POURING WINE Roie Manoff of Silkscarf Winery in Summerland pours wine during a previous Light Up the Vines event. This year, members of Bottleneck Drive will participate in the ninth annual Light Up the Vines. (Summerland Review file photo)

Summerland’s Bottleneck Drive members to welcome festive season

Wineries, cideries, breweries and distilleries to hold special events and offer samples

Summerland’s Bottleneck Drive Association will hold its ninth annual Light Up the Vines event to mark the festive season.

The free event welcomes visitors to tour along Bottleneck Drive and visit wineries, cideries, breweries and distilleries who have decorated their vineyards, orchards and tasting rooms for the holidays.

“Our local tasting rooms look forward to Light Up the Vines every year,” said Rick Thrussell, president of Bottleneck Drive. “Everyone has fun decorating and getting ready to kick-off the Christmas season.”

He added that guests travel from around the Okanagan each year to visit vineyards, orchards and tasting rooms.

On Saturday, Nov. 23 from 3 to 8 p.m.. wineries will offer a “Sneak-a-peek” day to allow visitors to get a taste of what’s to come the following main event weekend.

The Light up Summerland festivities begin on Friday Nov. 29 from 4 to 9 p.m. downtown along Main Street for the annual Festival of Lights.

Bottleneck Drive will have a hospitality zone open from 5 to 9 p.m. selling local beverages by the glass.

On Saturday, Nov. 30, and Sunday, Dec. 1 from 3 to 8 p.m., Bottleneck Drive’s 18 wineries, three cideries brewery, and distillery will open their doors and turn on the holiday lights.

Visitors can enjoy tastings, live music, holiday lights and special discounts on wines, ciders, beer and spirits, just in time for holiday entertaining and gift-giving.

Some of the tasting rooms will offer special treats like warm spiced cider or mulled wine, bonfires and complimentary snacks.

Visitors also have a chance to win a prize package valued at more than $500 by collecting five stamps with a Light Up the Vines passport, available at participating tasting rooms along the way. Tasting fees may apply and include donations to Critteraid and the Summerland Food Bank.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Vernon gallery hosts Art After Dark

Event hosted by the Vernon Public Art Gallery Friday, Feb. 28

Vernon tennis player named Best of BC winner

Sport BC honours Vasek Pospisil for his comeback season after back surgery

Vernon golf course sinks construction on new clubhouse

Owners at The Rise are in a dispute with City of Vernon over tax assessment

Coaches take on players to honour Vernon volleyball player

Vernon Sky Club hosting event with proceeds to the Emily Dahl Foundation

‘Die!’: Vernon councillor mailed death threat

This story contains information that might be sensitive to some readers

Protecting privacy key to stopping spread of COVID-19, B.C. health officials say

The number of coronavirus cases in B.C. remains at seven

Fire crews battle large blaze in West Kelowna

Reports of multiple structures on fire in the Colleen Road area

Toffoli scores OT winner as Canucks beat Habs 4-3

Demko makes 37 saves for Vancouver

Kelowna man charged after naked driver leads RCMP on hit-and-run spree

A Kelowna man has been charged with numerous offences

Private clinics would harm ‘ordinary’ people using public system in B.C.: lawyer

Health Minister Adrian Dix announced in 2018 that the government would begin to fine doctors $10,000

B.C. terminates contract with hospice society refusing assisted death

Delta Hospice Society loses hospital service fund of $1.5 million

Hidden message connects Castlegar homeowners decades apart

The Rodgers family was surprised when a message fell out of the walls as they were renovating

Most Read