Okanagan Wineries to Enjoy
Through the BC Grapevine
The unique climate of British Columbia's Okanagan Valley provides the perfect conditions for growing a wide assortment of wine grapes and other fruit. The valley is currently Canada's second-largest wine producing region and the industry is growing exponentially each year. Visiting some of the area's world-renowned wineries and picturesque orchards is a must for guests of Sparkling Hill. Though you may not have time to get to all 170+ of the region's wineries, visiting just a few will give you an excellent taste of Okanagan wineries.
Explores these BC wineries:
The Okanagan Valley is home to many superb orchards and farm markets. Most are open daily in the Summer months, but it is advised to visit their website or call ahead as their hearvest seasons and opening hours do change.
Three decades of experience have made Mission Hill Winery one of the most celebrated Okanagan wineries. Perched atop a hill overlooking Lake Okanagan, Mission Hill invites guests to tour their vineyards, sample wines by the glass, and visit their underground cellar. Their award-winning restaurant, Terace, has magnificent views of Lake Okanagan. Don't miss their internationall-acclaimed Pinot Noir.
Winemaker Stephen Cipes is a pioneer in sparkling wine production in the Okanagan Valley. Since first planting French grapes in the region in 1986, he has won numerous awards and accolades for his diverse portfolio of sparkling varieties, reds, whites, and icewines. The grapes at Summerhill are grown organically and adhering to biodynamic practices, so a tour offers visitiors an in-depth introduction to viticulture.
Quails Gate Winery has been run by the Stewart Family since its founding in 1956. Their diverse portfolio of fine wines reflects the many distinct microclimates within their vineyards, which provide environments conducive to growing many different grape varieties. Their Pinot Noir, Chenin Blanc, and Chardonnay are consistent stand-outs at wine competitions worldwide. Their restaurant, Old Vines, has also been recognized as a top culinary destination and offers outstanding mountain and lake views. Truly, Qualis Gate is a gem among Okanagan Valley wineries.
Gray Monk is one of the five original estate wineries that helped start the BC wine industry in the Okanagan Valley. 'Gray Monk' is the translation of the Austrian name for Pinot Gris, the winery's signature grape. Full tastings, tours, and a restaurant serving locally-sourced cuisine make for a well-rounded visit.
Another pioneering BC winery, CedarCreek produces varieties such as Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Merlot, and Pinot Noir from their own grapes grown on different vineyards throughout the Okanagan region. Small variations in climate amongst their various vineyards allow CedarCreek to grow a diverse array of grapes. The winery's location just 20 minutes from downtown Kelowna makes it a convenient treat to visit.
Fresh fruits, preserves, and some of the best pies in Vernon, BC have given Davison Orchards a loyal foodie folowing. Learn about the many varieties of apples they grow, pick your own pumpkins, or sample a glass of fresh-pressed juice at Davison.
Plums, apricots, berries, tomatoes, and more fresh produce about during harvest time at this Gatzke Orchards, a 3rd generation family farm in nearby Oyama.
Lush lavendar fields perfume the air at Okanagan Lavendar in Kelowna. Take a tour, and peruse their full line of homemade lavender health and beauty products.
Treat yourself to an unforgettable wine tasting experience with a Heli-Wine Tour. Visit the best wineries in the Okanagan and indulge in VIP tastings while embarking on the adventure of a lifetime. Travelling by helicopter gives you an unparalleled view of the regions vineyards, lakes and mountains. To learn more or book your tour today, contact reservations at 250.275.1556.
Discover the Valley's premiere wineries in style and guided by our expert wine consultant. Enjoy a fun-filled and educational tour in our luxury Mercedes Sprinter, equipped with rooftop air conditioning and free Wifi. For more details about our exciting tours click here! For more information please call 1.250.869.7031
Experience a guided tour throughout the Okanagan and unforgettable wine tastings at the foremost wineries in the country.To check out a selection of custom tours available to Sparkling Hill guests, click here! If you have any questions, please call 1.866.689.9463.