A rendering of what Canada’s first District Wine Village will look like once it is completed. The village will be constructed at the north end of Oliver, currently designated as Canada’s Wine Capital, and construction will begin in Spring 2020. (Photo from DistrictWineVillage.com)

Oliver to be future home of Canada’s first District Wine Village

The village will have 16 spaces for producers in the wine, cider, beer and spirits industry

Oliver will soon be the home of Canada’s first District Wine Village, which will serve as a gateway to Canada’s Wine Capital.

An annoucement on Nov. 19 states the project will break ground at the north end of the town in Spring 2020 and “stems from the visionaries at Greyback Construction in Penticton.”

Contrary to the name, District Wine Village will cater to producers in the small-batch wine, beer, cider and spirit industry.

“District Wine Village will serve as the gateway to Canada’s Wine Capital and will give 16 artisan producers the chance to create their own brand with a low capital investment and operational assistance along the way,” states the release. “Each of the 16 individual spaces offers operators a fully-equipped production facility that includes access to a shared crush pad and operational resources, as well as a built-in tasting room to build their direct-to-consumer brands.

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“In addition, District Wine Village will also feature a 600-person entertainment centre for concerts and events, as well as onsite culinary offerings to give guests a truly distinct taste of the Okanagan.”

Project updates will be be posted to the village’s Facebook and Instagram profiles in the new year, and more information can be found at www.districtwinevillage.com.

“Ultimately, this project is all about community,” said Greyback Construction general manager Matt Kenyon in the release. “Not only are we creating a diverse community for our resident wineries, cideries, breweries, distilleries and eateries, but we are really looking to be a significant economic driver for our local communities and support the future growth of wine and culinary tourism in the South Okanagan.”

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