The Kelowna Wine Routes offer a unique and exciting opportunity for wine enthusiasts to explore the diverse offerings of the Okanagan Valley. As one of the premier wine producing regions in the world, the Okanagan boasts over 200 wineries and acres of high-quality vineyards. Whether you prefer red or white, sweet or dry, there is something for every palette, from large, established wineries to small, family-run farms. Join us as we discover the best of the Kelowna Wine Routes.
Within these offerings, there are 6 wine routes within driving distance of Kelowna, including two in Kelowna itself, one just North of here in Lake Country, one across the bridge in West Kelowna and two wine routes just 30 to 40 minutes south in Summerland and Naramata. For the first 4 wine routes, pick up a copy of Tourism Kelowna’s Wine Trails brochure for great information on winery opening and closing times, as well as the type of facilities available at each.
The Kelowna Fab Five on the South East Bench
Charming, intimate, funky and fun – the perfect words to describe the 4 boutique wineries along the FabFive Wine Trail. “Five miles of grape fun” await you. Situated in the rolling hills of East Kelowna, the FabFive consists of House of Rose Winery, Camelot, The View and Spierhead. Within five miles of each other, they are an alluring group of family owned and operated wineries that highlight what the Kelowna area has to offer in terms of wine and hospitality. A knight in shining armour, a twenty-foot high rose and a sexy red shoe are just a few discoveries you will make along the way. It’s a truly unforgettable afternoon of wine tasting on Kelowna’s doorstep. All offer small bites, House of Rose has a beautiful picnic area where you can bring your own food as well. Check out: www.kelownafabfive.ca
Lakeshore Kelowna Wine Route
Discover the heritage of the Okanagan’s oldest vineyards and wineries along the Lakeshore Wine Route. Featuring a terroir-driven line of wines made from Riesling, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay grapes, there are five wineries along this route: Tantalus, Summerhill Organic Winery, St Hubertus and Oak Bay Winery, Cedar Creek and Sperling. Gorgeous vineyard views overlooking Lake Okanagan and the city await you on the way. Both Summerhill and Cedar Creek offer restaurants, with stunning views of the lake, so a great place to have lunch. Check out: www.lakeshorewineries.ca
The above two tours can be done one after the other. Or, they can be extended to add Sandhill Winery (one of the oldest wineries in BC, located in downtown Kelowna).
Lake Country Scenic Sip
The Scenic Sip wineries are located in North Kelowna by the airport and further north into Lake Country. With a diversity of microclimates, many vineyards are positioned on benches of land overlooking Okanagan Lake. This means some spectacular views both at the wineries and driving along the way. The area is mostly planted with Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Riesling grapes. Wineries found here include: Ancient Hills, Arrowleaf, Blind Tiger, Ex Nihilo, Gray Monk, Intrigue and 50th Parallel. Several of these wineries have restaurants and most offer some picnic food choices. Check out: www.scenicsip.ca
West Kelowna Wine Tour
Just across the lake, you’ll find the town of West Kelowna, home to 13 wineries. The Westside Wine Trail includes some of the oldest and established vineyards and wineries in the Okanagan Valley. Many of them are bunched around Mount Boucherie, an extinct volcano with rich volcanic soil. Rolling hills of vineyards, scenic lake views and leisurely rural roads provide an idyllic backdrop for discovering local flavours one sip at a time. From small family to large estate wineries, there is something for everyone.
Wineries include Mission Hill, Kalala Organic Winery, Off the Grid (also organic), Volcanic Hills, Mount Boucherie, the Hatch, Indigenous Winery, Ciao Bella, Grizzli, Little Straw, Rollingdale, Beaumont (organic) and Quails Gate Winery. Several of these wineries have restaurants and most offer some picnic food choices. www.thewestsidewinetrail.com
For further information about wine touring see the article What you should know before you go on a self guided tour.