June 14, 2016
It’s summer in the Okanagan: The sun is shining, the water is sparkling, and the wine is calling. Okanagan wine tours are the perfect way to get to know new and exciting Kelowna varietals while taking in the warm sunshine and stunning lakeside views.
If you’ve ever been on a wine tour, you know just how fun and informative they can be. But somewhere in all the excitement, it’s easy to miss out on everything the wineries can offer. We’ve compiled a few tips to help you get the most out of your Okanagan wine tours.
During peak season, vineyards in the Okanagan can get busy and wine tours will often book up quickly. Plan your winery trip for a weekday morning, and try to avoid stopping in on weekends. Not only will you be able to take advantage of a more intimate and less crowded visit, you’ll also get more time to chat with the owners and winemakers. You’ll even be able to try more varietals and learn more about the winemaking process.
There are a lot of different ways to turn a grape into a wine. If you’ve ever wondered how wine is made or how long it sits in casks before being bottled, ask. Oftentimes, winemakers offer tours of the grounds so you can get an inside look at the way their wine is made. The more you know, the more you can enjoy that glass of treasured Okanagan wine. And don’t forget to ask about food pairings so you can really enhance the flavours of your favourite meal. You can even start with some of these questions:
- At what temperature should I store wine?
- Should I use a decanter to maximize flavour?
- When will this wine be at its peak?
- Do you recommend blended wines?
- Does this wine age in an oak barrel? For how long? What does that do to the wine?
If you’re planning on getting around the Okanagan vineyards in your own vehicle, remember to keep your newly purchased wines out of the heat in your car. Pack a cooler in your vehicle to store your bottles in when touring around Kelowna. Alternatively, if you’re tagging along on one of the many Okanagan wine tours, take a few minutes to figure out how you’re going to get your wine home, especially if you’re from out of town. A lot of vineyards can ship cases of wine on your behalf. There’s nothing better than coming home from a relaxing sun-soaked vacation to find a case of delicious Okanagan wine waiting for you on your doorstep.
The best part of wine tours is trying something you normally wouldn’t buy in a liquor store. Be bold, be brave, and step out of your varietal preference zone. With more than 60 grape varieties and over 120 wineries in the Okanagan, there are so many amazing wines to experience.
Now that you’ve discovered how to make the most out of your Okanagan wine tours, find out how to make the most out of your stay in Kelowna too. Take a peak at our post: 5 Features the Best Hotels in Kelowna should have.
If you’re planning an Okanagan wine tour adventure, consider staying at the Best Western PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites. We offer all-season wine tour packages complete with luxury tour vehicles including hotel pick up and drop off, complimentary wine tastings, and hot breakfast buffet: 1-888-860-1212
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