Our Story

The Sonoran Desert is a wide stretch of land that runs the length of North America from Mexico to British Columbia. Filled with a myriad of eco-systems, at its peak, the Sonoran provides the perfect conditions for grape growing in the Okanagan. Hot, dry summer days and cool evening breezes make this, the only Canadian desert valley, a unique and beautiful home for some of North America's best wines. Arjan, Ada and Adrian moved to Ontario, Canada in 1982 from Holland. After 7 years, they visited BC and they purchased property in the Lower Mainland. They took short holidays to the Okanagan and fell in love with Summerland. They found a beautiful parcel of land between Highway 97 & Lake Okanagan where they planted grape vines. In the summer of 2004 they opened their wine shop. They are pleased to announce that they now have a picnic and patio license.

A visit to Sonoran Estate is a treat for all your senses. Taste our full bodied wines. Wander through the vineyards of our beautiful little winery. Sit on our spacious patio, enjoying a bite and a glass of wine. Feel the soft breeze from Lake Okanagan, and soak up the rich Okanagan Sunshine. Let your gaze wander across the hazy mountain ranges that seem to go on forever until they reach the blue summer sky. It's a little piece of paradise, with heavenly wines to match.

At Sonoran Estate, we value quality over quantity. It all starts in the vineyards, where the vines are meticulously maintained. At the peak of ripeness, the grapes are handpicked and gently pressed to protect their incredible flavoured juices. Fermented in small lots, the new wines slowly develop into our award winning vintages. From grape to bottle, every step of our winemaking process is treated with care. In the end, the fruits of our labour are rewarded.

Our winery is located less than 80 km from the northern tip of the Sonoran Desert. Unknown to many, the Sonoran Desert runs the length of North America, from Mexico through to British Columbia, Canada.

The influence of the Sonoran Desert accounts for the ideal vineyard conditions in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley. Here in Canada's only desert, some of North America's best wines are being crafted.

Our Full Moon Bistro is now open for lunch 7 days a week!

Lunch available every day from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm.Come enjoy a relaxing lunch on our spacious patio. Large groups welcome, over 6 people, please reserve your table! Come and try our fabulous baked brie!!!

Our wine shop is open daily from 10am to 5pm Monday through Saturday, Sundays from 11am to 5pm.

For further inquiries and information, please phone 250 494 9323 or email: sonoran@shaw.ca or simply visit our wineshop, 5716 Gartrell Road in beautiful Summerland, British Columbia.

Sonoran Estate is a proud member of the Bottleneck Drive Winery Association of Summerland. Please visit www.bottleneckdrive.com or call 250.494.2686 for more information.