Wine Tours

Discover Okanagan Tours’ mission is to showcase the incredible bounty of the Okanagan. We are passionate about our home, and the delicious wine, beer, and food produced here in the lush valleys and on the slopes of our picturesque mountains that frame the beautiful Lake Okanagan. We have carefully designed a number of tours to introduce you to the best eats and drinks that the Okanagan has to offer. Is there a better way to Discover the Okanagan – whether you’re visiting, or call the region home – than to relax with a tour chauffeured by a friendly guide whose goal is to craft the perfect experience for you and your adventure buddies (new and old)? Probably not. Book your tour today, adventure awaits!

It’s our mission to keep you as safe and comfortable as possible, which means we will pick you up and drop you off wherever you are staying. Whether it’s one of Kelowna’s hotels along Harvey avenue, or an Air BNB, we have you covered. There are a few restrictions, so give us a call if you’re off the beaten track and we will make the proper arrangements to accommodate you and your group.

  • Mission HIll Winery 1
  • Mission HIll Winery 2
  • Hijas Bonitas Winery
  • Dirty Laundry Entrance
  • Dirty Laundry Vineyard Train
  • Beaumont Winery
  • Mt. Boucherie 2

#theafternooner – West Kelowna

Enjoy an afternoon quickie of sipping wine on the beautiful Westside of Kelowna. You will be Discovering 4 to 5 of the finest boutique wineries that the #westsidewinetrail has to offer, and having an afternoon of wine adventuring, gorgeous views, and fun. Featured wineries include: Little Straw, Rollingdale, The Hatch, Indigenous World, Mt. Boucherie and Beaumont. Plan for a delightful 3.5 to 4 hour afternoon packed with wine, views, and laughs. If there’s a better way to spend an afternoon in the Okanagan, we haven’t heard of it!

$80.00 + GST

 

#westsidewinetour

Do you want to take your Okanagan wine Discovery to the next level? The #westsidewinetour is the one for you! Spend a day with some of the Okanagan’s most knowledgeable and talented sommeliers, learning about wine from the experts themselves at 5 to 6 of the Westside Wine Trail’s most unique wineries. These wineries showcase a wide variety of award-winning wines, and have among the best personalities in the biz. This outing also includes a full facility tour at either Mission Hill or Quail’s Gate – two of the Okanagan’s most renowned and celebrated wineries, with world-class modern facilities and breathtaking views. Additional featured wineries for this tour include: Little Straw, Rollingdale, The Hatch, Indigenous World, Mt. Boucherie, Volcanic Hills and Beaumont.

To keep your brain in the game, this tour will give you the chance to re-fuel with Chef Trevor’s tapas at the Barrel Top Grill @ Little Straw, lunch at the Red Fox Grill @ Indigenous World, or Blue Saffron @ Volcanic Hills, (lunch at guest’s own expense). Be ready to spend 5.5 to 6 hours being wowed, educated, and entertained on this premium tour. If you haven’t experienced the main reason West Kelowna is one of the hot spots in the valley for wine, we invite you for this full day experience that will definitely knock your socks off!

$115.00 + GST

#signaturewinetour

Leave the city behind and take a relaxing full-day tour into the countryside where we combine the best of the Lake, the Valley, and the Vines. You’ll discover our some of our favourite hidden treasures and sample a wide variety of the Okanagan’s finest wines. To keep you going on this full-day wine extravaganza, we will stop for a delicious and energizing lunch at Summerland Golf and Country Club, Zias Stonehouse Restaurant, or a relaxing build-your-own picnic at Dirty Laundry (lunch at guests’ expense). This incredible tour has something for everyone – big reds, crisp whites, tantalizing bubbly, and views galore! Bring your friends, your family, and make some memories and new friends along the way.

Featured wineries will include 5 to 6 of the following: Sumac Ridge, Thornhaven Estates, Dirty Laundry, Fitzpatrick @ Greata Ranch, Back Door, Lunessence, Silk Scarf and 8th Generation. Experience the VIP treatment at a full-facility tour of either Sumac Ridge or Fitzpatrick. Expect to spend 6-7 hours having a once in a lifetime wine country adventure. If you’re a local to Kelowna, or just visiting and would like to take the trip a little further South, we have a safe, comfortable seat waiting for you!

