Wine Recommendations

Age appears best in four things: old wood to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust and old authors to read.

Living in Canada's premier wine region provides incredible opportunities to sample some very sophisticated wines from the beautiful wineries between Vernon and Osoyoos. There are about 120 wineries at the moment, with new ones opening up every year or so. White varietals such as Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay are popular and there are stunning examples of these everywhere. Red varietals such as Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Gamay Noir are also very popular, and have only gotten better and better.

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We have visited many of the wineries in the Okanagan and have had the pleasure of sampling their fantastic wines. Each year there seems to be new ones opening all over the valley, so this will be an ongoing process! Below you will find three or four recent wineries we have visited, with our impressions, insights, and of course, tasting notes. Click one to get started...

50th Parallel Estates

Curtis Krouzel and Sheri-Lee Turner-Krouzel along with their highly skilled team have created a world-class wine destination only 15 minutes from the Kelowna airport by crafting international award winning wines while hosting five-star events and unique catered dining experiences. In 2018, they are scheduled to open the next phase of the estate which includes a new events space, fine dining restaurant, extensive wine cave system and a glass ‘Transparent’ tasting room.

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50th Parallel Estate Wines have been winning awards, both nationally and internationally, since the first vintage in 2011. Thanks to our international winemaking team, we have produced some of the world’s most sought after wines. Varietals offered are: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Chardonnay and a Pinot Noir Rose.
  • Read more about the Estate Pinot Noir here
  • Read more about the white varietals here
  • Check out the amazing design of 50th Parallel Estates here

50th Parallel Estate Winery

A world-class wine destination only 15 minutes from the Kelowna airport. 50th Parallel Estate has been built from scratch to create a wine destination experience that is second to none.

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One of our favourite wineries, not only because of the fantastic wines, but the location and incredible views from this estate winery.
Gray Monk owns and maintain over 75 acres of lush vineyards overlooking Okanagan Lake and source premium grapes throughout the Okanagan Valley, to produce some of the world's finest wines. The name comes from one of the first grape varieties they produced - Pinot Gris. In Austria and Hungary, this grape is called ‘Grauar Mönch’ hence the translation to ‘Gray Monk’. The grape has a very distinctive blue-gray colored berry.

Among my favourites are the Estate Riesling and Gewurztraminer - very reasonably priced and of consistently high quality.
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Gray Monk Estate Winery

Established in 1972 in the heart of British Columbia's Okanagan Valley, the Heiss family welcomes you to their Estate Winery

Okanagan Crush Pad

Okanagan Crush Pad is committed to making wines that are pure Okanagan. Wines that celebrate the distinctive beauty and exceptional micro-climates and geology of our vineyards. The natural wines are crafted using organically farmed grapes in state-of-the-art concrete tanks, native yeast and minimal additives. The wines reflect the region’s unique high mountain/northern desert setting noted for its intensely hot, short growing season with hallmark cool evenings.

Explore the compelling offerings...

OCP

Crafted natural wines using organically farmed grapes in state-of-the-art concrete tanks, native yeast and minimal additives.

Narrative

Narrative wines and spirits were introduced by Okanagan Crush Pad winery in 2014 with the sole purpose of showcasing what the Okanagan is best at.

Haywire

Haywire offers pure, lively, wines that reflect the unique cool climate terroir of the Canada’s Okanagan Valley.

Coolshanagh

Coolshanagh Chardonnay 2014

Okanagan Crush Pad

A hidden gem in Summerland...

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Okanagan Farm to Table

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  • 12 hours ago
Love exploring the idea of local farm to table, vineyard to glass, all sourced within the Okanagan Valley (okay, with some fresh seafood from the coast, can't miss out on that!)
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Okanagan Crush Pad Winery

  • by Paul Taylor
  • 2 days ago
Okanagan Crush Pad is committed to making wines that are pure Okanagan. Wines that celebrate the distinctive beauty and exceptional micro-climates and geology of our vineyards.
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Gray Monk Estate Winery

  • by Paul Taylor
  • A week ago
One of our favourite wineries, not only because of the fantastic wines, but the location and incredible views from this estate winery.

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