Kelowna Wine Country Basics

To get the most out of your wine-tour experience. The following pointers will ensure that you have the best time possible while touring the picturesque Kelowna Wine Trails.

Baby in a car seat about to go on a private wine tour with Mom and Dad and another couple.

Before you begin your tour,

Hire a designated driver or go on a wine tour. In British Columbia, there is no tolerance for drinking and driving.

Check the websites of wineries for operating hours; several wineries close their tasting rooms 15 minutes before the facility closes.

Most wineries require groups of six or more to call ahead to schedule a wine tour tasting; tasting fees may apply.

Please keep in mind that due to COVID-19, groups cannot be larger than six people, and reservations are recommended at the majority of wineries.

Bring photo identification with you. The winery’s staff may check to see if you are of legal drinking age. In British Columbia, the legal drinking age is 19 years old.

Make sure your camera is charged, because the wineries around Kelowna are stunning.

Quails Gate Estate Winery boasts the most beautiful view of Okanagan Lake and vineyards sloping down to the shore looking south.

When you get there

Many wineries charge a fee for tastings, which are sometimes refunded with the purchase of wine on a wine tour.

The tasting room is an adult-only experience that takes place on working farms, active processing facilities, and crowded parking lots. If you bring children, they must be accompanied at all times. Please ensure that your children behave appropriately for the enjoyment of all other guests.

Priest Creek Winery tasting room


Allow yourself to spit or swallow the wine. Whatever makes you feel at ease on your wine tour.

Maintain an open mind. Go ahead and sample the wines on offer. You never know what you’ll find.

Pose inquiries. The winery staff is extremely knowledgeable about wine, the winery, and the vineyards.


Don’t put on perfume. Scents, on the other hand, can ruin your tasting experience.

On a wine tour, never take a bottle from the tasting bar and pour a sample for yourself.

Tasting rooms are a lot of fun, but intoxicated behaviour is generally not tolerated. Each winery will exercise their discretion and may request that you leave.

Also see: Make the most of your wine tasting experience

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