Just because winter has arrived doesn’t mean that wine-touring season is over. We can enjoy touring and tastings all year long in Kelowna! Our gorgeous local wineries will be sparkled up for the holiday season making a wine tour a wonderful way to get into the spirit.
Book a day with friends to pop into these tasting rooms to choose wines for your holiday parties and stock up for trips to the ski hill. While you are there, you can also get some holiday shopping done in the wine shop. Wine-themed gifts, and even better, wine or wine club memberships will make for many smiles come Christmas morning.
Start your tour up at CedarCreek Estate Winery so you can wind your way down through the beautiful winter vineyard scapes ending up at our urban winery in town, Sandhill Wines. Cheers to a very happy holiday season filled with friends, laughter and fine Okanagan wine!
CedarCreek Estate Winery has a delicious wine to please every palate at your holiday party. Or you can purchase wine from their sister winery - the uber-exclusive Martin’s Lane Winery which features world-class Pinot Noir and Riesling and is available by appointment only or online.
Summerhill Pyramid Winery is THE place to load up on your holiday sparkling wine. Do make sure to buy a few bottles because um… bubbles pair perfectly with everything!
Tantalus Vineyards (please check their website for winter hours) is where to snag a bottle of award-winning Pinot Noir to pair with your turkey and also maybe a bottle of Riesling Icewine for dessert.
The View Winery offers wines galore as well as Wards Cider all on cue for fabulous holiday celebrations. The Bling wine in a can is also the perfect accoutrement for skating parties and snowshoeing.
Sperling Vineyards award-winning Old Vines Riesling is also a great pairing for your holiday turkey. And also make sure to pick up some Orange Wine-- the beautifully hued Pinot Gris is all the rage in the wine world.
Sandhill Wines has a variety of labels and award-winning wines to choose from. I love the Sandhill Small Lots program – impress your guests with a varietal they might not have tried before like the Viognier or Barbera.
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Jennifer Schell is a writer & columnist, former editor of BC Food & Wine Trails Magazine and internationally award winning author of three cookbooks titled: The Butcher, The Baker, The Wine & Cheese Maker. Co-founder of Garagiste North Wine Festivals, she is also co-owner of Schell Wines - one of Kelowna’s newest small lot wineries. Born and raised on an orchard in East Kelowna, Jennifer’s family roots run deep in agriculture. An advocate for all things local, she focusses on shining the spotlight on the people of the food, wine and farm scene. www.jenniferschell.com