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Winery Spotlight: Covert Farms

June 18th, 2018 Posted by blog, Okanagan, Wine No Comment yet

Nestled in the hills of Oliver, BC, Covert Farms is a 4th generation family farm and winery, sprawling over 650 acres.

Proudly an organic estate, Covert Farms uses a natural fermentation process to focus on the vineyard and fruit, and minimally intervenes during the wine making process. All of Covert Farms wines are made using organic grapes that are grown on their farm. To control pest insects on their farm, Covert has released Ladybugs, who happily return year after year. You can learn more about Covert Farms’ harvesting process throughout the season, including why they planted Sunflowers to control grape-eating birds, HERE. Covert Farm’s wine portfolio currently includes a Roussanne/Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon, Rosé, and their proprietary red blends, The Bluff, MDC and the iconic, Amicitia.

The Covert Farms property is also home to Seacrest Organic Produce. After turning their focus to winemaking in 2014, the Covert’s leased the management of their organic produce to Seacrest Organics. Available for purchase, or you can pick-it-yourself, Seacrest Organics only offers in season produce, with their goal being to support a healthy community and help to grow agri-tourism within the South Okanagan.

You can learn more about Covert Farms on a guided tour. Take a ride in a vintage 1952 Mercury truck as you drive through the farm, enjoy some organic produce, and of course, sample some wine! You’ll get to pick your own strawberries, feed the long-horned cows, and snack on some charcuterie, while you taste different wines.

Covert Farms is also licensed to hold weddings, concerts, corporate events, and intimate dinners! A popular destination thanks to its secluded location and acres of natural landscape for photos. As an added bonus, Covert Farms has an extra large inflatable trampoline on their property, which is guaranteed to loosen anyone up and put a smile on their face!

Want to experience this magical farm in the middle of Canada’s desert for yourself? Visit them at 300 Covert Place in Oliver, BC. They’re open 7 days a week from 11:00 – 5:00.

Winery Spotlight: Intersection Estate

May 28th, 2018 Posted by blog, Okanagan, Wine No Comment yet

If you haven’t crossed paths with Intersection Estate Winery yet, you need to map out a new route. Located on the edge of the ‘Golden Mile’ in Oliver BC, Intersection prides themselves on allowing their vineyard to dictate what varietals of wine they produce, which has resulted in a portfolio consisting of 9 high-quality and authentic and wine varietals.

Established in 2009, Intersection has cemented itself as the winery ‘where good friends and good wines meet’. With one quick Google search and a read of some of their most recent reviews, it’s easy to see that on top of their delicious wines, they provide an excellent experience:

“We had such an amazing educational time there with Moss that we went back again the next day to try the Merlot flight. As noted, the whole thing was very educational, and we particularly enjoyed seeing (tasting!) the difference that soils and years make in the different Merlots. Warning – you’ll find it difficult to leave without buying wine and joining the wine club!”

“Staff are wonderfully friendly and extremely knowledgeable and make a tasting not only a fun-filled event but also a fascinating exploration of their beautifully crafted wines.”

In addition to creating wines that are driven by the unique soil of the region, Intersection is passionate about creating awareness and appreciation of BC wines through education. Vinstitute Wine School  is located within Intersection and offers weekly, stand-alone classes. The only public, wine institute in Okanagan, Vinstitute aims to give their students the ability to appreciate wine with confidence. The classes, which are taught by Moss Scheurkogel, who is also the manager of Intersection, are available until the end of October. Get $5.00 of the cost of the class exclusively through GetintheLoop here.

Visit Intersection Estate Winery at 450 Road 8, off the corner of Highway 97. Their tasting room is open everyday 10:00-5:30, and Vinstitute classes are offered on Saturday and Sundays.

Check out all of the offers and experiences exclusive to GetintheLoop HERE.

The Wine Tour You Need To Go On

May 9th, 2018 Posted by blog, Okanagan, Wine No Comment yet

The Okanagan wine region has consistently been voted #1 & #2 on various rankings across the world.

