The West Kelowna Wine Tour features the slopes & soils of an extinct volcano.
Volcanic soil makes highly aromatic and distinctive wines. Combine fresh mouth-watering acidity, saline or flinty-peppery minerality, and outstanding longevity. Truly a unique terroir and wine tasting experience.
An exceptional winery experience begins at Mission Hill Estates Winery or Quails' Gate Estate Winery (subject to availability).
A sommelier-guided tour explores Mission Hill's dramatic architecture, vast art collection, exquisite sculptures, and glorious viewpoints overlooking Okanagan Lake with inspiring mountain views. You then descend into the silence and coolness of an underground Barrel Cellar formed out of the volcanic bedrock. Each tour ends with a tasting in a Private Tasting Salon.
On the Quails' Gate guided tour you discover what makes their vineyards unique and visit the winery to see how they produce award-winning wines. The tour concludes with a guided tasting of four Quails’ Gate Reserve wines along with small food bite pairings.
Next, a winery that truly takes account of the volcanic soils of the area – Volcanic Hills Estate Winery. Pinot Noir and Gewürztraminer are the flagship wines with near perfect growing conditions. In all four sensational wineries are visited such as The Hatch. 2016 Wine Align Awards of Canada - 9th best winery in all of Canada. 5th best in British Columbia.
Lunch is at the bluSAFFRONbistro on a large patio by the vineyard with sweeping views of Okanagan Lake or during inclement weather inside the cozy bistro restaurant.
Kalala Organic Winery
Mission Hill Estate Winery or Quails' Gate Winery
Volcanic Hills Winery
*alternative wineries may be offered