The Okanagan Valley is located in British Columbia, Canada and home to over 180+ wineries which stretch an area over 250 km. It is an amazing place to visit if you love visiting wineries and wine tasting.
So if you are planning on a visit to the area this is the perfect list of the best Okanagan wineries that you should check out.
Canadian wine is one of the new world wines, but many of the families who have started these wineries come from places around the world with historical family wine heritage. Each of the Okanagan wineries has its own personalities from being very established wineries to new little boutique wineries, each having their own feel and vibe.
You’ll be sure to find one that suits you perfectly!
Since we’ve moved to Kelowna, we’ve done our fair share of wine tasting and sampling plenty of wine to provide this great list of Best Okanagan Wineries.
We’ve narrowed down a few of our favourites to help highlight some of the best wineries to visit in the Okanagan and to help plan your Okanagan vacation.
This should give you enough information to be able to plan your own self-guided wine tasting tour through the Okanagan Valley.
What You'll Find in This Post
- Okanagan Valley Wineries Map
- Best Okanagan Valley Wineries & BC Wineries
- Best Kelowna & West Kelowna Wineries
- Kelowna Hotel Recommendations
- Best Lake Country Wineries
- Best Peachland / Summerland / Penticton Wineries
- Penticton Hotel Recommendations
- Best Naramata Bench Wineries
- Best Skaha Bench Wineries
- Best Okanagan Falls Wineries
- Best Oliver Wineries
- Best Osoyoos Wineries
- Osoyoss Recommendations
- Places to Stay in the Okanagan
- Wine Tasting Experience
- How to Get to the Okanagan
- Okanagan Wine Varietals
- Wine Tasting Tour Tips
- Okanagan Valley Travel Tips
Okanagan Valley Wineries Map
Best Okanagan Valley Wineries & BC Wineries
Best Kelowna & West Kelowna Wineries
1) Summerhill Pyramid Winery
Located in Kelowna, this winery offers some amazing views of Lake Okanagan and being so close to Kelowna city centre makes it an easy visit. They have a great patio and restaurant with their unique pyramid for storing their wine. They also have some great outdoor picnic areas to enjoy the view. Our Favourite Wine: Cipes Brut
2) Mission Hill Family Estate Winery
Located in West Kelowna, this winery will make you feel that you are strolling through the street of Austria. Their family heritage and attention to detail will immerse you in another place, especially when the bell tower chimes. If you have the opportunity to visit their wine cellars below you will be blown away by how they’ve thought of everything. Our Favourite Wine: Quatrain
3) Frind Winery
This winery is located lakeside and one of the only wineries (that we’ve found) where you can dip your toes in the Okanagan Lake while tasting their wines. They have a new tasting room and a great patio with a beach area located at the vineyard. Our Favourite Wine: Big Red
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Best Lake Country Wineries
4) Arrowleaf Cellars
Venture out to Lake Country for some backroads and picturesque views of the north side of Lake Okanagan. To get to this winery you’ll have to drive by fruit orchards and small farms to reach the striking vineyards sloped towards the lake. They have some tasty desserts and other charcuterie boards which taste perfect with your wine on their patio and picnic area. Our Favourite Wine: Bacchus
5) Gray Monk Estate Winery
This winery has some old-world European charm from their Austrian family heritage. They were the first to plant Pinot Gris grapes in Canada and remains to be one of the oldest family-owned and operated winery in Canada. Our Favourite Wine: Pinot Gris
Best Peachland / Summerland / Penticton Wineries
6) Hainle Vineyards Estate Winery
Hainle Winery is Canada’s first producer of certified organic wine. They are also the birthplace of North American Icewine. This winery has so much history and foundation to the Okanagan wines that it is a must-stop on your wine tour through the Okanagan. Our Favourite Wine: Pinot Noir Icewine
7) Sage Hills Vineyard
This modern tasting room has a panoramic view over the lake which will wish you lived with this view every day. They are known for their organic wines and farming practices. This little surprise will be a wonderful stop on your wine tour. If you like one of their wines, be sure to grab a few bottles since they make small batches it is most likely to sell out. Our Favourite Wine: Pinot Noir
8) Sumac Ridge Estate
Sumac makes an event with your wine tasting. There is the option to add food to help elevate your wine and let you enjoy the experience even more. They have monthly dinners, pre-booked wine tasting, and seasonal events throughout the year. Light up the vines or celebrate New Years’ at the winery. Our Favourite Wine: Unoaked Chardonnay
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Best Naramata Bench Wineries
9) Moraine Winery
An amazing view from the tasting room, with a quaint wrapped deck around the tasting room that provides lake views for days. They have VIP private tours that can be booked in advance. This family-owned winery has views of their vineyard and helps you enjoy the wine with a view. Our Favourite Wine: Malbec
10) La Frenz Winery
Founded by an Australian family, they have fallen in love with Canada and decided to start their own vinery. Amazing lake views and beautiful land to admire and sip away the wine. Our Favourite Wine: Malbec
Best Skaha Bench Wineries
11) Pentâge Winery
