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Oliver Area Wine Tour

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Half-day, 42.98 km (26.71 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 13 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 14 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

24.42 km - about 0 hours 29 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 13 min
1.

Head southwest on Fairview Rd toward Main St/BC-3 Alt S/BC-97 S

4.59 km
2.

Turn left onto 334 AveDestination will be on the right

0.62 km
3.

Head southeast on 334 Ave toward 125 St

1.47 km
4.

Turn right onto 123 St

0.47 km
Part 2 - Golden Mile on Hwy 97 - 11.41 km - about 0 hours 14 min
1.

Head south on 123 St toward 332 Ave

0.07 km
2.

Turn left onto 332 Ave

0.89 km
3.

Head southeast on 332 Ave toward BC-3 Alt N/BC-97 N

0.04 km
4.

Turn right onto BC-3 Alt S/BC-97 SDestination will be on the right

7.90 km
5.

Head southeast on BC-3 Alt S/BC-97 S toward 298 Ave

0.91 km
6.

Turn left onto Road 22

1.55 km
7.

Road 22 turns slightly left and becomes Black Sage RdDestination will be on the left

0.05 km
Part 3 - Black Sage Road - 24.42 km - about 0 hours 29 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 Sandpoint Dr

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 Willow Ct

0.40 km
7.

Turn left onto BC-97 SDestination will be on the right

3.00 km
8.

Head south on BC-97 S toward Bettison Rd

1.92 km
9.

Continue onto Main St

1.58 km
10.

Turn left onto Fairview Rd

0.12 km