THE LAND BRINGS SIMPLE PLEASURES TO LIFE.
At Nk’Mip Cellars, we are the dedicated guardians of a proud legacy. As the first Indigenous-owned winery in North America, we are inspired to express our culture in everything we do. Our Winery itself is a bold celebration and a strong reflection of our commitment to authenticity and deep respect for our colourful past. We extend an invitation to discover, not only the international award-winning wines we produce, but also the relentless spirit and remarkable history that inspire them.
EVERY SIP TAKES YOU BACK.
The Osoyoos Indian Band, devoted to hard work, innovation, and responding to the challenges of nature, registered under the Indian Act as a reserve in 1877. The centuries-old home of the Osoyoos Indian Reserve is 32,000 acres of Sonoran Desert landscape. Surrounded by time-weathered mountains and dotted by magnificent mirrored lakes, it reaches from Vernon to Tonasket and from Rock Creek to Princeton, with settlements including Osoyoos, Keremeos, Penticton and Kelowna owing their names to the Indigenous language.
Here in the hottest and driest part of Canada, over 500 Osoyoos Band members secure and share a legacy of hard work and a passionate respect for nature. The word Nk’Mip translates to “Bottomland” in English, being located at the southern end of the Osoyoos reservation. Today, the Nk’Mip Cellars are one of many business, health, social, educational and municipal initiatives that have earned the Band financial independence and high employment.
WE’RE INSPIRED TO CAPTURE TIME IN A BOTTLE.
Our Team represents a timeless culture. On behalf of over 500 Band members, we welcome the opportunity to represent our love of land in a way that preserves the authenticity of the past while offering simple pleasures to the present.
A PLACE IN TIME FOR ALL TIME.
The Nk’Mip Cellars were designed by Robert MacKenzie, a Penticton-based architect with a passion for celebrating the Okanagan character and advancing sustainable practices. The Cellars are as much about the people who visit and tour it as the building itself, offering a memorable and pleasurable experience that provides a powerful insight into our way of life. Nestled in our vineyard overlooking the town of Osoyoos, the Cellars include a world-class restaurant offering a locally sourced and lavishly prepared menu enjoyed on our expansive patio and enhanced by spectacular views of the lake and surrounding hills.
Nk’Mip Cellars is the first Indigenous-owned and-operated winery in North America. Explore our heritage and our commitment to making quality VQA wines by enjoying a selection of wines from our Winemaker’s Series and our premium Qwam Qwmt (which translates to “achieving excellence”) reserve.
Our distinctive wineshop is open for your enjoyment daily. Take your time and browse our unique selection of local Indigenous artisan merchandise and wine-and food-related products.
MAIN TASTING BAR:
Sample a flight of four of Nk’Mip Cellars’ award winning wines (tasting fee non-redeemable). Choose from one of our available wine flights:
Winemaker’s Series Flight: $5
Premium Series Flight: $15
Nk’Mip Cellars Hours of Operation
To make a tasting reservation, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call directly at 250-300-4349.
SPRING (MAR 1 TO MAY 20)
10am to 6pm
FALL (SEP 7 TO OCT 31)
10am to 6pm
SUMMER (May 21 TO SEPT 6)
10am to 6pm
WINTER (NOV 1 TO FEB 28)
10am to 5pm
THE PATIO RESTAURANT AT NK’MIP CELLARS
The outdoor Patio Restaurant offers contemporary North American cuisine in a picturesque location, with fresh Farm-to-Table innovations.
We are pleased to serve Lunch and afternoon Lounge Service Friday-Monday, Spring, Summer and Fall, weather permitting.
DISTRICT WINE VILLAGE ONE-STOP WINE DESTINATION
We’re excited to share that Nk’Mip Cellars has launched a new tasting experience at District Wine Village! A unique must-visit destination, District Wine Village is Canada’s first-ever wine village and features 16 of the Okanagan’s finest artisanal and craft producers conveniently in one stunning location.
“Nk’Mip Cellars is proud to be a part of the District Wine Village experience and to share our international award winning wines and rich Indigenous heritage with visitors. Given that Osoyoos Indian Band owns Nk’Mip Cellars, in partnership with Arterra Wines Canada, and this new wine village also sits on OIB land, we knew our presence there was important and a great way to connect with new consumers.” – Justin Hall, Estate Winemaker at Nk’Mip Cellars and a proud member of the Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB).
Located in the Senkulmen Enterprise Park, District Wine Village is a one stop, wine lovers’ destination that boasts a culinary experience centre , an on site vineyard, distillery and brewery, and an amphitheatre for live events. In addition, the Village includes production facilities for each of the participating wineries and artisan producers, including Nk’Mip Cellars.