$125.00 + GST

#l.c.afternooner – Lake Country

Lake Country doesn’t look like much from the highway, but we know all the right spots to hit. Nestled in the rolling hills of the East shore of Lake Okanagan are some of the region’s most spectacular wineries that are yours to discover. The Central Okanagan’s climate is a little cooler, but the wine is red hot. Known for their Aromatics, Gewürztraminer, Ehrenfelser, Zweigelt and Bacchus, the wineries surrounding Carr’s Landing are smaller and more intimate, allowing you to cozy up with their award-winning wines. Discover how sweet the Central Okanagan can be when an experienced local shows you the ropes.

Featured wineries on this short romp through the back country of the Central Okanagan include 4-5 of the following: Arrowleaf Cellars, Ex Nihilo, Gray Monk, Blind Tiger, The Chase, and Intrigue. Ever wondered what delicious secrets Lake Country is hiding? We know ‘em, and we’re happy to share!

$90.00 + GST

#deluxewinetour – Scenic Sip

Lake Country’s astounding views, award-winning wines, and nourishing food are worth more than just an afternoon. This full-day tour will give you the highlights of the Afternooner without the rush… let’s take some time, delve a little deeper into Lake Country’s secrets, and enjoy. The wineries of the Central Okanagan make some of the most delicious and unique wines produced in the valley, with a climate that’s juuuust right for Aromatics. Spend a day re-Discovering your senses with the luxurious sights, smells, and tastes of Lake Country at a laid-back pace.

Featured wineries on this extended adventure through the Central Okanagan include: Arrowleaf Cellars, Ex Nihilo, Gray Monk, Blind Tiger, The Chase, 50th Parallel and Intrigue. This tour includes a reinvigorating stop for lunch at The Kitchen @ Arrowleaf, or Marno’s Wood Fire Pizza @ Blind Tiger.

Do you want to level up on your Lake Country Experience? Come with us, and we’ll show you a top-to-bottom day of sensual delights so great you’ll want to keep them to yourself.

$125.00 + GST

#hopsandgrains

Wine not your thing? Still want to spend a day drinking and NOT driving? The Hops and Grains tour was created just for you, come hop on! Come and meet the people who make the beer you love. BC’s craft beer explosion didn’t start in the Okanagan, but we sure are catching up… quickly. Craft breweries are not like the “big boys.” They are master crafters who work collaboratively to share their passion with beer drinkers, educating us about their art. Brewmasters team up with other breweries to create one-off brews, and help each other in times of need. Craft beer is community.

Our Hops and Grains tours are your introduction to the community of Okanagan craft breweries, distilleries, and cideries. Get your beer knowledge and tasting on with this down to Earth way to Discover the best beer brewed in the Okanagan Valley.

  • Bad Tattoo Brewing 1
  • Bad Tattoo Brewing 2
  • Bad Tattoo Brewing 3
  • Cannery Brewing 1
  • Cannery Brewing 2
  • Cannery Brewing 3
  • Kettle River Brewing 1
  • Kettle River Brewing 2
  • Redbird Brewing 1
  • Redbird Brewing 2

#h&gcentral

Kelowna’s beer scene has really exploded over the last few years, with new players coming in every year. Rumour has it there will be one more in 2018, I guess we will have to stay tuned for that one! Small batches are what you will find with these local hot spots, along with constantly changing lineups, so you may not find the same beer twice in these breweries. If you like it, buy it, because there may not be another opportunity for a while.

With this hops and grains adventure, you will visit to 5 to 6 of the following, where you can Discover the classic style at Kelowna’s oldest Micro Brew Pub, being Freddy’s with a stop for an amazing lunch (at your own expense), and the modern brand new small batch Red Bird Brewing. Other stops along the way may include Boundary Brewing Company, Kettle River Brewing, BNA Brewing, Scenic Road Cidery and Urban Distilleries. If you haven’t had the opportunity to find out why Kelowna is the newest BC hot spot for micro brews, we feel this is the right tour for you!

