Best Naramata Bench Wine Tour
Welcome to the Best Naramata Bench Wine Tour! Located in the heart of Okanagan Wine Country, high above the south eastern shore of Okanagan Lake, the Naramata Bench offers wine lovers access to more than 40 wineries producing world class whites and reds and offering stunning mountain views!
While just a short 1 hour drive from the city of Kelowna and only 15 minutes from Penticton, this amazing wine country offers a more relaxed pace to tour, allowing guests the opportunity to take in the endless sunshine and the Okanagan lifestyle without worrying about the rat race that can sometimes be the Kelowna wine scene.
With so many options to chose from, it can be overwhelming to decide on a selection of wineries to spend the day exploring on the Naramata Bench. Here is our list of the 2024 Best Naramata Bench Wine Tour!
First up on our list of the best Naramata Bench Wine Tour, big, bold red wine lovers will absolutely fall in love with the portfolio of Syrah (and many other amazing wines) from Nichol Vineyard. Featuring the oldest Syrah Vines in Canada, the wines currently available from this small Naramata Bench winery will simply blow you away!
Offering one of the only tastings with vertical comparisons of back vintages and grapes harvested from different blocks in their vineyard, the experience at Nichol Vineyard is truly representative of the “best of the best” available along the best Naramata Bench wine tour.
A generous pouring of their bubbles typically greets guests as they walk up to the tasting room, setting the tone for one of the best Okanagan wine tasting experiences you’ll find. Wrapped in love, their tasting associates are always smiling and available to answer questions on their unique wines and “homestyle” approach to sharing their wine portfolio.
We highly recommend purchasing any vintage of their Nate’s Vintage Syrah!
With an incredible view of Okanagan Lake, Poplar Grove winey is a “must see” stop along the Naramata Bench. Rolling up to this winery, you’re greeted with a modern tasting room, floor to ceiling glass windows, friendly staff and down right tasty restaurant with large patio.
Offering wine lovers a full compliment of white, red and sparkling wine offerings, Poplar Grove continues to set the bar higher for the quintessential Best Naramata Bench Wine Tour experience!
For the food lovers out there, make sure to include Poplar Grove Winery as your lunch stop as well and enjoy the mouth watering dishes their culinary team puts out. A favourite of both guests and restaurant manager Michael Ziff, their hamburgers are outstanding and make for a great light lunch snack when paired with any of their wines.
Offering both covered patio dining as well as indoor, you’ll find a warm, friendly atmosphere whether indoors or outdoors at Poplar Grove Winery
Located in the middle of the Naramata Bench, Hillside Winery offers unique, small-lot and terroir driven wines with a focus on guest experience. The modern farmhouse tasting room and incredible patio setup offer an intimate vibe and the one on one guest experience allow for experiential learning from their staff as you taste!
The Hillside Bistro is also a fan favourite for many along the Best Naramata Bench Wine Tour, offering tasty dishes in a relaxed setting. Their culinary team has created a well paired set menu for guests looking to enjoy lunch looking over Okanagan Lake.
Who’s ready for some Therapy! Wine Therapy that is, although this unique winery also offers luxurious “therapeutic” accommodations as well! Located towards the north end of the Naramata Bench, the posh tasting room and epic views are just the start. Head up to the roof top patio to enjoy a tasting flight of their wine portfolio while enjoying gourmet pizza or Charcuterie from their in house Food Truck, “Board and Hungry”!
Located in the heart of the Naramata Bench and with epic views of Okanagan Lake, Lake Breeze Vineyards operates a 14 acre vineyard with some of the oldest vines in the region. Offering both indoor and courtyard tastings, a visit to Lake Breeze is always a favourite stop.
For the foodie, “The Patio Restaurant” offers wine lovers a new lunch option with creative dishes and ingredients sources from their very own “Farmstead”. If you’re looking for charm and character, Lake Breeze should check all the boxes!
One of the most popular stops along the Best Naramata Bench Wine Tour, Moraine Estate Winery continues to deliver fabulous wine tasting and experiential learning packages. Led by a highly educated team of tasting associates, Moraine Estate Winery is always ready to answer questions from the most discerning of wine tastes.
Offering a different approach than most other Naramata Bench wineries, Moraine Estate allows the guest to choose which wines they’d like to taste from their ever growing wine portfolio.
Set in a modern tasting room overlooking both their vineyards and Okanagan Lake, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more magical spot to enjoy some Okanagan vino!
Last on our list of the best Naramata Bench Wine Tour, while not located directly on the Naramata Bench, a trip to this wine region would not be complete without a visit to this decadent winery. Featuring rolling vineyards and located only 20 minutes from Naramata above the shores of Skaha Lake, Painted Rock offers a great way to end the Best Naramata Bench Wine Tour!
Set on a 56 acre bench and offering a tasty compliment of white and red wines as well as some of the best Rosé in the region. You’ll fall in love with this spectacular setting as you marvel at the modern, luxurious tasting room and knowledgeable staff.
There you have it, our list of the Best Naramata Bench Wine Tour! Of course, this incredible wine country offers dozens of options for the wine lover, so there’s no bad choice. Get out and start exploring! Make sure to make all winery reservations online as most wineries in the region have now gone to private appointments only! Now let’s taste some Naramata Wine!
Updated January 12, 2024