Written By Jeannette Montgomery Okanagan / Places / Wineries & Breweries Jun 25, 2014 First Look: Sandhill Urban Winery SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestThe term first look is something of a misnomer when it comes to Sandhill Winery — after all, winemaker Howard Soon has been making wine for Sandhill since 1997. But as of May this year, Sandhill has a new home to showcase its small lot, single vineyard focus wines. Located next to Calona Wines on Richter Street in Kelowna, Sandhill’s urban front is a blend of contemporary architecture and history, where clean lines also give a nod to the province’s winemaking — and agricultural — past. The Sandhill Winery Visitor’s Centre at 1125 Richter Street is an interactive space designed for more than wine tasting. Virtual vineyard tours and daily educational sessions help enthusiasts connect wine to place while remaining comfortably hosted in a modern building. Tastings, of course, take centre stage at an expansive bar; around the corner is a lounge, encouraging visitors to linger as they enjoy a ‘tasting flight’ under 80-year-old reclaimed wooden beams and a reach-for-the-sky ceiling. It’s both intimate and inclusive, with room enough for private events and special gatherings — think small lots applied to a living space.Old meets new at every turn, from the 1930s champagne filler to an antique cash register on the front desk. Even displays have a patina beyond new construction, with vintage-style pull handles as an aesthetic detail. The place feels pleasantly lived-in, even at its debut, and is in good harmony with the wine on its shelves.Creating an authentic winery vibe without the benefit of picturesque vineyards to set the tone can be a tall order, and in the last three decades British Columbia has seen its fair share of the ostentatious to the sublime — even at wineries with an advantageous setting. Sandhill Urban Winery is on track with what appears to be a trend in BC wineries creating a new wine experience, providing value to consumers beyond a transaction. As a brand that has become known for over-delivering with its wines, we should expect nothing less from the in-person Sandhill. Open daily June through October from 9am – 6pm; November through May Mondays to Saturdays 9am – 5pm, and Sundays 9am – 4pm. Notable Sips2013 Hidden Terrace Sauvignon Blanc – lightly herbaceous aroma, with a citrus explosion; lemon, lime, and lovely acidity; think late nights on the patio, under twinkling stars, with large conversation.2011 Cabernet Merlot – picnic basket aroma, with charcuterie; strawberry, rhubarb, and mocha; think brilliant blue skies and barbecue afternoons, with an 18 hour smoked something in your near future. Sandhill WinesTwitter: @sandhillwines Facebook: Sandhill Wines Instagram: @Sandhillwines1125 Richter St Kelowna, BC V1Y 2K6 (250) 762-9144 SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Jeannette Montgomery Jeannette is EAT's Okanagan writer. With her rural Canadian roots and love of grand experiences, Jeannette is equal measures country and city. Since moving from Vancouver to the Okanagan in 2007, she quit her day job ... Read More You may also like Okanagan / Wine Festivals March 22, 2017 Canada 150: The Purity and Diversity of BC Wines The 2017 Vancouver International Wine Festival celebrated Canada’s 150th anniversary with Canadian wines at the core. Punters lined up for a taste ... Read More Okanagan / Shops / Victoria March 2, 2016 Blazing a more sustainable trail for BC bakeries True Grain Bread, a craft bakery and grain mill with locations in Cowichan Bay and Summerland, moves to baking exclusively with BC grown organic ... Read More Events / Okanagan / Vancouver / Victoria December 3, 2014 The Best Sommelier in BC: From Wine Waiter to Rock Star Celebrity chefs have been around for a while, but rock star sommeliers are a newer phenomenon. The mousey definition of “wine waiter” doesn’t ... Read More Okanagan / Wine Festivals August 14, 2014 Garagiste North: Small Guys Wine Festival Sept 14 The term ‘garagistes’ was born in the 1990s, referring to a renegade group of winemakers flying under the appellation radar. They chose to make ... Read More Non-Alcoholic / Okanagan / Vancouver / Victoria August 8, 2014 Pop Art: Artisanal Sodas On days like this, there is nothing I crave more than putting my feet up, relaxing in a cool backyard, and sipping on an icy cold glass of something ... Read More First Look / Okanagan August 5, 2014 First Look: Roxy’s Diner Food Truck Many chefs dream of owning a restaurant, but reality can be less rosy than fantasy when there’s more at stake than one has anticipated. Vincent ... Read More Comments are closed.