$95.00 + GST

#h&gsouth

For a small community, the Penticton brewing scene packs a Big City punch. Take a day to escape further into the stunning Okanagan Valley, and meet the players in this tight-knit community of master brewers and their teams.

Away from the city and with fewer distractions, the breweries of the South Okanagan are wholly focused on brewing delicious beer, cider, and spirits that also happen to have won an award or two or seven… With lineups that feature staples you might have seen at your local, along with one-off seasonal showstoppers, these breweries have something for everyone, and you’ll leave with a story to impress your craft beer loving friends back home. This tour features some old stalwarts such as Bad Tattoo, Tin Whistle, and Cannery, as well as some peppy new players like Highway 97 Brewing and Old Order Distilling.

#h&gsouth will take you to Discover 5 to 6 of the following South Okanagan breweries, distilleries and cideries: Detonate (Summerland), Kind Brewing (West Kelowna), Cannery Brewing, Bad Tattoo, Tin Whistle, Highway 97 Brewing, Nomad Cidery and Old Order Distilling Co. This tour will also have a nourishing and delicious stop for lunch at Bad Tattoo or Cannery at guest’s own expense. Have you ever wanted to put the sweet nectar of the South Okanagan in your mouth? Well we’ve been there, and have no regrets. Come with us, and get it in ya!

