Chute Lake - Naramata - Poplar Grove
Thursday, June 14
This ride is all about contrasts. We start at rustic Chute Lake Resort, in the remote Okanagan highlands and ride down the historic Kettle Valley Railway, through engineer Andrew McCulloch's huge switchback, needed to maintain the required grade while dropping over 3000 feet down to Penticton. Near the end, we ride through the scenic Naramata bench and the many wineries and artisan food crafters. Here, our tour turns into a sampling of the best the Okanagan has to offer.
hillside winery - Our lunch stop
"Our mission at Hillside is to produce interesting flavour combinations to complement our wines. We prepare our dishes simply and treat the ingredients with the utmost of respect.
Our local farmers are growing only the highest quality fruits and vegetables. We take great pride in featuring their very best on our menu and even more pride in placing it on your plate."
poplar grove cheese
"At Poplar Grove Cheese, we love life – and that includes good food and wine. We are passionate about making delicious hand-crafted French style cheeses."
Owner Gitta Pederson makes some of our personal favorites, including a dynamite double cream camembert.
D'Angelo estate winery
This is one of our Naramata "Hidden Gems." Owner Sal D'Angelo has forgotten more about wine making than most people will ever know. This stop is not about glitzy tasting rooms or polished marketing. This is about wine and the man who makes it, pure and simple.
"Deep roots in French tradition nourish our shared passion for soils, vines and wine. Dedicated to natural, artisanal farming and winemaking, we strive to reveal the intimate relation of wine and terroir."
Roche is another of our hidden gems - a new winery with very deep roots!
Our Dinner Destination
The sonora room at burrowing owl
"The restaurant overlooks 140 acres of picturesque vineyard from both the patio or inside the warm and inviting dining room.
The philosophy of the talented culinary team at the Sonora Room Restaurant is to embrace the privilege and the opportunity to showcase many of the South Okanagan’s local producers with their array of local organic produce, fresh, seasonal fruits and artisan breads and cheeses. The focus is on excellence in a relaxed and spectacular vineyard setting."