Best Osoyoos Wine Tour Top 5 Wineries
Welcome to the Best Osoyoos Wine Tour Top 5 Wineries. The South Okanagan is known as the Wine Capital of Canada for good reason! With a dry, arid climate and seemingly endless sunshine, the land between Osoyoos and Oliver offers ideal growing conditions and is host to over 65 wineries. Year after year, the wineries along British Columbia’s southern border with the United States, rack up awards as this area becomes more recognized among other popular wine destinations worldwide.
As the popularity of this wine region grows and with several resorts such as Spirit Ridge Resort, Walnut Beach Resort and the Watermark Resort accomodating thousands of wine lovers, the city of Osoyoos is quickly becoming a “must visit” destination. Once here though, it can be difficult to know which wineries to visit, especially if you only have a day or two to explore. That’s why we’ve put together our list of Best Osoyoos Wine Tour Top 5 Wineries to visit on your next trip to the South Okanagan!
A fan favourite, set amongst rolling vineyards and old vines, Hester Creek Estate Winery offers the quintessential winery experience. Offering several tasting options, we highly recommend their private “Signature Tasting”, an in depth, 45 minute tasting experience with reserve wines in their amazing barrel room. With over 115 acres of vineyard and the decadent Terrafina Restaurant overlooking the property, Hester Creek is a fan favourite for the wine lover.
A relative newcomer, yet with decades of winemaking history, the sprawling grounds and opulent finishes of this incredible winery will leave wine lovers in awe. It’s no surprise that Phantom Creek Estates has made the list of the Best Osoyoos Wine Tour Top 5 Wineries Comprised of several vineyards, Phantom Creek’s passion for producing stunning, bold red wines shines through with their meticulous attention to detail.
The new, modern tasting room with valley views and posh seating welcome you with a resort like feel. Architecture, wines, endless vineyards, Phantom Creek Estates sets that bar for the new order of Okanagan Wineries
Next on our list of the best Osoyoos wine tour top 5 wineries is La Stella Winery. Comprised of 7 vineyard locations and with a team focused on their craft, La Stella welcomes wine lovers with a passion for small lot wines, fine food, great music and a passion for life. While much smaller than other wineries on this list, La Stella is a hidden gem, offering the charm and character of old world wine making amongst one of the most highly regarded wine regions of North America.
If great wines, incredible service and a passion for the winemaking craft are what you’re after, this winery will not disappoint.
With some of the oldest vines on the Golden Mile Bench, and producing varietals such as Zinfandel and Gamay Noir along with their traditional offerings of Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Merlot, Rust Wines is a “must visit” when exploring the Best Osoyoos Wine Tour Top 5 Wineries.
Nestled high on the bench, overlooking the valley, the charm and character of Rust Wines is tough to beat. With a small wineshop, century old log cabin, and a dedicated team focused on the wines and your experience, Rust Wines just feels like home! Enjoy outdoor barrel top tastings as you bask in the endless sunshine, surrounded by vineyards and good friends.
With an experienced wine making team, along with their sister winery, Mt. Boucherie in West Kelowna, Rust Wines continues it’s tradition of offering an authentic Okanagan wine tasting experience.
Rounding out our Best Osoyoos Wine Tour Top 5 Wineries, the quaint and charming Intersection Estate Winery might be small, but a winery is all about the wine and Intersection Estate Winery is doing some pretty amazing things!
With only 10 acres of vineyard on the Golden Mile, the team at Intersection packs a punch with high quality wines and interesting twists on Merlot, Viognier, Riesling and Cabernet Franc. The Intersection team focuses on the wine, and the skill and craft of making it. We highly recommend side by side tastings of their Milepost Merlot, Silica Merlot and Alluvia Merlot. You won’t be disappointed!
What would a list of the best Osoyoos wine tour top 5 wineries be without throwing in an honourable mention? Well we feel that Red Barn winery is right at home with the best of the best Osoyoos wineries and the experience is nothing short of remarkable.
A relative newcomer to the wine scene in the Osoyoos region, the team at Red Barn Wines are seasoned wine professionals and it shows in all the wines they produce.
Located on the scenic Black Sage Bench, Red Barn’s visually striking vineyard and rugged terroir make for an amazing first impression before heading into their brand new tasting room.
Once inside, the wine love is everywhere to be found. With several wine tasting experiences to select, it’s truly a “choose your own adventure” only limited by your imagination and schedule.
Prominent, bold and welcoming, we’re looking forward to good things from this fanatic new kid on the block. Offering one of the strongest red wine portfolios found in the South Okanagan, Red Barn is well positioned on our list of the best Osoyoos wine tour top 5 wineries.
While you could spend a month touring around the wine country of Osoyoos and there are virtually endless options of amazing wineries, these are our picks for the Best Osoyoos Wine Tour Top 5 Wineries. Enjoy and let’s drink some wine!
If you’d rather kick back and relax, enjoying the day in wine country while someone else handles the driving and tasting appointments, here is our selection of Osoyoos Wine Tours. For those looking at wine experiences further north, please visit out Penticton Wine Tours or Kelowna Wine Tours
Updated January 15, 2024