$125.00 + GST

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The most visited winery in Canada! There are three features that define this winery: it’s organic, their specialty is sparkling wine and everything is aged in a four-storey concrete replica of an Egyptian pyramid. It is believed that the structure’s “sacred geometry” enhances everything produced at Summerhill Pyramid Winery. Come find out for yourself! (featured on our Kelowna Wine Tour)
Come visit the Winery that has been recognized twice as Canada’s winery of the year in 2002 and 2005! Cedar Creek Estate Winery is set atop a hillside overlooking Okanagan Lake and is surrounded by 50 acres of vineyard and immaculately kept gardens. Family owned and operated, the Fitzpatrick’s are dedicated to growing, producing and selling 100% premium BC wine. Simply stated Cedar Creek’s winemaking philosophy is “respect the land, honor tradition, and pursue perfection.” (featured on our Kelowna Wine Tour)
Come and experience this intimate family-run winery with a rich history that includes losing all their production facilities in the wildfires of 2003. The founding of the Winery in 1992 has allowed the Gebert Family from Switzerland to translate their love of vines into the pleasure of their award -winning natural dry wines. (featured on our Kelowna Wine Tour)
One of the largest and fastest growing wineries in Canada! A family-owned winery known for producing distinctive, internationally acclaimed wines in a dramatic setting that celebrates wine, food and the arts. With a timelessness that respects the family’s European heritage, guests experience a quiet serenity in an elegant, yet contemporary setting overlooking Lake Okanagan. (often featured on our Westside Wine Tour)
Voted ‘ British Columbia’s Winery of the Year’ in 2004 by Wine Press Northwest! Quails’ Gate is owned and operated by the Stewart Family who strive to be one of the premium Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producers in Canada. Come and experience this family-run winery with a rich history that includes a carefully restored log cabin which was built in 1873 and is the first permanent structure on the Westside of Lake Okanagan. (usually featured on our Westside Wine Tour)
At Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery they believe in quality, family and tradition. All of their wines are carefully crafted from only the finest British Columbian Estate grown grapes and proudly bear the VQA seal of quality. A true family-owned and operated affair, their aim is to produce the finest white wines, red wines, and desert wines for every palate. (often featured on our Westside Wine Tour)
Come and visit the winery that pioneered classical sparkling wine production in British Columbia and was the first winery to introduce Meritage wines (premium blended wines using traditional Bordeaux grape varieties) to Canada. Sumac Ridge produces sparkling wine in the traditional Champagne method and ages the wines in a cellar that has been blasted into the rock below the winery. The winery produces a wide range of products with signature wines including Gewürztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. (featured on our Signature Wine Tour)
Dedicated to the passion of winemaking. Come and visit Thornhaven’s intimate, charming winery. Elevated on the slopes of Little Giants Head Mountain, a rocky, pine-covered crest, Thornhaven is fronted by its flourishing vineyards and cloaked in its quiet surroundings. The spectacular views from the courtyard patio overlook the picturesque landscape of Summerland’s orchard-laden valley floor and distant rolling mountains. Perfectly designed for wine making, the winery’s unique structure allows gravity to transport the fruit juice from the crush pad to the cellar, eliminating the effects of pumping. (featured on our Signature Wine Tour)
“During the gold rush era, our town’s laundry seemed innocent enough. Little did anyone know of the naughty business that went on behind the scenes.Perhaps it is best that we keep this little known part of Summerland history hush-hush.” Dirty Laundry Vineyard is a small family owned winery in Summerland, located high above the original townsite, on a plateau that enjoys an ideal microclimate and excellent sun exposure for growing exceptional grapes. Thanks to the vision of the vineyard’s founders, Dirty Laundry Vineyard has some of the oldest vines in the Okanagan Valley. Visitors often have a chance to see the formidable Kettle Valley Steam Train pass by alongside the vineyard during the tourist season. (featured on our Signature Wine Tour)
The first vines at Greata Ranch were planted in 1996 and the first harvest in the fall of 1998. Since that time Greata Ranch Vineyards has produced high quality grapes that have been showcased in many CedarCreek wines. In the spring of 2003 the first of the Greata Ranch wines were released under their own label and sold from the Greata location. The Verandah is breathtaking with it’s amazing view of lush vineyards, mountains and the sparkling Lake Okanagan. (usually featured on our Signature Wine Tour)
A family-owned winery established in 1996. Winemaker, Peter Slamka, is known for his exceptional Pinot Noirs and for producing the only Auxerrois Icewine in Canada. The majority of grapes used come from Little Straw’s own vineyards situated on the lower slopes of Mount Boucherie near Kelowna, British Columbia. We produce a complete range of wines with something to suit most every taste.
Each winery has its own schedule of events that change frequently. We do not like to bring our clients to a winery that is crowded or understaffed. The last thing that our clients want to see at a winery is a long line of tour buses, so we reserve the right to change it up at the last minute to ensure that your Okanagan wine experience is the best that it can be. Many people book a particular tour because they want to see a particular winery that they may have heard of. Please let us know when you book your tour and we’ll do our very best to get you to that special place.
We take Wine Tour bookings as far in advance as our customers would like to book, so as a consequence, we sell out the odd day far in advance. For that reason we recommend booking your tour as soon as you know which day you’d like to go. Keep in mind that you can cancel your tour (unless its a private group tour) until 7 days in advance without penalty.
Yes, but we may need to make special arrangements that may include an additional charge. We can also pick you up at a central location in Kelowna (perhaps a major hotel, or park) but we’ll make you promise not to drive if you’ve been tasting and feel the effects of alcohol. Please contact us and let us know where you’ll be so that we can make a plan. 🙂
Our tour pick-up and drop-off schedules vary depending upon the specific tour and the time of year. Please do not make definite plans for immediately after your tour. Sometimes the tours go a little late or the traffic might be heavy. Customized and private group wine tours will operate on any schedule. Please call us for details.
You’re not alone, but be careful because we are guilty of converting some of the most die-hard wine skeptics! Once you see how the grapes are grown, harvested and lovingly crafted into the finest wines, you may not be able to resist a tasting that will convince you why so many people enjoy Okanagan wines. Its so much more than just a beverage … its an experience that’s different for everyone. You don’t actually have to taste the wine though to experience the beauty and hospitality of our local wineries. All have very quaint shops, and most have spectacular views of the Okanagan Valley. Furthermore, your guide will endeavor to point out many attractions as you travel around the valley, that don’t necessarily have anything to do with wine. Many feel that their wine tour doubled as something of an Okanagan orientation.
Icewine is common in the Okanagan Valley due to our favorable climate, and most wineries produce or sell some kind of Icewine. Since it takes over 30 pounds of grapes to produce a single bottle, it is understandably expensive, so there is often a small fee associated with tasting Icewine. (normally $2 to $5, and well worth it in our opinion!) A couple of our tours include a free Icewine tasting. Contact us for more details!
Of course you can drive yourself around to as many wineries as you’d like and probably have a great time. By booking a tour though, you’ll enhance your experience in many ways. The most obvious is the fact that you can freely sample as much wine as you’d like without worrying about driving. Safety first, and the fact that a driving suspension will put a serious damper on your holiday. (Ask our honourable Premier about that!) Also, as experts on the local wineries, we select specific wineries that complement one another to round out the experience. We try to pair large facilities with much smaller ones, so that our guests can see a meaningful cross-section of the industry. We also try to select wineries that show you a variety of Okanagan wines. Some red, some white and usually some Ice-wine too! Our tours also double as somewhat of an Okanagan Valley tour that provides interesting information on the Valley in general. Finally, save yourself from researching which facility tours are best, when they run, when they are over-run and so on!
Many of our clients who have taken our tour on their last day in the valley, wish that they’d done their tour earlier. Beyond visiting a selection of fabulous wineries, our tours give you somewhat of an orientation of the area. People often DISCOVER new places on our tours that they’d like to return to. For that reason, we recommend doing a wine tour near the beginning of your stay in the Valley.
Tipping is not expected at Discover Okanagan Tours, but is customary at any service organization in North America. If your guide showed you a relaxing, informative and entertaining day, made you feel safe and comfortable while on the road, AND in any way exceeded your expections, then we recommend a tip of about $20 Cdn. Historically, tips range between $20 and $100 per group. Depending on your guide, a bottle of wine is a nice gratuity too. They’ve been salivating all day long while you’ve been tasting, smelling and admiring wines! 🙂
Why not give us a call or send us an email?. We’d love to hear from you. Our contact information is HERE.
This general policy applies to bookings for individuals or small groups who are joining a regularly scheduled Okanagan Wine Tour, where they are subject to joining other individuals or small groups on the same tour. For our Private and Group Booking and Cancellation Policies, please click here.

