Enjoy the sparkle of the season while touring Summerland wineries
Summerland wineries will kick-off the holiday season with a newly expanded 7th annual ‘Light up the Vines’ celebration.
Each year, our amazing wineries, cideries and brewery along Summerland’s Bottleneck Drive light up their vines and open their doors to mark the start of the festive season — so don’t miss it!
In response to the event’s growing popularity, organizers have added an additional day: Light up the Vines runs 3 — 8 p.m. Saturday Nov. 18, Saturday Nov. 25 and Sunday Nov. 26.
Visitors will enjoy wine tastings, sparkling lights, refreshments and music while stocking up on some of the region’s best wines, ciders and beer for holiday entertaining and gift-giving. While touring, collect stamps from 5 members to complete a ‘Light up the Vines’ passport and be entered to win a prize package valued at over $500.
Contact local tour operators about guided tour options; or participate in a self-guided tour.
Bottleneck Drive members will also be providing wine tastings during Summerland’s annual Festival of Lights on Nov. 24.
For more information, including a map and full list of participating Bottleneck Drive wineries, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to Elena and Dmitriy of Calgary, our September draw winners!
The couple says they had a wonderful time touring and tasting while visiting our members throughout Summerland. They are proud supporters of Canadian wine and enjoyed posting google reviews as they toured, getting stamps on their Bottleneck Drive passports before entering to win.
Look for Bottleneck Drive passports at any of our members. Fill it with five stamps for your chance to win.
We are looking for a dynamic, passionate, wine lover to join our association as our Bottleneck Drive Association Co-ordinator (part-time position).
This individual will develop, guide and oversee all of Summerland Bottleneck Drive’s marketing communications, promotions, events, website, newsletters, online reputation, media advertising, consumer collateral, public relations initiatives, social media presence, and media partnerships.
If this sounds like you (or someone you know), please email a resumé email@example.com.
Annual Light Up the Vines returns to Summerland
Celebrate the season with tastings, tours
Bottleneck Drive members including wineries, cideries and a brewery, invite guests to celebrate the sparkle of the holiday season with the seventh annual Light Up the Vines event.
“We love throwing open our doors for visitors for this annual celebration. It’s a great way to kick off the holiday season,” says Bottleneck Drive Winery Association President Christa-Lee Bond.
Visitors will enjoy tastings, festive decorations, seasonal refreshments and music as well as special offers on some of the region’s best wines, ciders and beer, just in time for holiday entertaining and gift-giving.
Collect five stamps from members to complete a Light Up the Vines passport and be entered to win a prize package valued at over $500.
Contact local tour operators about guided tour options or participate in a self-guided tour.
Note: Due to its steep driveway, Savard Vines will be open for Light Up the Vines on Nov. 25/26 noon – 5 p.m., weather and road conditions permitting.
Look for Bottleneck Drive members pouring delicious wines, ciders and beer during Summerland’s 30th annual Festival of Lights on Nov. 24.
(Note: tasting fees may apply.)
Bottleneck Drive is pleased to sponsor Ryga Fest 2017 in support of arts in our community. This annual celebration of music, theatre, and spoken word promises something for everyone — from traditional music to edgy new poets and everything in between.
We will be offering delicious wine, beer and cider from our members at three of the Ryga main events. Join us on Aug. 31 for Outspoken! Spoken Word, Poetry, Song in the baquet hall at the Summerland arena. Then on Aug. 1 we will be at the Centre Stage for Ann Mortifee’s Seven is the Magic Number concert, and on Aug. 2 we will be back at Centre Stage for the Ryga Brothers Reunion Concert.
Check out these shows and all the other action at www.rygafest.ca.
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.
Who doesn’t love winning? Especially when the prize includes six bottles from our Bottleneck Drive members?!
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.
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.
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:
For more information visit www.detonatebrewing.com.
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.