The group of wineries that formed the Westside Wine Trail decided that they really like working together and are in it for the long term. This past week they announced that they have officially become an association and they held a celebration at the Bonfire Restaurant at the Cove Lakeside Resort to mark this next chapter.
The afternoon saw local dignitaries, media, as well people from the wine and tourism industries come out to learn about the terroir of the area, enjoy wine tastings and culinary creations from Chef Grant de Montreuil of the Bonfire Restaurant. Tina Slamka, the President of the association, briefly spoke to the group and thanked several groups, including the District of West Kelowna, Westbank First Nation and the Regional District of the Central Okanagan for having a common vision for the area and for helping with the formation of the Westside Wine Trail.
The newly formed West Kelowna Vintners Association will continue to promote the Westside Wine Trail as the quintessential Okanagan wine touring destination. With eight current wineries working together and two more slated to open in the coming year, the group is looking forward to welcoming visitors to their tasting rooms as well as their upcoming ‘Sip Series’ events.
What is the Westside Wine Trail?
It is a wine touring destination with a dedicated mapped out route of eight unique wineries, all of which offer the visitor a distinctly quintessential Okanagan wine experience. The route and map can be found at their website of www.thewestsidewinetrail.com.
Some of the wineries have restaurants, while others have licensed picnic or patios where one can enjoy a glass of wine.
What is the West Kelowna Vintners Association?
The West Kelowna Vintners Association is a member organization that promotes the Westside Wine Trail brand and destination. Member wineries include Beaumont Family Estate Winery, Kalala Organic Estate Winery, Little Straw Vineyards, Mt. Boucherie Family Estate Winery, Mission Hill Family Estate, Quails’ Gate Estate Winery, Rollingdale Winery and Volcanic Hills Estate Winery.