There are so many things I am excited to share with you as we head into a beautiful Okanagan summer.
The Spring Wine Festival was a huge success with well attended events and some great competition results. In the BC Best of Varietal Awards, our flagship wines Pinotage Reserve and Gewurztraminer both won Gold medals. In the BC Wine Awards, our Silver Lining Rosé was awarded gold and was also voted Best Rosé.
Our Wards Ciders weren’t to be outdone, with Double Gold being awarded to Pickers Hut Premium and Gold to Wards Hard in the Seattle Cider Awards. It is always validating when the wines and ciders we craft and love are recognized for their excellence by others. Make sure you pick up a bottle or two of these award winners next time you visit!
This year I feel so incredibly fortunate to have all of our beloved wine shop staff returning. I am ever grateful for their smiles and energy and the true passion they put into sharing our wines and cider with you. We are thrilled that the wine touring season got off to a great start and continues to be going strong. Once again I’d like to thank you for continuing to support us and for introducing us to your visiting friends and family.
This year we will continue to make every visit to The View as authentic and enjoyable as possible. Be sure to book a Vineyard Experience with us. It’s a great option for entertaining your visiting summer guests, getting a bit of exercise and learning a about our local terroir and history. For those of you who would rather repose and relax with a glass or bottle of wine, we are excited to present our new and improved picnic area with private picnic sights under the shade of our old growth apple trees.
We look forward to seeing you at The View and hope you have a fabulous summer full of special times and great wine.
Cheers and warm regards,
The sun is shining, and the Vineyard is bursting with life! You can literally see the shoots growing by the day, well on their way to producing another great crop for the 2019 harvest.
The Cidery is busy packaging our craft Wards and Picker’s Hut ciders for all the thirsty Okanagan summer enthusiasts. My personal favorites this vintage are Wards Co-Fermented Ciders; Mimosa and Sangria as well as our elegant Pinotage Rosé and all of our bubbles! All of the above pair very well with sunshine. Get your wine geek on and join me on the first Wednesday of every month 2pm – 4pm for Winemaker Wednesday. I promise I will share with you some fantastic wines and fun facts.
For a Winemaker summertime means blending and bottling reds, ordering harvest supplies, hiring vintage crew, ordering new barrels, working on crop estimates and generally gearing up for the next crush. And after all that, I enjoy a well-deserved glass of vino in the sunshine!
In the cellar, Pinot Noir and Pinotage barrels are all individually tasted and graded to their potential blend quality. Many barrel-selected tasting trials will be conducted in order to craft the perfect red blend and each barrel will be racked to its designated blending tank, cold stabilized and clarified. Finally, our 2018 Reds will find their home in bottle at the beginning of August.
Pearls 2018 was put into bottle for its secondary fermentation (AKA creating the bubbles). This will take around 45 days to complete at which point the wine will spend 9-12 months aging sur lees in bottle to finally be disgorged in Spring 2020.
Check out our amazing Winemaker Kristy French @wonderwinewoman on Instagram and learn all the ins and outs of the wine making process.
BC Best of Varietal Awards – Spring 2019
Gewürztraminer 2018 was awarded Gold against dozens of entries.
Our Gewürztraminer has intriguing complexity with aromas of ripe tropical fruit, jasmine, orange blossom and honey. Round flavours of lychee, white peach and pear are beautifully balanced by a crisp citrus finish.
BC Best of Varietal Awards – Spring 2019
Pinotage Reserve 2016 was also awarded Gold against dozens of entries.
Originating in South Africa, Pinotage is a cross between the silky Pinot Noir and the aromatic Cinsaut grape. Our 2016 vintage has an elegant nose with vibrant aromas of dark cherry and spice. Juicy dark berry flavours are balanced by a lovely acidity and seamless tannins.
Okanagan Life Best of BC Wine Awards – Spring 2019
Silver Lining Rosé won a Gold medal and was voted Best Rosé.
A rosé of Pinotage, Baco Noir and a blend of aromatic whites. This fruity rosé features aromas of strawberry and watermelon followed by a succulent citrus finish.
