Thursday, May 27, 2010

Wine in British Columbia - a hidden and excellent secret

Did you know that BC produces some excellent and award winning wines? Burrowing owl is just one, but one of the best. Situated in the very pretty Okanagan Valley, Frontier Canada can incorporate it in a fly-drive holiday for you.

The Winery at Burrowing Owl Vineyards - Osoyoos Lake - British Columbia

Balance is a time-honored goal in the making of premium wines and working toward balance is a way of life at Burrowing Owl Estate Winery. Founder Jim Wyse is committed to balance, well beyond that of the fine, world-class wines being produced. A kind of Hippocratic oath ("to do no harm") underlies the creative viticultural and enological practices at Burrowing Owl.

The varied and deceptively fragile desert ecosystems within the adjoining vineyards continually challenge the environmentally sensitive team at Burrowing Owl. Alternative pest control systems are the standard. More than 100 bluebird boxes and two bat nurseries invite insect-eating guests to stay awhile and dine in the vineyards. Ground nests of meadowlarks are protected by barriers in springtime to prevent farm machinery and vineyard workers from inadvertently destroying them. Snakes are safely relocated. Bears and big horned sheep are discouraged from sharing the harvest but never harmed.

The winery and vineyard lie within one of Canada 's most unique ecosystems which includes the northernmost tip of the Sonora Desert. The location (on a southwest-tilting, sandy plateau) near the north end of Osoyoos Lake, is one of the most highly rated grape-growing locations in the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys, and for that matter Canada.

On weekends at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, a tour guide is available to personally lead you into our cellars and describe the inner workings of the winery. There is no cost and reservations are not needed.

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