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Wine Tourism Day on November 8
Summerland is the BC Wine Hot Spot for Annual Wine Tourism Day



November 8, 2014, Summerland, BC - The second annual Wine Tourism Day in North America will take place on November 8, 2014. Wineries, hotels, restaurants, and other wine tourism businesses across North America are offering special events to the public on this day to celebrate the importance (and fun) of wine tourism.


Events differ and can range from wine pairing dinners to music events to structured tastings. Search for an event near you and register for the Penticton Wine Tour Giveaway. Join in on November 8th for the second annual Wine Tourism Day in North America.
To celebrate this special day and the bounty of BC wine, Summerland's Okanagan Crush Pad Winery has taken leadership and gathered neighbouring wineries, hotel, and restaurants to offer an incredible weekend getaway in BC wine country. 


Join the fun with this fantastic deal:

Okanagan Crush Pad's Wine Shop Manager,

Mike West, conducting a tour at the winery. 


For $408 per couple, this unbeatable package includes: 


For only $408 per couple, this is the most affordable and fun way to get a taste into Summerland's delicious local wine and food scene, while celebrating Wine Tourism Day. Book today.



Sparkle at Okanagan Crush Pad:

 Okanagan Crush Pad will be open on November 8 from 12pm to 5pm and will be featuring tastings of all of their sparkling wines paired with a special little treat catered by Chef Planiden's Culinary Adventure.

Okanagan Crush Pad

16576 Fosbery Rd, Summerland BC

Open November 8 from 12pm to 5pm


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Okanagan Crush Pad, proud producer of Haywire wines, is quickly building a reputation as one of the premium producers in the Okanagan. The winemaking team includes world renowned Tuscan-based consultant Alberto Antonini, wine expert David Scholefield, and winemaker Matt Dumayne

Located in beautiful Summerland, BC, the winery overlooks Switchback vineyard, an organic site that is also home to roaming sheep and chickens. Okanagan Crush Pad crafts wines that are symbolic of the region's unique high mountain/northern desert setting which has an intensely hot, short growing season with hallmark cool evenings. The winery is the first in Canada to extensively use concrete tanks and wines that are fermented and aged in concrete carry the Raised in Concrete™ designation.  

