Oliver-Black Sage-Golden Mile
friday, June 15
Today, we venture the furthest south we will go in our explorations. At one point we'll be just 13 kilometers from the US border. And what a destination it is! This is Canada's premier wine region, nestled in the broadening Okanagan Valley. We'll start up near Green Lake at Nighthawk Vineyards and ride down through the Okanagan highlands, following Black Sage Road then riding the Channel trail back to Oliver.
Our vineyard story began as a celebration of family and friendship, inspired by the natural beauty of this magical valley in Okanagan Falls. We share the land with the local wildlife, including the Nighthawks that return each spring to nest during the growing season. The unique micro climate of Okanagan Falls provides a rare habitat perfectly suited to these majestic birds, and of course some of the valley’s finest grape growing conditions…coincidence or not?
Those who love recreation will appreciate the location of Covert Farms as a gateway to the famous Okanagan landmark, nʕaylintn (McIntyre Bluff). Enjoy our outdoor setting as a great place to picnic after a bike ride or hike.
Explore further and find Secrest Organics on-farm certified organic produce available only in season and only when ripe.
le vieux pin
A majestic old pine tree stands in our vineyard: Le Vieux Pin. It speaks to the earth and rain and the clean clear air of the South Okanagan. Here we have created a winery paying homage to the great personalities and wines of France. Our goal is to make wines that capture the essence of French winemaking tradition, but with the fruit and character of the New World. We are dedicated to making wines that are elegant and focused, with great intensity of fruit. The pine tree stands alone.
Terrafina bistro at hester creek - Our lunch stop
Meaning ‘from the earth‘ Terrafina is a gorgeous Tuscan style restaurant nestled amongst the vines of Hester Creek Estate Winery in Oliver. This unique vineyard dining experience provides the perfect partner to be enhanced by the culinary and service expertise of RauDZ Creative Concepts Ltd., the creative minds behind RauDZ Regional Table, micro bar • bites and Sunny’s – a modern diner in Kelowna.
Our Dinner Destination
the chef's table at backyard farms
The Chef's Table is one of our flat-out favourite dining experiences in the Okanagan. Menus are developed and enhanced by Chef Chris Van Hooydonk’s extensive culinary industry experience. Chef’s food philosophy encompasses the approachable side to healthy eating and farming, with emphasis put on sourcing the freshest and organic when possible, highest quality, seasonal and sustainable ingredients. Importance is put upon supporting the local, dedicated farmer’s and producers in the area which share his passion for food.