About Us

Experience Okanagan Wine Tours - Owners

MATT WENTZELL

Matt has over a decade of experience working in various facets of the hospitality industry. He graduated from Fanshawe College with a diploma in Food and Beverage Management and a post graduate certificate in Hospitality. Matt has gained intimate knowledge of the wines and wineries of the Okanagan Valley through a combination of six years of experience as a wine tour guide and by working in some of the valley’s best restaurants. He has the Sommelier Diploma certification through the International Sommelier Guild, is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers and judges on the BC VQA wine panel. Matt has also put his skills to the test in competition, having placed second in Western Canada in the Wines of South Africa Sommelier World Cup in the spring of 2013 and winning the Iron Sommelier Okanagan Competition in the Spring of 2015.

SHANNON WENTZELL

Shannon is a passionate hospitality professional. After graduating from Fanshawe College with a diploma in Travel and Tourism and a post graduate certificate in Hospitality, she began her career as a travel agent in Toronto. Shannon’s experience led her to travel throughout Canada and Australia, bartending and serving at many high-end establishments along her travels. Shannon’s career path progressed into event planning and co-ordination, working as a catering and event coordinator for a prominent local winery. She has also studied wine with the International Sommelier Guild and Wine and Spirits Education Trust.

KRIS JOHNSON

Kris brings over 20 years of experience in marketing, communications, public relations, and event management to Experience Wine Tours. After earning his Diploma of Applied Arts (Hons.) in 1995, his skills have been applied in broadcasting, tourism, law, professional non-profit, hospitality, and within the wine industry. Customer satisfaction, intrigue, tenacious promotion, and unforgettable experiences are his specialty.  Rock star radio interviews; exclusive dinners on private islands; Bridezilla-intervention; Aussie Rules football karaoke; name your experience, he’s probably been involved. He’s our own Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery—with better teeth. Kris has also worked with brand promotion for the wines of Australia, Spain, Germany, France, British Columbia, and has earned certification through the Wine and Spirits Education Trust.

Kris also loves his tan – like, a lot.

About our Vehicles

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Your experience is our focus, on and off the bus.

All of our tours take place exclusively in our state of the art Mercedes Sprinter Vans. They are top of the line touring vehicles that will ensure our guests a ride in maximum comfort. Our tours have been recently developed by an experienced tour guide with a unique spin on traditional wine tours that enables us to showcase the wine and food in this world-class growing region.

Experience Okanagan Wine Tours - Meat and Cheese
Experience Okanagan Wine Tours - Taste Wine
Experience Okanagan Wine Tours - Making Wine
Experience Okanagan Wine Tours - Wine Bus
Experience Okanagan Wine Tours - Corks
Experience Okanagan Wine Tours - Tasting Wine