As part of BC Wine Month, we are featuring wineries from Kelowna’s distinct wine trails. Kelowna, with its five distinct wine trails, is smack in the middle of one of the world's most exciting wine regions, acclaimed for its crisp whites, complex reds, and a growing number of organic winemakers.
All you have to do is cross one of Canada’s longest floating bridges, the William R. Bennett Bridge, and you’ll find yourself amongst the Central Okanagan’s largest wine collection, the Westside Wine Trail. 16 wineries pepper the landscape of the Westside, where you’ll find everything from grand and impressive architectural marvels to rustic and quaint tasting rooms full of personality.
Rooted in the heart of Okanagan, Grizzli Winery shares a commitment to express the incredible diversity of the appellation. Surrounded by mountains and lakes, fortunate for the sunshine and snow, and by experiencing the large diurnal range, they create unique wines that distinguish BC’s premier wine country. Grizzli is open for tours and tastings. Check out their website for more information.
Named after an extinct volcano in West Kelowna, the new tasting room offers a modern and elegant environment to sample their award-winning wines. With their goal of reflecting the diversity of BC wine through low yield wines, they have created a three-tiered portfolio that includes a crisp and refreshing white label, for early consumption, the Reserves, and the Summit & Contessa that showcases the best blocks and barrels of their 200-acre vineyards. Mt. Boucherie is open for tours and tastings. Check out their website for more information.
Named after the rich volcanic soils that surround their land, Volcanic Hills is a third-generation family-owned winery. Nestled amongst acres of vineyards, the winery tasting room offers samples of estate-grown Gamay, Gewurztraminer, Zweigelt, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Gris amongst others. Volcanic Hills is currently open for tastings. Head to their website for more information.
Quails' Gate Winery is one of Canada's foremost family-owned and operated estate wineries. You can sample exceptional wines, stroll through their vineyards, or take in the stunning views of the lake from the veranda. The unique terroir of the vineyards produces high-quality wines that are full of character and intense flavours, and which pair well anytime. The Quails' Gate wine shop is currently open for retail sales and tastings (reservations are recommended). Visit the website for more details.
Named Canada's 2019 Winery of the Year, and likely one of the most recognizable wineries in the Valley, Mission Hill Family Estate has become a landmark of the Westside Wine Trail. You can roam through the stunning grounds with views over Okanagan Lake and the surrounding vineyards, admire the dramatic architecture of the European-style winery, take a guided tour through the underground cellars, and sample a selection of its award-winning wines. The Mission Hill Boutique is open for private tasting experiences by reservation only. Visit the website for more information.
The newest addition to the Westside Wine Trail, Frind Estate Winery boasts a breathtaking lakefront location. Located on the historic Bennett property, Frind is using cutting-edge technology to create truly distinctive wines, which range from a rich and creamy chardonnay to their Big Red, a rich blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Frind Winery is currently open for inside and outside tasting experiences. Visit their website for more information.
This is just a selection of the wineries of the Westside Wine Trail. Read on to learn about more wineries to explore on the Westside.
BC’s only 100% indigenous-owned winery merges modern culture with Indigenous history and produces quality wines respecting both the environment and its people. Panoramic views of the valley can be enjoyed from the tasting room and picnic area. Check their website for more information.
Located in a farm gate setting, Rollingdale Winery is focused on creating high-quality wines using only premium grapes, offering a great selection of reds and whites. The tasting room and cellar are in the same building, which creates a full immersive sampling experience. They are currently open for tastings - call ahead for hours of operation.
A family-owned boutique winery, Beaumont produces exceptional full-flavoured wines which reflect the unique qualities of the region. The winery produces a great selection of reds and whites that include Gewurztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Gamay Noir, and Pinot Noir. Contact the winery directly for tastings and hours of operations.
This small family-run winery produces award-winning Italian-styled wines, such as Pinot Grigio, Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir), Pinot Rose, and Pinozannte, a refreshing Italian style frizzante. Ciao Bella's wine shop is currently open for retail. Visit their website for days and hours of operations and updates on tastings.
Producer of award-winning handcrafted organic wines. Kalala, meaning "Miracle Place" is the symbol of their commitment to harmony with nature, organic viticulture practices, and their wines. The winery and tasting room are currently open for sales, and pre-booked tastings. Head over to their website for more information.
Little Straw Vineyards is a family-owned and operated estate winery that produces quality VQA wines. They produce exceptional Sauvignon Blancs as well as white and rose sparkling wines. The tasting room is currently open for walk-ins and reservations. Check their website for more updated information.
Off the Grid is not your average winery. You can experience award-winning small batch organic wines in the fully sustainable straw bale construction and solar-powered wine tasting building, visit with goats and sheep, and enjoy the beautiful views of the lake. Currently, open for tastings, check their website for up-to-date information.
the hatch is a fun and eccentric traditional small rustic shack where great wines, a fun atmosphere, and art come together. Currently open for indoor and outdoor wine tastings. Visit their website for more information.
Black Swift Vineyards is a premium, single-vineyard wine producer based on the rapidly evolving regions of the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys. Our dedication is to produce world-class of wines that showcase the unique character of our vineyards and region.
The newest winery on the block, Crown & Thieves resembles a 400-year-old castle in ruins and has become one of the most recognizable structures on the Westside Wine Trail. It's open for tastings - check their website for up-to-date information.