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Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

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Balance is a time-honored goal in the making of premium wines and working toward balance is a way of life at Burrowing Owl Estate Winery. Founder Jim Wyse is committed to balance, well beyond that of the fine, world-class wines being produced. A kind of Hippocratic oath (“to do no harm”) underlies the creative viticultural and enological practices at Burrowing Owl.

The winery and vineyard lie within one of Canada’s most unique ecosystems known as the northernmost tip of the Sonora Desert. It is one of the most highly rated grape-growing locations in the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys, and for that matter Canada.

In 1993 Jim Wyse began to replant the vineyards which had been carefully selected for their ability to produce world class, premium quality grapes. In 1998, the winemaking facility was built combining state-of-the-art technologies with proven, classic winemaking traditions. A gravity-flow system handles ripe grapes delicately, preserving their rich fruit character. Extensive underground cellaring capacity ensures that long term barrel aging is never limited by space. In 2006, the site was enhanced with a beautiful fine-dining Restaurant and luxurious Guest House in 2008.

You can find Burrowing Owl wines at many fine restaurants and wine shops and of course, at the winery itself. And when you visit, be sure to bring your binoculars.

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery defines where Old World meets New. Using cutting edge technology, and a purist winemaking philosophy steeped in tradition, their aim is to create the finest wines their carefully managed vineyards can produce. They have a commitment to quality wines.
• 100% Estate grown grapes
• 100% of the grapes are picked and sorted by hand
• 100% BC VQA Okanagan Valley and Similkameen Valley

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Ripe and fruit driven with blackberry, blueberry, shortbread pie crust, dark chocolate, baking spice, coconut, vanilla and some complex pipe tobacco. The palate is dry and full-bodied with intense ripe black and blue fruit, black plum, cassis, blackberry and blueberry with paprika, a hint of leather and dried sage adding extra flavor layers. The crisp acidity and ripe medium tannins give structure through the long finish. Try this with braised short ribs or steak frites.
$39.00 per Bottle
$468.00 per Case
An intense nose of casis, black cherry, spiced black plums, dried herbs, dark chocolate, nutmeg and licorice with the grape’s signature floral potpourri, lavender and violet notes. The palate is medium bodied, silky in texture with lovely ripe tannins housing the blueberry, black plum and raspberry fruit and the complex elements of shortbread, pink peppercorns, dried flowers and a graphite minerality on the long finish.
$35.00 per Bottle
$420.00 per Case

Ripe fruit and nicely integrated oak meld together in this modern, restrained Chardonnay. Vanilla, nut and popcorn barrel notes mix with white peach, banana, cantaloupe melon, pear and a lemon on the nose. The palate starts with a creamy texture before the crisp, fresh juicy citrus acidity and minerality kick in. Flavors of peach, tropical fruits and lemon verbena last through a long finish.

$30.00 per Bottle
$360.00 per Case
Combining elegance and structure, the nose opens with toasty oak, dark chocolate, coffee and bacon alongside black plum, black cherry, prune studded fruit cake and with complex tobacco, clove, shortbread and floral notes. The palate is full and rich with firm, ripe, dusty tannins and sage, paprika, black licorice and roasted red capsicum to go alongside the cocoa powder, espresso and ripe mulberry fruit. Pair this with slow roasted leg of lamb or beef wellington.
$32.00 per Bottle
$384.00 per Case
An intense and driven wine with structured tannins and acidity for long aging. The nose shows cassis, tobacco, mulberry, blueberry, sage and mixed baking spices. The palate has lots of toasty oak, espresso, vanilla and caramel and is balanced with intense blackberry, black cherry and baked plum fruit that will integrate together nicely in the next two years. Savory charred meat and dried rosemary add complexity and the finish is long and given freshness by the crisp acidity. Try this with roast duck or herb wrapped, grilled tenderloin. – Rhys Pender, Master of Wine.
$39.00 per Bottle
$468.00 per Case