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Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery had its first commercial wine release in 1997, but its vineyards were planted earlier in 1993. Since then, the winery has received widespread accolades for its wines, particularly its red vintages, resulting annually in sold-out inventory.

The Burrowing Owl winery site is perched on a hillside on an eastern bench of the South Okanagan. The fortress-like building is hard to miss from a distance, and is now even more imposing with the recent addition of a 10-room guesthouse, which features a sizeable outdoor swimming pool and breakfast room. The guesthouse is scheduled to open for the beginning of harvest season.

Burrowing Owl features a four-star restaurant, The Sonora Room, offering full lunch and dinner service as well as lighter fare. The winery recently hired Executive Chef Glenn Monk, whose cuisine will highlight the area’s produce while including an international flare.

The winery’s wrap-around patio has gorgeous views of the valley, and is a lovely setting for lunch or dinner. Be sure to make reservations in advance for dinner, as evenings tend to be busy during the summer season. (1-250-498-6202 for reservations).


Burrowing Owl’s vineyard location enjoys long afternoon sun exposure, making a fantastic setting for the development of rich flavours. Former winemaker Bill Dyer (now at Church and State Wines of Victoria) crafted some brilliant wines from the vineyard’s grapes and thus far the winery has continued this standard.

Burrowing Owl has a focus on the production of red wines, specifically Bordeaux varieties. Wines can sell out quickly, particularly Merlot and Meritage, so it is advisable to contact the winery in advance. Visiting the winery is the best way to buy wines.

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery currently produces:

2004 Chardonnay
2004 Merlot
2004 Pinot Noir
2004 Syrah
2005 Pinot Gris
2004 Cabernet Franc
2004 Meritage (Not yet available)
2004 Cabernet Sauvignon (Not yet available)

Notes on Tastings:

During Summer months and the Fall harvest, Burrowing Owl can be very busy, and lineups should be expected despite an ample tasting bar. A new wine shop and tasting bar will open in early June. Tastings are by donation ($2.00) to the Burrowing Owl Recovery Society.

Last Word:

Burrowing Owl is a worthwhile stop on your wine tour route, but, be prepared for considerable crowds in the summer season, especially in the afternoon. They are currently in the process of building a new Guest House and tasting room which should be open in late summer.

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

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