Vineyard Terrace Restaurant @ CedarCreek Winery, Kelowna, British Columbia
When the wines a vintner makes are spectacular, showcasing them in a restaurant setting just makes sense. The Vineyard Terrace Restaurant is the seasonal culinary centrepiece of the winery.
CedarCreek Winery was one of the original wineries in the Okanagan and one of the first 8 in British Columbia. The vines and the wines reflect that history. It’s a truly great team.
The story of CedarCreek is rooted in the vision of Senator Ross Fitzpatrick. Born and raised in the Okanagan, he worked his way through university in the orchards and fruit packing houses that dotted this beautiful valley. Although education and a business career led him away from the Okanagan, the dreams of what the fertile soil and climate of the valley could do were never washed from his soul. Years later his success in business afforded him the opportunity to fulfill his boyhood dreams by acquiring an orchard and small vineyard near Kelowna.
In 1988, just as he clenched his first fistful of soil from his farm, the small wine industry in the Okanagan was in danger of disappearing with the introduction of the North American Free Trade Agreement. But in Ross Fitzpatrick’s mind this uncertainty presented the challenge to begin the renaissance of our grape and wine industry.
At CedarCreek the hybrid grapes gave way to new plantings of vinifera vines, the small basement cellar was transformed into state of the art winemaking facilities and the very best in viticulture was applied. This pioneering was tempered by patience and perseverance which became his mantra. These ideals matured into CedarCreek’s philosophy: “Respect the land, honour tradition, pursue perfection.”
In February of 2014 the Fitzpatrick family announced the transfer of ownership of CedarCreek Estate Winery to the von Mandl Family. With this, two of the region’s pioneering winemaking families have come together with a shared vision for the Okanagan Valley, one that will continue the Fitzpatrick family legacy for generations to come.
Winery Chef Jeremy Tucker is a real mountain man even though his early career was on Prince Edward Island including a stint at the Inn at Bay Fortune and most recently at Mission Hill’s Terrace Restaurant. In the winter he cooks for a heli-skiing lodge and in the summer, Kelowna with all it’s incredible produce, is his playground. And every summer, his dishes are a great example of the ‘terroir’ of the region, purposefully created to pair perfectly with the wines produced in much of that same soil.
The Vineyard Terrace is one of about 250 restaurants that celebrate Food Day across Canada. Contact them at the number below to reserve a table.
The Vineyard Terrace est l’un des 250 restaurants à travers tout le Canada qui participent au Journée des terroirs. Contactez The Vineyard Terrace directement, au numéro ci-dessous, afin de faire votre réservation.
The Vineyard Terrace Restaurant
5445 Lakeshore Rd,
Kelowna, BC V1W 4S5
Photo Credit: CedarCreek Estate Winery