The Bottleneck Drive Summerland is famous as a road that connects the prestigious wineries. The largest industry of wine in Canada like Dirty Laundry, Fitzpatrick, Thornhaven, and Sumac Ridge all prevail on this road. Hence, it is a dream destination in any wine tasting tour.
Located in British Columbia, between West Kelowna and Penticton, Summerland offers a humid and continental climate. It means that the summers are hot and dry while winters are cold. Spring season is the time of the year when the region receives the most sunshine.
Here’s the list of the wineries in Summerland:
Giant Head Family Estate Winery
At the start of the Bottleneck Drive tour, you will find this award-winning winery of Summerland. It is located below the Giant’s head mountain and offers an astonishing view of the beautiful Okanagan lake.
It is a family estate winery that offers Blanc De Noir, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Rose wines. They are known to produce wines in small quantities.
Thornhaven is located at the slope of Little Giant’s Head Mountain that offers a scenic view of Summerland’s valley from its patio. It has three vineyards divided into 18.5 acres.
They have a large variety of grapes like Pinot Meunier, Orange Muscat, Riesling, Chardonnay, and other premium options. It is amongst the most award-winning wineries Summerland. They use American Oak, French Oak, and stainless steel tanks to store wines.
This winery is fairly new and a prime example of exceptional growth. Within a decade (13 years), Dirty laundry has increased its production from 1,800 castes to over 35,000 cases per year.
It is known for producing several fine wines that have received awards, like Hush Rose and Pinot Noir. The winery received its name from the history of the Canadian Pacific Railway as a famous gambling den by the name of Dirty Laundry.
Back Door Winery
The winery was bought by Pieter Smiths and renovated by 2016. Its new layout now offers a tasting room with a beautiful view to enjoy in Summerland, British Columbia. Its vineyards grow a larger variety of grapes for white wines like Pinot Gris and Viognier.
One-third of the vineyards offer reds like Merlot and Pinot Meunier. The Back Door Winery takes pride in its tragic story and its rise from rags to riches.
Sumac Ridge is known as the first estate winery of British Columbia. 1980 was the year when it offered the first vintage. The winery offers Chardonnay, Riesling, and Gewurztraminer from its vineyards located near Okanagan lake.
It has been a consistent winner of several awards and also offered many ‘firsts.’ It was the first Okanagan winery to produce premium quality of sparkling wines. The Black Sage vineyard also falls under Sumac Ridge’s authority.
Okanagan Crush Pad Winery
Crush Pad is famous for its state of the art equipment and methodologies. It offers tasting rooms and samples before you buy wines. You can also witness how a winemaker carries out the process.
The winery offers organic grapes and produces batches with native yeast and minimalistic intervention. It is also the first place to be Canada’s custom crush facility built for a purpose.
8th Generation Winery
With a selection like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Riesling, the Schales family winemakers have existed for over 200 years. The name is very suitable for its long-living traditions for winemaking, which has been passed for generations, since 1783.
You can enjoy wine tasting and indulge in their rich history at the same time. There are three vineyards under its name. They are located in Summerland, Okanagan Falls, and Naramata Bench respectively.
This Summerland Winery is known for being a terroir practitioner and an organic producer. It uses organic grapes and a hand-harvesting method. To prevent any alteration to the taste, they utilize stainless steel tanks.
The wines are created in small batches with a prominent fruit-forward wine series. Their technique includes crop yield and canopy. There isn’t the use of any pesticide or fertilizer. Deliberate care is taken to maintain the quality of grapes. For the natural unadulterated experience, this is a great option to visit in Summerland BC.
Sleeping Giant Winery
The winery is an extension of Summerland sweets. It is the only fruit-based winery in the region of Summerland BC, with the rights reserved. Sleeping Giant offers around 27 unique range of fruit-based Summerland wines.
It offers thirteen table wines and eight fortified wines. Blackberry, Cranberry, and Strawberry are some of the famous wines. You should definitely get one of their wines, as they are most sought after.
With 6.5 acres of vineyard connected by an underground seep, Lunessence is a unique winery Summerland. The vineyard does not require any irrigation. It follows a tradition of playing classical music that is believed to affect the quality of the wine.
You can hear the music in vineyard and wineries, while you enjoy your bottle of wine. For its unique aspects, this should be one of the wineries to include in your Summerland wine tours.
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