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Is it a visiting spacecraft from another planet? Or the latest winery proposed to be built in the Osoyoos area?

One thing is for sure, should the development permit be approved, the proposed design of Larose Estate Winery will turn some heads.

The rezoning required for the new winery north of Osoyoos received first and second readings at the Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen board meeting last week, and it’s scheduled for a public hearing and final approval at the next meeting June 7.

The rezoning is required to convert part of the property on 146 Avenue — north of the Osoyoos Landfill — from a resource area to agricultural.

Access would reportedly be from 103 Street.

The rezoning covers about four hectares of the property where the silver, futuristic design would be built into the hill.

The area in the application is not within the Agricultural Land Reserve, though a majority of the property is, while the remainder is undeveloped grassland.

A joint venture between Canadian company Vincor and France’s Groupe Taillan, Osoyoos Larose currently hosts the Okanagan’s traditional Bordeaux house.

The partnership was solidified in 1998 with the goal of creating premium Canadian wines.

The land is near Osoyoos Lake with 32-hectare vineyard and the new building would host a tasting room with processing area and a loading bay.

Dale Boyd is a reporter with the Penticton Herald. OsoyoosToday and the Herald share an informal editorial use agreement.


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