The fertile soil and dry summer heat creates a nearly perfect climate to grow different varietals of grapes. With over 120 wineries located within the Okanagan, it can be difficult to figure out where to go first!  Don’t worry, we’re here to guide you on your wine tasting journey.

Stop #1 Covert Farms Family Estate 

Passionate about Farm to Table dining, Covert Farms is a certified organic farm and vineyard. Tour their picturesque, 650-acre property while you learn about sustainable farming. Oh, the best part? On the tour you’ll get to dive in to freshly grown organic produce, charcuterie and (of course) wine!

 

Stop #2 River Stone Estate Winery

Nestled just north of Oliver, the “wine capital” of Canada, River Stone is a small, family owned, hidden gem! Stop in, taste some of their delicious wines, and of course, pet their adorable Golden Retrievers!

Stop #3 Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery

With owners who were both born in Portugal, you’ll notice notes of their heritage throughout their winery. We suggest enjoying a glass of wine out on their patio, it feels like you’ve been transported to the Mediterranean!

Stop #4 Hidden Chapel Winery

With a small chapel hidden in the back of the property, it’s easy to see how Hidden Chapel got it’s name. Try their award winning names and have a chuckle at the unique names they’ve all been given.

Stop #5 Black Hills Estate Winery

Located on the Black Sage Bench, Black Hills Estate Winery is truly stunning. With sweeping views and a swimming pool, you’ll want to stay all afternoon! Ensure you try their signature wine, the Nota Bene, which has been in production for almost 20 years. Don’t forget to purchase a ticket to their Midsummer Night’s Dream event in August, it’s the hottest party of the summer!

Stop #6 Kismet Estate Winery

You have to make a stop at Kismet, an Indian owned and run winery, whose Punjabi name means ‘Destiny’. Stop in for lunch at their restaurant for delicious Indian food that pairs perfectly with their wines!

Stop #7 Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

After once being named extinct in the province, Burrowing Owl numbers are growing within BC, thanks in part to Burrowing Owl Winery. In fact, since 2002, Burrowing Owl Estate Winery has contributed almost a million dollars to Burrowing Owl conservation efforts! Also known for their award-winning wines, we suggest sipping on their Syrah or Chardonnay!

 

We’ve made it easy to visit your favourite winery or try something new! In the GetintheLoop app, simply click on the Wine loop to browse exclusive offers and experiences from 40+ winery partners. Enjoy a glass of wine, dinner overlooking the vineyard, or get access to events and parties exclusively through GetintheLoop!

Spend your summer in British Columbia’s Wine Country with GetintheLoop! Download the GetintheLoop app now and discover (or sip) something new today!

 

GetintheLoop is a proud partner of Oliver Osoysoos Wine Association.

GetintheLoop Launches a Wine Loop

May 4th, 2018 Posted by blog, Company, Edmonton, Okanagan, Vancouver, Vancouver Island, Wine No Comment yet

Wine lovers can experience something new everyday at 40+ wineries across BC! Is there anything better than a hot summer’s day, a beautiful view, and a refreshing glass of wine? We didn’t think so. Now, you can explore British Columbia’s world-class wineries like never before with GetintheLoop.

We’ve made it easy to visit your favourite winery or try something new! In the GetintheLoop app, simply click on the Wine loop to browse exclusive offers and experiences from 40+ winery partners. Enjoy a glass of wine, dinner overlooking the vineyard, or get access to events and parties exclusively through GetintheLoop!

Don’t miss out on a $20 gift card at Summerhill Pyramid Winery Wine Shop, a complimentary wine tasting at Intersection Estate Winery, or even a ticket to the hottest party of the summer at Black Hills Estate Winery!

Spend your summer in British Columbia’s Wine Country with GetintheLoop! Download the GetintheLoop app now and discover (or sip) something new today!

Cheers to that!