MISSION HILL FAMILY ESTATE TERRACE RESTAURANT NAMED ONE OF TOP FIVE WINERY RESTAURANTS IN THE WORLD

Westbank, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia - January 29, 2008 - Mission Hill Family Estate makes another mark on the international stage. The Terrace Restaurant receives a prestigious honour that includes it in the company of the most renowned winery estates in the world. In its February 2008 issue, Travel + Leisure magazine names Mission Hill Family Estate's Terrace Restaurant one of the top five winery restaurants in the world. In an article titled "Top Winery Restaurants" the industry leading publication refers to Mission Hill Family Estate as "the centerpiece of the Canadian wine tourism industry" and the Terrace as "one of the most glorious dining experiences around."

The international recognition places Mission Hill Family Estate's Terrace Restaurant in the most exclusive culinary company. This award follows the winery's proclamation as Canadian Winery of the Year by Wine Access Magazine in December 2007 along with a second consecutive vintage of its signature wine, Oculus, being sold out prior to its official release date. The highly allocated Oculus is widely recognized as one of the very best red wines produced in Canada and retails for $70.

Terrace Chef Matt Batey, under the direction of Winery Chef Michael Allemeier, has developed a signature cuisine de terroir which highlights the palette of flavours and ingredients unique to the Okanagan. To this end Chef Allemeier has developed relationships with local growers and suppliers and has cultivated an on-site herb garden to ensure that seasonings used in the cuisine are of optimal freshness. The result is cuisine of the highest calibre. Guests at the Terrace enjoy culinary creations al fresco with breath-taking views of the winery's courtyard and vineyards and the spectacular Okanagan Lake.

The esteemed list of winery restaurants celebrated by Travel + Leisure Magazine demonstrates the highest level of culinary artistry:

  • Étoile at Domaine Chandon in California's Napa Valley - The restaurant at Domaine Chandon has a 30-year history and is lauded by Travel + Leisure for its friendly service, bucolic setting, and robust French-influenced American menu
  • Buca Lapi at Marchesi Antinori in Tuscany, Italy - Fine dining at one of Italy's most legendary wineries includes "the finest steak in Florence"
  • Hotel Marqués de Riscal Restaurant at Herederos del Marqués in Rioja, Spain - "Starkly urbane" décor is complemented by innovative cuisine
  • Tokara Estate Restaurant at Tokara Estate in Stellenbosch, South Africa - Travel + Leisure declares the cuisine to be "part South African, part French, and defiantly original"

Mission Hill Family Estate is proud to represent Canada and the local cuisine and premium wines from the Okanagan Valley. Winery proprietor Anthony von Mandl states:

"It's a great feeling when all the passion and dedication of our Chefs and culinary brigade, winemakers and entire Mission Hill team receives this kind of recognition. Our aim is to provide visitors an experience they will never forget. A dining experience on our Terrace is one of the highlights we are extremely proud of at Mission Hill Family Estate."

Chef Allemeier reflected that the article is a testament to the dedication to quality and the love of fine cuisine that are the chief ingredients in the restaurant's success:

"The team at the Terrace is passionate about fine food and wine, and we work together to ensure that the cuisine we serve our guests is of the highest calibre. We use the freshest ingredients sourced from local suppliers, choose organic options when possible, and pair with the winery's premium wines complementing the flavours of the food. Our menu changes to reflect the ideal ingredients available at various times of the year."

Travel + Leisure is one of the world's premier travel magazines. A lifestyle publication devoted to exploring business and vacation travel destinations, it also focuses on leisure pursuits, hotels, restaurants, wines and spirits, and hobbies and entertainment. With a global readership of 4.6 million, its highly-regarded recommendations reach a wide audience and showcase destinations of the highest standards in the travel world.

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Terrace Hours - The Terrace is open during the summer months only. From May 3 to October 7 lunch is served from 11:30 am to 4:00 pm. From June 15 to September 2 the Terrace is also open for dinner from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm. The Terrace is open weather permitting, as indoor seating is not available. To make reservations please call 250 768 6467 or visit www.missionhillwinery.com.

Culinary Classes - Mission Hill Family Estate holds several cooking classes throughout the year hosted by Chef Allemeier and Chef Batey. A full list of classes available can be found on the website.

Mission Hill Family Estate's Proprietor's Wine Club - The benefits of joining the Proprietor's Wine Club include, among many, the ability to make lunch reservations at the Terrace Restaurant. The club is free of charge and information can be found on the website. 

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