The holidays are looking a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take the opportunity to get out of your house a little.

Despite the times, many tasting rooms are still open in Kelowna and West Kelowna and would love to have you visit.

Start your day at Cedar Creek Winery, for an elevated tasting experience. Many wineries have taken a step back from offering property tours to focus on seated tastings, but this winery celebrates it with their Chronicles of Pinot tour. This guided walking tour takes you behind the scenes to look at their organic farming practices and educate on how the different clones of the grape can affect the final product. Once back in the tasting room, you’ll be guided through a seated tasting experience of five Pinot wines from Cedar Creek. Offered on the weekends, you can book this hour-long experience by following this link.

The next stop on the itinerary takes you out of the vineyard landscape, and into the downtown area. Sandhill Wines, Kelowna’s first Urban Winery, is a must-stop for those that love bold wines. Sourcing grapes from 7 different vineyards, their wines are based on highlighting terroir and single-vineyard wines – a concept that was brought to the Okanagan by former winemaker, Howard Soon. Along with the single-vineyard mentality, he was also the first to grow Italian varietals Barbera and Sangiovese. Now winemaker, Sandy, has taken the wines one step further, producing rich fruit-forward wines while not losing body and tannin. Our favourite wine has to be their Small Lots One, a co-fermented Bordeaux style red with grapes coming from the Vanessa Vineyard in the Similkameen Valley. It’s complex, layered in flavour, and a delicious option to sip on by the fire on a winter night.

Cross the bridge into West Kelowna, and be sure to visit Quail’s Gate Estate Winery for lunch and a tasting. The Old Vines restaurant is farm to table concept, and has never disappointed! From the wine to the meal, and the views, we couldn’t tell you what our favourite part is, but we definitely make sure to visit every chance we get. Stroll over to their tasting room once you’ve finished dining, and enjoy a tasting of four wines from their portfolio. Reservations for the restaurant and tasting room are strongly recommended and can be made by visiting their website.

Last but certainly not least, the final stop on our itinerary takes us up to Mission Hill Estate Winery. With a beautiful property, it’s always a must-see location and one we always recommend people visit. The wine is delicious too! Their Taste of the Okanagan is a seated tasting experience, highlighting carefully selected Reserve wines for you to try. All of their experiences sell out quickly and reservations are a must. Visit their website to book your spot and avoid disappointment. 

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