It’s no secret that Okanagan’s wine country is a highly sought after summer vacation destination. Communities such as Kelowna, Penticton and Summerland are must visit destinations for anyone who loves lake swimming, great food and outdoor activities. Being wine lovers, we’ve researched the very best Penticton wine tours that ought to be on your radar.
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Penticton Wine Tours
When it comes to Penticton wine tours, there’s so many options to choose from. In Penticton, you can experience bespoke wine tours that combine hiking, biking and even kayaks! You can’t beat the views, wine or the prices. Settle in and sip some of your favourite grapes as we share these top bucket list wine adventures with you.
Sip Happens Wine Tours
Sip Happens runs full day wine tours in both Penticton and Summerland called the ‘Holy Sip Tour’ which includes 5 wineries, all tasting fees and a lunch stop at guest expense. They also run a ‘Sunset Sip’ tour which is slightly different than the others with a later day start (2pm) with 4 wineries, tasting fees included and a dinner stop at end of day. Definitely consider this one in the fall and winter months.
And if you’re looking for a half day tour, consider their ‘Sip Disturber’ tour. In the fall it runs 11am-3pm and you’ll visit 4 wineries, have all tasting fees included. In spring and summer, these tours run 10am-2pm and 2:30pm-6:30pm.
Naramata Bench Wine Tours
The Naramata Bench region offers a wide variety of award-winning wines. There are 40 wineries within a 20-minute drive along the Bench, chock full of full-bodied reds, ice wines, and crisp whites. Guests can also visit boutique wineries. Here’s a look at our favourite tours within this region.
Grape Friends Lounge & Tours
Grape Friends Lounge & Tours offers 4-hour tours to 4-5 different wineries in the Naramata region. You can choose your start time and the trip includes pick up from your accommodation, as well as after dinner and shuttle drop off.
It also includes bottled water and snacks. The dress code is casual and comfy and remember, it gets hot out there, so bring your hat and sunscreen. The tours are private, so it’ll just be you and your group.
Grape Escapes Wine Tours
Grape Escapes Wine Tours’ Naramata Bench tour features an exclusive visit to the BC Wine Centre. The tour also takes guests through 5 different wineries along the Naramata Bench, taking about 5.5 hours.
Included in the tour is a scheduled lunch break at either a winery bistro or a 3-course luxe picnic. Pick up and drop off from Penticton accommodation is included. Grape Escapes also offers bachelorette tours, private tours and corporate events.
Vivid Tours offers two Naramata Bench Wine tours. If you can only budget half a day, check out the 4-hour wine tour which visits 4 different award-winning wineries. The tour offers pickup and drop off in Penticton, Summerland, Kelowna and other surrounding areas.
All winery tasting fees are included in the cost. The tour also includes lunch reservations at a winery bistro (cost not covered).
If you’ve got an entire day to spend swirling and sipping, book the 6-hour full day wine tour of the Naramata bench. Similar to the half day tour, pickup and drop off are included, as well as all winery tasting fees. Lunch at a winery bistro also included (at an extra cost). The full day tour visits 5 different Naramata wineries, offering 20-25 tastings!
Top Cat Tours
Top Cat Tours offers two different Naramata Bench winery experiences. The most popular option is a full day tour, where you experience 5 different wineries, lunch at a winery or restaurant, plus door to door pick up and drop off.
Top Cat Tours will pick you up from any location in Penticton, Summerland, Kaleden or Naramata. Tasting fees and lunch are included in the full day rate.
Their half day tour includes 4 winery visits, pickup and drop off options in Penticton, Summerland, Kaleden and Naramata. Lunch isn’t included in the half day tour, but a 30-minute break is allotted to purchase lunch. Tasting fees are included.
Hoodoo Adventure Company
Hoodoo Adventure Company offers a unique Naramata Wine Tour experience. The tour begins with a shuttle bus ride to the Kettle Valley Rail Trail, where an easy bike ride begins. A seasonal picnic is served at the first winery, before once again setting off on a coach driven wine tour.
Tasting fees are not included but bikes, helmets and repair kits are. The whole tour takes about 4.5 to 5 hours. Fees are discounted for large groups.
Another fun option is their kayak wine and cheese tour which we took a few years ago. Check out this post to learn about our experience.
Cheers Okanagan Tours
The Naramata Wine tour run by Cheers Okanagan Tours takes you to 4 different wineries over 7 hours. The tour is all-inclusive, so it includes pickup and drop off, tasting fees, tour fees, artisanal cheese and charcuterie picnic, water, gratuities and taxes.
Sagebrush Wine and Nature Tours
Sagebrush Tours offers private tours of your own design or designed by wine experts. Their full day tours include 5 wineries, plus lunch (paid by guest) at either Poplar Grove Restaurant or Time Winery Kitchen.
The half day option includes 4 wineries with tours leaving in the morning or afternoon. Tours include an experienced wine tour guide, tour bus with A/C and tasting fees. Both tours include door to door transport.
