I have always loved gin. We finally started drinking more gin, and have been trying to keep our selection “local”. The Okanagan produces a lot of wine and has a lot of cideries, so it was only natural to think we have options for spirits. Along came Wiseacre Farm Distillery! I found them on social media, and we booked a tasting and decided to make a day of adventuring around Kelowna. We made a few more plans like lunch at Home Block at CedarCreek Estate Winery, and an afternoon pick me up at Bright Jenny. Overall, it was such a lovely day and covers some great places for Kelowna date ideas!
I was browsing social media one night and saw a party happening at a place called Wiseacre Farm Distillery. It got me to lean in because I had never heard of them, and because of my recent growing obsession with homemade craft cocktails. Micro-distilleries are starting to pick up in popularity, and I figured because of what the Okanagan produces, there must be some local places making gin. There’s Legend Distilling in Naramata, BC. and a few in Kelowna including Forbidden Spirits. My favorite gins so far have been Sheringham and Victoria Distillers (who make Empress 1908 gin), both from Vancouver Island.
Wiseacre Farm Distillery Tour and Tasting
Our tasting at Wiseacre was booked for 11am. A bit early in the day, but we figured it would be better earlier in the day and we could head over for lunch afterward. We showed up and were greeted by James, who we later learned is the co-proprietor and a couple of very cute doggos!
I wasn’t paying much attention when I booked our tasting, but apparently, it also included a tour! We were handed a couple of lavender lemonades, which was a really nice detail for accompaniment while walking the grounds. There were the most beautiful chickens for producing eggs. We got to meet Valentine, their sole cow born on Valentine’s Day and destined for the farm-to-never-table lifestyle. We got to meet a couple of donkeys, including Peppa Pig who is the star pictured on their vodka.
After the tour, we got to sit down in the tasting room and make our way across the different gins. I asked to taste the “lazy ass” vodka again, straight-up because I wanted to see what it was like outside the lavender lemonade. We ended up buying the single malt vodka (yes, made like scotch!) and the R&D Gin Series 13. They make small batches of everything and are constantly tweaking it, so we’re going to have to keep checking in on them constantly. They made a lavender gin once, so they’ve got my interest for the next little while.