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May20

Wineries & Wine Tours in Kelowna

 

The Okanagan is a region rich in wine, with over 120 wineries and more than 60 grape varieties that grow in the area – let’s have a look at some wineries that are close to us!

Their vineyard is uniquely positioned between Boucherie Ridge and Okanagan Lake and consistently yields high quality estate wines. This cool climate site remains frost free for most of the growing season and is especially well-suited to Riesling and Pinot Noir.

They have wine tastings with chocolate and cheese. One of their most interesting wine tastings is called “Black out blind tasting”, in which you can sample three Stewart Family Reserve label wines in black Riedel glasses so that we can only focus on smell and taste!

They are open from 11am to about 5pm every day for tasting. Their latest wine is called “The Unicorn”. They express the taste of this wine like this; “The acidity tends to dry out the red cherry finish, giving it a bit of an Italian profile, but a big juicy steak will smooth it all out at this stage.”

Mt. Boucherie Estate winery takes its name from the extinct volcano that is the geologic landmark of West Kelowna. They were established in 1968, making them one of the oldest vineyards in both the Okanagan & Similkameen Valleys. Their white label wines are made in a crisp, refreshing style meant for early consumption.

Wine Tours

Tasting wine amongst the beautiful vineyards is truly a special experience. We highly recommend booking a wine tour if you have the time – these tours allow you to see multiple vineyards, and participate in all of the tastings without worrying about the drive home!

One of the most popular tours is “Scenic Sip Sunset Dinner Tour”. You can visit three glistening sun drenched wineries and take in the spectacular mountain views while tasting award winning wines! Then relax and enjoy the heart of wine country with a fresh locally prepared vineyard dinner of your choice.

If you are looking for something a bit different Vines & Views offers a boat cruise on Okanagan Lake and special Helicopter Wine Tour!

With Okanagan Private Driver, you can plan your itinerary and be chauffeured in the comfort of your vehicle at a fraction of the coast. A reliable and friendly OKPD driver will arrive at the pick-up location and provide you with safe driving for the duration of your day.

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Interested in Okanagan wine? Experience the spectacular Lake Okanagan valley in one of our beautiful cottages at La Casa!

 

Written by Natsumi Matsumoto

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May13

Okanagan Wine and Orchard Museum

Looking to increase your knowledge of Okanagan wine and fruit? The Okanagan Wine and Orchard Museum is a great place to start!

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You can discover how the booming Okanagan wine industry has diversified Okanagan landscape with stories of wine makers, entrepreneurs and local wineries. They have vibrantly painted fruit crates, live bee hives and cherry pitting equipment as well as unique artefacts. Moreover, they have a VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance) wine shop which reopened in February of 2016. The dedication and success of both of these world-class industries is amazing!

Okanagan Orchards

In downtown Kelowna, the Laurel Packinghouse was built over 1917-18. Conveyors groaned with colourful fruit, and workers sorted and loaded apples, cherries, apricots, pears, peaches, and plums. Women working the packingline were called “Apple Wrapper Flappers,” and skillfully packed 160 boxes a day. The busiest bees in the orchard industry are still at work. You can see “Bee” mesmerized by the activity in the live demonstration hive. You are able to learn about growing and handling the tree fruits for which the Okanagan is famous at the Okanagan Wine and Orchard Museum in the historic Laurel Packinghouse.

  • Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm

             Sunday to Monday Closed (except when public event running)

  • Admission is by donation. Suggested donation $5 per person/$15 per family

Through The Grapevine Walking Tour

From the Laurel Packinghouse, you’re able to join a walking tour. Put on your walking shoes and get ready for some historical gossip! Enjoy Kelowna’s Cultural District, and historical places on Bernard Avenue. This tour includes a visit to the Laurel Packinghouse and Okanagan Heritage Museum. You will encounter fascinating objects, surprising stories, and new experiences. It will take approximately 90 minutes, walking distance is 1km one way. Admission fee is $5 per person; Minimum charge of 10 people.

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Interested in the Okanagan Wine and Orchard Museum? Fancy a trip to Kelowna? Please check out our Guest House and cottages for your best stay in the Okanagan. 

 

Written by Natsumi Matsumoto

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Aug28

Events in the Okanagan – September

Feeling blue about the end of summer?  Don’t worry, the Okanagan is still lively throughout autumn. There’s plenty of events to get you excited this September, perfect for an end-of-summer holiday.

Wine Festivals

Most of the vineyards and wineries are participating in Wine Festivals this month, so why not add an evening of fine dining to your calendar?

  • For starters, we have Mission Hill Family Estate who have the last night of their Long Table Dinner  event on September 2nd.  This event starts at 6 pm  and provides you with a three course dinner, a selection of wines and a stroll through the rolling hills of the estate.  For $129 a person, this evening is sure to be an elegant affair – don’t miss out on tickets, purchase them now!
  • If that doesn’t take your fancy, then how about attending Under the Half Barrel Dinner series at Cedar Creek Winery on September 8th.   From $95 you can treat yourself to a wonderful meal paired with some beautiful wines whilst looking over at Lake Okanagan.  What’s more picturesque than that?
  • The end of September brings about another couple of vineyard events such as St Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery Lunch.  This long table lunch aims to celebrate the start of the harvest and is set to be a lovely afternoon on September 30th.  Also on this date, is the Starry Plates Winemakers Dinner  – another Okanagan Wine Festival! Do you see a trend here?  This one is also at Cedar Creek Winery and they welcome you to a starlight sky and delicious canapes.  We recommend checking out these events to get the most out of your Okanagan stay – these are one-off occasions that you can’t experience on a wine tour!

Get Active

  • Besides the wine, the Okanagan has a range of other activities happening during this month.  Celebrate the beginning of the fall by participating or attending the Kelowna Wine Country Half Marathon on September 3rd. There’s nothing like team spirit, and a pair of running shoes!
  • Maybe you’re not a fan of running, in which case why not look into the Okanagan Grape Escape – MS Bike event.  This is a two-day bike riding event on the 9th and 10th of September.  This event is one of the biggest fundraising biking events in North America and has been happening since 1989! Join other cyclists and participate in this exciting opportunity to explore the Okanagan region.  If it’s too late for you to sign up, then follow the route (which takes you around a LOT of vineyards) and wave to the riders as they pass you.

The Quirky ones 

We’ve rounded up the random, the weird and the one-off’s in the below list of events.  Whatever you choose to do in September, we’re sure you’ll have a blast!

  • Ever wanted to try out five different types of ribs?  Attend Ribfest Kelowna between September 15th & 17th for your chance to taste some mouth-watering meats.
  • On the subject of meat, why not pop along to the Great Canadian Bacon Chase on September 24th. Somewhat contradictory, this event is all about eating unlimited bacon but also participating in a 5km run! There’s also a way to get out of the running, if you’re more interested in the bacon… Check out their website for more details!
  • For those of you into reading tarot cards and natural health care, then we suggest you check out the Holistic Market and Psychic Fair on September 17th at the Laurel Packinghouse.  With over 50 exhibitors, this is sure to be a wonderful day and you’ll likely come home with some new knowledge of naturopath techniques.
  • And lastly for the art wizards, take a look at the Art in the Park – Vineyard Trails series.  On September 24th, Quail’s Gate Winery is hosting this presentation of local artwork.  This will be the closing day of this travelling art series, so we hope you’ll make an effort to attend.  Let us know your favourite artist or art piece!

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That’s all for now.  We hope you enjoy the beginning of Autumn – let’s hope it’s a bright and colourful one.

Written by Hannah Poaros