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Vancouver, BC | Posted: September 14th, 2018
Written by Sarah Lafontaine
Visiting in the fall months is a particularly wonderful time to see the warm colours of the changing leaves, feel the crispness in the air, and explore this beautiful part of Canada. While there are so many amazing wineries in the Okanagan, we’ve hand-picked a few that you’ll not want to miss. Also, taking a wine tour like this one with Okanagan Wine Tours may be the best way to get to enjoy several in one day without having to arrange a designated driver.
Perhaps one of the most well-known wineries and definitely a pioneer in marking the Okanagan as a wine destination, Mission Hills will make the list of any wine-lover. The views from Mission Hills are breathtaking, and really give visitors an eye full of Lake Okanagan and its surrounding flora and fauna. Their Terrace Restaurant is open seasonally until September 30th, but their tasting room is open daily for tastings without a reservation.
Quail’s Gate has been a staple in every wine tour and had their beginnings after planting their first vines in 1961. They were no strangers to the area and the land they planted on which has first been settled by Richard Stewart Sr. in 1906. Their grapes are harvested by hand and sustainability is the forefront of the Quail’s Gate operations. When you step onto the property, you become part of the family and you’ll be treated with impeccable hospitality during your visit. The setting is stunning, and you’ll delight in their masterfully crafted wines.
In 2016, former Chief of the Westbank First Nation, Robert Louie and his wife, Bernice, opened Indigenous World Winery. The winery has since proved to be a favourite among visitors, and the passion behind the venture is apparent. It is one of only two Indigenous-run wineries in the Okanagan, and offers visitors a unique experience that celebrates the land, and its rich history. The winery offers a top-notch restaurant, where visitors can expect exciting flavours to hit their palates. Do not miss out on a visit here, while they may be a new kid on the block, they are already masters in their craft.
An icon in the Okanagan, Summerhill produces delicious organic, biodynamic wines which, when tasted on their sprawling property, screams paradise. The winery is also known for their unique pyramid structure that graces the property and has been an integral part of Summerhill’s production of smooth, aromatic wines. You’ll definitely want to take a taste test here, there’s no place in the world like it.
Tinhorn Creek has pretty much blazed the trail in the southern Okanagan for sustainably run vineyards. Their estate-grown wines and delicious restaurant are known to visitors of the Okanagan south and are certainly a must see for a taste test and a bite. You’ll be rewarded by sprawling panoramic views and an experience unlike any other.
Have you traveled to the Okanagan? Where was your favourite winery? Let us know!
**Featured Image by David Burn. No changes were made to the image.**