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Castoro de Oro Estate Winery

Castoro de Oro Estate taste, be wise It was the prospect of oro - gold, which prompted settlement of early Canada. As prospectors carved the mountainsides, one of nature's most intelligent creatures, castoro - beaver, built dams, flooding and ultimately creating rich agricultural soil. The beaver's ability to make changes to the landscape is secondary only to man. Canada recognizes this noble creature as the emblem of national sovereignty. The handcrafted Castoro de Oro Estate Wines reflect the natural flavours of our terroir and are a tribute to our country. Our 8-acre Vineyard and Wine Shop is located in the Golden Mile grape-growing region of Oliver, BC. The Vineyard was planted in 1980-1981, which makes it one of the oldest in the area. Our vineyard’s location in the famed “Golden Mile” alluvial soil deposit and southeast aspect with excellent exposure to sunshine, results in full flavour and aroma development. The vineyard slope keeps the vines safe from late spring or early fall frost problems, allowing the grapes to ripen fully. The vines are planted to the foot of a mountain, which provides evening shade, resulting in a rapid cool-off during summer, which prevents the grape acids from dropping and results in a fine balance between ripe, sweet fruit and firm, clean acidity. We produce approximately 2000 cases a year total, of a fine selection of wine styles: unoaked and oaked, varietals and blends. Of which some are known to be wonderfully creative and unique. Grape varietals include Merlot, Pinot Noir, Viognier, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Vidal, Muscat, Siegfried, Furmint and Auxerrois, from which we produce about 12 small-batch handcrafted wines each year. All of the grapes are hand harvested and hand sorted for the best quality. We are a hands-on, family run, estate farm gate winery; we “grow it, make it, package it and sell it.” We, Bruno Kelle and Stella Schmidt, are former Calgary business people who grew up on farms, started the process of purchasing the vineyard in July of 2005 but didn’t take complete physical possession until February 2006. So the 2005 vintage was only finished by us, but not grown. We have a lovely little picnic area available where you can enjoy sharing a bottle of our wine with friends, or you may purchase a glass of wine for a very reasonable price. Our customers are also provided free use of the BBQ, if you wish to bring a lunch, and free WIFI. LEASHED pets are welcome to enjoy the Picnic Area as well, or we have a safe space where dogs can be tied out in that is nice and shady in front of the wine shop. We hope to see you soon and often… Cheers!

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High Season Wine Shop Hours: (May - end of Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend) 10am - 5pm (instead of 6pm in previous seasons) Low Season Wine Shop Hours: (Mid October - April) Noon - 5pm (Most Days - closed for event attendance and closed for the holidays mid Dec - mid Jan )

4004 Highway 97 Oliver, BC V0H 1T1