Kelowna’s Must Do Wine Tour!
Wine lovers know that the Kelowna region of British Columbia, and for that matter most of the Okanagan Valley, offers an incredible balance of beautiful scenery and some of the most recognized wines produced in Canada. With hundreds of wineries dotting the region, it can be dizzying trying to select a few to visit during a short stay. Well rest assured, you need not look far to spend a day on one of the most popular wine routes in the region! Let’s spend some time looking over Kelowna’s Must Do Wine Tour!
Heading north from downtown, just a 20 minute drive from the city centre, the Scenic Sip Wine Trail offers wine lovers access to the gorgeous terroir of Lake Country, British Columbia. Home to 8 well recognized wineries, the Scenic Sip Trail features a more relaxed pace as you indulge in a collection of red and white wines, intimate vineyard walks, tasty bistro meals and incredible lake views with Okanagan Lake bordering the rolling wine country hills.
The fertile soils and virtually endless sunshine the region is known for, help to produce an experience that rivals the best wine country regions in the world. As you enter the Scenic Sip Trail, time seems to move a little slower, your senses heighten and it quickly becomes clear why this wine trial is held in such high regard.
The wine trail is made up of Ex Nihilo Vineyards, Arrowleaf Cellars, O’Rourke’s Peak Cellars, Intrigue Winery, Gray Monk Estate Winery, 50th Parallel Estate Winery, Blind Tiger Vineyards and Ancient Hill Winery. All offering something a little different, the charm and character of these amazing wineries shines through as soon as you arrive.
While the climate along the Scenic Sip Wine Trail is a little cooler than areas south of Kelowna such as the Naramata Bench, Oliver and Osoyoos, the intimate experience these wineries offer and their delectable wines create an experience that’s truly world class.
Known for their award winning Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Gewürztraminer and Merlot’s, you’ll also find mouth smacking Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Baco Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Baccus and more!
For the foodie, the Scenic Sip trail will not disappoint with award winning bistros such as Block One (50th Parallel Estate Winery), Garden Bistro (O’Rourke’s Peak Cellars), Chaos Bistro (Ex Nihilo Vineyards), The Lookout Restaurant (Gray Monk Estate Winery) and Marno’s Woodfire Pizza (Blind Tiger Vineyards). From culinary staples such as Charcuterie to decadent Wagu Beef and farm fresh salads, your tastebuds will be popping as you enjoy wine country dining at it’s finest.
While wine is the focus of this tour, it would be a mistake to not take advantage of all the juicy fresh fruit seemingly everywhere along this wine trail. Apple and Cherry orchards border most vineyards with fresh fruit stands conveniently found at every turn. Capped off with fresh Okanagan Peaches and Nectarines, it’s easy to see why the Okanagan is known for it’s incredibly ripe and juicy fruit. Most full day Scenic Sip tours offer an hour or more for lunch, allowing for guests to quickly pop our and return with a basket of fresh goodies that are sure to complement the wine.
Sound good? The Scenic Sip won’t disappoint and is arguably Kelowna’s Must Do Wine Tour! Reservations are recommended and most tastings along this wine trail are seated and private offering an intimate and inclusive wine tasting experience! If you’d like to visit the Scenic Sip Wine Trail on one of our tours, you can reserve your spot here – Scenic Sip Lake Country Wine Tour