Black Widow Winery, Penticton

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  • Amazing single vineyard, family owned winery! Never had a wine we didn't love! This place puts British Columbia wines on the world map & it is a must stop destination in Naramata!  more »
  • The dominant attribute of the Naramata Bench is how many of the wineries sit right off the main road and not down one of the many branching roads. A few like Bench 1775 have their own roads, though th...  more »
  • Wish they were more consistent in how they treat their customers They just don't seem to appreciate that you are there to buy product. Very disappointing AFGAIN  more »
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  • All the wine here is delicious! The staff was wonderful. We had a great time tasting wine here,
  • The dominant attribute of the Naramata Bench is how many of the wineries sit right off the main road and not down one of the many branching roads. A few like Bench 1775 have their own roads, though their Google Maps stars still claim them right on Naramata road. However, many you can see as you drive by, their parking lots just an expansion of the road without even a curb. What an amazing place to live as you casually pass Hillside, Quidni, and Black Widow. And what a challenge it must be to stand out among the giants. Smaller estate wineries only have their signature buildings and their passion, lacking the funds and/or infrastructure to build great monuments to viticulture. You’d think these would have blurred or blended together by now. And I admit that is a danger. In Osoyoos, with fewer wineries across a larger region, there stands a better opportunity for individualism. In Naramata, which is considerably more compressed, it falls on the wineries to make their presence known, usually involving some profound architectural testament costings millions of dollars. And there are such wineries to be found here—Terravista, Serendipity, and Hillside can all be seen within the pages of wine magazines extolling the breathtaking nature of their construction. Whenever a friend shares a post regarding wine on my Facebook, it’s about how beautiful the buildings are and not extolling how good the actual wine is. Family run estate wineries have an uphill climb then, with Black Widow’s issue exasperated by its location, only a few minutes’ walk from other wineries like Tightrope, Bench1775, Quidni, Ledlin, and the Hillside. So, it is noteworthy that given that my girlfriend and I have made two runs through Naramata wine country, Black Widow is one of the few wineries we visited twice. On our previous journey, over six days, we visited sixty wineries. That’s sixty wineries, not an exaggeration. We ended the trip with 120 bottles acquired. On our second trip, my girlfriend wanted to visit Black Widow to refill her stock (mostly involving their Red Back) while scored the 2014 Mirage fortified. The actual winery is simple, sitting atop an outcropping at most forty feet from the road. Cars park at its base with customer climbing to the main door. Inside feels more like an intrusion into a workspace. There is no division to conceal the mechanics of the wine industry—there sits a single wine bar in front of dozens of barrels and nicely polished fermentation tanks, all shrouded in shadow. A few décor choices help support the name choice, but in the end, the tasting room doesn’t stand out. No, the real draws are the people behind the bar and the wines they offer up. That Mirage, for example, is a fortified white spiked with grape brandy. I’ll let that sit for a second. Yeah, they make one barrel that ages for two years. Twenty bucks is a bargain. My girlfriend loves Black Widow…and she hates spiders. Like really hates. She’ll squash the first, but the second…recoil in horror forcing my intervention. Aragog? She’ll close her eyes. Shelob? Skips the scene. But she’ll scale those steps and pass through those gates for good wine. The passion of the winemakers can be easily found in the quality of their bottles. Black Widow stands out not in their construction but in what matters most. They got good wine.
  • One of my favourite wineries on the Naramata Bench. Would highly recommend trying their fortified/port wine!
  • Staff were friendly and helpful. I found that generally their red wines feature an intense fruit concentration. Very delicious. Bought a whole case (doesn't happen often). Also their gewürztraminer was very nice. All wines I tasted were dry, not sweet, as I like them to be. There are many good wineries in the area and this one is definitely worth visiting.
  • Was 4th on our wine tour. We had already purchased wine from each stop, but the person offering the tasting at black widow was so rude we did not choose to try or purchase any of the wines. I was hoping he was the owner and not someone acually getting paid for his customer service skills. Very disappointed and will never try black widow wines. When we shared our experience with other wineries we stopped at after that, we were told we werent missing much.

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Penticton's position between two lakes means that you're likely to enjoy waterfront views no matter where you stay. The town center, on the southern shore of Okanagan Lake, represents the most popular place to stay, with a host of motels and resorts offering views over the water. Head south down Skaha Lake Road--itself littered with accommodations--and you'll find quieter inns and motels offering vistas over the smaller but equally scenic Skaha Lake. Head just out of town along the east shore of Okanagan Lake and you can stay in a bed and breakfast or guesthouse among the region's wineries.
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