For the past five years, Oliver, BC’s CheckMate Artisanal Winery has quietly produced small batches of what many consider to be some of the best Chardonnays and Merlots from the Okanagan Valley, available to consumers by allocation only. With its doors normally closed to the public, this project has been under the radar, until now.
For a limited time this summer, CheckMate Artisanal Winery will be providing a unique visitor experience with an architecturally stunning “pop-up” designed by Seattle-based Tom Kundig, an internationally renowned architect whose designs have appeared in publications from Architectural Digest to the New York Times. The “pop-up” tasting room, named THE INSTALLATION, will provide an opportunity for guests to taste CheckMate wines for the first time on site at the winery, within an innovative, contemporary designed facility.
THE INSTALLATION is designed to slow down the wine tasting experience and allow visitors to connect in a sensory fashion with the wines. Four to six wines will be featured daily, with each tasting including a selection of CheckMate’s 2014 Chardonnays, the inaugural vintage of the 2013 Merlots, and one library Chardonnay from the 2013 vintage. There will also be a cellar exclusive wine available for tasting and purchase – the 2016 Bear’s Move Chardonnay, a wine naturally fermented in CheckMate’s Dekleva Vineyard in a ceramic vessel.
CheckMate Artisanal Winery: THE INSTALLATION
4799 Wild Rose Street, Oliver, BC
Opening late July
Daily from 10:30 am to 6:00 pm
(No reservations required)