Spectacular Summer Adventures Await at Covert Farms Family Estate
The South Okanagan dazzles in summertime with lush vineyards, sun-soaked patios and Instagram-ready views – and Covert Farms Family Estate’s idyllic oasis showcases some of the region’s best attributes. Visitors to the charming estate can look forward to immersive farm tours and family-friendly events, while wedding parties and meetings attendees will be enchanted by a magical setting that assures memorable sojourns.
Situated in Oliver, Covert Farms is distinguished by 650 acres of storybook landscaping surrounded by dramatic mountains, rivers and lakes. Guests to the fourth-generation family farm are greeted with plenty of options for immersive exploration, such as the Hands-on Harvest Signature Experience Tour, which provides an intimate glimpse of farm life and biodynamic growing techniques. Guests are guided through the property aboard a cherry-red ’52 Mercury truck, stopping along the way to meet the farm’s animals, sample organic grapes and strawberries straight off the vine, and indulge in flights of 100 percent estate-grown wine paired with savoury charcuterie and cheese; afterwards, visitors are invited to purchase bottles of vino and linger at picnic tables overlooking stunning valley vistas (tour costs $59 per adult, $20 per child aged five to 18 years old).
New for 2019, wellness warriors can sign up for the Sunrise Bluff Hike, a pre-dawn trek up nʕaylintn (McIntyre Bluff) that winds past desert terrain and colourful wildflowers; throughout the 10-kilometre journey, guests will learn about the site’s significance to the local Syilx People (Okanagan Nation). The experience includes mountaintop coffee or tea, and breakfast bites (minimum of four to 10 participants required to book; starting cost is $65 per person).
Summer is prime event season in the South Okanagan, and Covert Farms is often the centre of the action. Each year, the Coverts host Freak’n Farmer (September 21), an adventure obstacle race challenging participants to attempt gruelling tasks that remain “covert” until race day. The course runs through Covert Farms’ lush vineyards, up the wild grasslands of nearby mountains, and down to the Okanagan River. Seeking the perfect Father’s Day excursion? On June 16, the Hands-on Harvest Signature Experience tour is free for dads and granddads (when booking, use promo code FATHER). Afterward, challenge the men in your life to post-tour lawn games, including bocce, horseshoes and bean bag toss; then, relax with a wine tasting (on the house for dads and grandads!) and enjoy an intimate performance by singer/songwriter Wayne Llewelyn. Later in the month, celebrate Canada’s birthday with all-day farm activities, including live music, wine tastings, charcuterie boards and the Coverts’ gigantic slip-and-slide; festivities will also feature a performance by Kristi Neumann (event takes place June 30).
Sunny days and sultry nights mean wedding season is here, and you won’t find a more enchanting venue than Covert Farms. Ceremonies are held in-between lush vineyards, set against an expansive river sparkling like diamonds. After the happy couple pledge everlasting love, the entire party can roam the farm and visit with resident llamas, sheep and cattle, before gathering for a lively reception in the open-air barn where flavourful fare incorporating farm-grown organic fruits and veggies awaits. Organizers of small meetings and group parties can rest easy knowing the farm is outfitted with two acres of dedicated licensed event space, including a cozy wine lounge (maximum capacity of 36 people) and log open-air barn (maximum capacity of 200 people). Groups will be wowed by Covert’s impressive farm-to-table feasts and interactive add-ons like customizable tours, team-building activities, and nearby luxe accommodations.
“Summers in the South Okanagan are truly special, and we are delighted to welcome visitors to our farm to indulge in some of the region’s most iconic seasonal experiences,” said Gene Covert. “Incredible wines, juicy produce straight off the stem, and unparalleled landscapes – we’ve got it all, and we can’t wait to share our farm adventures with visitors this year.”
“Wedding season is one of our favourite times here at Covert – we take great pride in crafting magical experiences for newlyweds and their loved ones,” said Shelly Covert. “Our farm offers a rare combination of expansive vineyards, farmland and animals, providing wedding parties and guests with a memorable setting to celebrate one of the happiest days of their lives!”
For more information, visit www.covertfarms.ca.