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Announcing June’s winner!

Posted on Jul 17 by

Each month all season long, we draw a name from completed Bottleneck Drive passports. The lucky winner receives a collection of six bottles from Bottleneck Drive members. This month’s lucky winner is Katherine Hay from Alberta! Katherine visited five of our members, collected stamps, and dropped her completed form at Savard Vines. Congratulations Katherine, enjoy your delicious Bottleneck Drive products and come back to visit us again soon! Visit any of our members or local Tourism Information Centres to pick up your own passport; it contains a handy touring map and helpful contact information. Fill it with five stamps and leave it at any member location to be entered to win. Good...


And the May winner is…

Posted on Jun 19 by

Who doesn’t love winning? Especially when the prize includes six bottles from our Bottleneck Drive members?! The May winner of our monthly prize draw is Tess from Prince George. She completed a Bottleneck Drive touring passport by visiting a minimum of five of our members and collecting stamps, then submitting her completed passport (in her case, at Sage Hills Estate Vineyard & Winery.) Congratulations Tess, your prize is on its way! Thanks for visiting Summerland’s Bottleneck Drive....


Savour summer progressive dinner

Posted on Jun 7 by

Relax and enjoy a summer evening travelling along Summerland’s picturesque Bottleneck Drive during a guided three-course progressive dinner and tasting event, Friday July 7 from 4 – 9 p.m. A knowledgeable guide will pick you up from the Ramada Inn, Penticton Lakeside Resort or Summerland Waterfront Resort and take you to Summerland’s Sumac Ridge Estate Winery for a sparkling reception and appetizers. A casual barbeque-style main course follows at Evolve Cellars looking out over stunning vineyards and Okanagan Lake. It doesn’t get better than this view! From here you will travel to Saxon Estate Winery, set in pastoral Prairie Valley, for a selection of locally made sweet treats to cap the evening. At each location enjoy meeting various Bottleneck Drive members and sampling their products, including award-winning wines, ciders and beer. “Summerland truly shines during those long summer evenings. This is going to be a great event travelling to three wineries, each of which is totally different from the other, while enjoying a delicious meal and sampling products from members of Bottleneck Drive,” says Bottleneck Drive President Christa-Lee McWatters-Bond....


Welcome Detonate Brewing

Posted on Jun 4 by

Craft beer lovers will be excited to hear that Bottleneck Drive now includes a microbrewery. Detonate Brewing opened this winter in Summerland’s industrial area. Their signature Citra Station Pale Ale and other beers are on tap waiting for your growler or grunt. Try a flight of beer to taste them all. There are usually between four to eight types of beer on tap, and brewer Nathan Rosin hopes to have even more in the future. The Detonate tap room is located in an industrial corner of Summerland, at #104 – 9503 Cedar Ave.  It is currently open: Thursday 2-7pm Friday 2-7pm Saturday 2-7pm Sunday 2-7pm For more information visit


Grand Sommelier Express returns

Posted on Apr 26 by

Unique event pairs wine and food with historic KVR train experience The members of Bottleneck Drive present a tasting experience on-board the elegantly restored Kettle Valley steam train, showcasing delicious offerings from local wineries alongside the natural beauty of Summerland. The Grand Sommelier Express returns for a second year on June 24, 2017. “We are excited to partner with the historic Kettle Valley Steam Railway again this year to bring guests an experience that is absolutely unique to Bottleneck Drive,” says Bottleneck Drive President Christa-Lee McWatters Bond. “Delicious wine, food, ciders and beer, Summerland scenery, and the beautiful steam train combine for an event you will not find anywhere else.” Following a sparkling reception, guests will enjoy the scenic 90-minute train ride with wine poured by informative proprietors and winemakers. The tour includes a trestle-side stop to sample Bottleneck Drive’s hand-crafted beer and ciders. A three-course dinner paired with Bottleneck Drive wines follows the train trip. Entertainment includes live music and an attractive live and silent auction. Tickets are available online. For more information contact


Welcome NOMAD Cider

Posted on Mar 28 by

A very warm welcome to NOMAD Cider, one of our newest members and a great addition to Bottleneck Drive’s growing number of traditional cideries. Proprietors and cider-makers Mike Petkau and Brad Klammer say “We’re stoked to be part of the Bottleneck Drive team and are looking forward to opening the doors of our tasting room this spring!”  NOMAD is currently producing dry apple and pear ciders that pay homage to various world famous cider regions. NOMAD’s products are available for sale at various private liquor stores, restaurants and pubs – see a full list on their website. Their tasting room is expected to open in late April or early May. Until then, tastings are available by appointment. While the cidery’s name reflects their love of exploration and travel, Mike and Brad are proud members of the Summerland community, calling it “the greatest place to live in Canada.” We think NOMAD is going to fit right...