Enjoy New Vintages, Extended Hours, an Early Start Wine Experience and Preview to Summer Fun
As spring descends upon Road 13 Vineyard it’s an exciting time to celebrate our newly released vintages and, fingers crossed, the end of a long winter. The warmer weather brings the season for wine tripping, extended hours and most-importantly enjoying fresh, bright, fruit forward whites and rose on sunny patios.
The Easter long weekend marks the opening of the Executive Lounge, a contemporary view-centric space where guests can enjoy a sit-down tasting of the entire Road 13 Vineyards portfolio accompanied by charcuterie boards that includes a selection of meats, cheese, condiments, crackers and bread. Road 13’s ever popular fRose™* – a pink wine slushie, perfect for hot Okanagan summer days, will be on offer in the lounge for and includes a GoVino wine glass to keep.
Easter also marks extended hours at the winery with the hours of 10am to 5:30pm, seven days a week. The Castle, a legacy of the winery’s former owners, offers guests a welcoming venue to sample feature wines at the tasting bar. And who doesn’t love “breakfast wine?” New this year, Road 13 Vineyards is offering a ‘Start Your Day‘ tour, inviting guests to get an early start on their wine tasting day. The $25 tour begins at 9:30am and includes a tour of the sparkling cave and barrel room followed by a tasting in the lounge with fresh baked pastries.
Guests looking to add a little sparkle to their visit can join the ‘Sparkling Cave‘ tour, daily at 11am. Learn the traditional method of sparkling winemaking while sipping on Road 13’s ultra popular Sparkling Chenin Blanc. The $40 tour also includes the barrel cellar and an Executive Lounge tasting complete with charcuterie board.
Click here for reservations and full tour information. Tours must be booked in advance.
Everybody Loves Road 13’s Proprietor’s Dinner – Friday, May 5
This popular Spring Wine Festival annual event is a “feast of the senses” and includes a four-course dinner starring Road 13 wines paired with the seasonal creations of Backyard Farm‘s, Chef Chris Van Hooydonk. Tickets are $135 each and can be booked here, with an optional shuttle add on.
Mark Your Calendars – Summer at Road 13 Vineyards
July 1 Afternoon Canada Day BBQ
Stop in to Road 13 Vineyards for a BBQ and a glass (or bottle) of Road 13 wine to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. A food truck will be on-site for this casual, drop-in event.
Culinary Workshop & Dinner
Join Road 13 at Backyard Farm for three cooking workshops with Chef Chris Van Hooydonk where guests will help prepare a three-course dinner to be enjoyed later that evening. Each course will be paired with Road 13 wines. Guests can choose from the hands-on culinary workshop or dinner only, seating for both is limited. Click here to for more information and to book.
$120/workshop & dinner ticket or $85/dinner only
Road 13 Dinner
Join Road 13 Vineyard originals, Pam & Mick Luckhurst for a fun four-course meal at the winery. Backyard Farm’s Chef Chris Van Hooydonk’s summer feast is priced at $135 and includes Road 13 wines deliciously teamed up with each course. Book here, with an optional shuttle add on.
Proprietor’s Dinner – Fall Wine Festival
This early fall event sells out every year so book early to avoid disappointment. With the can’t lose combination of Luckhurst and Van Hooydonk, Pam and Mick will be serving up new fall vintages with seasonal Okanagan ingredients prepared by Backyard Farm. This four-course is $135 and can be booked here, with an optional shuttle add on.
fRose ™* – It’s a little known fact that Road 13 General Manager, Joe Luckhurst coined the word “fRose,” giving an identify to the ridiculously popular “frozen rose” trend sweeping patios across North America. Joe and his wife Laura were enjoying a glass of Honest John’s Rosè on the Road 13 patio after a long hot summer’s day at the winery and were both struck with how apropos a rosè slushie would be at that moment. The Luckhursts developed the perfect recipe through a bit of trial and error with many friends willing to taste test the experiment. Needless to say, the cool idea has become an instant hit.
About Road 13 Vineyards:
Road 13 Vineyards is a family owned and operated winery located on the Golden Mile Bench in Oliver, BC. The winery has a short yet colourful past and continually receives ongoing critical acclaim for making white, red and rosé varietals that are a quintessential expression of Okanagan Valley terroir. Accolades continue to pour in for Road 13 Vineyards who claim the success is “All About the Dirt.” In 2016, Road 13 Vineyards took third place in Wine Align’s National Wine Awards having maintained a spot in Wine Align’s top 10 for the past eight years.
In addition to the award-winning wines, Road 13 Vineyards is a destination in itself, offering guests two unique experiences: feature tastings in the “Castle,” or a more leisurely tasting of the entire Road 13 wine portfolio in the Executive Lounge. Visitors are encouraged to stay a while and bring a picnic whilst enjoy the stunning views of the Oliver- Osoyoos Wine Country.