Take a Guided Wine Tour
Why take a guided wine tour in Kelowna? Give yourself a special one day holiday within a holiday. Take a guided wine tour in Kelowna!
Why? You won’t get lost on all those beautiful, but curvy and often poorly marked, back roads. You’ll go to the wineries that match your personal preferences, particularly if there are certain varietals or wine styles that you love. You, your spouse or friend will not have to be a designated driver. Be aware that impaired driving rules are stricter in BC than elsewhere – it’s 0.5 here. Best of all, you can sit back and relax and let someone else navigate in a luxury, air conditioned van with lots of room to store your wine. It’s completely stress free!
The local wine tour companies know the wineries in Kelowna and surrounding areas and can make per-arranged tasting times. Their drivers are often wine lovers themselves who will give you some history of the wineries along the way. Leave the driving to them, while you sit back, take in the flavour, and soak in the scenery.
They’ll show you the special hidden gems, the new, the historic and the ‘tried and true’ wineries to visit. They know which wineries specialize in your favorite wine and they know the most efficient way to get there. Sip old and new world varieties, try the Okanagan’s crisp whites and be sure to taste at least one Ice Wine, a BC specialty.
Your tour company can map out where to go first and last, because they know who is open early and late. Tap into this local knowledge; let the pros do the legwork. Most tour company’s offer a variety of tours to choose from. Can’t decide which winery to visit? Guided Winery Tours Operators can build a customized wine tour just for you.
If it’s a private tasting or unique experiences you are after, look for a tour company that offers custom tours. Note that there can be a difference between a custom tour and a private one. If you want the vehicle to yourself you may have to pay more. Make the most of your time. Go home happy with all the right wines, and, best of all, the bragging rights.
If you want something really special ask for a private and customized tour. Many tour companies know who to talk to at the winery to give you the behind-the-scenes perspective with a barrel tasting, or to make sure you meet the winery owner or winemaker.
Best of all, it’s easy to do. Book on line or by phoning the tour company. They will pick you up at your hotel, rented condo or B and B. Tours usually range from half a day to a full day, depending upon where you want to go and how many wineries you’d like to stop at along the way. You may be able to arrange for a tour of one or more of the wineries or vineyards.
Your tasting fees are normally included in the cost of the tour, but be sure to ask when you book. Know that prepaid tasting fees most often include 2 to 4 wines, and rarely include specialty wines. If you want to taste an Ice Wine (which you should) you will likely have to pay for it directly at the winery. When comparing companies ask what all is included, so you know exactly what you are getting for the price. Ask how many wineries the tour includes and how many wine tastings at each. Ask if the guide gives information along the way. Ask how many people the van holds. All these things can affect your experience – so it is good to be aware and be prepared.
Day – Afternoon – Dinner Tours.
Most tour operators will offer a variety of tours.
- Day Wine Tour pickup time will vary from 9 am to 11 am. The tour will typically start with a tasting at one or two wineries and go to a restaurant located at one of the wineries. Lunch will last 1 to 1.5 hours and will not be included in the tour fee. Budget an additional $20 to $35 per person for lunch. The tour will finish off with visits to two more wineries. The tour times will be from 5 to 7 hours. Because lunch reservations need to be made in advance, these tours typically require bookings days or weeks in advance.
- Afternoon Wine Tours (recommended) pickup from the hotel typically around 1 pm to 2 pm. These tours do not include a stop for lunch so you have the choice to have lunch at a restaurant of your choice just before the tour starts. These tours typically run 3.5 to 4.5 hours and are typically much less expensive. You visit 4 wineries as you would in a day tour. Because of the shorter duration of the tour and doing all your wine tasting after lunch, guests will be less tired than on a day tour and more likely to enjoy another outing in the evening. With the mornings free, you can enjoy a visit to the beach, shopping or other activities before the tour. Tours can be booked the same day and up to 30 minutes before pickup time with some operators. See sample tour.
- Dinner Wine Tours pickup from your hotel around 2 pm to 5 pm. The number of wineries visited and dinner venue vary, call the tour operator for details. Because dinner reservations need to be made in advance, these tours typically require bookings days or weeks in advance.
Let a guide with local knowledge take you around to our Kelowna wineries, give you the story on each winery and Kelowna’s wine industry, and be your designated driver. You just can’t beat it.
To book a tour by phone call Phone: +1 866-477-5266 – Credit Card Required