It's not a new idea to have a downtown tasting room a good distance from the on-site tasting facility in wine country.
Healdsburg, Sonoma, Woodinville, outside Seattle and the Lompoc Wine Ghetto, in Santa Barbara County, are just a few that come to mind that offer the convenience of sampling wine and food, often within walking distance of your hotel or nearby city restaurants. In the Okanagan Valley, Penticton, to be specific, Arterra Wines Canada has opened just such a facility on the ground floor of the newly expanded Penticton Lakeside Resort, a stone's throw from the southern tip of Okanagan Lake. The tasting room features Arterra's “Great Estates” wines providing easy, convenient access for locals, convention-goers and vacationers alike to compare their different wineries, unique terroirs and a range of labels from five Okanagan Valley sub-regions stretching from Osoyoos to Summerland.
The video features an interview with Josie Tyabji, who has a long history in the Okanagan wine industry. Today her family vineyard, Dark Horse Vineyard, is owned by Arterra's Inniskillin Okanagan on the Golden Mile Bench near Oliver. Tyabji toured us through the center, revealing all the possibilities open to visitors mere steps from the beach and, on Saturday mornings in season, also strategically positioned at the end of one of British Columbia’s most famous farmer’s markets.