Canadian Craft Tours
Canadian Craft Tours offers a 4.5 hour wine tour with round-trip transportation in a custom minibus. The tour visits 4 wineries along the Naramata Bench with all tasting fees included.
Guests can also enjoy a behind the scenes tour of a local winery. Additional wineries and lunch can be added for additional costs and time. Potential winery options include: Hillside, Red Rooster, Therapy, Township 7, misconduct and Van Westen. Elephant Island and Legend Distilling are available by request.
Summerland Wine Tours
Ready to experience Summerland’s Bottleneck Drive? This area is full of beautiful vineyards and orchards and features craft beverages and boutique wineries. Some of the best Penticton wine is located right in Summerland.
Top Cat Tours
As with Naramata, Top Cat Tours offers a full day or half day option. The full day tour offers visits to 5 wineries, a gourmet lunch and covers tasting fees, plus door to door pickup/drop-off. Their Summerland wine tour offers pickup from Penticton, Summerland, Kaleden, Naramata and Okanagan Falls.
The half day tour includes 4 winery visits, tasting fees and pickup/drop-off from Penticton and Summerland. The half day tour doesn’t include lunch, but a 30 minute break for lunch is included in the time.
Vivid Tours offers full day and half day options for indulging in the best wines that Summerland has to offer. The half-day tour takes you through Bottleneck Drive and includes visits to 4 Summerland wineries (16-20 tastings). This tour takes about 4 hours and includes pickup and drop off. All tasting fees are included.
The full day tour offers 6 hours of wine tastings at 5 different wineries along Bottleneck Drive. Lunch reservations, wine tasting fees and pick up/ drop off are all included. On the full day tour, winery options include: Dirty Laundry Vineyard, Heaven’s Gate Estate Winery, Thornhaven Estates Winery and more.
Cheers Okanagan Tours
The Summerland Bottleneck Drive tour with Cheers Okanagan Tours is a private tour to 4 different wineries in about 5.5 hours. The all-inclusive price means that one fee covers pickup/drop off, tasting fees, tour fees, a complimentary charcuterie board, bottled water, taxes and gratuities. Custom durations are also available upon request.
Get ready for a beautiful 3-5 hour tour down Bottleneck Drive, complete with 4-5 wineries and 20-25 tastings. Sagebrush offers a full day tour with 5 wineries, plus lunch (at an extra cost) or a half day option with 4 wineries in the morning or afternoon. Private tours are also available.
Sagebrush is the only Okanagan ecotourism wine tour company, and all guides are experts in the rich agriculture and natural history of the area. Guests can also customize their wine tours or let Sagebrush plan a memorable experience for them.
Canadian Craft Tours
Canadian Craft Tours minibus tours last approximately 4 hours and visit 4 different wineries along the route. Some wineries to visit include Crush Pad, Thornhaven, Dirty Laundry, Sumac Ridge or Sonoran. Every trip includes round-trip transportation, tasting fees, a light lunch (for an extra $10/person) and a knowledgeable tour guide.
What’s better than visiting a winery? Staying at a winery! These beautiful properties in Penticton offer not only delicious wine, but a convenient, serene spot to rest your head, mere steps away from the vineyards.
Therapy Vineyards & Inn
Therapy Vineyards in the Naramata Bench offers 5 modern-style boutique suites located at the sprawling vineyard. Guest rooms include a king bed, spa-like bathroom, deck or patio with beautiful views, a wine fridge, and WIFI.
Your stay also affords access to a main seating area, nearby water access and a massive outdoor hot tub. A full breakfast is also included.
You’ll be bedding down right on the Naramata Bench with an overnight at Wesbert Winery. This winery offers 4 guest rooms, each with lake access, WIFI, free parking, a patio or balcony.
Breakfast is included at this pet-friendly property. This prime location has 8 wineries within walking distance and many more nearby.
The Tree House at Elephant Island
Elephant Island offers a guest suite above the tasting room, looking out over the cherry orchard. The loft-style guest suite is self-contained, so you won’t be sharing it with any other guests or staff. Guests have access to a large deck with lakeside views, 2 queen beds, laundry facilities and WIFI.
D’Angelo Estate Winery and Guest House
This peaceful 27-acre property offers self-contained vacation rentals. The Bachelors Suites feature a view of the vineyard, a queen bed, private bathroom, small kitchen, private deck and air conditioning.
The Cabernet Suite has three bedrooms or two-bedroom options, two bathrooms, a full kitchen, living room and private deck that faces the vineyard and pool.
Each stay requires a 3-night reservation, but with so many wineries to explore, why wouldn’t you want to spend 3 nights here?
Summerland Estate Winery Guest House
Summerland Estate Winery is more than a winery. Here, they host guests and weddings. The guest house features a 4-bedroom suite with a private entrance, open concept kitchen, jacuzzi and lake side views.
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