The Okanagan (or Little Napa as some like to call it) is exploding with new vineyards and wineries every year now. The passion for fermentation craft is strong here in the valley and with so many routes, tours and specialties, it’s enough to get your head spinning…and not in a good way!
So my friends, let me give you the low-down on Kelowna’s wine routes, from a local.
The Fab Five – Fun and Casual
If you’re looking for an entertaining route to take a bachelorette party, this would be a good one. Most of the wineries have great and unique stories to tell, fun themes and quite often, activities like grape stomping, medieval fairs and food truck rallies. For your out of town friends who are new to the wine world, this would be a perfect starting wine route.
Don’t miss these wineries:
Sperling Vineyards – Try the sparkling wine.
The View Winerey – Ask about the shoe.
SpierHead Winery – Pick up a bottle of award winning Pinot Noir.
Meadow Vista Meadery – Learn about honey wine.
Vibrant Vine Winery – Trip out on the wild artwork.
Camelot Vineyards Estate Winery – Toss the ball for the resident winery dog.
House of Rose – Try stomping some grapes!
Lakeshore Wine Route – Old Vines & History
The lakeshore wine route is home to the oldest vineyards in the Okanagan. If you’re interested in the history behind our wine region, these wineries will gladly share their stories with you. And with only four wineries on the route, it’s a perfect afternoon adventure.
Don’t miss these wineries;
Summerhill Pyramid Winery – Ask about the magic of the pyramid.
Cedar Creek Estate Winery – Enjoy a snack at the Vineyard Terrace Restaurant.
St Hubertus Estate Winery – Take a selfie with the view of Okanagan lake and their vineyards.
Tantalus Vineyards – Hear their history as the oldest vineyards in the Okanagan.
Westside Wine Trail – A Must Do
This wine route is home to the iconic Mission Hill winery and if you’re visiting, the grounds are a must see. It’s our most impressive venue, offering an outdoor amphitheatre, bell tower and art installations throughout the grounds. But Mission Hill isn’t the only winery on this route, it’s every growing popularity has seen three new wineries open in the last year. This route offers quite the variety of experience from smaller boutique wineries to grand estates.
Don’t miss these wineries:
Indigenous World Winery – Support our first nations and hear their story.
Rollingdale Winery – Have a chat with the friendly staff.
Grizzli Winery – Try the Ice Wine (and then tell me how it is because I have not been yet)
Beaumont Family Estate Winery – Dance with the resident band.
Mt. Boucherie Winery – Enjoy the view from the patio.
Volcanic Hills Estate Winery – Check out the lovely gifts in their wine shop.
Little Straw Vineyards – Try a flight and food pairing at their restaurant.
The Hatch – Enjoy local artwork and have a game of bocce ball.
Quails Gate Winery – Pick up a bottle of Chenin Blanc and enjoy it with their patio view.
Mission Hill Family Estate – Climb the bell tower.
Off the Grid Organic Winery – Ask about their green practices.
Kalala Organic Estate Winery – Try the ice wine.
Ciao Bella Winery – Bring your picnic basket of lunch to enjoy with some Italian style wine.
The Scenic Sip –Beautiful & Delicious
Not only will you find calming fresh air and stellar views of Okanagan lake on this tour, it’s also full of the most contemporary and modern wineries. And because of their unique hillside location and soil, you’d be hard pressed to find a wine you didn’t like. I have often taken my out of town friends on this tour and it’s never a disappointment. We always come home happy, tipsy and with a full case of treasure for later.
50th Parallel Estate – Try their Pinot Noir Rose
Ancient Hill – Enjoy the view with a bottle of European style wine.
Arrowleaf Cellars – Try the Bacchus! (It’s my favorite white wine of all time.)
ExNihilo – Enjoy some local artwork.
Gray Monk – Try some unique varietals you can’t find anywhere else.
Intrigue Wines – Nerd out about wine with the staff.