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Here at Summerland Waterfront Resort, we’ll take any opportunity we can to boast about the amazing wines produced here in the Okanagan. But you don’t have to take our word for it. A recent readers poll by USA Today—the most widely read newspaper in America—ranks BC’s Okanagan Valley #2 in a list of the world’s 10 best wine regions to visit.
Readers ranked the Okanagan ahead of other world-class wine regions including the Napa Valley and Tuscany, Italy. The top rated was Alentejo, Portugal.
As BCTV reports, the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society called the ranking “a tremendous honour”. Indeed, it’s an honour for the Okanagan to simply have been included among the 10 nominees, which were selected for the quality and variety of their wines, the affordability of the region, the beauty of the scenery and the local cultural and recreational opportunities for visitors.
Other regions in the top 10 include Maipo, Chile; Marlborough, New Zealand; and Croatia  
Now that we’ve got you excited about Okanagan wine, we invite you to come visit us and try all the amazing local wines for yourself. Take advantage of Summerland Resort's Bottleneck Drive or Naramata Bench wine tour packages which include visiting and sipping at five trending Okanagan wineries. Find out more
The most exciting food and wine event in the Okananan is around the corner.  Fall always marks a special time of the abundant harvest of grapes.  This October 3rd to 12th,  the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival features a lineup of events that are a celebration of food and outstanding wines. Local Lounge • Grille, Summerland Resort's neighbour, will be hosting an incredible evening of wine and fine cuisine on October 08 - visit our Facebook page for more details. 
Just a few minutes from our Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa, down the winding back roads overlooking Lake Okanagan, you’ll find acre upon acre of lush vineyards. This is where Okanagan Crush Pad Winery produces some of British Columbia’s most distinctive and celebrated wines.
They call their products—which include the brands Haywire and Bartier Scholefield—“terroir-focused super-premium wines”, a description that speaks to the winery’s high-end resources and tireless attention to detail. 
Their 35,000 case, small lot custom winemaking facility includes a state-of-the-art guest centre where, from June through September, visitors can get a firsthand look at the heart of the winery’s operations.
What sets Okanagan Crush Pad apart isn’t just the quality of their wines, it’s their love for the region and role in the local community.
In addition to producing great wine under their flagship brands, Okanagan Crush Pad offers a suite of services for local up-and-coming wineries, everything from winemaking to vineyard management.
They also do their part to help BC sommeliers further their futures in the industry. Every year, Okanagan Crush Pad’s Wine Campus program awards a scholarship of $5,000, donated to the BC Hospitality Foundation towards wine studies.  
The Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa is pleased to serve Haywire, produced by Okanagan Crush Pad Winery, as our house wine for weddings, corporate events and banquets.. Host your banquet, meeting or Okanagan wedding with us and you’ll enjoy some of the finest wine in the province, produced right here in Summerland, BC.
For anyone visiting our resort on a wine vacation, Okanagan Crush Pad is a must-see winery, along with the other Bottleneck Drive wineries just minutes from our resort. Make your summer a memorable one by booking your wine vacation at Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa. Click here for package information or CALL 877.494.8111
Now in its 20th year, the Spring Okanagan Wine Festival continues to get bigger and better. Happening from May 1st to 11th, the festival encompasses 119 participating wineries and more than 70 culinary and wine events throughout the Okanagan Valley, many of which happen right here in Summerland. Highlights this year include a Best of Varietal competition and festival partnership with the Dairy Farmers of Canada (because what goes better with wine than cheese?!)
The festival has come a long way over the last two decades, growing from a small 16-winery event to BC’s premier springtime celebration of local food and wine. 
The 2014 edition of the festival welcomes some exciting new events including the Comforts of Grilled Cheese and Wine, the Cheesiest Sweet and Savoury Competition, and the Bubbly Bootcamp, along with grand openings of some amazing new tasting rooms.   
It all starts with the Best of Varietal Wine Awards on Thursday, May 1st, which showcases a record 32 wine varietals to be judged by 15 BC sommeliers. The winners will be presented for everyone to taste. 
On May 2nd and 3rd, the wine-lover’s weekend kicks into high gear with the WestJet Wine Tastings, where the best wineries in the valley come together under one roof for a lively evening of music and tastings.
More than 7,500 guests are expected to take part in the festivities at this year’s fest, so book your accommodations soon! 
If you’re still considering where to stay, there’s no better home base to experience the festival than Summerland, which is home to the famous bottleneck drive wineries and site of over 50 events tied to the 2014 Okanagan Wine Festival. 
Centrally located in the Okanagan Valley, Summerland is within convenient distance of Kelowna, Penticton, Osoyoos and other major wine growing areas in the Okanagan. 
The Summerland Waterfront Resort would be pleased to provide you with 2014 Spring Okanagan Wine Festival accommodations. Our charming beachfront property is the perfect destination for an unforgettable Okanagan wine vacation.
Love food?  Love wine?  Love touring through rolling countryside amidst lush vineyards and orchards?  Sounds like the perfect escape, and it is.  Two exciting events are kicking off the start of summer in the Okanagan's wine country this year. 
The Great Estates Okanagan, a collection of 7 of the Okanagan's most renowned wine brands, come together to bring you an unparalleled experience with a 4 night, 5 day wine & culinary escape to the Great Estates Okanagan.  Choose either a spring or fall grape-escape for May 23-27 or September 26-30. Stay in luxurious accommodations and see some of the most stunning vineyards vistas. Connect with the fascinating people who are passionate about their craft and excited to share with you and other wine enthusiasts, our world class wines and locally sourced and inspired creations. Click here for full package details.
In Summerland, BC the weekend of June 13-15 will be a celebration of Bottleneck Drive wineries with wining, dining and dancing at the Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa and Local Lounge • Grille. The event is part of the "Heard it through the Grapevine" event weekend wide at Bottleneck Drive.  Summerland Waterfront Resort and Spa will be hosting all Bottleneck Drive wineries in their beautifully decorated Waterfront Ballroom and the wines will be flowing.  Following a little "wine warm up" event-goers will saunter over to the Local Lounge • Grille to savour the succulent seafood boil prepared by Chef Lee Humphries.  The night cap will be at Local Lounge • Grille with dancing to DJ beats. Click here for full package details.
Summerland, BC is located 45 minutes south of Kelowna and 15 minutes north of Penticton on a secluded stretch of Lake Okanagan shoreline.  Set amidst Bottleneck Drive wineries and an easy drive to over 20 neighbouring wineries, the Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa is undoubtedly the hub of Okanagan wine country.
It’s no surprise that the most popular wine festival in the province takes place right here in the Okanagan. Now in its 33rd year, the Fall Okanagan Wine Festival is the premier wine event in the region, coinciding with the fall grape harvest and giving wine lovers the opportunity to experience the best of wine, cuisine and culture across the Okanagan Valley.
Featuring 10 days of special events from October 4th to 14th, the upcoming Wine Fest is a great excuse to take an early fall vacation to the Okanagan while the weather is still warm.
Here in Summerland, our local Bottleneck Drive wineries will host some of the festival’s marquee events. Here are some highlights:
  • Unearth at Sumac Ridge Estate Winery – daily at 3:30pm – $35: this guided tasting offers samples of premium VQA wines from Sumac Ridge’s unique brands. You’ll munch on fresh hors d'oeuvres and learn all about the theory behind food and wine pairings from the resident wine educator.
  • Say Cheese: Between the Barrels at 8th Generation Vineyard – Oct. 5 and 12 at 11:00am – $2: We all know wine and cheese is a match made in heaven, but, as you’ll learn at 8th generation vineyard, there’s an art to pairing the right wine with the right cheese. In addition to offering samples of some of the world’s best cheeses, this event will teach you all you need to know about the history of cheese and the right ways to pair it with your wine selection.
  • Wine Makers Dinner at Sonoran Estate Winery – Oct. 10 at 6:30pm – $95: Enjoy a delightful 5-course meal from the Sonoran’s Chef Heinz, complemented by amazing wine and live musical entertainment. This is a popular event, so be sure to reserve your table early.
If you’re seeking accommodation for the Fall Okanagan Wine Festival, you can’t do much better than Summerland Waterfront Resort. Bottleneck Drive wineries are all just minutes away and our luxurious beachfront property offers a refreshing escape from the everyday. Give us a call today to find out about our exclusive Fall Wine Festival packages.


