Just writing about it brings me back, “forcing” me to pause for a moment to pour myself a glass of white… even though it’s just shy of noon. Mission Hill is a place to reflect, to wander and to drink some great wine.
And until October, it is also a place to see some remarkable art.
You find the sculptures in all kinds of places: keeping watch over the underground cellars blasted out of volcanic rock, in a staircase, attached to a building. Each looks as though it belongs, created with that exact space in mind.
In honour of the exhibition, Mission Hill Winery released a collection of two of its wines – 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2012 Riesling Icewine – embellished with labels featuring 20 of Thórarinsdóttir’s sculptures.
The courtyard plays host to such world class musicians as Tony Bennett, Chris Botti and the Gypsy Kings.
The four bells in the 12 storey Tower were created by Fonderie Paccard in France, which created the bells for Sacre Coeur and St Patrick’s Cathedral.
The Chagall Room, set for someone’s private dinner the night I was there, displays a spectacular tapestry by Marc Chagall called Animal Tales. It is one of only 29 tapestries created by the artist. Below it, a piano bought at a charity auction from legendary music producer David Foster, autographed by Celine Dion, Sting, and dozens of other A-list performers.
If that is not reason enough to make Mission Hill a part of any visit to Kelowna, there’s always the award-winning wines and Terrace restaurant – voted one of the top five winery restaurants in the world by Travel and Leisure magazine. More about that in an upcoming blog, I need another glass of wine.