Winter is a wonderful time for a wine tour in Kelowna. Not only is it less crowded inside tasting rooms, but you also have a better chance of meeting the winemaker. What’s more, the vineyards are absolutely beautiful covered in a light dusting of snow.
One of the best ways to experience Kelowna’s growing wine scene is to join a wine 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 Kelowna's 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!
Kelowna is situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded tm̓xʷúlaʔxʷ (land) of the syilx/Okanagan people who have resided here since time immemorial