Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Medicine Hat AB (Day 5)

Well, sorry for the delay. I think we were just plain tuckered out from all that driving (Doug was anyway). Also, it has just rained here off and on since we came so we have been laying pretty low!! However....today we went to the Cypress Hills Vineyard & Winery in Maple Creek, SK. It was a really nice drive. Anyone who thinks that Saskatchewan is just flat and boring is wrong. It's very pretty (...and they are home to 'Rider Nation - a.k.a. Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL!!)

Maple Creek is about 1 hour east of Medicine Hat. Pretty typical small prairie town. Very homey feeling:





I love these types of signs! 

The Cypress Hills Vineyard & Winery is the brainchild and passion of Marty & Marie Bohnet. They have done a superb job of their tasting room, gift shop and bistro.

The landscaping is really pretty....and the sound of the birds, just incredible!!


Brian, Diane & Doug...







Now we are down to business!!


...what a nice tasting bar...


Tasting menu




There are six different types of fruit wines on the tasting menu right now. They are produced annually from grapes locally grown & imported and from local Saskatchewan fruit, also some blended together. I can tell you that we never have had Sour Cherry wine but we ended up leaving with a bottle and also we left with a bottle of Saskatoon Berry Wine as well. They are pretty darn good too!!

 
We like supporting local folks.....

Newly planted vines...


So, since we hadn't had any lunch yet, we just had to try their cheese, bread & fruit sampler:, which was fantastic. We sat outside and enjoyed the fine Saskatchewan sun and some fine Saskatchewan wine too!


Before...and...
....after-must have been hungry!!!



Surrounding property on the road out.....


This is a great place. Come on by. It is about 20 minutes south from Maple Creek SK, just off the TransCanada Hwy 1 - you won't be disappointed with the wines, property or the hospitality of Marty & Marie. Nice job guys!! 

So that's about it for the day. Special thanks to Diane & Brian for driving us out there. Boy did we have a nice time!!

Tomorrow, we hope to get out to see the giant teepee that Medicine Hat is known for!!

Until then, Cheers!! 

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