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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- Dominion Cider – appointment only, please call.
- 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.
- Evolve Cellars — Wed-Sun noon-4 for wine shop until Dec 23. Restaurant closed for the season.
- Giant Head Estate Winery — call for appointment.
- Heaven’s Gate — open by appointment only until April.
- Lunessence Winery and Vineyard — by appointment only till May 2017.
- NOMAD Cider – opening spring 2017.
- 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).
- Saxon Estate Winery – Open by appointment.
- Silk Scarf — Closed till Easter 2017. Open by appointment only.
- 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.
- 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.
- Sumac Ridge – 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. Closed Dec. 25 through 27 and Jan. 1
- 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 summergate.ca.
- 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.
- Thornhaven Estates Winery – December weekends open noon – 5 p.m.
- TH Wines – By appointment.
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!