About Our Team

We’re So Pleased To Meet you…

Experience Wine Tours provides exceptional wine tour and tasting experiences in the Okanagan Valley. We offer full-day excursions to Kelowna area wineries, the Naramata Bench, to Okanagan Falls, and down to the South Okanagan region. We specialize in small-group tours of up to 11 guests, with most tours including winery facility tours, vineyard tours, and private, seated tastings. Private tours and customized itineraries, including our Platinum Experience tours, are available upon request.

Food and wine are meant to be enjoyed together—which is why our tours always include a picnic lunch in the cost of the tour. Our picnic features locally-cured charcuterie (pork-based), artisan cheeses, seasonally available fruits and vegetables, crackers, and locally crafted baguette and spreads. Tour prices also include pick-up and drop-off to many Kelowna and West Kelowna accommodations, transportation in comfortable, air-conditioned vehicles, payment of all tasting and winery/tour fees, and chilled bottled water.

Our team of sommelier-trained guides are wine industry professionals, dedicated to providing engaging, informed, first-class service.

We are proud of the myriad connections to desirable wineries, winemakers, and industry professionals within the BC wine industry. Maintaining positive business relationships with our partners, combined with our reputation for a commitment to excellence, are just some of the reasons why our industry friends enjoy working with us so much.

At Experience Wine Tours, the guest experience is our focus. We look forward to touring with you!

Your Experience Starts Here.

Meet Our Management Team

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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.

Meet Our Guides

DAVID LANCELOT

 

David joined Experience Wine Tours in the Spring of 2016. He has been involved in the BC Hospitality industry for 40 years—a Culinary Arts Program and a Hotel Restaurant Management diploma laid the foundation for his career, and then cementing his wine knowledge by spending 25 years as a Senior Sales Associate and Supervisor selecting the BC wines for Marquis Wine Cellars in Vancouver. David injects his ready sense of humour into every tour; he loves to share his knowledge of the history of the Okanagan wine industry, trivia about winemaking, food and wine pairings, and relating stories about the many people who contribute to our vibrant wine culture. While Riesling is decidedly his favorite grape, David also finds Syrah, Pinot Blanc, and Gruner Veltliner very tempting. David looks forward to helping you find your new favourite BC wine!

DIANNE FISHER

 

Dianne joined the Experience Wine Tours team in 2015. She first met our owner Matt in their ISG Sommelier class and became fast wine friends. She is originally from Waterloo, Ontario and now calls Vancouver home. That’s right – she lives in Vancouver but loves guiding with us so much that she flies in specially for wine tours! When she isn’t exploring our local vineyards, Dianne works at a private wine store called New District; she loves to travel, and both curling and golf are close to her heart. Dianne says that she doesn’t have a favourite wine, but would call Chardonnay her favorite grape.

CRAIG FOWLER

 

Craig joined our team in the Spring of 2017. With the underlying philosophy of “Curiosity Never Retires”, Craig Fowler epitomizes today’s active senior. With a background in the wine business in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, he is now actively learning all he can about his newly-chosen Okanagan wine region of Canada. When asked to compare the two, he summarizes them as being “similar but different”. Now happily located mid-point between their 2 sons and their families in Vancouver, BC and Canmore, AB, he and his wife are enjoying their new Kelowna home. When not wine touring in the summer months, Craig enjoys golfing and riding his 100th Anniversary Harley-Davidson. Winter is spent with some sunny time in Mexico and Arizona, and consulting with Habitat for Humanity. If Craig is your designated Experience Wine Tour guide, you can be sure he will work every minute of the day to ensure each guest has the most enjoyable wine tasting and educational event, and, always, “what happens in the van…stays in the van!”.

ALIX BERRINGTON

 

Alix first fell in love with the wine industry in 2016 while working for Sandhill Wines as a tasting room agent. Since then, she’s been soaking up as much wine knowledge as possible, and finds herself completely infatuated with the wine making process. Growing up in the Okanagan gave Alix a strong appreciation for a sense of community, and a desire to support local businesses and organizations. She is most known for her quirky attitude, quick wit, and an intense love of wines made in the style reminiscent of Burgundy. This is Alix’s second season with us: she says that she feels fortunate to be part of the Experience Wine Tours team, and we feel exactly the same!

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Your experience is our focus.

 

Experience Wine Tours is committed to excellence in customer service. Our team of sommelier-trained guides are wine industry professionals, dedicated to providing engaging, informed, first-class service.

 

Our team is comprised of  some of the most skilled and knowledgeable guides in the Valley. Relax. Enjoy. Get cozy with the Okanagan, and always know that your experience is our focus.

 

We look forward to touring with you!

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