Wineries & Wine Tours
Grapes on a vine (Andrea Johnson photo)
Penticton is in the heart of wine country.
The Visitor Centre, which lists 44 wineries within a 20-minute drive, is a good place to start touring since it also hosts a VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance) boutique where staff are glad to conduct wine-tasting tutorials for anyone who wants to learn how to swirl, sniff and sip like a pro (spitting optional).
It’s fun to get out and discover the wineries, see their varied architectural styles and taste the distinct differences between winemakers and growing areas. Head northeast to sample the wineries of the west-facing Naramata Bench. Around Summerland the wines of Bottleneck Drive exhibit the flavours of the volcanic soil of Giant's Head Mountain. Journey south to explore Corkscrew Drive in Okanagan Falls, Black Sage Road and the Golden Mile in Oliver and the wineries of Osoyoos. Be sure to select a designated driver if tasting on your own, or leave the driving to somebody else and take a guided wine tour with a company like Ambrosia Tours or Top Cat Tours.
If there's no time for touring, just stop by the Penticton Visitor Centre for a taste of the wines of the day and a comprehensive selection of some 400 labels representing more than 60 wineries, including a host of international award-winning reds, whites, fruit wines and Icewines.
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