Written By Jeannette Montgomery Libations / Okanagan / Wine Dec 10, 2012 Winter in Okanagan Wine Country SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestWhen cooler temperatures descend on the Okanagan Valley, many small wineries close to the public. Winemaking continues through the winter, but the demand for winery visits drops like mercury in a thermometer. Or does it?Several years ago, wineries on the South Okanagan’s Golden Mile bench opened for one weekend in early December – without fuss, without fanfare. Locals shopped for unique gifts and stocked up for holiday entertaining. It was a way for the community to support agri-tourism based businesses, and for those businesses to offer a ‘thank you’ to the local folks.This year, six wine regions in the Okanagan and Similkameen organized winter celebrations; wineries opened for a weekend of special events, vine lighting parties and dozens of unique offers. Some wineries are open every weekend in December. It seems we haven’t finished with wine touring for the year just yet.The Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association invited EAT on a tour of a few wineries participating in “Winter in Wine Country”. Of 23 member wineries (more joining as this goes to publication), 20 were open to welcome visitors during their otherwise closed-for-the-season time of year.Festive lights, mulled wine, hot soup, sleigh rides, bonfires – a winter wonderland. I visited those same wineries only a few months ago, but somehow this visit felt different. Everything, everywhere, felt like holiday fun at home – complete with plenty of wine. Winter in Wine Country itineraryCovert Farms Family Estate The Covert family has been farming since 1961. Many of the crops they began with are ones they continue to grow today: tomatoes, onions, corn, potatoes – and yes, grapes. It’s part country market, part winery, and the farm is now almost all organic. The original Dunham & Froese Winery (started in 2005) is now Covert Farms Family Estate Winery. Same vines, different label – and some very promising grapes from this seasoned agricultural family.suggest: “Odie” sparkling wine, bright and fresh like the first snow of the season Stoneboat Vineyards Owned and operated by the Martinuk family, Stoneboat produced their first vintage in 2005. Far from new to agriculture, Lanny Martinuk has grown grapes in the south Okanagan since 1979, supplying fruit for many BC wineries. Lanny’s twin sons Tim and Jay work operations and winemaking respectively, while his wife Julie does analysis and stops by the wine shop to pour for visitors. When Lanny and Julie’s pilot-in-training son Chris comes home to visit, he’s also put to work – like piloting the tractor.suggest: 2010 Verglas, a sweetly elegant example of what icewine should be Tinhorn Creek Vineyards A partnership between Barb & Bob Shaunessy and Kenn & Sandra Oldfield, Tinhorn Creek is proof that friendships can make beautiful wine and grow a successful business at the same time. With a focus on sustainable practices in the boardroom and in the vineyards, Tinhorn has positioned itself as a business to watch for – in the wine world, and beyond.suggest: Oldfield Series Pinot Noir, a stellar example of what BC can do with this grape Okanaganwinter SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Jeannette Montgomery Jeannette is EAT's Okanagan writer.\r\n\r\nWith her rural Canadian roots and love of grand experiences, Jeannette is equal \r\n\r\nmeasures country and city. Since moving from Vancouver to the Okanagan in 2007, \r\n\r\nshe quit ... Read More You may also like Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Events / Food News / Places June 27, 2019 City EATS July|August 2019 Summertime means eating al fresco, whether on one of our city’s many lovely outdoor patios or packing a picnic and heading to a park or ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 City EATS May 2019 Summer is on the way! This seems like a good time to remind you about Victoria’s incredible small batch ice cream and frozen treat makers, just in ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Tofino May 2019 16th Tofino Food & Wine Festival — 20 top chefs, 75 wineries and 21 breweries to indulge on June 7th – 9th. Friday kicks off The Cocktail ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Up-island May 2019 Living on Vancouver Island is like living in paradise; however, I think Mother Nature is possibly going to test our resilience this season with ... Read More Beer / Beer & Cider / Drink / Events / Victoria March 24, 2019 A New Beer Society in Town Victoria Beer Week launched its sixth annual festival earlier this month, which ran from March 1-9. In addition to the festival returning for another ... Read More Comments are closed.