Merlot. Pinot Gris. Pinot Noir. Chardonnay.
These are the top grapes planted by the 153 licensed vineyards in Canada’s breathtaking Okanagan Valley. Stretching across 250 kilometres of prime grape growing land, with distinct terrains, soils, and sub-regions, it’s paradise on earth for the wine lover.
Too bad I don’t really drink. :p
Still, the wineries are worth a visit if only for their stunning vistas and amazing landscapes. It can be absolutely mind-boggling to pick just a few to see when there are so many enticing choices available, but on a road trip through interior British Columbia, we wound up at Quail’s Gate and Grey Monk.
We spent an afternoon strolling through gorgeous sunlit rows of vines before heading in for a little wine-tasting, which hubby was all over of course. But since I’m not much of a drinker, I had my heart set on a meal at one of vineyard’s restaurants, which can be as much of an attraction as the alcohol. When we couldn’t get a reservation at award-winning Quail’s Gate resto, Old Vines, we turned our attention to the Grey Monk Estate Winery and the Grapevines restaurant.
And while the more established Quail’s Gate was undeniably gorgeous, it was the the younger Grey Monk Estate Winery’s landscape that I really fell in love with. The neatly cultivated rows of vines set above one of the Okanagan’s peaceful lakes was truly spectacular.
Are you a wine drinker? What’s in your favourite glass? Have you ever visited a winery or taken a wine tour?