The Okanagan Valley, home to more than 170 licensed wineries and known as a strong contender in the realm of International wine competitions, has grown exponentially in its desirability-factor due to an insurgence of the unique landscape it is now known for.
Rolling mountainside are dotted with romantic rows of grape vines and offer unparalleled vistas with many vineyards also home to award-winning restaurants.
Summerhill Pyramid Winery
Established in the mid-1980’s by then-New Yorker, Stephen Cipes, Summerhill Pyramid Winery produces 100% organic wine and has been doing so since 2007. The Kelowna winery received Demeter Biodynamic certification in 2012 and has been named as Canada’s Most Visited. Also located on-site is Sunset Bistro, a fully organic eatery that overlooks the brilliance of Okanagan Lake.
Noted for being British Columbia’s first winery with a history dating back to 1932, Calona Vineyards expertly combines old-world techniques with a forward-thinking approach to wine making, all while maintaining focus on a sincere dedication to quality production. Adding to the notoriety of this winery, the labels serve as a miniature canvas, highlighting the work of renowned BC artists.
CedarCreek Estate Winery
Located a mere 20 minutes from downtown Kelowna B.C., CedarCreek Estate Winery is an impressive example of the rich history that the Okanagan represents. Though its roots date back to the 1930’s, CedarCreek Estate Winery held off on releasing its first wines until 1987. Since then, the vineyards have grown to encompass 50 acres and the twice-won title of Canada’s Winery of the Year.
Gray Monk Estate Winery
Hailed as the province’s oldest family-owned and operated winery, Gray Monk Estate Winery, a short drive from Kelowna B.C., has a reputation drenched in quality and flavour. Classically-German trained in the art of wine making, patriarch George Weiss took over harvesting in 1984.
Meadow Vista Honey Wines
Founded in 2009 by wellness expert Judie Barta, Meadow Vista Honey Wines was created out of the
desire to produce eco-friendly products while working to conserve bee colonies. The winery describes itself as a “modern artisan farm winery driven by passionate eco-foodies.” It is also the producer of Canada’s first honey-sparkling wine. A selection of award-winning Meadow Vista Honey wines can be found at over 50 locations nationwide.
Mission Hill Family Estate Winery
Located in West Kelowna, in the heart of Okanagan Wine Country, Mission Hill Family Estate Winery is family-owned where they maintain stringent operations and quality. With international recognition, and a dedication to sustainability, Mission Hill’s thirty year history continues to integrate innovation into their wine making. Visitors are encouraged to dine on-site at Terrace Restaurant which is open seasonally.
Mount Boucherie Family Estate Winery
Boasting some of the oldest vineyards in the provinces, Mt. Boucherie Family Estate Winery remains committed to sustainable farming practices. As one of B.C.’s premier wineries and with continued award-winning status, Mt. Boucherie prides itself on being one of the few top wineries that uses their own exclusively grown grapes.
Quails’ Gate Winery
Family-owned and established in 1956, Quails’ Gate Winery is located in West Kelowna and boasts expansive lake views. With more than 25 years experience in the art of wine making, the premier estate winery has become a leader in environmental stewardship. Quails’ Gate Winery also offers on-site dining at Old Vines Restaurant, as well as luxury accommodations.
St. Hubertus Estate Winery
With a long history dating back to the late 1920’s, St. Hubertus Estate Winery produces 100% estate-grown wines which are both crafted and bottled on-site. Utilizing sustainable farming measures, St. Hubertus Estate Winery yields an average of 14,000 cases annually. Owned by the Gebert family for more than thirty years, St. Hubertus Winery has seen regional, provincial and national accolades for their varietals.
Though it was established in 2004, Tantalus has roots dating back to 1927 and is now known as B.C.’s “Oldest continuously producing vineyard.” Blending old with new, Tantalus’ tasting room is gallery-style and features the brilliant work of acclaimed artists from around the province. The intention of Tantalus Vineyards was to create a one of a kind experience for its visitors while tempting them with premier single-vineyard wines.