Schell: Road 13 proprietors host a good time at Spring Festival

Road 13 owner Pam Luckhurst and her wiener dog

It’s all about the dirt, the hospitality and of course, the great wine at Road 13

There is a lot of rocking and rolling over at Road 13 Winery. One of the most recognized and trusted labels in the industry, this bustling big little winery has tons of news to share, piles of great events on the horizon, and wines that continue to thrill.

As a salt of the earth brand name insinuates, these wines are honestly good. Proprietor’s Pam and Mick Luckhurst celebrate their soil (as they say: “It’s all about the dirt”) and the farming—the heart and soul behind their wines. A tractor and a dog (a wiener dog no less) on the label send the clear message of the hard work that goes into their wines—glamourous at times, but remember, behind every good wine, there is a darn good farmer.

And a good winemaker! New to the team, winemaker J-M Bouchard has joined Road 13. J-M has a wonderful resumé with impressive international experience and will be taking the reins from the celebrated Michael Bartier who will soon be launching his own wines.

Now like any good farmhouse, hospitality is very important and at Road 13 they roll out the red carpet, especially to their club members. Members are invited to relax into their gorgeous new hospitality lounge to sample their wines while reveling in the sweeping views of the luscious golden valley below through spectacular floor-to-ceiling windows. 

Taking it one step further, Cellar Club members have access to the new sparkling wine cave where their raved on bubbles are stored. See their website for all the benefits of becoming a Cellar Club member today. 

No stranger to winning medals, Road 13 was thrilled recently to be chosen the second year in a row to partake in the finals of the prestigious Gold Medal Plates competition. This year, the finals are being hosted in Kelowna, and not one, but two of the chefs have chosen Road 13 wines to pair with their final dish. This competition features outstanding wines and chefs each partnered with Canadian Olympic and Paralympic athletes. The goal of Gold Medal Plates is to raise funds for Canada’s high performance athletes, while celebrating Canadian excellence in food and wine.

Spring Wine Festival

Events at Road 13.

• Taste with a Thief (Wine thief—an instrument used to siphon wine from a barrel.) Noon daily from April 29 to May 8.

Enjoy a private tasting in the new barrel room sampling a variety of wines straight from the barrel followed by a glass of wine and an artisan cheese board in the Tasting Lounge. Reservations required, 15 people max. $45 plus tax per person. 

• Bubbles for Breakfast: 9 a.m. April 30 to May 1 

Start your day with a tour of the Sparkling Cave followed by a luxurious breakfast paired with Road 13’s award winning Sparkling Chenin Blanc. 15 people max. $45 plus tax. Reservations required. 

• Red Wine Enthusiasts Rejoice! Vintage Evening Celebrations

Join Road 13 Vineyards for a Vintage Evening Celebration on the 13th of each month from July to October. 

Take part in a sumptuous four-course dinner, supplied by the amazing chefs from Joy Road Catering. During dinner, Road 13 proprietors Mick and Pam Luckhurst will regale you with stories of life among the vines while you partake in the best and rarest red wines they have to offer. Guests will also be given access to the wine vault and have the chance to purchase some of the impossible to find vintages. $99 per person plus applicable taxes and gratuity. Limited to 40 people.

 Jennifer Schell is editor of B.C. Wine Trails Magazine.