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winery exploring

new orleans, la
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winery exploring

We are planning a trip to the Okanagan valley possibly august 2018. We love Sonoma and Napa and want to explore the wineries and enjoy the area. We also like staying a vrbo's so was wondering what might be the best area to stay in? Will probably stay at about 5 nights? Flying into Vancouver for a couple of nights and driving over to the valley. Any suggestions????


St. John's, Canada
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1. Re: winery exploring

There are so many wineries in the Okanagan. I find the area around Oliver, Osoyoos, and Naramata have some good wineries. That being said, one of my favourites is Grey Monk which is up further in the town of Lake Country. There are some great ones in West Kelowna, too. Another fav, although larger and somewhat touristy, is Mission Hill Winery in West Kelowna.

Port Moody, Canada
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2. Re: winery exploring

Look at Penticton area as being fairly central for touring. Wineries are spread up and down the valley so be prepared for some longer days. There are also a number of tour companies that will do the driving, leaving you all free to taste.

Calgary, Canada
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3. Re: winery exploring

Naramata region would be my first choice. West Kelowna/Summerland region would be my second choice.

To add to janidd...Grey Monk is one of my favorite places to go for a nice meal with a great view, but is a bit out of the way...worth the drive though in my opinion....lots of great vrbo's / airB&B's in the Predator Ridge region!

Kelowna, Canada
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4. Re: winery exploring

Hello rhki - Melissa here from Tourism Kelowna. As others have already mentioned, there are several wine regions throughout the Okanagan Valley starting in Lake Country in the Central Okanagan and heading south to Osoyoos.

Kelowna is the largest community in the Okanagan, located midway through the valley. As the largest community, it will provide you with a variety of VRBO options, along with a convenient location from which to explore the other regions. The majority of the West Kelowna wineries are within a 10-15 minute drive from downtown Kelowna. Lake Country, where Gray Monk is located, is approximately 30 minutes north of downtown Kelowna, while Penticton/Naramata are about an hour south, and Osoyoos is about two hours south.

In addition to VRBO, there are a few other vacation rental companies you can explore for properties throughout the Valley:

- Okanagan Vacation Home Rentals: http://www.okanaganvacationhomerentals.com/

- Okanagan Valley Rentals: http://okvr.ca/

- Owner Direct Vacations Rentals: https:/…okanagan

Within Lake Country, Kelowna, and West Kelowna there are 5 wine trails:

- Scenic Sip (includes Gray Monk): http://www.scenicsip.ca/

- Kelowna FabFive: https://www.kelownafabfive.ca/:

- Lakeshore Wine Route: http://lakeshorewineries.ca/wine-route/

- Downtown Grapes & Grains: http://grapestograins.ca/

- Westside Wine Trail (includes Mission Hill): http://thewestsidewinetrail.com/

If you have any further questions about Kelowna and its surrounding communities, I would be happy to answer them here in the forum. Happy trip planning!

Penticton, Canada
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first there is 2 options when driving from Vancouver and it depends where you will be staying and touring for the best route to take to get to the Okanagan +you can do a loop if returning to Vancouver. https://goo.gl/maps/WNiNda7YsuG2

but; there are also flights from Vancouver and Calgary that fly into Kelowna and Penticton on a daily basis. So depending on the rest of your plans there could be different suggestions.

with 5 days for touring my suggestion is that you split your time between the South from Penticton south to Osoyoos and then Central Okanagan between Kelowna and Penticton.

There are HOHO and a variety of size of tour buses/vans centered in Kelowna and in Penticton. Trying to tour to the south from Kelowna on a bus can get costly as they have to drive the 2 hr to Osoyoos to just get there which is why splitting your time is a good idea if you want to see it all.

I will wait until you come back and let us know where you are going after the Okanagan to suggest a scenario. It would also be helpful if you let us know if you will need tours or if you will have a designated driver. If you have a designated driver there are some paved back roads that the tour buses would not necessarily use that can expand the experience or you could do drive around exploring then take in a 1/2 day tour. The buses start from the hotels so if getting an VRBO you would want to get one close to a pick up point so you can take a taxi to your unit.

First weekend of August is the busiest weekend of the year and not recommended +August is also the hottest month of the year when we get +35C (95F) on more than one day. If you can do Sept you will have much better weather and the crowds have thinned out a bit.

"We love Sonoma and Napa and want to explore the wineries and enjoy the area." I hope it should have been "loved" and that it means you have been to California and you now want to visit the Okanagan Valley hoping for a similar experience. ??

Edited: 14 October 2017, 04:34
Vernon, Canada
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6. Re: winery exploring

Hello rhki, it is Sierra from Tourism Vernon here.

You have certainly picked the right destination to explore many different, fantastic wineries! As mentioned above there is no shortage of great options and you really can't go wrong. If you are looking to break up the wine touring and try some other types of tours in the region I would suggest trying mead from Planet Bee Honey Farm and Honey Moon Meadery (https://www.planetbee.com/), spirits and liquors from Okanagan Spirits Distillery (https://okanaganspirits.com/) or ciders from BX Press Cidery (https://thebxpress.com/).

Please contact us should you have any further questions! Safe travels!

Kelowna, Canada
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Hello rhki, this is Shelby here from the Thompson Okanagan Connector Visitor Center.

There is no shortage of amazing wineries here in the Thompson Okanagan Region! Something to keep in mind is that many also offer incredible Farm to Table Culinary experiences as well as wine tastings!

The Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek (http://www.tinhorn.com/) in Oliver prides itself on locally sourced ingredients coupled with incredible seasonal produce and great wine.

The Vineyard Terrace Restaurant at CedarCreek Estate Winery (http://www.cedarcreek.bc.ca/) in Kelowna has a beautiful outdoor patio for lunch and outdoor tastings.

The Patio Restaurant at Nk'Mip Cellars (www.nkmipcellars.com/) in Oliver also offers fresh Farm-to-Table cuisine in a picturesque location.

Feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions! With so many wineries to choose from, you are sure to have a wonderful time exploring the Okanagan Valley and all it has to offer!

St. John's, Canada
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8. Re: winery exploring

“”The Patio Restaurant at Nk'Mip Cellars (www.nkmipcellars.com/) in Oliver also offers fresh Farm-to-Table cuisine in a picturesque location.””

Nk’Mip Cellars is located in Osoyoos. Beautiful winery.

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9. Re: winery exploring

For a tour, I would definitely recommend Mission Hill. I did the Taste of the Estate Tour. Its 90 minutes.

I would recommend doing thisl

The attention to architectural detail and the views are very nice.

While there are lots of wineries (most smaller), this one impressed me the most.

Note: We visit Sonoma/Napa frequently.

Edited: 14 October 2017, 13:20
Vancouver BC
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10. Re: winery exploring

http://www.bighornridge.com remote and interesting or www.burrowingowlwine.ca Have been to both. Fab.

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