Road 13 Vineyards, Oliver

3.9
#16 of 29 in Wineries in Oliver
It's All About the Dirt.

Road 13, launched in 2008, was previously named Golden Mile Cellars, and has been owned by Pam and Mick Luckhurst since 2003. The wines express the special character of the South Okanagan’s renowned Golden Mile Bench. Their motto, “it’s all about the dirt” reflects their belief that great wines start in the vineyard.
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  • September 30, 2017
    Brought our friends here for a tasting, they were excited about the Castle look, the front door and amazing views. Honest John's Red has got to be the best bang for your buck wine in the area at only ...  more »
  • September 28, 2017
    Stopped by here because someone said it was a castle. Found the wine just ok. Charged a $5 tasting fee. This is a winery we would pass on when we come back. They mentioned there was a premium tasting ...  more »
  • September 13, 2017
    Only a small selection of wines were on offer in September and we know that Road 13 has better and more than what we tasted, so we were disappointed. It was still worth the visit to the "castle". Pret...  more »
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  • March 26, 2017
    Wonderful vineyard with amazing wine. We enjoy getting a shipment every few months!
  • August 29, 2016
    We loved our visit here. From the Castle to the new building next door, Road 13 was our favorite stop on our visit to the Okanagan. I have to take a moment to give a shout out to the staff in the new building: they are some of the most entertaining people that we have ever spent time with. Unpretentious, knowledgeable and kind, with incredible insight into the process of making wine. Even the owners and their son made an appearance! Truly a family run, hands-on winery. The care and attention to detail are readily apparent, making this the number one stop the we made on our vacation. Kudos and congratulations! -Jack Mason - Level 3 WSET
  • January 26, 2017
    Road 13 My girlfriend and I were on vacation through Okanagan wine country. Over six days, we visited sixty wineries. You can follow our various locations with this disclaimer. That’s sixty wineries, not an exaggeration. We ended the trip with 120 bottles acquired. And this is why you travel to this region—this is why you make the effort. Road 13 is a @#$%^& castle, and I hope the censors allow that single expletive (even covered, they have a tendency of blocking it). Okay, it’s not technically a castle. I mean it doesn’t have a moat or defensive structures. It’s certainly unable to handle a siege, though if trapped within, it would provide the most delightful time until the cellar ran out of fermentations. I can think fewer places I’d rather be when the Mongols charged across the land. A truly astounding site, Road 13 is one of the best-looking wineries in the region, and proof positive that one is not required to travel to Tuscany or Napa Valley to partake a wine tour. I fixated on the castle motif for some time, though in honesty, it’s more a façade, and filled with half-cut barrel displays and curved walls filled with crimson-topped bottles, the tasting room is the only aspect medieval inspired. If you secure a more extensive wine tasting, your instance in the dated theme ends and you are escorted outside, across the grounds, to a modern glass-draped modern bistro overlooking the rolling vineyards, crossing centuries in seconds. Not jarring in any way. It was in the lounge where we started our EXTREMILY all-encompassing wine sampling. There were several offered, and before the sun reached its zenith, we had enjoyed twelve glasses of wine. Twelve. The samples were miniscule to be sure, but even with the charcuterie pairing to help fill our stomachs, it was far too much alcohol so early in the day. Who do you think I am, Nicholas Cage baiting for Oscar glory? I was okay by the hour’s end; the girlfriend not so much, and she had to bow out of the next two wineries. Road 13 was also the visit that changed our approach to each location. If Road 13 is your only choice or one of only a handful, then by my guess, enjoy the lounge and partake in the long tour. You may even get a pleasant German host like we did. We ended up taking home three bottles, though decided afterward we couldn’t survive the trip taking such extensive wine samplings at each location. I didn’t mention my opinion on the actual wines yet, but they are…fine. They’re all right. This is one of those occurrences where the location and the experience of the visit greatly outweighed the quality of the wine. I mean it’s not bad wine—we got three bottles, but the location is amazing. If you visit only one winery in the region…well…you’d be an idiot, but if so, I think this would be the one the most aesthetically pleasing. one of the best in the region. Don’t miss this place.
  • November 15, 2016
    Wow our best experience of the week. Visited this winery based on the suggestions of sommeliers from other vineyards. From the moment we arrived the staff was pleasant interactive and informative. We enjoyed the little european flare.After trying their recommended tastings we were offered to taste their deeper red's in the stunning new glass tasting room. The views were great and wine was even better. We met most of the staff as we remained there for nearly two hours. We were asked to sample upcoming vintages and provide feedback. We got to taste first juice samples and talk with them. All this without a single commitment from us to this point. They also suggested local wineries to our tastes , made calls to see if vintages were still available and provided us discount coupons. We ended up purchasing a half case and joined the wine club afterwards. We are looking forward to stopping in on our next trip and taking the full tour. Marc and Joanne .Merci pour la Belle experience!
  • August 30, 2016
    Had high expectations of Road 13 from their beautiful location and high reviews. Unfortunately, I was disappointed by the customer service their staff delivered. The moment I entered the winery I felt judged and neglected. Road 13 gave off an elitist vibe that made me feel unwelcome from the start. The staff did not seem to have any passion or knowledge about their winery. Instead they were just rude, aggressive, and unfriendly. Ultimately the terrible customer service ruined the experience of Road 13 regardless of how good the wine may be. I would recommend giving this one a miss and moving on to one of the many fantastic wineries in the Okanagan, where you can be treated with love, respect, and kindness.

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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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