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5 Absolute BEST Wine Tours in Kelowna +Our Personal Review

5 Absolute BEST Wine Tours in Kelowna +Our Personal Review

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Going on a wine tour is undoubtedly one of the most popular things to do in Kelowna. The Okanagan Valley region in British Columbia is perfect for growing a variety of different grapes with hot summer days, plenty of sunshine, and mild winters. This weather also makes it a fantastic area to visit!

Needless to say, there are a TON of wineries and vineyards to visit around Kelowna! As a BC local (and wine lover!), we had our hearts set on taking in some wine tours and grabbing a few bottles of our favorites to take home.

But not all wine tours are created equal, and to be honest, there are a few things you should know about going on a wine tour in Kelowna before you book. So, based on my own experience, I’ll help you narrow it down.

Here are all the things you need to know before you go on a wine tour in Kelowna and the five best tours to choose from!

Our FAVORITE Kelowna Wine Tour

The Okanagan Valley!
The Okanagan Valley!

When it comes to value for money and flexibility, our favorite tour in Kelowna is this 4-hour sightseeing wine tour! With the choice between visiting Kelowna or West Kelowna, you get to enjoy this experience at your own pace, which is something we really appreciated when we went.

Priced at $179 CAD per person, this is a fantastic introduction to the wine scene here, and you’ve got round-trip transportation to your accommodation included too.

1. Why book a wine tour in Kelowna?

Bailey a little drunk on our Kelowna wine tour
We got a little tipsy by the end!

Kelowna is world-famous for wine, and taking a wine tour here is among the best things to do while visiting BC! Sure, you could just drive around to cellar doors and sample wines that way – but that just isn’t as fun. Plus, someone’s got to do the driving.

A wine tour provides local knowledge and insight into all of the best places to go. There are over 40 different wineries around Kelowna, if that isn’t overwhelming, then I don’t know what is!

A local guide will narrow it down to the best places to go for your group based on what you’re into and what type of wine you like. Oh, and not to mention, good tour operators get much bigger tastings.

Of course, a big advantage of a tour is that your guide is also your designated driver. This way, you and all of your friends can drink as much (or as little) as you want without worrying about who is going to drive!

Let’s be honest, you’re on holiday, and unless you’re a super-duper planner (hats off to you if that’s you!), then the last you want to be doing putting together your own wine tour. When you go on a wine tour in Kelowna, all you need to do is book the tour and be ready to go at the pick-up time. No stress!

2. What can you expect from a wine tour in Kelowna?

Bailey and Daniel take a photo together at another winery in Kelwona
What a stunning region!

On most Kelowna wine tours, you can expect a fairly similar experience – however, they can differ in small but noticeable ways. You’ll get a guide and a driver (who is often also the guide) that will take you and others around to different vineyards to learn about wine, how it’s made, and sample some wine (and by sample, I really mean drink as much as your heart desires!).

Most tours visit 3-4 different wineries and at each stop, you’ll try 3+ samples of different wines. You’ll also get the chance to purchase as many bottles of wine as you’d like to bring back with you after the tour. Some wineries will also ship cases straight back home for you (so whether you’re heading to Vancouver or abroad, you don’t have to pack the bottles in your suitcase!).

Wine tours in Kelowna will typically pick you up in the late morning or afternoon and go for a few hours before dropping you back off at your hotel before dinner time. Most tours also include a stop for lunch at a vineyard restaurant.

On the best tours, your guide will be super knowledgeable about both wine and the area. You’ll leave the tour with a whole new understanding of wine made in the region, as well as some local tips for other things to do, places to visit, and other suggestions from your guide about enjoying Kelowna!

Related Read: Looking for a liquid pick-me-up after your wine tour? These amazing cafés in Kelowna have you covered.

3. What are the best wine regions to visit in Kelowna?

the views on the Kelowna wine tour
The views in the Okanagan are stunning!

After growing up in the Okanagan, I can confidently say that there are no bad areas to go wine tasting in Kelowna. While this is true, for the best views and the most notable wineries, we love visiting either West Kelowna or Lake Country. West Kelowna is home to some of the oldest and best wineries in the region. Lake Country, as the name suggests, offers unbeatable views and some high-class winery experiences. 

The Okanagan Valley is known as wine country for a reason, and the vineyards across Kelowna often win both national and international awards for their top-quality wines.

Kelowna is located between the 49th and 50th parallel, making its latitude the same as Champagne in France, so it’s no coincidence that the wines here are so amazing. The long, dry, and hot summers combine to make top-quality fruit-forward wines. The cooler winters in Kelowna are also the perfect invitation for sweet ice wines!

4. What are the best wine tours in Kelowna?

It’s time for the juicy stuff!