Seattle Cider Awards
Picker’s Hut Premium won a Double Gold medal.
Wards Picker’s Hut is handcrafted on our historic site in honour of the hardworking men and women who handpick every cider specific apple in our premium apple cider. The fruity apple aromas and flavours are followed by a crisp clean finish. Medium dry, it pairs well with pork roast, ribs, burgers and good times.
Seattle Cider Awards
Wards Cider won a Gold medal.
Wards Hard Apple Cider is made with a blend of cider specific apples such as Bramley and Belle De Boskoop. We handpick, gently press, and cold ferment each batch to craft a crisp, light and delicious cider.
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June 5, July 3, August 7, 2019
2:00-4:00 pm Relax in the cellar for a tasting with our winemaker Kristy French and learn how she and our Assistant Winemaker Cody Latino make cellar magic!
$5 per person
No reservations necessaryDads are Rad! June 15+16, 2019
11:00 am-6:30 pm Bring your dads to The View Winery & Wards Cider and enjoy a fun afternoon of tasting wine & cider.
Dads receive complimentary tastings and a free gift with purchase in appreciation for all they do.
Brunch in the Vineyard June 16, 2019
July 14, 2019
August 18, 2019
10:00 am Join us for our new series of Vineyard Brunches,
the first to be hosted on Father’s Day!
We have Axe Monkeys Kelowna joining us to host axe throwing in the vineyard followed by a tasty brunch paired with some of our delicious wines & ciders. Reservations required
Further details and tickets can be found on our website here, tickets on sale now. Limited space available.
$55 per person (taxes included)
HIIT in the Vineyard June 27, 2019
July 18, 2019
August 15, 2019
September 12, 2019
5:30 pm-7:00 pm Join us for a challenging but modifiable full body workout with TWP Fitness that incorporates muscular strength and endurance in the form of engaging intervals for ALL ages and fitness levels!
And of course this will be followed by a wine tasting…because balance is important.
$20 per person per class
Please call TWP Fitness at (250) 762-7255 to book your tickets today!
Sangria Sunday Every Sunday
beginning June 30 and
ending September 1
12:00 pm-6:00 pm Hang out with us in our orchard picnic area in the shade of our old growth apple trees. Enjoy delicious sangria made from our wines and ciders. We feature a Wine Sangria & a Cider Sangria. Try both!
And of course, our wine shop and tasting room are open 11:00 am-6:30 pm for your enjoyment.
$6 per glass
$20 per pitcher
No reservations required
with The View July 27, 2019
7:00 pm Join us for a canapé & sparkling reception followed by a gourmet 4-course dinner in the vineyard paired with The View Winery’s award winning wines. Advanced booking required. We encourage you to wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking on uneven ground.
$120 per person (taxes included)
Check out the events section on our website to purchase yours Tickets go on sale June 15, 2019
Limited tickets available
Ciders & Sliders Festival August 24, 2019
2:00-6:00 pm Our 5th annual Ciders & Sliders is back with a twist!
This is a pre-harvest party hosted by Wards Cider.
We are inviting cideries from all around the Okanagan, as well as local vendors and Axe Monkeys Kelowna to have some fun with us in the orchard.
Join us for an afternoon tasting delicious ciders, enjoying an array of amazing sliders, fun games and much more!
The Southern Belles will be performing bouncing tunes to set the harvest mood. $30 per person (taxes included)
Each ticket includes 10 tokens Tickets go on sale June 7, 2019
We encouraged carpooling and sensible shoes for uneven ground.
Wine & Wags Every Sunday
September 8 to September 29, 2019
3:00-5:00 pm Join us for a fun and informative walk through the vineyard with your furry friend every Sunday in September (excluding September 1st)! If you don’t have a pooch, feel free to come anyhow – there will be plenty of wags and wiggles to go around.
And speaking of things that start with “w”, OF COURSE there will be a wine tasting to follow.
$10 per person
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the ST Johns Ambulance Therapy Dog program.
For more information, check out our Facebook page Events Section!
If you have any questions, please call us at 250-860-0742,
email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or stop by the wine shop.