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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


5 things to do in the Okanagan Region


Weather conditions are fantastic in the Okanagan right now with high temperatures and hours upon hours of sunny skies – it is the perfect time to plan that summer break! Maybe you’ve heard that there is limited boating on the lake at the moment and you’re wondering why you should still plan a visit? Well lucky for you, there are many activities on offer that can provide you with fun-filled memories.  Here are a few suggestions to keep you and the family happy.


1.        Indulge on a wine tour


There are many wineries as well as wine tour companies for you to choose from if you are looking to experience some decadent wine tasting and dining.  On Thursday evenings throughout July, House of Rose winery offers a Summer Music Series where you can relax in a picturesque setting whilst listening to some live bands.  You’re welcome to bring a picnic or purchase supplies at the shop there.


Other popular wineries in the area include Mt Boucherie Winery, Tantalus Vineyard and Little Straw Vineyards.  If you don’t fancy driving yourself to these locations (though this does also give you an opportunity to stumble upon some hidden gems), there are several tour companies that can cart you across to a few places in one day.


Okanagan Wine Country Tours offers to take you to 4 wineries in 4 hours on their Tasters Tour Lakeshore Wine Route so you can really explore what the region has to offer. Want to save your daylight hours for other adventures?  No problem.  Club Wine Tours can take you out at 3.30pm on their Sunset Dinner Escape where you will have the opportunity to taste a local vineyard dinner.


2. Go swimming


Due to the high water levels, there may be a certain amount of debris floating around in Lake Okanagan at the moment.  We still believe that there is nothing more relaxing than dipping your toes into a refreshing lake but we understand that this might not be for everyone.  To make up for this, here are some other swimming locations.


La Casa Cottage Resort has two swimming pools and we encourage you to try out both of these.  Why not practice some lengths and you could become an olympic swimmer in no time!


There is also a fantastic water park located in Vernon.  Atlantis Water Slides is less than an hour away and offers hot tubs, slides, picnic areas, cabanas and more.  Definitely worth a visit if you’re looking for some wet and wild adventures.


3. Take a Drive to Osoyoos


If you’re wanting to explore some other locations in the Okanagan, Osoyoos makes an interesting starting point.  This small, tucked away town is one of Canada’s most endangered habitats. It has a dry climate and is Canada’s only desert.  Take time to appreciate the dramatic landscape whilst sipping a glass of wine from one of the many wineries.  After all, what’s more perfect than sitting in a vineyard looking out across rolling hills and desert plains?


If you’re not up for a glass of wine, then the Osooyos Desert Centre demands your attention.  Learn about the ecology of the area, conservation and habitat restoration with interactive exhibits suitable for all the family.  There is a 1.5 km boardwalk where you can enjoy the fresh air and appreciate the desert climate.


4. Dust off those hiking boots


One of the best things to do when you can’t get out on the water, is to get out on the land.  If you’ve never had time to explore the Parks surrounding Kelowna, then now is a great time to start and you’ve got so many to choose from! Why not try hiking in Knox Mountain Park?  This beautiful park is located in downtown Kelowna. It offers trails of varying lengths and difficulties – all leading to some stunning viewpoints.


Check out our other favourite hikes here.


5. Get Sunbathing


The Okanagan region is known for its superb scenery and blazing sun.  In fact the region gets more sunlight than most other parts of Canada!  This means it is a perfect place for you to kick off your shoes, grab a new book and work on that tan.  It doesn’t matter whether you’re by the lake or by the pool – whiling away the hours under the sun is always a good idea.


Written by Hannah Poaros