The Toasted Oak Wine
Bar & Grill is literary located at "ground zero" in the heart of
BC's wine country (click here to see map below). Our strategic location on
highway 97 in downtown Oliver, Canada's self-proclaimed wine
capital, ensures that we always have our finger on the pulse of BC's
wine industry. We are prominently located in Oliver's historic
"old firehall" building - our home since opening this exciting
project to the public in August 2003.
Oliver's unique positioning as the
Okanagan Valley's last remaining true rural agricultural community
(both town and rural district) has seen exponential growth in
its surrounding wine industry in the last 25 years. With a
full 17 wineries slated to be operating by the spring of 2007 in the
immediate rural district, and hordes more within a one hour
drive of downtown Oliver - it only makes sense that we find
ourselves at "ground zero".
Oliver's location here in
BC's hot and dry desert type topography of the south Okanagan
Valley finds this community surrounded by the distinctively
different terroirs of the "Golden Mile", and the
"Black Sage Bench".
The environs of Oliver also
include the more recently planted and thriving vineyards
located to the east of Oliver's Tuc-el-Nuit Lake. One
of the leading vineyard owner / operators in this location is
Andy Marsel of Blue Terrace Vineyards, who views this enclave
of top producing vineyards as the yet to be recognized
competitive "North Bench".
River Rock Vineyards (The Kane
Family), Mystic River Vineyards (Wild Goose Winery,) and the well
appointed Blue Terrace Vineyards (The Marsel Family) are just three
of the numerous boutique vineyards now staking their claim on this
tract of desirable land.
The Black Sage Bench delivered
Canada's 2005 All Canadian Red Wine
Winner to Sandhill Small Lots 2003 Phantom
Creek Syrah grown on Richard Cleave's property of Phantom Creek
just north of Black Hills Estate Winery.
In similar award winning style,
the 2005 All Canadian White Wine Winner
also originates from within the confines of
Oliver. Located on the thriving "North Bench" is its longest
established vineyard - Mystic River - owned by Okanagan Falls based
winery Wild Goose. Their award winning 2004 Geurztraminer was
grown exclusively on this Mystic River Vineyard property.
We could easily go on flying
the flag for the Oliver and its rural district.
Instead, we invite you to come out our way and discover for
yourself why Oliver truly is Canada's wine capital. Be sure
not to miss all that we have to offer here at the Toasted Oak
Wine Bar & Grill and in our independently owned and operated VQA
BC WINE MAP