Summer is the season of wine – whether enjoying on the patio with your friends, having a glass on date night, or making a trip of it and visiting a winery on a weekend away. It is said that a glass of red wine a day is good for your heart, but what if the wine you were drinking was already produced in a sustainable winery and made with all natural ingredients? That one glass could become two or three! Or if you’re not much of a red wine aficionado, switch it out for a crisp white or rosé knowing you have a better-for-you option. As a wine lover myself, I wanted to share five Okanagan naturally-farmed sustainable wineries.
Summerhill wines are touted as being some of the most beautiful in the world. Made from organically and bio-dynamically grown grapes, their process allows the fruit to ferment in a natural way ensuring the highest levels of antioxidants. This organic winery has won some of the highest awards from France and England for their impressive spread of Cipes sparkling wines and Summerhill reds, whites and icewines. If you’re visiting this splendid winery make sure to leave room for lunch at their Sunset Bistro, which features a delicious array of local and organic food with gluten free and vegan options.
Located on a dramatic slope overlooking the Okanagan Lake, Sage Hills Vineyard has a stunning backdrop for their tasty wines. They make all their wines from 100% organic grapes and leave the wild flowers and grass to grow within and around the vineyard. Sage Hills’ commitment to staying organic may not be the easiest and fastest way to grow grapes but their dedication pays off in the quality and the flavour of their wines. They also work closely with Salmon-Safe, to help protect the quality of water and preserve the lives of native salmon.
Established in 1995, this family-owned winery has stayed true to their organic methods. The Beaumont family prides themselves on creating beautiful and full-flavoured wines that are handcrafted. They start by hand picking and sorting the grapes before the production cycle even begins. The use of stainless steel tanks and a range of French oak barrels allow the winemaker to create new mixes and to try new techniques by mixing barrels that complement each other. The result is an amazing selection of white, rosé and red wines that mirror the unique qualities of the Okanagan Valley.
Tantalus Vineyards is British Columbia’s first LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) winery. The picturesque vineyard focuses on three different types of wine: Riesling, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. By honing in on these three lines of wine, the flavour and quality has been perfected. Tantalus has also captured the attention of national and international wine critics and has been added to a short list of Canada’s top Rieslingproducers.
At LaStella Winery, their philosophy is to indulge in la dolce vita: fine food, wonderful wine, great music and the good things in life. Sounds like my kind of place. They let the sun naturally ripen and warm their grapes, allowing them to produce great fruit that is full of flavour. These bunches of organic grapes are then masterfully crafted into proprietary wines that are all named after Italian musical notes. This includes the popular Allegretto, Vivace and Maestoso wines.
Whether you’re looking for a relaxing weekend with friends at the vineyard or prefer to end your day relaxing with a nice glass of wine, these organic and local wineries ensure that you’re getting the best of the best. As someone who enjoys savouring new wines, I was thrilled to discover that many of these organic wines are available right here in Vancouver. Not only are the contents better for your body, but supporting sustainable and environmentally friendly wineries is a step in the right direction for our planet too.