NK’Mip Winery in Osoyoos – Very Nice!!
The Osoyoos that I remembered when I was much younger is LONG GONE!! The sleepy little town that we used to pass through on our way to Kelowna or Vancouver when I was a little guy living in Trail has really transformed into a vibrant community; at least in the summer months.
Osoyoos is located in the south central interior of British Columbia, approximately 400 Km east of Vancouver at the junction of Highways 97 and 3 on the border of Washington State. It is the start of Desert Wine County in Southern British Columbia.
One of the wineries that I really like and is situated right in the city of Osoyoos is, NK’Mip (In-Ka-Meep). This is a spectacular project that was spearheaded by the chief of the local band. Chief Clarence Louie, who has led the Band for almost 15 years has transformed what was once empty desert land into an amazing winery, resort, and ecological sanctuary. It is quite remarkable what he has done on the east side of the city and lake.
My wife and I had lunch on the patio the other day and were treated to a very nice patio lunch menu . We started with a cold pea/potato soup. Emilia then had the Carmelized Onion and Bacon Tart and I the Quinoa Salad. Emilia pared her meal with the Winemaker’s Riesling and I the Qwam Qwmt Chardonnay.
Little detail that I took from their web page that explains the wines available;
Currently, Nk’Mip Vineyard is micro-managing 40 acres of this vineyard for Nk’Mip Cellars’ wine production. Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Franc are all sourced from NK’Mip Vineyard. In addition to the original site, huge vineyards have since been planted and now sprawl across the Band’s 32,000 acres. These are operated under long-term leases with several wineries. In total 1,155 acres of vines are planted on the Band’s land, with plans for an additional 100 to 200 acres within the next year. 25 percent of the total acreage planted in the Okanagan Valley is on the Band’s land.
All in all, we had a wonderful visit at the winery and left with 2 bottles of the Qwam Qwmt Chardonnay to share with friends.
If you ever get to the Okanagan and more specifically Osoyoos, check out NK’Mip and enjoy the views, the food and the wines that we enjoyed!
Ciao for now @kootenayborn
There are many many wineries in the South Okanagan today. Check out the map below for more to choose from and enjoy Beautiful British Columbia and the wines we offer!
The map provided will give you a great idea of how big this has become in BC!