East Kelowna’s Lakeshore Wine Route
Looking for your next favourite winery? Well, if you hop over to East Kelowna and drive around the edge of the lake, you will find four beautifully situated wineries. This route is called the Lakeshore Wine Route and features some of Kelowna’s top wine-makers.
Tantalus Vineyards, previously known as Pioneer Vineyards, is known as the ‘oldest continuously producing vineyard in British Columbia’. From 1927 till present day, this vineyard has been growing grapes on the hillside of Lake Okanagan. Tantalus focuses on Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling grapes – some plantings are from 1978! The vineyard is farmed naturally and the wines are made from only the fruit grown on site. We think Tantalus would be a wonderful place to enjoy a summer’s afternoon, don’t you?
Summerhill Pyramid Winery takes pride in its use of organic vineyard practices and is committed to producing 100% organic wine. If you visit Summerhill you will not only get a chance to taste their wines, but also an opportunity to taste local, sustainable food at their restaurant Sunset Organic Bistro. With lunch and dinner menus – and a locals’ happy hour (!) – this Bistro is sure to whip up the perfect meal to satisfy your hunger. Perhaps one of the most impressive elements of this winery is the Summerhill Pyramid. The pyramid was built under the philosophy that liquids are affected by geometry –so far it seems to be working…because Summerhill’s wines are loved by many!
For 30 years, Cedar Creek Estate has been making wines and the winery prides itself in the fact that it is one of the eight pioneering wineries of BC. With three unique vineyards and a strong understanding of Okanagan terrain, Cedar Creek consistently produces a range of award-winning wines. There are several options for tastings so it is worth giving them a call and making a reservation beforehand if there is a particular experience you are interested in. If you are peckish, stop by their Terrace Restaurant which shouts spectacular views over Lake Okanagan.
This small, family-run winery is a must-see on the Lakeshore Wine Route. St Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate does not have the grandeur of the bigger wineries in the region, but this does not mean that it’s wines are any less special. With a quaint tasting room and gorgeous grounds, we guarantee that you will leave this boutique winery happy – and with more than one bottle of wine! You only need to read the reviews on TripAdvisor to see why this little gem is a favourite with the locals.
There you have it – the Lakeshore Wine Route! Don’t these four wineries sound divine? Which one are you most looking forward to visiting?
If you are planning a trip to Kelowna then why not stay with us here at La Casa! More details about all our cottages can be found here. For more information on Kelowna wine routes, please check our previous blog post on the Westside Wineries! AND If you are looking for a wine tour, please give us a shout – we would be more than happy to recommend some companies to you.
Happy Wine Tasting!
Written by Hannah Poaros