SOUTH OKANAGAN EXPERIENCE
Travel to Canada’s only “arid desert” — the northernmost tip of the Sonoran Desert, which originates in Mexico’s Baja Peninsula — right here in the South Okanagan! This vast grape growing region is home to over 60% of BC’s grapes, leaving us with no shortage of excellent wineries, both large and small, to visit.
The east and west slopes of the valley are distinctly different, both in soil types and grape varieties grown. The west slope of the valley, known as The Golden Mile is home to over a dozen wineries. It’s slightly cooler climate, which soaks up the morning sun, is ideal for both aromatic whites and balanced, well-structured reds. The eastern slopes of the valley are known as the Black Sage Bench, named after the indigenous sage brush that grows wildly throughout these parts. Here, sandy soils and all-day sun exposure make this an outstanding area for bold flavoured reds and whites alike. The deep, sandy soils are also home to an abundance of desert creatures — the burrowing owl, western rattlesnake, the yellow-bellied racer, western blue-tailed skinks, and more!
Winery stops on this tour may include: Culmina Family Estate, La Stella, Road 13 Vineyards, Maverick Estate Winery, La Vieux Pin, Stoneboat Vineyards, Bartier Bros., Cassini Cellars, Riverstone Estate, and Fairview Cellars.
As with all of our tours, a picnic lunch consisting of fresh local produce, locally-cured charcuterie, artisan cheese, bread, crackers and spreads is included in the cost of the tour.
*This tour departs from Kelowna, with pick-ups available in Kelowna, West Kelowna, Summerland, and Penticton. Some restrictions apply.
Due to seasonal winery closures, this tour is only available April-October.
Duration of tour: Est. 8 hours
Wineries visited: 5
Cost: $179/person (Plus 5% GST; INCLUDES LUNCH)
Your tour includes:
1. Visit to min. 5 wineries
2. Seated Tastings
3. Picnic Lunch using Local Ingredients
4. Comfortable Transportation in Air-Conditioned Vehicles
5. Professional, Sommelier-Trained Guide
6. Pick-Up & Drop-Off to many Kelowna & West Kelowna locations*
7. Mobile Debit/Credit Terminals for ease of payment
8. Chilled Bottled Water