Photography: José R. Ralat

North America’s original Aboriginal-owned and -operated winery produces dynamic vintages in a charming setting.

What will you find in the southernmost town of the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia? A luxury resort, a rich Indigenous cultural center, and an abundance of wineries. Such is the lay of the land in this region, brimming with vineyards and orchards. Of course, the Osoyoos Indian Band’s Nk’Mip Cellars is our favorite, and not just because it’s the first Aboriginal-owned and -operated winery in North America. Pronounced “in-ka-meep,” the 18,000-square-foot winery overlooking  Osoyoos Lake features dynamic wines and locally inspired cuisine.

Photography: Nk'Mip Cellars/Facebook
Photography: Nk'Mip Cellars/Facebook

Currently, it crafts nine varietals, including a cabernet sauvignon and the knockout blended Meritage. But the one that charmed us for its accessibility is the Talon 2015. Named for the mythical thunderbird, Talon is a well-balanced red blend of 30 percent Syrah, 22 percent merlot, 21 percent malbec, and other grapes. It’s dark in color and flavor, prominently featuring notes of cherries and violets buoyed by a spiciness that pulls back before overpowering the palate.

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