With the exception of Burrowing Owl’s Sonora Room, there wasn’t a lot of quality wine-forward dining options in the South Okanagan. With the opening of Miradoro, a joint venture between Tinhorn Creek and restaurateur Manuel Ferreira (of Vancouver’s famed Le Gavroche), BC’s famed wine region continues to mature, as planned, into a prime culinary tourism destination.
To start us off right on our visit, Tinhorn Creek’s resident winemaker, the talented and affable Sandra Oldfield along with assistant Korol Kuklo and viticulturist and vineyard manager Andrew Moon, led our group through an informative tasting of the winery’s flagship offerings paired with some bites from Miradoro’s new tapas menu.
Note to wine nerds: Sandra has made a small quantity of rosé with some of her beloved Cabernet Franc grapes and it is only available at the winery store and in the restaurant. That alone is worth the trip!
Miradoro, the new 4,000 square foot restaurant features 65 seats indoors and 65 seats outdoors on a wrap-around deck with panoramic views of the South Okanagan Valley below. Liberal use of natural woods and cork bring a nice warmth to the large open concept and the construction and operation of Miradoro all reflect Tinhorn Creek’s commitment to sustainable practices, from the passive solar design of the building to a kitchen composting program that nourishes the surrounding vineyards, as well as a soon to be planted herb garden in the backyard.
Before breaking ground, Tinhorn Creek worked with The Land Conservancy to identify native plant species to be replanted after construction, minimizing the impact to the natural habitats surrounding the restaurant.
True to form, locavore Chef Van Geest also has ambitious plans to take full advantage of the surrounding farms to source for the restaurant, drawing upon the region’s annual harvest to stock the restaurant larder with food at its prime flavour using different preserving techniques.
*NOTE: these pictures are of sample sized plates. The actual dishes have larger servings.
A big congratulations to the staff of Miradoro and Tinhorn Creek Winery for all their hard work bringing this dream to reality. I am thrilled to report, we now have another exceptional reason to make the trip to the South Okanagan and drop in for a visit!
32830 Tinhorn Creek Road | Oliver
Hours of Operation:
Lunch – 11:30am to 3pm
Lighter Fare – 3pm to 5:30pm
Dinner – 5:30pm to 9pm