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4 Exciting Ways to Experience Okanagan Wine Tours

June 17, 2015

Cedar Creek Wineyard Lakeshore Wine Tour

Arriving by helicopter, classic car and sleek SUV are some of the options available to you when choosing an Okanagan wine tour.

Featured: Cedar Creek Vineyards on the Lakeshore Wine Route. Photo by Brian Sprout, Tourism Kelowna

Half the excitement of Okanagan wine tours is getting to experience the vineyards and see firsthand how the winemaking process unfolds. The other half, of course, is sampling the goods and choosing your favourite varietals. How you arrive at those Okanagan wineries is up to you, but there are plenty of intriguing modes of transport you might not have considered.

No matter which tour you choose, the benefits are numerous:

  • No need for a designated driver
  • Gain local insight to the Okanagan wine industry and region
  • Your whole group gets to relax
  • Discover lesser known boutique wineries


1. Take the Classic Route

There’s just something about classic cars that’s undeniably cool. And what better way could you spend a leisurely afternoon than riding in the back of a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air, touring wineries in comfort and style?

Tours 59 Classic Car Tours offers this experience, providing an alternative to self-guided wine touring in the beautiful Central Okanagan landscape. A professional driver will pick you up at your accommodation and take you on a memorable journey, allowing you to relax and soak in the gorgeous countryside.

If you’re more of a Caddy enthusiast, then Vintage Wine Tours, with their pristine 1956 Cadillac Sedan de Ville, named Eleanor, should be on your wine tour bucket list.


2. Arrive by Air

If winding through the Okanagan’s country roads in a car or tour van is charming, then viewing the landscape from a bird’s-eye view and touching down at your preferred wineries is downright exhilarating. Valhalla Helicopters invites you to buckle up for a high-flying heli-wine tour that combines the best of sightseeing with some of the best winetasting opportunities available anywhere in North America.

With half and full day options available, you can book a flight to suit your schedule and budget. You can also hire Valhalla for other Okanagan excursions such as:

  • Alpine picnics
  • Hiking in remote areas
  • Mountain biking
  • Fishing hidden lakes
  • Skiing


3. Keep a Low Profile

Okanagan Wine Country Tours, a partner of BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites, provides the ultimate in discretion for those who want to travel in the subtle style of unmarked luxury SUVs.

For travellers who’ll be staying in the area for a few days, Okanagan Wine Country Tours also offers a five-day “Chip & Sip” wine and golf tour so you can combine two of the Okanagan’s highlight attractions in one convenient package.


4. Hop on, Hop off

For those who prefer a more go-at-your-own pace approach to Okanagan wine tours, Corks & Hops is the only tour company around that provides hop-on, hop-off service.

All you’ve got to do is choose which wineries you want to visit and the driver will drop you off. A quick text once you’re ready to move on and you’ll be collected quickly and chauffeured to your next destination.


To get the full lowdown on the local wine scene, read: The Ultimate Guide to Okanagan Wine Tours.


Looking for a different way to experience Okanagan wineries? BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites can arrange a variety of exciting Okanagan wine tours for its guests, while offering all of the convenient amenities you expect from a quality hotel. Call or email us to learn about our wine tour packages: 1-888-860-1212

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