Summerland Resort Blog

 
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.
 
 
September
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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.
 
September
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HERE'S WHAT's NEW in SUMMERLAND SEPTEMBER 18, 2013
 

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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.

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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.


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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.

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  • 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.

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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

 

April
19
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.