As part of BC Wine Month, we are going to be featuring wineries from Kelowna’s distinct wine trails. You may not be able to visit them right now for tastings and tours, but you can still order wine for delivery or pick up if you're already in Kelowna, and add them to your list for when you’re able to visit them again.
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. Fourteen 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.
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. They are offering free shipping on all orders of wine (3 bottles or more), or you can pick up in-store or curbside. Check their website for information on how to order.
This family-owned, organic winery, located in a farm gate setting, 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 offering free local delivery in Kelowna and West Kelowna with purchases over 6 bottles; orders can be placed by email. Check their Facebook page for further 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. Information on how to order wine online or how to request pick up is available on their website.
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. Free shipping on purchases of 12 bottles or more. Head to their website for online purchases and further 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. Discover all the ways you can sip Quails' Gate at home and continue to enjoy their wines.
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. Complimentary shipping on all wine orders through their website.
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. Free shipping in BC and Alberta for orders over six bottles. Visit their website for more information.
This is just a selection of the wineries of the Westside Wine Trail, you can also visit Beaumont Family Estate Winery, Ciao Bella Winery, Grizzli Winery, Kalala Organic Estate Winery, Little Straw Vineyards, Off the Grid Winery, and the hatch.