Evolve cellars opening on Bottleneck Drive

Evolve Cellars is the newest winery on the Bottleneck Drive, just off Highway 97 in Summerland, opening on May 16.

Evolve Cellars is the newest winery on the Bottleneck Drive, just off Highway 97 in Summerland, opening on May 16.

Sure to become a destination for visitors to the Okanagan Valley, guests can expect to enjoy a stunning, yet affordable series of varietally-labelled wines that are fresh, fruit-forward and suited to almost any occasion.

The grand opening celebrations on May 16 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) will be the first public tasting of the Evolve Cellars wines, and the day will feature live music from Ari Neufeld, passed canapés and winery-only specials.

The Evolve Cellars team believes that the Okanagan Valley can produce some of the best wines on the planet. Led by Christa-Lee McWatters Bond and Harry McWatters, their goal is to gently transform the fruit that Mother Nature creates, into wines that can be enjoyed by all. With that spirit in mind, they are presenting the first vintages from Evolve Cellars, the next project from the Encore Vineyards group of wineries, which is also home to TIME Estate Winery and the McWatters Collection.

The 100 per cent VQA-certified Evolve Cellars line up currently includes: a bright and racy Pinot Grigio, a smooth citrusy Riesling, a brightly aromatic Gewürztraminer, a tropical Pinot Blanc, a sun-kissed unoaked Chardonnay, a bright and lively Sauvignon Blanc, a succulent and off-dry Rosé, a supple yet spicy Cabernet Merlot and an easy drinking Pinot Noir. Joining these soon is a trio of sparkling wines.

The winery is located at 20623 McDougald Rd., in Summerland, and the tasting room is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily until Thanksgiving.

The owners believe the Okanagan Valley has evolved to produce some of the best wines on the planet, and it is their intention to gently transform the fruit that Mother Nature creates into wines that can be enjoyed by all. Evolve’s wines are fresh, fruit-forward, crisp, approachable, well-balanced and affordable that can be enjoyed by anyone, and at every occasion.

The winery is perched on a bench overlooking Okanagan Lake and surrounded by five acres of vineyard, with a spectacular view across the water to the surrounding mountains. With an onsite kitchen and numerous sun-drenched patios, al fresco dining with a glass of wine in hand is essential. The grounds offer the perfect setting for a wedding or many special events, including yoga and corporate retreats. The bright and airy tasting room is hosted by friendly and knowledgeable staff, and features carefully selected gifts and collectibles.

For more information, visit www.evolvecellars.com.