At the age of 22, when many of his fellow graduates were debating whether to do a master’s degree or get a job, Anthony von Mandl bought a wine agency.
The al fresco Terrace Restaurant overlooks the winery’s orchards of pinot noir and chardonnay.
Endless winery options and easygoing waterside vibes have long made Kelowna a go-to British Columbian getaway.
Situated high above Okanagan Lake and sequestered behind 4,500-kilogram steel gates, Mission Hill welcomes almost 130,000 visitors annually, with good reason, as proprietor Anthony von Mandl built the property up around a foundation of, yes, award-winning wines, but also much more.
A castle is often the icon for the mountain atop which it sits. In other cases, the mountain is the iconic setting for the castle. In the case of the White Spirit Lodge and British Columbia’s mountaintop Big White Ski Resort, there is a clear symbiosis between the imposing but cozy log post-and-beam alpine palace and the setting of the family-oriented yet discerning ski resort in which it is situated.