A boutique winery nestled in the backcountry roads, just getting there is an experience. You’ll get views of Penticton and Skaha Lake from their patio, and uniquely their cellar is located between two rock croppings. Our Favourite Wine: Pentâge Blend Red
12) Painted Rock Estate Winery
A family-owned winery with the elegancy and beauty. The facilities are an art piece that is situated with views of Skaha Lake. Winning a multitude of awards you can taste it within their bold wine selections. Our Favourite Wine: Red Icon
Best Okanagan Falls Wineries
13) Blue Mountain Vineyard
A unique location in views of steep mountains and a patchwork of vineyards that crisscross the vineyard. They have some great single-vineyard wines that are distinct and stand on their own. They don’t just have one choice for the Pinot Noir wine, choose which block! Our Favourite Wine: Reserve Pinot Noir Magnum
Best Oliver Wineries
14) Le Vieux Pin
Named after the strong old pine that stands in their vineyard. They capture the underpinnings of traditional French winemaking and enhance it with the New World wines of Canada. Although you are in British Columbia you feel their European influence in their entire operations. Our Favourite Wine: Sauvignon Blanc
15) Hester Creek Estate Winery
Choose either the indoor tasting room or the patio to enjoy your wine. They offer events such as music on the patio or walk through the oak terrace and lawn. If you are looking for a unique experience to stay at one of the villas with views of their vineyards this place is for you. Our Favourite Wine: Pinot Gris
16) Black Hills Estate Winery
With a tasting room with floor-to-ceiling windows, you’ll be able to enjoy views from wherever you are. It is located in Canada’s only official desert which offers a certain microclimate for making unique wines. Our Favourite Wine: Chardonnay
Best Osoyoos Wineries
17) Burrowing Owl Estate Winery
Looking for another place to stay at a winery? Enjoy your stay here at the Burrowing Owl with the pool and patio with vineyard views. A retreat and oasis that all those who love wine would dream of staying at. Our Favourite Wine: Cabornay France
18) Moon Curser Vineyards
A boutique family-owned winery, who take their wine making seriously but feel that wine is to be enjoyed. Their name stems from the boarder town of Osoyoos and the smuggling history. Our Favourite Wine: Dead of the Night
Places to Stay in the Okanagan
If you are planning a few days in the area, it would be best for you to split your accommodations from a variety of places if making a true road trip. Some great bases for you to go from are Kelowna, Penticton and Osoyoos.
These three places can be great spots to have some accommodations from so that you can check out the wineries in the area without having to drive too far.
Wine Tasting Experience
One of the best parts of visiting the winery is the wine tasting experience and every winery is different. In general, they all have a tasting room that will allow you to have a few different samples of their wines. Typically, wine tasting costs $5-$15 per person and typically waived if you purchase a bottle of wine.
How to Get to the Okanagan
The best way to explore the Okanagan Valley is by car. The closest major city to the Okanagan is Vancouver which offers international flights. You can enjoy a few days in Vancouver and then either drive or you can fly into Kelowna.
- Vancouver to Kelowna – 389 km via Coquihalla Highway
- Vancouver to Penticton – 416 km via Coquihalla Highway or 395 km through EC Manning Provincial Park which offers some amazing stops along the way
- Vancouver to Osoyoos – 397 km through EC Manning Provincial Park
We recommend booking your car rental in advance due to an influx of travellers in the busy season you want to ensure you get the vehicle you want for a road trip.
Okanagan Wine Varietals
- Pinot Gris
- Pinot Noir
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Cabernet Franc
- Sauvignon Blanc
What does BC VQA mean?
So what’s the BC VQA on the wine bottle? BC VQA has designated wines that must meet standards with respect to their vintage, origin and varietals. These BC wines are assessed by a panel from the BC Wine Authority and then provided this designation.
Basically, when you see BC VQA on a bottle, it means you are drinking wine that has 100% grown and made in British Columbia.
Wine Tasting Tour Tips
- Arrange to have a designated driver or look to hire a driver for the day to take you around.
- Either bring a picnic (cheese, crackers, meats, etc) or arrange to eat some food at one of the wineries to balance out the wine tastings.
- Always have extra water in the car for in-between tasting to rehydrate.
- Okanagan wine can be delivered to most places in the world, so check out each of the wineries Wine Club. If you have favourite wine chances are that you most likely will not find it back home and can arrange for shipping to your house.
- Many of the wineries close or have shortened hours during the fall and winter. Typically, all wineries are open from May – October.
Okanagan Valley Travel Tips
- Find any of the local area events and activities by checking out Kelowna Tourism. There is always something happening in the area.
- Don’t forget to get travel insurance for your trip. We always use World Nomads for our travel insurance, for more details this is our complete review of the insurance we use.
The Okanagan Valley can be a fantastic weekend getaway or 2-week vacation for the entire family with some wine tasting sprinkled in as your explore and travel nearby.
Do you have a favourite vineyard in the Okanagan Valley?