Hillside Winery & Bistro, Penticton

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Wine enthusiasts will appreciate Hillside Winery & Bistro, a vineyard with a flavorful variety of wines to sample. The winery dates back to 1984, when husband-and-wife team Bohimir and Vera Klolocka began converting their apricot orchard into a vineyard. Now owned by a group of investors and run by expert winemakers, the winery caters to a global market with a range of top-quality wines. A brief tour covers the facilities; linger over a tasting and sit down to a meal at the bistro (try the excellent soup). Plan to see Hillside Winery & Bistro and other attractions that appeal to you using our Penticton travel itinerary planner.
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  • after riding on our bikes we stopped at the Hillside Winery and Bistro. We just wanted a couple of glasses of wine as we couldn't carry bottles and we didn't want to just do tastings. It ended up cost...  more »
  • HILLSIDE WINERY & BISTRO Hillside. Is a. Beautiful. Winery. That is patently evident. The building is such a signature; it’s etched on all their bottles. Despite the building’s fledgling age, it’s bec...  more »
  • We hiked the KVR trail from Penticton to Hillside - it took about an hour each way & was a very nice hike through the cliffs & rolling vineyards. Food was fresh & novelle...more of tasting/sharing men...  more »
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  • Went on the Canada Day long weekend hoping to have lunch, we were told there was a 45 minute wait even though we could see a bunch of empty tables (at least 10). Decided to go for a wine tasting instead, the lady hosting ours seemed uninterested in us/ our tasting experience. I give Hillside Winery a 3 because their wine was good, but their atmosphere/ all round feel of the place was univiting and disorganized.
  • Wines are fantastic. The bistro, not so much.... We were expecting better by the quality of the wines....
  • Hillside. Is a. Beautiful. Winery. That is patently evident. The building is such a signature; it’s etched on all their bottles. Despite the building’s fledgling age, it’s becoming practically a landmark. It may not boast a curbside view of the water or a snaking driving path through vineyards. It just features a tower. A magnificent tower. From there is a view of which many would seek, nearly 80 feet up. And it’s worth it. Hillside is a destination in Naramata, one of those must-see locations that sits near the top of wineries to visit in the region. The timber-frame construction made almost entirely of white pine eschews modern methods for a classic old-school approach reflected in other aspect of the grounds. Excavated rocks were employed in the building of the cellar. The tower doubles as a heat excavator for the wines below. Their garden is picturesque, dreamlike even. The very wood in the flour-mill-inspired design has a history. The tasting room is sizeable and features two bars on opposing walls to deal with traffic. Hillside has more than certainly staked their claim to their own patch and shouted to the viticulture gods of their intentions to compete with the greats across the world. It just sucks I don’t care for the wine. Yeah, I know, I should have spoiled the lead and mentioned that early, but truthfully, my opinion on the bottles should be ignored. I mean it. IGNORE ME! For those still hanging around, the winery is still a recommendation. After the competition had closed, we ate at the bistro and loved it (to be detailed later/in its own separate review—depending on the website). Hillside is magnificent, inside and out. To go to Naramata and not go inside would be a waste of a trip. I just didn’t care for the wine. I know, I said it again. And it’s not all bad. I did drop nearly fifty lira on a 2014 Gamay Noir Icewine. But their signature bottles just never spoke to me. And it wasn’t just my mood that day. One of my favorite local restaurants practically taps their veins with Hillside. I have sampled their collection on more than on occasion. I just have a very select palette. I love Cassini Cellars, Silver Sage, and Synchromesh. As I said, ignore me. Hillside put a lot of effort in their construction, and on our vacation, we hit up a lot of wineries, like 60 in a week. We brought back 120 bottles. Alas, none were from Hillside save that solitary Icewine still in its box. On our second trip months later (only a few weeks back), we took photos of the exterior but skipped the interior. It’s a great place to visit…you may even enjoy the wine. It just wasn’t all for me. As for the Hillside Bistro, it is one of the nicer looking restaurants slotting itself among the sprawl of beautiful wineries across the Naramata bench. It has both a patio and an interior dining room. We opted for the latter, and we were stupid to do so. It was hot out with little breeze, so we figured there would be air conditioning. Apparently, Hillside designed their bistro to face the setting sun as a focused beam of solar energy “lasered” across the back of my neck. It got really hot in there, and we eventually had to shift tables. Afterward, we settled into a nice meal. The menu offerings were to my liking. Although above average in price, I didn’t feel anything was not worth their value (though I can’t speak for the $114 26oz Angus Beef Short Rib sharing platter). The bistro, when not attempting to reenact the finale scene from the film “Knowing” is quite impressive, carrying over the stone and timer-frame construction of the winery. Amazing original art hangs from every space. The tables are custom-made with stone tops. Wine glasses etched with the winery’s logo sit at every place setting. They spared no expense. And when I said art hangs from every space, I'm not hyperbolic; in fact, I’m probably understating. In three photos taken, I counted twenty.
  • I didn't eat here unfortunately. We had tastings in their seemingly forgotten about tasting room to the side. I really didn't like too many wines (although they were great quality, just not the tastes I like), and my server was dead set on finding me one I liked. Eventually I left with a great pinot that was the last I tried. Great service, great views, and good wines if you prefer the lighter varieties.
  • Everyone needs to eat, but eating here was a pleasure. I decided to have "just" the burger. Wow, it was the tastiest burger I've had in a long time, possibly ever. My wife had the beef carpaccio (which was alos great) and a flight of wine. Our only disappointment was that the wine shop was sold out of the Viognier.