It is pretty obvious that Osoyoos is a very popular destination for wine drinkers from around the world.
The Okanagan Valley is an iconic region known for its incredible wineries and if you’ve ever looked at our brochures, our website or our social media channels, you will have seen wineries prominently featured year-round. Even if you’ve never looked at any marketing materials or social media posts before visiting Osoyoos, it would still be impossible not to notice the copious amount of vineyards speckling the horizon as far as the eye can see on your drive into town from any direction.
What we are trying to say is that the world-class wineries are well-known and a big driver of tourism in the area, however, not everyone that comes to Osoyoos is a wine drinker.
So what happens if you come to the area and you aren’t big on visiting wineries? Well, we’ve got you covered with four local spots to head for beverages that don’t come from the vineyards.
Orchard Hill Estate Cidery
Since 2008, Orchard Hill Estate Cidery offers excellent hand-crafted premium apple cider.
Orchard Hill’s small family business is located between Oliver and Osoyoos on the Golden Mile bench and has 14 acres of high-density and quality fruit-bearing trees — eight of which are purely dessert apples.
There is a tasting room on-site where visitors can sample the delicious cider before inevitably taking some products for the road.
Orchard Hill is located at 3480 Fruitvale Way in Osoyoos.
North Basin Brewing Co.
Right in the heart of Osoyoos, adjacent to Main Street, is the town’s only brewery, North Basin Brewing Co. This relatively new watering hole offers an array of craft beers everything from lagers to ales, and stouts to IPAs.
The top-notch beers offered at North Basin Brewing also come with some great names including the Pound it! Pale Ale, The Ditch IPA, the Big Shiny Porter and the Let’s Go Girls Cream Ale.
With views of the lake, North Basin’s patio is a great place for non-wine drinkers to sit for a beverage on a hot summer’s day.
North Basin Brewing is located at 15 Park Pl, Unit 226 in Osoyoos.
Tumbleweed, a local small-batch distillery, just had a grand re-opening in May of this year and is ready to show off its latest beverages and products to those looking for something other than wine.
Stop by Tumbleweed’s tasting room and try out their vodka, moonshine, whiskey or gin spirits for a change of pace.
Tumbleweed takes B.C. grains along with Okanagan fruit and botanicals and distills them using time-tested European filtration methods. After that, they are proofed with artisanal spring water from Osoyoos’ own Anarchist Mountain.
The Tumbleweed Distillery can be found at 6001 Lakeshore Drive in Osoyoos.
Bordertown Cider & Winery
While Bordertown is an Estate Winery, it is now offering hard cider made from fresh-squeezed apples grown on the property.
This is the perfect spot to stop as it is the best of both worlds, offering cider and wine in one place.
With huge picture windows and modern décor, the tasting room at Bordertown offers a great atmosphere to try out some locally-produced beverages.
Bordertown Cider and Winery is located at 9140 92nd Avenue in Osoyoos.