This historic wine tour supplies wine lovers a pleasant look into Kelowna’s wine historical past.
This tour is finest suited to cooler months all year long, which permits for a extra intimate wine tasting expertise, so that you to take your time and actually get to know the wineries and wines. With the focus moved inside to the tasting rooms and cellars, and with much less busy tasting rooms, winemakers and employees are free to speak extra and reply extra questions. That is the time to additional your wine schooling and deal with the historical past of our trade. Plan your personal tour and go to a number of the key gamers in our wine world and be taught the function they performed in our extraordinary success.
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Grey Monk Property Vineyard
A historic shot of George & Trudy Heiss strolling amongst their vines at Grey Monk Vineyard.
Begin in Lake Nation at one in every of our pioneer wineries Grey Monk Property Vineyard. The Okanagan’s oldest household owned and operated vineyard, it is a great spot to start your native wine nation historical past lesson. Established in 1972 by George and Trudy Heiss, they put the highlight on attractive Lake Nation and proved the wonderful situations for grape rising. Take pleasure in a variety of cool local weather varieties right here – purple and white.
Museum Archives Six males stand on the loading docks of Calona Wines. Three bins of Okay Port are stacked between them. Amongst them are Cap Capozzi (left) and W.A.C. Bennett, (third from left).
Swing again into Kelowna and the conveniently positioned dwelling of Calona Wines downtown. Established in 1932, Calona Vineyards has the excellence of being BC’s unique vineyard. This city tasting room, now Sandhill Wines affords a number of housewares, dwelling decor, cookbooks, and native artisan treats so tasting and buying are so as. The design of the tasting room is all about wine schooling so right here you may delve into an important historical past lesson. There are lots of wines to style right here so do allot the mandatory time right here.
4 generations within the making, the Sperling Vineyards Group.
Additionally near downtown and en path to our Southeast Kelowna orchard and wine area you will see Sperling Vineyards. Situated off Benvoulin Highway within the Mission space, there are 4 generations of land stewardship behind this household operated vineyard and winery. With deep roots in our agricultural historical past in Kelowna and lots of achievements to have fun together with conversion to natural and biodynamic viticulture and winemaking, the tasting room has numerous historic supplies so that you can peruse. Right here is your likelihood to style award-winning pure wines.
Summerhill Pyramid Vineyard
Summerhill Pyramid. Picture by: Jose Antonio Lopez
Head to Lakeshore Highway and wind your technique to the enduring Summerhill Pyramid Vineyard. Natural winemaking practices have been an integral a part of Summerhill for the reason that Kelowna winery was bought by the Cipes household in 1986. Additionally, the primary glowing wine home, the Summerhill model has achieved a number of worldwide awards and performed an enormous function in our trade’s movie star. The property can also be dwelling to 2 vital historic buildings, the Makwala Kekuli and the adjoining Mallam Cabin that are Canada’s solely First Contact Exhibit. Style the total vary of natural wines and naturally the superb line of bubbly!
Quails’ Gate Vineyard
Quails’ Gate Vineyards. Picture by: Shawn Talbot Images
Over the bridge to West Kelowna and the celebrated Quails’ Gate Vineyard. The pioneering Stewart household planted their first vines in 1961 nevertheless, the agriculture historical past goes again all the best way to 1908 when nice grandfather Richard Stewart Sr. settled within the space. This attractive vineyard has an incredible restaurant and tasting room stuffed with sommeliers. Additionally on website is the pioneer homestead log cabin. The Allison Home was dwelling to John and Susan Allison, the primary European settlers on the west facet of Okanagan Lake in 1873. The wines listed here are prime tier and there are distinctive tasting experiences to take pleasure in.