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Osoyoos, Wineries & Vineyards
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For the second year in a row, my family and I chose to spend our vacation in Osoyoos, located in the Southern region of the Okanagan. Osoyoos is situated in Canada's only desert, which makes it a wonderful destination to enjoy the warm Osoyoos Lake and the hot sun all in a relaxing atmosphere. It is also part of BC's wine region and the wineries were calling! We decided we would tear ourselves away from the lawn chairs for a short trip. One morning when a few clouds had appeared, my cousin and I left the boys and the Dads at home to take a scenic drive to a great winery...Tinhorn Creek. The Southern Okanagan region produces some of the best award-winning British Columbia wines and is riddled with wineries offering wine tours and tastings. Neither of us had been to Tinhorn Creek before. We drove North towards Oliver through bursting fruit orchards and came upon the winery, which is set atop the hill in this beautiful valley. The vineyards were filled with grapes growing to produce, in my opinion, some delicious BC wines. When we entered the building we were greeted graciously with the offer to taste some wines. Regardless of the fact that it was 10:00 am in the morning - how could we refuse? We pondered on the deck overlooking the vineyard and the valley right down to Osoyoos Lake. What an amazing view! Did we really have to leave? We did -- the lawn chairs and hot sun were now calling - but not without a few bottles in hand to take home!