As of July 1, 2021 BC is in Step 3 of it's Restart Plan and many public health and safety restrictions are being eased, this page has been updated to reflect Step 3. Please visit the BC Government website for the most up to date information.
Wineries in and around Kelowna are excited to once again welcome visitors from across Canada for tastings! And with safety the number one priority for guests and staff, wineries throughout the region have adapted their operating procedures. This means more safety protocols, but also more intimate tastings and additional winery experiences. Read on to find out more!
Planning ahead will help you make the most of your wine touring experience, as some wineries are encouraging guests to make reservations for tastings in advance. Several wineries are also now offering new tastings experiences, including plenty of food pairing options and winery tours, so be sure to visit the website of the winery you plan to visit to find out more about these opportunities and if reservations are required. If you prefer to be a bit spontaneous and choose which wineries to stop at as you go, please know you may need to wait while groups that have reserved ahead of time will take first priority.
Mind Your Distance
Physical distancing measures are still important in public spaces when you're around people you do not know. Keep your distance if possible when indoors, and it is recommended that those that have not yet been fully vaccinated continue wearing masks when in public spaces indoors.
Sanitize, Sanitize, Sanitize
Each winery will have sanitizing stations at the entrances and exits, as well as other areas throughout. The staff will also ensure that common areas and high touch surfaces are cleaned after each group.
Guided Wine Tours
Booking a wine tour with a guide is the easiest way to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Guides have inside knowledge about the area, the wineries, the wine AND will get you around safely. Click here for a list of wine tour companies that are currently operating in Kelowna.
*Always plan a safe ride! If you’re not exploring the wineries in our region with a licensed tour operator, have a designated driver to get you where you need to go safely.*