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Wineries of Okanagan Falls and Skaha Lake

If you enjoy treading off the beaten path, Okanagan Falls beckons. At the south end of Skaha Lake, halfway between Oliver and Penticton, Okanagan Falls boasts a varied brood of wineries in a bucolically diverse setting.
From Penticton, take the east side of Skaha Lake, along the twisting route known as “Corkscrew Drive.”
Three wineries have a home along the bench between stately cliffs and the lake, while only two are open to the public: Painted Rock spares no expense to produce superlative reds from Bordeaux varieties and Syrah; and Blasted Church brandishes the Okanagan’s most recognizable labels along with  enticing wines.
Turn off the lake hugging route onto McLean Creek Road to visit Meyer Family Vineyards. With craggy Peach Cliff as backdrop, this friendly winery specializes in splendid Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
To the south, the Vaseux Bench, which slopes down towards the lake of the same name, boasts the highest concentration of wineries. An Okanagan icon, Blue Mountain has a cult following for its Pinot Noir and sparkling wine, sourced from its immaculate 74 acre vineyard.
On nearby Sun Valley Road, three neighbouring wineries offer eye-popping differences in wine styles. At Wild Goose, aromatic whites like Gewürtztraminer and Riesling lead the charge. Next door, Stag’s Hollow crafts a stunning range that includes Pinot Noir, red Bordeaux varieties, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Easy-going whites are the focus at Tangled Vines.
Back on Oliver Ranch Road, Noble Ridge showcases exceptional red Meritage, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris, as well as a fabulous view of Vaseux Lake and McIntyre Bluff from their inviting wine shop.
Take the highway through Okanagan Falls and turn left at Green Lake Road. A steep, winding 5 km jaunt takes you past what was once the falls, to See Ya Later Ranch. The highest vineyard in the South Okanagan, highlights include a commanding north facing panorama of Penticton and beyond from the  terrace restaurant, and a bevy of great wines.
On the journey back, stop at recently opened Krāzē Legz in Kaleden. The place to research the intriguing name is the wine shop, where the ambiance suggests a 1920s speakeasy, and the wines are tasty.

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