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“A name change does not necessarily mean a better quality winne”

Castoro de Oro Estate Winery
Ranked #31 of 56 things to do in Oliver
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Family owned and operated! Award winning wines –always made in small batches from pure South Okanagan, British Colombia grapes. Rose, white blends Heart of Gold and Radiant Rhapsody, a bold red blend Crimson Rhapsody, pure varieties of white and red wines and a unique style of dessert wine. With a hands-on approach, the owners facilitate every step of the process, from grape to glass. Castoro de Oro welcomes both children and pets to its fun, cozy atmosphere. Castoro de Oro Estate Winery’s name and label pays homage to its vineyard’s terroir and the founding of Canada. The 35-year-old (planted in 1980), eight-acre vineyard is located on the Golden Mile and blessed with a unique soil combination and a small lake located at the base of it. This terroir provides an ideal foundation for growing superior grapes and a longer growing season than many other Golden Mile vineyards. Beavers helped to create the small lake during their manipulation of earth and water. And early settlers’ search for gold led to the beavers’ vast contribution to the history of the nation; the then-booming fashion industry’s need for beaver felt and fur ultimately allowed settlers to thrive, formally establish the country, and choose the beaver as Canada’s national animal. Now, deservedly so, the dapper mascot appears on every old-photograph styled label.
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

Our last visit was actually October 2011, and if I had not heard another negative opinion, probably would have shrugged off the lack of hospitality by the lady serving us. She was inattentive, very cold in her delivery, and seemed like she would have rather been at the mall than serving wine to hundreds of eager beavers... however, prior to leaving on our yearly trip into the Okanagan to stock up on our favorites this year, a business associate shared a story about his recent visit to Castoro de Oro (formerly Golden Beaver). An American couple had just completed their purchase, and commented that before they headed home,they would like to stop for a bite to eat, and asked if she could recommend a restaurant. Rather than offering up some suggestions she said "What do I look like, a tourist guide?"! Hello? No, dear, you are not a tour guide, you work in a winery, but any one who works in this business should know that if you want repeat clients, you accommodate them with helpful suggestions as to where to eat, other not to miss wineries and attractions, and perhaps hotels where you will enjoy a relaxing sleep.

As for the wines? We have not been able to finish a bottle to date. It really is not the greatest wines we have had from the Okanagan, and we have a bottle Pinot Noir that is getting long in the tooth, but we have a bottle of cooking wine we are working on at this time, and we just can not bear to drink it, We will not go back, and we unfortunately do share our wine stories with family and friends, so Castor de Oro will have that many fewer visitors in the years to come. I have read the other reviews here, and am surprised that they got such friendly service, when all I have to recall is the cold shoulder service we were given, as well as the couple from the USA did.

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CastorodeOro, Owner at Castoro de Oro Estate Winery, responded to this reviewResponded October 5, 2012

We are sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your visit to Castoro de Oro, we find it very surprising that anyone asking for Restaurant Suggestions got the response you quoted, perhaps it was said laughingly as a joke? We do like to tease and laugh! We also have for several years had a booklet up in our wine shop with "Recommended Restaurants" on the front cover which includes not just a list but many of the actual menus from local restaurants, so people can decide also based on price or food style. And it is offered to anyone who asks for restaurant suggestions, this booklet has been exclaimed upon by many customers as wonderful and way above what most other wineries provide.
As for the wines... many of our wines have won awards, did you not taste the wines before you purchased them? We are confused that you could have purchased what appears to be many bottles that you didn't like? We do provide free tastings.

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Reviewed October 3, 2012

A must stop along the "Golden Mile" Vineyard area of Oliver, BC. Stella was very helpful and the wines are fantastic. Their Merlot is awesome !!!!! We will be back !!!!!!

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CastorodeOro, Owner at Castoro de Oro Estate Winery, responded to this reviewResponded October 5, 2012

Ola Boof55, Thanks for taking the time to review us here on trip advisor... we appreciate it very much.

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Reviewed July 28, 2012

Wow - amazing wine and amazing people at Castoro de Oro! Stella and Bruno (the owners) definitely go out of their way to make you feel welcome and the new wines are fantastic. Totally worth stopping for!

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CastorodeOro, Owner at Castoro de Oro Estate Winery, responded to this reviewResponded September 25, 2012

Thank you!

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Reviewed July 24, 2012

Previously named "The Golden Beaver Winery" they have rebranded themselves as "Castoro de Oro" (Beaver of Gold in Italian). Killer Pinot Noir and tremendous Merlot. Not normally a drinker of Rose, they also have a rose with some chutzpah (Pinot Duetto - 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Blanc). Went there first years ago because the name was amusing.....returned because the wine was amusing.

Thank Greg M
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CastorodeOro, Owner at Castoro de Oro Estate Winery, responded to this reviewResponded September 25, 2012

Thank you for the lovely write up, we are glad you think the wine is amazing!

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Reviewed July 23, 2012

We were driving past and liked the cool sign with the little critter in a top hat, and the beautiful patio area so we turned around to check it out. We were a bit amazed at the tiny little wine shop, when we walked in it was packed with people, a 'large group' of maybe 15 people, had just finished a tasting, the server greeted us and said she'd be right with us, as the other customers lined up to make their purchases. The atmosphere was great already, everybody was laughing and the server was still teasing the group, so we happily waited, watched and listened. The comments were so positive and they were buying all kinds of wine, the last lady out the door stopped to tell the server that it was her new fave winery!
So we thought here we go, this is going to be an expensive stop.
As soon as they had all gone the server turned to us and said she was sorry about the wait and proceeded to tell us all about the winery and introduced herself as co-owner. She was the most informative server we have ever had at a winery, she was funny and we were soon laughing and joking like we were personal friends. So enough said about the atmosphere and server - GREAT!
The wine - we tried 6 wines - Heart of Gold, Heartbreaker, Pinot Blanc Sweet, Pinot Noir, Merlot and a really unusual dessert wine Vidal Vin de Cure. (I took home a tasting note sheet with all my notes on it) All of the wines are made from grapes, but are unique in some wonderful way. Heart of Gold and Heartbreaker, both of these are outstanding white blends yet quite different from each other, we bought 3 of each, and we now wish we had bought more. The Pinot Blanc Sweet was too sweet for Mark and I, but we bought a bottle for Mark's Mom and she loved it. The Pinot Noir and Merlot were incredible - such beautiful aromas, intensly flavourful, dry and bold but silky smooth! We bought 6 of each and it's only been about a month since we were there but we are already regretting not getting more. We tried the dessert wine, which was actually very nice - compex and not sticky sweet - though we could see ourselves actually enjoying it, we simply don't drink dessert wines at home so we didn't purchase any. In total we puchased 19 bottles and drank quite a few of them over the last month and enjoyed them to the last drop. Castoro de Oro has two new BIG fans!! We'll be stopping in there every chance we get and in September when we get to the area again we are going to bring our lunch and enjoy that cute and cozy little patio area where they play such nice music! We think it's just terrific to have such a terrific small family winery in BC and we as Canadians should be supporting these types of places!
P.S. - don't believe the terrible review we just read it too and we looked into the other places she reviewed - the lady obviously loves fruit wines and dessert wines, gave Silver Sage a glowing review, while there is nothing wrong with Silver Sage it simply couldn't be more different a wine style from Castoro de Oro. So if you love real Wine from grapes check out Castoro de Oro!

Thank Jennifer D
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CastorodeOro, Owner at Castoro de Oro Estate Winery, responded to this reviewResponded February 7, 2013

Thanks for the love ;-) we hope you'll be back to taste our new wines.

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