This is a winery that should have already appeared on Wine Country BC by now. Over the past few years, I’ve seen them build their winery and wine shop and knew that they were coming. (I think I even tweeted a photo of the wine shop under construction at one point…)
If there was anyone in the industry who have lucked out with the old business adage “Location, location, location…”, it is Bordertown. They are right on Highway 97 leading north out of Osoyoos and are super easy to access. In fact, it would be almost impossible to miss this place.
And really, you shouldn’t miss it. Stopping in is a rewarding wine tasting experience. There is the past, present, and future of the BC wine industry embodied in their sizeable portfolio of wines, especially in the whites which make up the majority of their wines. It’s odd that a winery in Osoyoos would be stacked so heavily on the side of the whites and not reds but the reality is that in the hot summer, a cool bottle of tangy Pinot Blanc or Gruner-Veltliner is just what the doctor ordered.
There is a lot of choice when it comes to whites, which makes for a very enjoyable tasting. There is a Muscat, Riesling, two Chardonnays, Pinot Gris, and Gewurztraminer in addition to the aforementioned Pinot Blanc and Gruner. For reds, being Osoyoos, they are based on the biggies – Cabernet Franc and Syrah are the two single varieties and The Living Desert Red takes on a Cheval-Blanc-like blend of Cab Franc and Merlot. Before you write off the blends as the simple, base-line wines, be aware that The Living Desert Red is one of the few wines that have won a Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for Excellence in BC Wine as is the deepest and most complex red wine that I tasted in their portfolio.
So, please check out these new wineries during stops between your favourites on your next visit to BC’s wine country. It’s always an adventure to taste a new winery’s wines and often, you will be rewarded with the experience.
Cheers from wine country!