Start shopping around for an Osoyoos hotel and plan a trip to this Okanagan Valley town to experience some changes to one of the area's favourite wineries. For more than 10 years, renowned French winemaker Pascal Madevon has been the man creating the unique flavours of Osoyoos Larose. But now there's a new winemaster taking over the operations – Mathieu Mercier – and he's already hard at work crafting new varietals.
Mercier hails from Cognac, France, where he was raised on his family estate's vineyard. He went on to earn a master's degree in viticulture and a diploma in winemaking, and he eventually oversaw several vineyards in Bordeaux owned by Groupe Taillan before making his way to Osoyoos in March 2013. Now, he's implementing changes at Larose that incorporate his own unique viticulture and vinification techniques. While there's no tasting room at Osoyoos Larose, you can find their wines in most eateries and bars in the area, including Bravo restaurant and Browns Socialhouse.
Visitors can stay in one of the carefully crafted designer suites at the Walnut Beach Resort. With elegant decor and spectacular lakeside views, you can make your Okanagan wine experience one of extreme sophistication and luxury.