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5 Reasons Why Okanagan Wine Tours Are Better Than Going Solo

September 23, 2015

Okanagan Wine Tours Better With Friends

Okanagan wine tours are a great way to visit the area’s vineyards because it saves you from having to organize the itinerary yourself.

Photo courtesy of: Okanagan Wine Country Tours

It’s true what they say: you don’t have to be a connoisseur to enjoy a glass of wine. You don’t even have to know that much about wine to go on self-guided Okanagan wine tours. All you really need is a map and way to get there.

However, if you’re looking to gain a little insight into the vineyards you’re visiting, or you’d like to learn the difference between a pinot gris and a pinot noir (hint: one’s red and one’s white), then booking a guided tour is a great way to experience the region.

Here are a few more benefits of choosing Okanagan wine tours that feature knowledgeable guides, as opposed to going it alone.


1. Get the Inside Scoop

Any decent tour guide will know which wineries are worth visiting, and they’ll have industry connections and insights that’ll provide a more meaningful and educational experience. You might even be able to discuss your preferences to determine which wineries you’d enjoy most.


2. Cut to the Chase

If you’re not familiar with the area, it can be a daunting task finding your way around some of the area’s back roads. Rather than waste precious time figuring out directions, why not let an experience tour group show you around? That way you get to relax and soak up the stunning countryside, instead of worrying whether your GPS is working.


3. Different Tour Options

Depending on your schedule, you can book either full-day or half-day Okanagan wine tours with many companies. If you happen to be staying at one of the hotels in Kelowna, you can even arrange to be picked up at the front door. Other common tour perks include:

  • Hot buffet breakfast
  • Wine tastings included in price
  • In-depth tours
  • Comfortable transportation


4. No Need for a Designated Driver

If you’re planning on making a day of it visiting a host of wineries, you’ll need to find someone willing to be a designated driver. Multiple tastings have a way of getting people buzzed, possibly putting them over the legal driving limit.

With a guided wine tour, everyone gets to imbibe and no one gets left out.


5. Space to Store Your ‘Mementos’

People go on wine tours for many reasons, the main one being to sample the region’s wines in order to find ones you’d like to buy straight from the cellar. If everyone in your group ends up buying bottles (or possibly cases), it can fill up a car quite quickly.

Companies such as Okanagan Wine Country Tours use comfortable SUVs that provide not only relaxing and stylish transport, but also plenty of room for that fabulous Merlot you had to buy a case of.

If you’re looking for a unique way to go on a wine tour, check out our post: 4 Exciting Ways to Experience Okanagan Wine Tours or take a look at our Ultimate Guide to Okanagan Wine Tours.


Are you looking for a convenient and educational way to experience local wineries from your Kelowna hotel? BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites organizes highly rated Okanagan wine tours that depart directly from the lobby. Call us to arrange a tour with your next stay: 1-888-860-1212

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