Okanagan Wine Country Touring 101

MIssionhill barrel room tasting

Wine Tours in Kelowna

We compiled some helpful tips to ensure you have the best possible experience when touring the picturesque wineries in and around Kelowna.

Before you start touring
  • Have a designated driver or book a guided wine tour. There is zero tolerance for drinking and driving in British Columbia.
  • Check winery websites for hours of operation; several wineries close their tasting rooms 15 minutes before the facility closes.
  • Several wineries require advance bookings, while others prefer them, so call in advance to book if you can; tasting fees may apply.
  • Bring photo identification. Winery staff may verify that you are of proper drinking age, which is 19+ in British Columbia.
  • Ensure you have your Smartphone or camera fully charged, as the wineries around Kelowna offer picturesque views you'll want to capture.
When you arrive
  • Most wineries charge a fee for tastings, though sometimes these fees are refunded with the purchase of wine..
  • The tasting room is an adult experience that takes place on working farms, with active processing facilities and busy parking lots. If you choose to bring children, you must accompany them at all times. Please ensure children behave appropriately for the enjoyment of all other guests.

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  • Go ahead and spit or swallow the wine, whatever you are comfortable with.
  • Be open-minded. Go ahead and try the wines being offered. You never know what you might discover.
  • Ask questions. The winery staff is very knowledgeable about the wine, winery, and vineyards.
  • Don’t wear fragrance. Scents can actually ruin your tasting experience.
  • Never pick up a bottle from the tasting bar and pour your own sample.
  • Tasting rooms are a fun place, but any intoxicated behaviour is generally not acceptable. Each winery will use its discretion and may ask you to leave.

View at Arrowleaf Winery

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