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Oliver Area Wine Tour

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Half-day, 42.95 km (26.69 mi)

Wine tasting in a vineyard (Albert Normandin photo)
Wine tasting in a vineyard (Albert Normandin photo)

This circle drive starts from Oliver and passes a host of wineries on both sides of the valley. Stop at tasting rooms along the way and try to identify the effect of the different growing conditions.

On the west side of the valley in the Golden Mile area, grape vines are planted in gravelly soil with a bit of clay and sand. Black Sage Bench vineyards on the east side of the valley grow in deep deposits of sand. Winemakers assert that different soil conditions, known as terroir, have an identifiable impact on the flavour of the wines.

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Oliver vineyards, Picture BC photo
Part 1
Fairview and Northern Golden Mile

7.15 km - about 0 hours 11 min

From Oliver, drive west on Fairview Road to the old Fairview townsite. All that remains of this once bustling gold-mining centre is the cross from a church and pathways through an ecological reserve. An interpretive kiosk tells the story.

Drop by the log house tasting room of Fairview Cellars, the most northerly winery on the Golden Mile. Backtrack a short distance to 123 Street and continue south through cherry and peach orchards to Tinhorn Creek for a self-guided tour of the demonstration vineyard.

Part 2
Golden Mile on Hwy 97

11.41 km - about 0 hours 12 min

From here pick up Highway 97 and carry on southward, stopping at wineries along the way. Turn east at #22 Road (note: map shows #22 Road as 246 Ave) and cross the Okanagan River.

At the junction with Black Sage Road, stop for a look at the ruins of a house and barn that date to the time when cattle ranching was king in this area. The buildings belonged to Val Haynes, son of the colourful Judge John Haynes who was a law-and-order peace officer, the first customs official at the Osoyoos border crossing, and a cattle baron. Visit the Osoyoos Museum for details on the tragic family story.

Burrowing Owl Vineyards, JF Bergeron photo
Part 3
Black Sage Road

24.39 km - about 0 hours 26 min

Now driving north through the antelope brush and sage grasslands on Black Sage Road, visit wineries like Burrowing Owl, where the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner; Silver Sage, which also makes fruit wines, and Quinta Ferreira, a Portuguese-style winery. Continue on past Tuc-el-Nuit Lake to Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate before reconnecting with Highway 97 and the short run south to Oliver.

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Driving Directions

Part 1 - Fairview and Northern Golden Mile - 7.15 km - about 0 hours 11 min
1.

Head southwest on Fairview Rd toward Main St

4.59 km
2.

Turn left onto Old Golf Course RdDestination will be on the right

0.62 km
3.

Head southeast on Old Golf Course Rd toward Cellar Rd

1.47 km
4.

Turn right onto Sumac StDestination will be on the right

0.47 km
Part 2 - Golden Mile on Hwy 97 - 11.41 km - about 0 hours 12 min
1.

Auf Sumac St nach Süden Richtung Rd 5 starten

0.07 km
2.

Links abbiegen auf Rd 5

0.89 km
3.

Auf Rd 5 nach Südosten Richtung Okanagan Hwy/BC-3A N/BC-97 N starten

0.04 km
4.

Rechts abbiegen auf Okanagan Hwy/BC-3A S/BC-97 SDas Ziel befindet sich auf der rechten Seite.

7.90 km
5.

Auf Okanagan Hwy/BC-3A S/BC-97 S nach Südosten Richtung 298 Ave starten

0.88 km
6.

Links abbiegen auf Rd 22

1.58 km
7.

Rd 22 verläuft leicht nach links und wird zu Black Sage RdDas Ziel befindet sich auf der linken Seite.

0.05 km
Part 3 - Black Sage Road - 24.39 km - about 0 hours 26 min
1.

Head north on Black Sage Rd toward Meadowlark Ln

5.43 km
2.

Head north on Black Sage Rd toward Orchard Grove LnDestination will be on the left

5.48 km
3.

Head north on Black Sage Rd toward 356 Ave

1.32 km
4.

Turn left onto McKinney Rd

0.03 km
5.

Take the 1st right onto Tucelnuit DrDestination will be on the left

5.14 km
6.

Head north on Tucelnuit Dr toward 71st St/Willow Ct

0.36 km
7.

Turn left onto Okanagan Hwy/BC-3A S/BC-97 SDestination will be on the right

3.02 km
8.

Head south on Okanagan Hwy/BC-3A S/BC-97 S toward 374th Ave/Bettison Rd

1.92 km
9.

Continue onto Main St

1.58 km
10.

Turn left onto Fairview Rd

0.11 km