The Okanagan’s lengthy list of wineries is about to grow.
A new urban winery is opening in downtown Kelowna this spring, located near the KelownaNow office on Pandosy Street.
Ricco Bambino Urban Winery and Garden Bar is set to open at 1630 Pandosy St. on May 1, adding to the region's already stacked list of wineries.
“The winery will be fundamentally different from other wineries and wine bars, which typically feature the rustic brickwork, metal and wood,” explained Jason Alton, the winery’s owner.
“With this in mind, the design for Ricco Bambino Winery will be a physical extension of the wines we will serve. We will be combining pastel-toned pink walls with an Art Deco-style.”
Alton added that he wants to “reflect the essence of the wine within a physical space,” and his goal is to achieve a lightness and a sense of celebration when you walk through the front doors.
Ricco Bambino’s May 1 opening date is just in time for the spring wine releases and the Okanagan Wine Festival, Alton tells KelownaNow.
“In March, we will be bottling our Viognier, Bianco, Rose, Metodo Italiano Brut, Metodo Italiano Rose Brut and the Syrah,” said Alton.
“These will be available for tasting and purchase from our winery tasting room and garden bar upon opening.”
The winery bottled their Metodo Classico recently, or champagne-style sparkling wine, but it will not be ready for a couple of years.
All of Ricco Bambino’s wines are Okanagan Valley VQA, organic or sustainably farmed and hand-harvested.
The wine will be aged in concrete or stainless steel, not oak, and there will be minimal intervention.