Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country sparkles

Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country sparkles during the  2015 Winter in Wine Country Festival

November 27-29 & December 4-6, 2015

Wrap up and join in the fun at the Winter in Wine Country Festival; two weekends of festive, family-friendly events in the communities of Oliver and Osoyoos.

On Friday November 27 and Saturday November 28, Oliver’s Community Light Up & Fireworks brings families together to celebrate the start of the festive season and put some sparkle into the winter months. Bring the kids along for pictures with Santa, fun entertainment for all the family and a bonfire and fireworks, all taking place at the Oliver Community Park Band Shell.

Arrange childcare and head to Hester Creek Estate Winery, where the Oliver Tourism Association will host Rosé Revolution on Saturday November 28. This celebration of the 18 local wineries producing Rosé wines features food pairing stations, live music and a people’s choice award; a timely reminder that Rosé is the perfect match for a Christmas turkey! Tickets cost $35 per person, available at the Oliver Visitor Centre and Imperial Office Pro in Osoyoos, or via Eventbrite.

The following day (Sunday November 29), head to Watermark Beach Resort for a Winter Wonderland Brunch, starting at 9am. Chef Adair Scott shows his flair for farm to table dining, with a delicious brunch menu that showcases the bounty of local produce available in the area. Brunch costs $35 per person (plus tax and gratuity), for reservations please call 250-495-5508.

On Friday December 4 and Saturday December 5, it’s Osoyoos’ turn to shine with their Community Light Up & Parade. Families can enjoy Kiwanis craft sale, Smitty’s Toys for Tots to Teens fundraising breakfast, breakfast with Santa and Mrs Claus and a Christmas Parade, before heading up to NK’MIP Resort to see the annual Festival of Trees, which runs until January 3.

Also on Friday December 4, Watermark Beach Resort hosts the premiere of Ventures in Wine Country, a series that goes behind the scenes of the wine industry, following three Okanagan winemakers. Raise a glass and chat with the producers and hosts of the show at the event.

Thirty Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association members will open their doors for the Winter in Wine Country Festival. They will all be dressed up for the season with Christmas decorations and offering roasted chestnuts, classic carol singing and wine tastings. Winery tours will be offered by Top Cat Tours for both weekends, starting from $35 per person, including transportation and tasting.

For more information please visit the Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association website: www.oliverosoyoos.com/Events/Winter-in-Wine-Country.

About Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association:

The Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association is a non-profit organization with a goal to develop the wine industry in Oliver and Osoyoos through education and promotion. Founded in 2007 as the South Okanagan Winery Association, the Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association (OOWA) was renamed in 2011 to better reflect its geographical boundaries and now has grown to include 36 member wineries.

Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association members are:

Adega on 45th                                                      Jackson-Triggs

Bartier Bros                                                          Kismet

Black Hills                                                            Maverick

Burrowing Owl                                                     Montakarn

C.C. Jentsch Cellars                                              Moon Curser

Cana Vines Winery                                               Nk’Mip Cellars

Castoro de Oro                                                    Oliver Twist 

Church & State (Coyote Bowl)                               Platinum Bench

Covert Farms                                                       Quinta Ferreira

Culmina Family Estate Winery                               River Stone

Desert Hills                                                          Road 13 Vineyards

Fairview Cellars                                                    Rustico

Gehringer Brothers                                               Silver Sage

Gold Hill                                                              Stoneboat

Hester Creek                                                       TIME Estate Winery

Hidden Chapel                                                     Tinhorn Creek

Inniskillin                                                             vinPerdu

Intersection                                                         Young & Wyse

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