Church and State Winery, Oliver

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#27 of 29 in Wineries in Oliver
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  • ...And Carlene made it even more memorable! We really enjoyed our tastings with her along with her good sense of humour, her knowledge of wine and their company and her helpfulness to choose bottles t...  more »
  • Visited Church and State for the third time, brought another couple along with us. A couple was just finishing up so no wait really at all. Advised of tasting fee which is credited back with purchase,...  more »
  • The young ladies who poured for us were both knowledgeable and fun. Our collective memory thinks it was Jenna and Carlene! The modern building is beautiful to be in, the outdoor space - spectacular......  more »
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  • Great scenery but pertinacious $8.00 tasting made us leave without sampling. If the samples were generous we'd consider staying however, after a quick glimpse around the tasting room we noticed it was quite insignificant.
  • Avoid! Rude staff. Worst wine tasting experience. Had great experiences at all other stops in the area except this one. Staff seemed annoyed, talked down to us, and wouldn't tell us about their wine when we asked. Don't bother. Embarrassing.
  • Loved their wines a few years ago. Seems to commercial and polished now. Also, didn't like the latest vintages as much.
  • Jonathan Guay nailed it. Our group of six spent around $1k on wine during our last trip and refused to pay the ridiculous tasting fee. We came in, sat down, saw the price and left without a purchase. The wine is decent but perhaps they put a bit too much thought into their labels and didn't have any sense leftover for their business at the winery. If you want a cheeky wine label, pick a bottle up at the local liquor store on your way to dinner or an event. If you want to enjoy the ambiance of a lovely winery with pleasant surroundings, knowledgeable and seasoned staff, keep driving. This is definitely not a place to put on your OK must see and do list.
  • My girlfriend and I were on vacation through Okanagan wine country. Over six days, we visited sixty wineries. You can follow our various locations with this disclaimer. That’s sixty wineries, not an exaggeration. What’s the biggest lesson to take back from it? For one, don’t feel pressured to buy wine from every winery, because you end up trying to squeeze almost a hundred bottles into a tiny Nissan versa note. Once you include the boxes we had shipped, it ended up being 120 bottles. Now that the Wines of BC department of Save On is found basically across the province, there is no reason to purchase outside of those unique bottles found only at the wineries. We don’t regret our purchases; they just made transportation rather difficult. If we were to marry, and thankfully, my girlfriend bores of my writing after about thirty words so is doubtful to get this far, Church & State would be on a very short list for locations for the ceremony. And yes, honey, I know you read my reviews. It’s a joke, don’t get any ideas. You were probably thinking the same thing…if not, you certainly are now. Let’s entertain that hypothetical—Church & State may have the single best view of the region, maybe even of all the wineries we visited. The impressive steep drop-off overlooking a massive panoramic of the valley. The simple, clean, glass-dominant décor. There’s even a nearby gazebo resting on a hill. That’s resting because its inanimate, and not because it’s moments from pouncing on an unsuspecting Dungeons & Dragons party (heh, that joke will never get old). But most of all, Church & State may be the only winery we’ve been to (Honey, confirm?) that featured an outside wine bar. They operate the traditional indoor one as well, a beautiful extended countertop that was barren that day. Everyone was outside, sitting in a horseshoe, content under the water spritzers, being poured and listening to music. Live music. One man with one guitar played better than competently against the winery wall. If only we had gotten there sooner. By our arrival, his set was nearly finished, but he left enough of an impression to warrant my girlfriend asking for a CD or website. Unlike others wines on this trip, Church & State was very much known to me, having acquired them often before, so there were no surprises with the wines we sampled. We took a few home, knowing full well it’s one of the brands found basically anywhere on this side of the country. However, this is one of those locations you visit more for the ambience and less because you want to purchase wine. The glass countertop was clean, and despite the sun lasering my bald scalp from overhead, I was still cool. So yeah, all the elements required for a picturesque wedding. Gazebo, external wine bar, amazing view, and a drop-off where unwelcome inebriated relatives can suffer an unwanted accident. What more can one ask for. One observation I’ll offer, Church & State is not the easiest location to find if you are tracking Google Maps. As it was, we drove past in twice, hit up wineries around them, before finally discovering where the entrance was. It’s not their fault, just ours for following the phone instead of reading the signs.

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Most accommodations in Oliver cluster around Main Street, with a selection of motels, inns, and bed and breakfasts offering comfortable bases for exploring the surrounding area. For something a bit more memorable, look north of town, where you can stay in a quaint cottage or guesthouse by a lake. Many people visit Oliver to sample the local wines or play golf, and if you stay southeast of the town center you'll be perfectly positioned to take part in similar activities. Reserve in advance between May and September.
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