When it comes to wine tours in Kelowna, the hardest part might just be choosing which one to go on! To help, we’ve handpicked our five favorite wine tours in Kelowna that you don’t want to miss:

1) Kelowna afternoon sightseeing wine tour

Ciao Bella winery  in Kelowna, BC outdoor patio
Doesn’t that look like the best place to drink wine!!

This afternoon wine tasting and sightseeing tour is all about choice, giving you the option of visiting wineries in Kelowna or West Kelowna! You’ll visit four different wineries selected by your guide – you really can’t go wrong with any of the choices on the list, believe me.

What I like about this tour is that you don’t feel rushed. While we got to visit four different wineries, we still had enough time at each to taste the wine samples as well as walk through the vineyards.

The tour includes round-trip transportation from wherever you’re staying in Kelowna or West Kelowna – whether that’s a hotel or even a friend’s house. This meant we knew we had a designated driver for the afternoon, along with plenty of space to bring home a few bottles (or boxes – we’re not judging!) of wines from each vineyard.

This is a small group tour with a maximum of 11 people. Tickets are $179 CAD each, which includes all tasting fees and transportation. The dress code is smart casual, although I like getting a little bit dressed up for these!

2) Lake Country “Scenic Sip” wine tour

At a wine tasting in Kelowna about to sample a white wine
Ready for our first tasting with Beach Bum Tours!

If you want a bit more time to enjoy the amazing wines and landscapes around Kelowna, this full-day Lake Country tour is our pick. You’ll head just 10 minutes north of Kelowna to the Lake Country area. The views here are incredible and the wine… Well, that’s amazing too!

It’s easy to see why this tour is known as the “Scenic Sip” tour. Along with visits to five of the best wineries in Lake Country, you’ll have stunning views of one of the most beautiful places in BC. The views between the wineries are jaw-dropping, but nothing compared to how beautiful the vineyards themselves are. A special shoutout to 50th Parallel Estate Winery, with its views of Okanagan Lake!

Our guide was great, and we felt like we had lots of time to soak up the views and sip on some of the best wines in British Columbia. Your guide can even help arrange shipping if you find wines you love and want to have at home.

The tour is $189 CAD and can be booked for two people or larger groups of up to 14 if you’re planning a special event or bachelorette weekend. The cost includes tasting fees, bottled water, and round-trip transportation in a comfy air-conditioned van from Kelowna. You can also have lunch at O’Rourke’s Peak Cellars (at your own expense) which has amazing pizza served in a gorgeous restaurant.

3) Full-day wine tour in West Kelowna

Daniel and Bailey take a selfie while on a wine tour in Naramata Bench, Penticton
Sometimes we get dressed up for our wine tours!

If spending a whole day touring amazing wineries sounds good to you, this full-day wine tour in West Kelowna delivers.

You’ll spend seven hours at four different wineries, including two of the best in the Okanagan – Quails’ Gate Winery and Mission Hill Estate Winery. Both of these are iconic wineries around here and have quite a prestigious reputation for delivering stunning views and exceptional wines. I can say both of these are well worth the stop, and we can’t wait to go back to both of them!

You will also visit Black Swift Vineyards, which is a newer winery, and we loved the wine tasting on the patio here. The tour finishes at the Mount Boucherie Estate Winery with a lunchtime stop (at your own expense) at their restaurant known as Modest Butcher Kitchen. The food here is great, but the stunning lake view makes it even better!

The tour includes pickup and dropoff from your hotel, all tasting fees, and a total of 20 wine tastings! We think this is a stellar deal for only $198 CAD per person.

4) Lake Country scenic wine tour

at a winery in kelowna with a view and huge wine bottle
This is one of the most scenic wineries in Kelowna…and the massive wine bottle also makes it a great photo stop!

Another tour that effortlessly combines sightseeing with great wine is this Lake Country scenic wine tour. Over four hours, you’ll visit some of the area’s award-winning wineries and enjoy the views. It feels like a mini-holiday!

The guides are great at making the tours fun, and they’re a wealth of knowledge. If you’d like, they can even suggest dinner recommendations or other spots you should visit while in Kelowna!

This tour takes you to four different wineries – Ancient Hill Estate Winery, Blind Tiger Vineyards, Arrowleaf Cellars, and Intrigue Wines. We especially loved Ancient Hill Winery, where all the grapes are grown and processed right on-site!

This is one of the most affordable Kelowna wine tours on our list at $140 CAD per person for two people or $130 CAD each for groups of four or more. The cost includes all tasting fees and transportation.

5) Wine tour on an e-bike with lunch

Ciao Bella, our favorite winery in Kelowna
We enjoyed a quick meal at our favorite winery Ciao Bella!

Visit some of the best Kelowna wineries on your own time and get some exercise on this wine tour on an e-bike. This is a self-guided tour, which is super nice. While we love guided tours, sometimes it’s great to be on your own time so you can linger at the wineries you like and not feel like you have to follow a group.

