Winter is a wonderful time to wine tour in Kelowna. Not only is it less crowded inside tasting rooms, you have a better chance of actually meeting the winemaker. What’s more, the vineyards are absolutely beautiful covered in a light dusting of snow.
There are more than 40 wineries in and around Kelowna, ranging from small, boutique wineries to full-scale facilities with restaurants and gift shops.
One of the best ways to experience Kelowna’s growing wine scene is to join a tour. A knowledgeable driver will take you around to four or five wineries for an afternoon of sampling everything from oaky Chardonnay to robust Zweigelt. Tours run year-round and most companies let you choose the Wine Trail to visit: Westside Wine Trail, Lake Country's Scenic Sip, Downtown's Grapes to Grains, or the FAB Five on the Southeast Bench.
Canada is the world’s largest producer of ice wine, which is a style of dessert wine that’s created using wine grapes that have frozen on the vine. Once the temperature drops to -8C, the grapes are picked (sometimes in the middle of the night!) and then pressed while still frozen. The freezing process concentrates the sugars inside the fruit, so the resulting wine is deliciously sweet. If you’ve never tried it, you’re in for a treat!