Reichert will be performing). The concert series continues once a month throughout the summer and the final show takes place on September 10. Concert-goers can also enjoy delicious BBQ food options from the talented team of Miradoro Restaurant while sipping on award-winning Tinhorn Creek Vineyards wines.
Market on Main
This charming farmer’s market celebrates all things local and home-grown in the Oliver Osoyoos region. Every Saturday through the summer on Main Street in Osoyoos you can pick up fresh local fruits and vegetables, artisan crafts, and regional wine, beer & spirits.
Covert Farms U-Pick
In season, Covert Farms encourages wine customers to visit the Seacrest Organics at Covert Farms to try hand-picking their own produce from the 40 different kinds of crops offered on property. Freshly-harvested produce is also available in their farm store and some crops are available from late spring until the first frost.