The tour starts in downtown Kelowna, where you’ll pick up your e-bikes and download a special wine-tasting app. The bikes come with a phone mount that will act as your navigator as you bike past beautiful beaches, including the popular Boyce-Gyro Beach, before heading up into the countryside where you’ll visit three wineries.

You’ll start at Sperling Vineyard for your first wine tasting and then continue on to Priest Creek Estate Winery for your second tasting before finishing off at your third vineyard, Meadow Vista. This winery is known for its delicious honey-infused wine, and here is where you will enjoy a farm-to-table style lunch (that’s included in the tour price!) on the patio.  

You can choose from multiple departure times from 10 am to 1 pm all costing $150 CAD, which includes your e-bike rental, all equipment (like a helmet and bike bag), wine tasting fees, and even lunch. I love that this tour lets you go at your own pace and spend quality time with your friends.

Why We Book Tours with Viator

Viator is a trusted online booking system for tours around the world! We almost always book our tours using Viator for a couple of reasons:

  • Free cancellation on most tours – Most of the tours on Viator allow you to cancel and get a full refund up to 24 hours in advance. This is handy in case plans change, or if booking an outdoor activity, the weather forecast is looking grim.
  • Reserve now and pay later – You can secure your spot on some of the most popular tours well in advance and not pay until closer to the day of the tour.
  • Pay in your chosen currency – Avoid costly international transaction fees by choosing to pay in your home currency.
  • Peace of mind – When booking with tour operators you find in person on the street or in small booking offices, you are often promised one thing and given another. This online platform holds tour operators accountable with a written description of inclusions as well as the opportunity for customers to leave reviews.

Check out the Viator website here! Or, for more info, read our detailed review about Viator here.

Related Read: For an unforgettable adventure, why not combine wine tastings and waterfalls with a tour from Toronto? Many of these Niagara Falls tours from Toronto include a stop at a Niagara winery!

5. How much does a wine tour in Kelowna cost?

Off the Grid Winery in Kelowna
One of the unique wineries we visited that’s completely off the grid!

You can expect to pay somewhere between $150-250 CAD for a wine tour in Kelowna. The cost depends on the length of the tour and any extras that might be included.

Typically, the longer tours don’t include the price of lunch, so you’ll need to account for that. However, all the tours we’ll talk about here include transportation, wine tastings, a guide, and all fees and taxes in the tour price.

Of course, the cost of the tour also doesn’t include any bottles of wine you want to purchase to bring home. You’ll likely find a few new favorites, so make sure to have some money set aside for that!

6. How long do wine tours last?

Wineries in Kelowna BC
Who else loves a wine tour with stunning views? Taken from East Kelowna!

Full-day wine tours in Kelowna will typically last around 6 to 7 hours. They are best suited to wine lovers who are happy to drink lots and spend the majority of a day sipping wine and touring wineries!

Half-day wine tours like this 4-hour Kelowna wine tour are the perfect option for travelers who are budget-conscious but also want to try some wine. Most of these shorter tours visit three different wineries and typically last about four hours. These tours are cheaper than the full-day options but will still have you sampling lots of wine.

7. How much wine do you actually try?

Bailey relaxes on a bean bag at a winery in Naramata Bench, Penticton
Let someone else do the hard work!
Bailey sips wine at a winery on a wine tour in Naramata Bench, Penticton
Another one, please!

This all depends on you and the tour you choose.

For me, I like to try it all! I never make use of the spittoon (which is a fancy word for the bucket some people spit their wine into after trying it). I live by the rule if someone offers it, I try it – so I tried A LOT of wine on the wine tours I went on in Kelowna.

Some tours, like the full-day options, also visit more wineries than others and give you more tastings. I have been on wine tours in places around the world where you get three small sips at each winery – but the wine tours I went on in Kelowna weren’t like this at all!

Related Read: If you haven’t had your fill of wine tours yet, there are some incredible wine tours around Penticton in the Naramata Bench area.

8. Am I going to get drunk on the tour?

Bailey takes a selfie in kelowna
Time for a selfie with the lake!

If you want to, YES! But like I said, if you want to skip a few tastings or make use of the spittoon, then you won’t get drunk. But, if you want to try all of the wine on offer, then you’ll likely be feeling pretty good by the end of the day.

Most tours also make a stop for lunch, where you can have a meal and try to soak up some of that alcohol. Or you can order a glass of wine and keep your buzz going.

The truth is, it’s your tour – make of it what you will!

9. When is the best time to take a wine tour in Kelowna?

award-winning ciao bella wines in kelowna
Award-winning wines are the best to try on Kelowna wine tours!

Anytime! I’m only half joking here… there are wine tours offered all year long in Kelowna.

The peak season to take a tour is typically May to October, but if you’re visiting Kelowna in the winter, you can sip on a bold red while looking out on snow-blanketed vineyards. Doesn’t that just sound amazing?

