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Hawthorne Mountain Vineyards

Formerly LaCompte Estate Winery, Hawthorne Mountain Vineyards sit atop Hawthorne Mountain, and from a distance it nearly looks as though the rows of plants could slide right off of it. This is one of the highest altitude wineries in Canada and is more of a destination winery as it requires a bit of a deviation from the beaten path.

Do not be deceived by the quaint exterior of the Hawthorne Mountain wine shop- it looks much smaller than it really is, and the tasting room within is open, spacious and has plenty of windows- allowing tasters to delight in the spectacular view of Skaha Lake and beyond while they try some wines. In the summer season, Hawthorne Mountain offers lunch service on its outdoor patio- also with a view. Tours of the winery facility are not available, but vineyard tours are.

Hawthorne Mountain makes a point of being especially welcoming to dogs, with a “Barking Lot” out front where patrons can park their pooches while they taste. The dogs are supplied with water dishes. There is a dog theme to the winery’s See Ya Later wines, as the former owner of the See Ya Later Ranch was a canine enthusiast. Hawthorne Mountain has continued this enthusiasm for “man’s best friend”.

Wines:

Hawthorne Mountain sources its grapes from its 170 acre vineyard on the mountain, as well as from vineyards in the South. It produces two series of wines: Hawthorne Mountain and See Ya Later Reserve. The whites grown on the mountain are quite nice.

Hawthorne Mountain:

Riesling
Gewürztraminer
Pinot Gris
Chardonnay
Gold Mark Chardonnay
Pinot Noir
Cabernet Franc
Merlot
Ehrenfelser Icewine

See Ya Later Ranch Reserve:

SYL Brut- (one of our favourites)
Chardonnay
Pinot Gris
Pinot Noir
PING- (Red Blend)
Ehrenfelser Icewine

Notes on Tastings:

The tasting room at Hawthorne Mountain is very simple and bright with a fantastic view. The staff are knowledgeable of the wines and history of the winery, as well as of the Okanagan.

Last Word:

Though a small out of the way, Hawthorne Mountain Vineyards was one of our favourite experiences.

Published by Carolyn Coles and Tim Martiniuk, founders of the Okanagan Wine Guide. okanaganwineguide.com okanaganwineguide.com



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