Osoyoos: The Wine Valley of British Columbia

View of the valley of Osoyoos from atop photo by Kaila So

About Osoyoos

Osoyoos is located within the Okanagan Valley region of British Columbia. It is known internationally as part of a Canada winery district that produces quality wines with interesting surprises for a number of reasons. First of all, the valley consists of nearly 82% of the total vineyard acreage. Secondly, it is also home to approximately over 170 licensed wineries. Furthermore, distinct sub-regions with different soil and climate conditions makes it an advantage to growing a versatile range of grape varietals. Naturally, Osoyoos is one of them.

During my recent visit, I had the pleasure to visit two vineyards in the Osoyoos area. My first choice was to visit The Moon Curser Vineyards because I am a huge fan of their wine. They captivate me with their innovative path to wine making and how they embrace their Canadian heritage. My visit to Vanessa Vineyards, on the other hand, was a beautiful surprising encounter.


Moon Curser Vineyards

The exterior of the Moon Curser Vineyards Tasting Room Building A photo of the backyard of Moon Curser Vineyards that overlooks a field of growing grapes

Moon Curser vineyard and tasting room sits overlooking Osoyoos. Located just five minutes on the outskirts of Osoyoos, BC, their beautiful backyard is part of their own vineyards. It provides a lush bright of green, painting the view of a little mansion in the mist of a Tuscany hill.

the inside of the Moon Curser Vineyards tasting room the shelves of Moon Curser Vineyards tasting room also showcasing their award winning wines

The Moon Curser tasting room is a bright open space. The experienced staffs explained the notes of each wine with great detail. I was having trouble deciding which one of their  award winning Carmenere and Dolcetto I should purchase. At that point the staff poured for me an extra tasting glass. I greatly appreciate the gesture. At the end I purchased a bottle of Afraid of the Dark 2016, the Dolcetto, a Syrah 2014 and their famous Dead of Night 2014.


a wooden case containing four bottles of Moon Curser Vineyards wines

My Top Moon Curser Vineyards Picks



Vanessa Vineyard

a photo of the exterior of the newly opened Vanessa Vineyard tasting room facility   the beautiful counter front of Vanessa Vineyard tasting room

This beautiful rustic vineyard sits on the hillside overlooking the Similkameen Valley. The vineyard grows their grapes on 75 acres of well drained sloping rocky terrain. Vanessa Vineyard was previously a farm dedicated for the sole purpose of growing the finest red wine grapes for other BC wineries. In year 2012 the vineyard begun producing small quantities of premium wine using only 100% estate-grown fruit in the process. They hope to represent the Similkameen Valley and strengthen its reputation as one of the world’s up and coming best wine regions.


shelves of wine inside Vanessa Vineyard tasting facility a photo of the cozy tasting table area of Vanessa Vineyard

The vineyard tasting room was newly opened when I paid my visit. Of the 5 wine products available, I purchased a bottle of Rose and a Meritage. Up to 3 tasting glasses were allowed. If needed to reconsider, the host is always happy to pour an extra portion to help with purchase reasoning.


a selection of Vanessa Vineyard wines

My Top Vanessa Vineyard Picks

Website: http://vanessavineyard.com/


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Kaila So

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