Hotel Package

Starting at $129 per night from Sept. 2nd to October 13th, our OMG! Spot Packages are your ticket to an unforgettable Okanagan waterfront vacation at an unbeatable price.

Available for bookings of two nights or more, your OMG! Spot experience includes:

  • luxurious accommodation in one of our spacious suites
  • a complimentary bottle of the highly acclaimed Dirty Laundry Secret Affair Wine

Savour the grassy aroma and rich fruit flavours of this white wine blend—which has been a sell-out product for Dirty Laundry Vineyard—while you relax and soak up the last of the late-summer sun.

Make Us Your Spot on Lake Okanagan. Book your OMG! Spot Getaway online now or call 877.494.8111 for more information.

Things to Do:  Sept 27 - Oct 03 Summerland's Walk of Art - Opening reception at the Resort is on September 28 and features Sumac Ridge wine tasting and live musical talents of Joal Kamps.  Throughout the Walk of Art week expect a variety of artist exhibits from painters, potters, jewelers and carvers.  Click here for more information.


Call us direct 877.494.8111 or click the button above to book online.



This special offer allows you to be spontaneous with your fall and winter getaway plans.  Buy this special deal for only $179 for 2 nights and choose any date during the season to come and stay.

Great Winter Escape Kit

  • Two nights luxurious suite accommodation with fireplace and kitchen
  • Bottle of Sumac Ridge Estate Winery wine (red or white)

Package rate is $179 for two adults.  Choose to stay 2 nights anytime from October 14 - April 30, 2014 - weekends or midweek, Christmas holiday season included.

HINT:  Get your Christmas shopping done early!  This package makes a great gift since it has open use until April 30, 2014.  Perfect for the couple that needs a quick getaway.


Buying this package as a gift?  Email us your gift card request

Terms:  You can book any date within the time frame of use and change it with 7 days notice.  Nights stay must be used consecutively.


Okanagan's Biggest Wine Festival coming soon...

The Fall Okanagan Wine Festival, now in its 33rd  year, is the premier event produced by the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society. Talk about an authentic experience, the 10 days festival takes place across the Valley during grape harvest! The event has been among the 100 top events in North America for the past 12 years, and has earned a reputation for creating a superb wine experience

October 4 - 14, 2013

Click here for the full events schedule and to get your tickets

Stay central to all area events in Summerland - rates from $129 for 2 nights or $159 for 1 night stay.  Click for more room info


posted by: Summerland Resort on: April 19, 2013 5:21:28 PM
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Food & Wine, Wine Festivals
Spring is upon us, and what better way to usher in this season of rejuvenation than with 10 days of fantastic wine and food from the Okanagan.  From May 2 to 12, 2013 the annual Okanagan Spring Wine Festival will feature over 100 events at wineries throughout the valley. With tastings, dinners, picnics, patio parties, live music and more, the festival is a joyous celebration of this most welcome season in what could easily be called the winemaking capital of the country.
All manner of epicurean delights await you at the festival’s events, which take place all across the Okanagan from Kamloops to Osoyoos. Here in Summerland, home to some of the region’s top vintners, there are some marquee events that you won’t want to miss.
On May 1st, just before the festivities get into full swing, the Sleeping Giant Fruit Winery will be hosting their Taste of Spring event with picnics, local art exhibits and a showcase of their amazing fruit wines.
On Saturday, May 4, the 8th Generation Vineyard invites wine and cheese lovers to partake of this divine pairing with a guided introduction to the world of artisan cheeses. Learn a little about the history and process of cheese making as you sample some fine examples from around the world and pair them up with 8th Generation wine.
If you miss these events, you can always head over to Heaven’s Gate Estate Winery where, throughout the festival, they will be hosting daily tastings of their hand-crafted vintage from their gorgeous patio.
Check out the festival’s calendar of events for more info on all the events. And for the ultimate Okanagan wine experience, choose one of the acclaimed wine festival packages at the Summerland Waterfront Resort and Spa.