10. Is it only about drinking wine?

Bailey poses for a photo at the wine tour bus in Naramata Bench, Penticton
The transport comes in handy after a few wines!

No! I mean, obviously, a wine tour is going to be a lot about the wine. And let’s be honest, you’re going to drink a lot of it. But it’s more than that!

In my experience, a good wine tour is also about the area. Your guide will tell you about places of interest as you drive by, you’ll learn about the region, and even get some great ideas of things to do and places to see for the rest of your trip.

You’ll also get to visit some very scenic wineries and vineyards and in Kelowna specifically, you’ll be able to take some gorgeous photographs to remember the day forever (in case you drink too much, and it gets a little foggy!).

But in all honesty, a wine tour is a great way to explore Kelowna and the region that’s made it so famous. You’ll leave feeling like you had a proper tour and will have learned about more than just wine.

Choosing a wine tour in Kelowna that also focuses on sightseeing is the perfect choice for those who want to do more than sample wine. It is also a great option for people who enjoy photography (like Daniel) and those who haven’t yet had a chance to see all the amazing sights around Kelowna.

Related Read: Kelowna isn’t just known for wine, but beer too! Read all about the amazing craft breweries in Kelowna.

11. Is a wine tour in Kelowna worth it?

Enjoying a wine tasting at the View Winery
We did our tasting with the owner of The View winery! She is such a lovely lady!

Yes! Kelowna wine tours are great for wine lovers as you get a chance to try lots of wine, but they’re also perfect for those who enjoy checking out the scenery.

Some of the wineries in and around Kelowna are located in picturesque locations and the views are nothing short of breathtaking.

Where to Stay in Kelowna, BC

burger meal at the pool at the Coast Capri Hotel in Kelowna
Lunch at the pool at the Coast Capri Hotel? Don’t mind if I do! Photo Credit: Coast Capri Hotel Kelowna

Finding where to stay in Kelowna for your wine tour can be tricky. For starters, you need to book well in advance (especially during the summer months) if you want to enjoy a large selection of hotels. For this reason, I suggest booking a place ASAP! 

Using Booking.com is great because lots of hotels offer free cancelation. So, just lock in a place (or two) for now and make the final decision later (we always do this!).

If you need some help choosing, Dan and I have stayed at a lot of different hotels in Kelowna and have narrowed it down to our absolute favorites!

Coast Capri Hotel Kelowna – Our top choice

pool view room at the Coast Capri Hotel in Kelowna
Cheers to a pool view room!
balcony at the Coast Capri Hotel in Kelowna
My sister and I just enjoying the view (Dan’s behind the camera!)

We’ve stayed at our fair share of hotels in Kelowna, but last time we stayed at the Coast Capri Hotel and loved it! Our pool-view room was perfect with a huge balcony, two large queen beds, and even a desk area so that we could get some work done (when we weren’t busy down by the pool, of course!).

One of the best things about the Coast Capri Hotel is that it’s affordable without sacrificing any of the comforts you’ll need for a relaxing and enjoyable stay – suitable for almost all travelers and budgets. The location is central and the amenities are top-notch. If you’re visiting in the summer be sure to go to the pool where you can order food and drinks to enjoy poolside – we even had cocktails in the pool one night!

Rooms here start at around $189 CAD per night, and you can book this hotel on Booking.com. Be sure to book as far in advance as possible because these guys are often fully booked!

Delta Hotels Grand Okanagan Resort – $$$

If you’ve got the budget to allow, then nothing pairs better with a scenic wine tour than a little treat at a luxury hotel! The Delta Hotels Grand Okanagan Resort fits that dream to a T, with both an indoor and outdoor pool, as well as an onsite casino! But that’s not all, this 5-star hotel offers a complete spa experience, a fitness studio, their very own restaurant, and so much more.

Of course, you will be spending a little more to enjoy an experience like this, but if you’re here on a special occasion, this is a pretty good opportunity to treat yourself! Rooms here start at around $500 CAD per night, and you can book your luxury stay online here.

Kelowna International Hostel – $

The Kelowna International Hostel is centrally located and although it’s not fancy, it’s ideal for those traveling on a budget. You can make your own free pancakes every morning, and they have fun weekly events like Tuesday pasta night! It’s also highly rated as a clean hostel with super friendly staff.

Rates here start at $90 CAD for a private room, or only $35 CAD for a bunk – not a bad deal if you ask me! You can book your stay on Hostelworld.com

Thanks for reading!

Daniel and Bailey take a selfie on a wine tour in Naramata Bench, Penticton
Thanks for reading!

For us as wine lovers, wine tours are always a great time. In Kelowna, this is especially true because of the gorgeous setting of lakes and mountains surrounding the vineyards! We hope you enjoy Kelowna and whatever wine tour you choose. Cheers!

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