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Wednesday, Aug. 03, 2011

Famed B.C. winery opens doors wider

OKANAGAN FALLS, British Columbia -- Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars, one of Canada's cult wineries, announced Tuesday that appointments no longer are required to visit its famed tasting room.

The tasting room is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday from May through early October. The change is effective immediately.

This year marks the 20th vintage for Blue Mountain Vineyard, founded by Ian Mavety. He, Jane, Matt and Christie Mavety were among the first in the Northwest to adopt sustainable farming methods and high-density plantings.

Their 120-acre estate focuses on Burgundian varieties. The Reserve "stripe label" Pinot Noir annually ranks among the best produced in the Pacific Northwest. And the view of McInytre Bluff from the tasting room is one of the most recognizable in Northwest wine country.

"Blue Mountain is blessed with a truly spectacular setting," Christie Mavety, co-owner/sales and marketing manager said in a news release. "The new tasting room hours will make it more convenient for wine lovers to visit and taste Blue Mountain's wines, right where they're made."

Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars was Wine Press Northwest's B.C. Winery of the Year in 2003.