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Head out today to tour some of the wineries on the east side of Kelowna. The Camelot Vineyards is a young winery and House of Rose is nestled amongst apple orchards on the outskirts of Kelowna. It is renowned for its Winter Wine, a secret blend of ice wine with grapes picked late in the fall.
Okanagan Wine Country Tours offers a range of tours and takes care of the planning and transportation for you. Overnight at Kelowna.
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This morning we suggest you begin at Sumac Ridge Estate Winery in Summerland for a tour and tastings. Known as one of the pioneer wineries of the BC wine industry, Sumac Ridge produces a variety of excellent wines including a sparkling Brut that few Okanagan winemakers produce.
Your next stop in Summerland is at Thornhaven Winery, situated in a quaint little valley overlooking Okanagan Lake. Located only two blocks away is Dirty Laundry Winery. These two wineries are quintessential Okanagan winery settings and shouldn’t be missed.
After passing through the heart of Penticton, you’ll enter onto the Naramata Bench, home to more than 15 wineries with amazing vistas and vineyards along the way. Consider having lunch at the Barrel Room Bistro at Hillside Estate Winery. With its high ceilings and cool shaded patio, it’s the perfect place to escape the midday sun. This is a great opportunity to try a wine the Okanagan is known for - a Riesling or perhaps a Sauvignon Blanc.
It’s a time to tour as many wineries as you feel up to. They’re all located within minutes of each other. Overnight at Penticton or Oliver.
Before you depart Penticton, stop by the Okanagan VQA Wine Store located at the Visitor Information Centre. It features a full selection of wines from one end of the valley to the other.
Head south on Highway 97 towards Canada’s desert region and the town of Osoyoos. Stop for some coffee or ice-cream there at Tickleberry’s – they have the best ice-cream in the valley!
From Okanagan Falls, take Green Lake Road to your first winery visit of the day at See Ya Later Ranch Winery, formerly known as Hawthorne Mountain Estate Winery. Originally planted as an orchard in the early part of the last century, this winery has terrific wines, a fabulous view and a unique north-east facing vineyard.
Consider stopping for lunch at the Toasted Oak Bar and Grill in Oliver. Known as the "Wine Capital of Canada", Oliver is a thriving agricultural community that’s home to the popular Festival of the Grape and the Tomato Festival. The Toasted Oak has a large selection of B.C. wines by the glass and a unique menu that features many ingredients from this area.
Spend your afternoon with a tour of Burrowing Owl Winery. This is a sprawling estate winery that produces some of B.C.’s most sought after wines. Buy them at the winery because they’re hard to find elsewhere. Next it’s on to taste the wines of Tinhorn Creek Estate. This winery is nestled in the hillside next to a former gold mining creek and near the site of an old ghost town. One of the early pioneers and best-known success stories in Canada’s wine industry, Inniskillin Winery, is just down the road. It was founded in Ontario in 1975 and in 1994 developed a winemaking partnership with the Inkameep Indian Band by purchasing the band’s extraordinary 23-acre Dark Horse Vineyard.
A little past Peachland, you’ll find Hainle Vineyards & Winery Bistro. If you’re hungry, take the opportunity to eat here.
Framed by the Okanagan hills, the vineyards of West Kelowna offer more opportunities to taste and savour some great wines. Larger wineries such as Mission Hill offer a variety of tour options while smaller wineries like Little Straw have tastings only. Other wineries in West Kelowna include Meadow Vista, Rollingdale Winery, Kalala, Beaumont, Mt Boucherie and Quails’Gate.
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