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.
Framed by Okanagan Lake, Downtown Kelowna is the vibrant and energetic hub of the city. You can walk, bike, or longboard around from urban winery to urban winery, brewery to brewery, or even stop in a cidery or distillery for a quick tasting, all within a few blocks of each other.
Located in the hear of downtown, Sandhill's Urban tasting room is the perfect location to not only sample some of their award-winning wines, but also browse their branded apparel, home decor, and local artisanal treats. Sandhill Wines are characterized by their terroir-driven, single-vineyard philosophy, with each bottle of wine made from the grapes grown from one of six unique vineyards. This creates truly distinct wines, where the character of each vineyard reveals itself in the glass. They are currently open for wine pick-up and are offering free deliveries. Check the website for further information.
You can now experience the wines and beer of the iconic Wayne Gretzky at the birthplace of the BC Wine Industry. The wines have been crafted in celebration of the diversity and excellence of vineyards in British Columbia. Approachable, fresh and fruit-forward, they deliver uncompromising taste and great value. If you want to try something different, check out their newly launched lager and pale ale, perfect to enjoy with the lovely spring weather. For local pick up of all Wayne Gretzky Estate Okanagan products, you can call 250-797-4211.
Come for a Taste - Stay for a glass - Leave with a bottle. Ricco Bambino's natural and organic aesthetic, as well as its garden patio, create a truly unique experience in downtown Kelowna. Minimal intervention, organic wines characterize this winery. They produce small lot, natural single varietal wines aged in concrete tanks, creating authentic terroir-driven wines which capture a certain time and place. Ricco Bambino is currently offering free shipping anywhere in Canada. You can visit their website to shop online.
From Grapes to Grains
There are many more options for you to continue to sample the flavours of the Okanagan in downtown. Kelowna's north end is home to 5 breweries, including Vice & Virtue, which pairs tasty ales with a full menu of superb eats, or Kettle River Brewing, a small-batch neighbourhood brewery that prides themselves on making an ever-evolving collection of beers on tap; as well, BC Tree Fruits Cidery where you can sample exclusive and unique ciders. Only a few blocks away you'll find BNA Brewery where you can sip on pints and knock down pins at their bowling alley, Tree Brewing Beer Institute, the original Kelowna brewery, or you can change it up and enjoy a locally inspired cocktail at Okanagan Spirits Distillery.