Welcome to the Rollingdale Winery Blog :)
Hard to believe that it's only March! I just got back in from taking a walk around the winery and seeing the arrowleaf flowers starting to blossom made me smile!
Our picnic area is open so pack a lunch, come by, grab your favourite bottle of Rollingdale wine, and enjoy the lake view from our picnic benches :)
Our Easter Bunny has a treat for you!
If you're looking for wine to go along with your long weekend dinner... come by to our wine shop! Mention our Easter Bunny when you come in, and get 15% OFF your purchase through the Easter long weekend.
PLUS... We have a great selection of ice wine to go along with your Easter chocolate... and not to mention our port-style wine...
Our wine shop will be open all weekend long... see you soon!
We started our 2016 wine bottling process today!
Here's a sneak peek into the filtering process:
After the wines get filtered today, we will be bottling next week - stay tuned as we will upload pictures of that too.
Our proprietor and owner, Steve Dale, was on quality control on filtering day :)
Happy St. Patrick's Day! We caught a leprechaun ... and he's says we have to give our wine shop customers 15% off their wine purchases from now until Sunday, March 20, 2016. Hurry in before he escapes!
Our wine shop is open from 10am to 6pm on weekdays. On weekends, we are open from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, and 11am to 5pm on Sunday.
Meet our Wine Shop Manager, Giles!
This friendly face is one of the guys you often find working in our tasting room.
How did you become the wine shop manager at Rollingdale?
Giles: I worked in the vineyard all summer fighting with...I mean tending to the vines. In Fall 2015, I was offered this position, and was only too happy to continue with the team here.
Best part about your job?
Working at a winery?....DUH!!! But seriously, I get a chance to learn and experience all aspects of the operation from vineyard management, through wine making, to wine distribution.
Your favourite wine?
Our Blanc de Merlot. There is a nasty rumour that I still have some at home. NOT TRUE!!
Why would you recommend Rollingdale Winery ?
You get to try some of the cleanest and finest wines around, and usually there is something unique as well. In addition, you often get to talk to our winemaker, Steve, personally.
Best time or days to visit the winery?
We are here 7 days a week...there is always something that needs to be done either in the cellar or in the vineyard. Best time is when you feel like dropping by...there is no bad time to enjoy wine. Of course it is a lot warmer April to October, but in the off-season it's a lot easier for us to give every visitor a little extra attention because it isn't so busy.
Yesterday was our 2016 Sip With Your Sweetheart event and the cellar team had a blast with all the visitors.
We paired our 2013 Fort (Port-style wine) with donuts from Dolicious. Even the world’s biggest donut fan, Homer, stopped in for a sip!
At the end of the day we served about 350 mouth water bismark donuts!
Thank you everyone who dropped in for a treat, and we look forward to the event next year. Here are other great photos from yesterday:
Our Associate Winemaker, Brendan, just got back from representing Rollingdale Winery at the 18th Winter Okanagan Wine Festival at Sun Peaks Resort this past weekend.
The WestJet Progressive Wine Tasting event was sold out again this year and we were happy to be a part of it!
Thanks for those who came by to our table and said hello, and remember you can always come to West Kelowna for a tour of our winery. We are open through the Winter.
We look forward to the Spring Okanagan Wine Festival that starts April 8, 2016. As a part of this festival, we are hosting the Astronomical Wine & Sky Gazing event again this year on Monday, May 2, 2016. Reservations are required. Please go to our events page for more info.
We got out the camera recently and took some nice Winter photos of the winery.
It's not very often you get sun and snow on the same day so we thought we had to seize the opportunity!
Remember the wine shop is open everyday through the Winter season so come by and see us for a tasting :)