The Best West Kelowna Wine Tour!
West Kelowna has always been a top choice for wine lovers looking for an easily accessible wine tour within earshot of the city of Kelowna. With a reputation of producing award winning wines and featuring rolling vineyard and lake views, it’s easy to see why wine aficionados world-wide hold West Kelowna wineries in such high regard. With dozens of winery options, you could easily spend 3 days or longer visiting each one, but what if you only had 1 day? Let’s take a look at the best West Kelowna wine tour and the top 5 wineries that continue to stand in both wine tasting and overall experience!
The new kid on the block, the decadent grounds of the Frind Winery used to house the Premier of British Columbia. Now, they house one of the most progressive wineries in the region with a focus on guest experience and fruit forward wines. From the moment you arrive, the impressive tasting room welcomes you, as do the smiles from the always cheery staff. Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and one of the most cherished Rose’s in the region are all staples of the Frind brand. Once you’ve finished tasting don’t forget to head outside and walk the impressive grounds or head down to the beach to look out over Okanagan Lake. Looking to taste after as day on the water? Frind is the only winery in the area with boat access, allowing you to taste and indulge in their unique wines after a day on the water!
We love quirky wineries, especially ones that blend good times with awesome wine. Off the Grid Organic Winery is just such a place. With a focus on organic wine production, Off The Grid offers guests stellar views of the Okanagan Valley, tasty wines and goats…yes, goats. Always a hit with visitors, the farm animals are always up for a good time and offer a unique spin on the wine touring experience! Once inside, you’ll love the Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Rose, Riesling and more!
A new twist on an old favourite, Mt. Boucherie moved into it’s state of the art facility in 2020, continuing their tradition of offering some of the most recognized wines in the Okanagan valley, while also ensuring the guest experience is world class. Impressive and bold, the unique architecture of this winery offers guests a bright tasting room and wine shop as well as being home to the mouth watering creations of the “Modest Butcher” restaurant. Pulling from vineyards further south in Oliver and Osoyoos as well as their vineyards on site, the tasting experience at Mt. Boucherie is top notch. Educated servers take time to explain the tasting notes of their award winning Syrah, Malbec, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and tasty blends. Truly a “must stop”, the experience at Mt. Boucherie is representative of the Okanagan wine touring experience. Once tasting is over, pop upstairs for lunch, indulging in the fresh and creative food offerings at the Modest Butcher restaurant.
Kicking off the afternoon in style, a mainstay of the best West Kelowna wine tour, get ready for a completely different experience. The word pretentious doesn’t exist at the Hatch. Instead, enjoy the casual and usually hopping atmosphere of guests and staff alike simply enjoying great wine and good times. A large patio and rustic tasting room add to the casual atmosphere while the always impressive wines go down easy. Loud and proud is how we think about the Hatch experience and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Oh, and they just might have the best wine labels in the Okanagan!
A sister winery to the Hatch, Black Swift opened it’s doors in 2020 but don’t let that fool you. The Black Swift brand has been producing wine for years and offers some of the finest examples of what a West Kelowna winery can offer. Offering one of the best views of any winery in West Kelowna, spend warm summer afternoons enjoying their 2016 Hans Estate Syrah or 2016 Desert Valley Cabernet Franc. Inside their sprawling tasting room you’ll find a bright and welcoming atmosphere thanks to the floor to ceiling windows that wrap you in sunlight. As with the Hatch, the vibe at Black Swift is laid back with a focus on enjoying wine with friends and family, laughing and exploring the best of the Okanagan wine culture.
While there are dozens of wineries to visit in West Kelowna, all offering unique experiences and tasty Okanagan wines, the 5 wineries listed above are our “go to” favourites when heading out on the Best West Kelowna Wine Tour! Featuring a little something for everyone, casual and laid back, these wineries are truly representative of the Okanagan wine touring experience. Enjoy!
Best West Kelowna Wine Tour