Booking:

A credit card is required to secure your Wine Tour booking. Visa and Mastercard are accepted or you can send a cheque payable to Discover Okanagan Tours.

Cancellation Policy:

Upon receiving written notice of cancellation, the balance of your Okanagan Wine Tour will be refunded according to the following schedule:

a. 7 days or more prior to your Wine Tour, full refund.
b. between 3 and 7 days prior to your Wine Tour, full refund less 10% of total price
c. within 72 hours, no refund.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. Our success is based on our very favorable relationships with our local partners. As such we endeavor to follow our cancellation policies carefully, however we will always do our best to accommodate our clients’ circumstances. Our policies are written as guideline and shall never take the place of common sense!

This general policy applies to private tour bookings for groups or individuals who are NOT planning to join other groups or individuals on their Okanagan Wine Tour. For our public and daily Wine Tour Booking and Cancellation Policies, please click here. Please note that wineries often invite others to join their group facility tours. Please let us know if you wish for your entire Wine Tour to be private.

Booking

A credit card is required to secure your booking. We will need an estimated number of guests in order to begin planning your Wine Tour.

Deposit

A deposit of $500.00 is required within 7 days of booking your Okanagan Wine Tour. This deposit is non-refundable. ($200.00 for groups of <10)

Group Size

1. Final numbers, plus or minus 20%, is required 30 days prior to your Tour. Please note, we cannot guarantee availability for additional guests over and above your estimated group size.
2. The final number is required 7 days prior to your Tour.

Payment

1. Balance will be due 30 days prior to your Tour. This balance will be based on your estimated number of attendees.
2. Adjustments within 20% of your estimate can be made up to 7 days prior to our Tour.

Visa and Mastercard are accepted or please make your cheque payable to Discover Okanagan Tours.

Cancellation

Deposit is non-refundable. Booking may be cancelled up to 30 days prior to your Wine Tour. Within 30 days of your Tour, refunds are limited to 20% of total bill. Within 7 days of your Tour, no cancellation or refunds are accepted.

Important

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. Our success is based on our very favorable relationships with our local partners. As such we endeavor to follow our cancellation policies carefully, however we will always do our best to accommodate our clients’ circumstances. Our policies are written as guideline and shall never take the place of common sense!

Wineries of the Okanagan Map

Wineries of the Okanagan Map

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