Among the many reasons we are lucky to find ourselves living in British Columbia is the fact that we are located between 42 and 50 degrees latitude—why, you ask, would this positioning be so important? It turns out that many of the world’s finest wine grapes are grown in the sunny, dry hills of these mid-northern regions. Like Bordeaux or Tuscany, BC’s own Okanagan Valley is earning its position amongst the greats. Of the nearly 200 wineries dotted along Highway 97 between Lake Country to the North and Osoyoos to the South, lies one of our province’s most highly sought wines; Burrowing Owl.
Located between Oliver and Osoyoos on a south facing, sandy plateau just north of Osoyoos Lake, Burrowing Owl is situated in one of the most highly rated grape growing regions in the country. Since its first vintage in 1997, which concentrated on 4 grape varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris, Burrowing Owl’s vineyards now grow 16 varieties—many of which have won international awards:
- In 2018, the 2015 Syrah earned Gold at the Syrah du Monde International Competition in France
- the 2014 Merlot took home Gold at the Wine Align National Awards of Canada in 2018
- the 2014 Meritage placed Best of Class at the Los Angeles International Wine Competition
and the list goes on…
In addition to producing world class wines, Burrowing Owl is committed to protecting its surrounding environment. They donate 100% of the $5 tasting fee in the tasting room to the Burrowing Owl Conservation Society, use solar panels to heat all the water used on the property, spray their grapes with environmentally friendly fertilizer, safely relocate any wildlife that visits the vineyards, and engage in many other environmentally focused initiatives.
Today, the winery combines state of the art technology with classic techniques to produce premium wines that the world and locals alike can’t get enough of.
Are you looking to get your hands on some of the province’s most accoladed wines? Find the Merlot here but don’t wait too long, Burrowing Owl wines tend to sell out quickly!