Nighthawk Vineyards is one of the Okanagan’s most delicious food and wine destinations
Nighthawk Vineyards in Okanagan Falls is one of our wine country must-see experiences. Owned and operated by the gourmet and wine-loving Bibby family, their warmth and passion for the industry shines through in every detail of this charming, farmhouse winery.
A visit to the Nighthawk wineries in Okanagan Falls is a must for food and wine lovers.
Let’s start with the breathtaking view. After winding skyward from the legendary wine village of Okanagan Falls, you’ll be greeted by rolling vineyards and a sparkling green lake. Behind in the distance stands majestically the charming log house which is the home of the Bibbys. Daniel and Christy Bibby are the owners and proud parents of this family business. All of their children grew up in the food and beverage industry, two of whom work full time in the cellar. Dakota is a winemaker and Carson is the chef of their new on-site restaurant which offers wood-fired pizzas. Check out the full menu here.
The Vineyard Kitchen & Eatery offers alfresco dining with an open kitchen. Located next to the wine shop, the restaurant shares the magnificent vineyard and the view of the lake. Son Carson Bibby has an impressive dining experience for such a young chef with stays in Italy as well as cooking at the famous Atelier restaurant in Ottawa. No surprise though, when you see menu offerings like my favorite ‘Who Ate Roger’ pizza with rum-braised rabbit, white truffle cream, purple potatoes, tarragon, parmesan and rye crumb – divine associated with Dakota Chardonnay. Old World Meats New Pizza is also an exciting flavor combo including black plum puree, smoked brisket, WTF mushrooms, caramelized onions, mozzarella, provolone and clover honey. This combination with the magnificent Bordeaux Nocturnus style blend of 50% Merlot, 30% Malbec and 20% Cabernet Franc, really demonstrates the perfect pairing.
Dakota is also a young star. At only 23, he made wines that captured the attention of wine critics. Winemaking aside, his new cellar-wearing hat actually has a veil attached. After completing a beekeeping program, Dakota will now take care of the bees on the estate as well as the vines with plans to make honey and maybe mead in the future.
The sign on the front reads the eco-resort and the family has ordered two beautiful “ glamping ” tents which will be arriving soon. The tents will be set up above the lake and the vineyard allowing customers an extraordinary wine experience.
When the days of COVID have passed, guests can look forward to long table dinners and other food and wine events at this special property. This estate is actually the second tallest vineyard in the Okanagan and you really feel a bit closer to heaven here.
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