Osoyoos-Keremeos-Twin Lakes-Okanogan Falls-
Whitelake Rd-Hwy 97-Osoyoos
Southern Okanagan Ride And Wine Route
Description: Stretched into a leisurely enough ride or with sufficient restraint, biking and wine tasting at wineries you might not otherwise discover makes a most pleasant day-trip. We’ve highlighted four boutique wineries with easy access, adequate parking, scenic settings and award-winning wines, all in the Similkameen Valley. Other pleasant places to you will see include an observatory, a Canadian Heritage Site and a couple of golf courses.
Directions: Starting from the Osoyoos Visitors Centre (Hwy 97/Main St), turn onto Hwy 3 West to Keremeos and then head north on Hwy 3A. Approximately 21 km (13 miles) north on Hwy 3A turn right at Twin Lakes Rd. Approximately 3 km (2 miles) from Twin Lakes watch for sharp left turn and go north on White Lake Road, (a rather rough road) to Hwy 97. Once you reach Hwy 97 head south into Okanagan Falls, through Oliver and back to Osoyoos.
Time: 1 hr 30 minutes Distance: 80 miles
Winery stop #1: Forbidden Fruit Winery
Just off Hwy 3 approx. 26 km (16 mi) from Osoyoos.
At the end of a twisting paved road, this winery is part of the 147 acre-Ven`Amour Organic Farm, a certified organic tree fruit farm and nature estate in a scenic riverside setting. Produces reds and whites, including a distinctively grassy Sauvignon Blanc. Picnickers welcome. Tasting room open April through October. www.forbiddenfruitwines.com 620 Sumac Rd, Cawston, BC
Winery stop #2: Seven Stones Winery
On left as you approach Cawston, overlooking the Similkameen River. Seven Stones began producing wine in 2005 on 20 acres of bench land. Among its five varietals and two blends are a Meritage, Cabernet Franc and oaky Chardonnay to write home about.
www.SevenStones.ca 1143 Hwy 3, Cawston, BC
Winery stop #3: Crowsnest Vineyards
A right from Hwy 3, where motorcycles and viticulture meet.
Crowsnest Vineyards owners love their vines and their Harley-Davidsons (look for the Harley sign on the side of the winery). They started a Wine Route Riders group of local bikers to organize riding events with a charitable purpose. Established in 1995, the winery bottles five white varietals and a blend, 2 red varietals and 2 dessert wines. Its Old World style bakery produces breads and other baked goods in a traditional wood fire oven for retail sale and the mostly German menu of its cafe. Seven view guest rooms are also available for overnight visitors.
www.crowsnestvineyards.com 2035 Surprise Drive, Cawston, BC
Winery Stop #4: Eau Vivre Winery
Right on the same road off Hwy 3 as Crowsnest Vineyards, this winery makes French style small batch wines of red and white varietals and one red blend. Taste the Pinot.
716 Lowe Drive, Cawston, BC
Old Gristmill and Garden
Historic site of an 1877 flour mill and 150-yr old heritage garden and grounds, a living history of Okanagan agriculture. Complex has visitors center, tea room and campground. Seasonal hours.
2691 Upper Bench Road SS4, Keremeos
For route details, click on map below. Drag the little man to anywhere along the route to see street views.