Announcing June’s winner!

Posted by on Jul 17, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Announcing June’s winner!

Announcing June’s winner!

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 luck!

And the May winner is…

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in News | Comments Off on And the May winner is…

And the May winner is…

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 by on Jun 7, 2017 in Events, News | Comments Off on Savour summer progressive dinner

Savour summer progressive dinner

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.

Evolve is one of three loca­tions to host a course dur­ing Bot­tle­neck Drive’s Savour Sum­mer Pro­gres­sive Din­ner and Tast­ing.

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.

Tick­ets are $135 plus tax avail­able online. For more infor­ma­tion con­tact

Welcome Detonate Brewing

Posted by on Jun 4, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Welcome Detonate Brewing

Welcome Detonate Brewing

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 by on Apr 26, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Grand Sommelier Express returns

Grand Sommelier Express returns

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 by on Mar 28, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Welcome NOMAD Cider

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 in!

Welcome Savard Vines

Posted by on Jan 22, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Welcome Savard Vines

Welcome Savard Vines

A warm wel­come our newest mem­ber win­ery, Savard Vines.

Watch for details regard­ing their new tast­ing room, open­ing this spring, locat­ed just off the high­way north of Sum­mer­land. Can’t wait for spring? Vis­it their web site for cur­rent sales and con­tact info.

Final­ly, after months of hard work, we are thrilled to announce that soon Savard Vines will be open for vis­i­tors. It is our plan to open our Tast­ing Room select spring week­ends start­ing in March before set­tling into our rou­tine sum­mer­time hours,” say pro­pri­etors Michael and Lori Savard.

Their beau­ti­ful prop­er­ty includes stun­ning lake views and is plant­ed with approx­i­mate­ly five acres of pinot gris and pinot noir, with some cab franc.

We are excit­ed to be mem­bers of Summerland’s Bot­tle­neck Dri­ve and look for­ward to get­ting to know every­one,” they say.


And the winner is…

Posted by on Dec 21, 2016 in News | Comments Off on And the winner is…

And the winner is…

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Kelsey Beck­er of Kelow­na — her name was drawn for the Light Up the Vines prize pack­age this week. Kelsey says she has entered our pass­port draw many times but nev­er won. She is a big fan of Sum­mer­land and our wine, so we know this prize is going to be put to good use!

Kelsey’s prize includ­ed a case of hand-select­ed wines along with sev­er­al bot­tles of craft cider, a beau­ti­ful book from The Field Guide, and a gift cer­tifi­cate from our friends at Local Lounge and Grille.

Enjoy, Kelsey!

Bottleneck Drive for the holidays

Posted by on Dec 11, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Bottleneck Drive for the holidays

Bottleneck Drive for the holidays

There are a lot of rea­sons to vis­it our mem­bers over the hol­i­day sea­son… Enter­tain vis­it­ing guests while stock­ing up on award-win­ning wines for gifts and for host­ing.

Many of our winer­ies are open week­ends lead­ing up to Christ­mas and some are even open dur­ing the week. When in doubt, please call. Most are hap­py to open by appoint­ment.

  1. Dirty Laun­dry Vine­yard — Tues­day through Sun­day from noon – 4 p.m. Closed Dec. 24 — 27, Dec. 31 through Jan. 5. Jan­u­ary and Feb­ru­ary hours will be Fri­day, Sat­ur­day and Sun­days only noon -4 p.m.
  2. Domin­ion Cider – appoint­ment only, please call.
  3. 8th Gen­er­a­tion Vine­yard — open dai­ly from 11–4pm until Dec. 23. Closed Mon­day Dec. 19. Dec. 24 11 a.m. — 3 p.m.; Closed Dec. 25/26; Dec. 27 — Dec. 31 open noon — 3 p.m. Jan­u­ary, Feb­ru­ary and March by appoint­ment and luck.
  4. Evolve Cel­lars — Wed-Sun noon-4 for wine shop until Dec 23. Restau­rant closed for the sea­son.
  5. Giant Head Estate Win­ery — call for appoint­ment.
  6. Heaven’s Gate — open by appoint­ment only until April.
  7. Lunessence Win­ery and Vine­yard — by appoint­ment only till May 2017.
  8. NOMAD Cider – open­ing spring 2017.
  9. Okana­gan Crush Pad — Hol­i­day Clo­sures: Closed Decem­ber 25-Jan­u­ary 2. Reg­u­lar Win­ter Hours: Open Mon­day- Sat­ur­day, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed Sun­days).
  10. Sax­on Estate Win­ery – Open by appoint­ment.
  11. Silk Scarf — Closed till East­er 2017. Open by appoint­ment only.
  12. Sleep­ing Giant Fruit Win­ery — closed Christ­mas and Box­ing Day and will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Dec. 27 — Dec. 30.  Open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 31.  Closed Jan. 1, 2017.
  13. Sono­ran Estate — open Sat. Dec. 17 from noon — 4 p.m. All oth­er times by appoint­ment or luck, just ring the door­bell at the shop.
  14. Sumac Ridge – 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. dai­ly. Closed Dec. 25 through 27 and Jan. 1
  15. Sum­mer­gate Win­ery – Sold out and closed for the sea­son. Open­ing again in Feb­ru­ary 2017. Sign up for the newslet­ter to get the lat­est Sum­mer­Gate news at
  16. Sum­mer­land Her­titage Cider — open week­ends noon - 5 p.m. as well as from Dec. 21–23 (also noon -5 p.m.) Decem­ber 24 noon -3 p.m. All oth­er days by appoint­ment.
  17. Thorn­haven Estates Win­ery – Decem­ber week­ends open noon – 5 p.m.
  18. TH Wines – By appoint­ment.




Bottleneck Drive Food Bank donation

Posted by on Dec 2, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Bottleneck Drive Food Bank donation

Bottleneck Drive Food Bank donation

Thanks to every­one who came out on Nov. 25 for Bot­tle­neck Drive’s wine pour­ing event dur­ing Summerland’s Fes­ti­val of Lights! Not only did we have fun shar­ing our wines and ciders with hun­dreds of guests, but we raised $1,220 for Summerland’s Food Bank.

Spe­cial thanks to our hosts this year, the Sum­mer­land Gold & Sil­ver Exchange and the new Bead­Trails Expe­ri­ence store.

It was a great evening and we look for­ward to next year’s fes­ti­val!