Exploring Kelowna's Award-Winning Wineries

A scenic view of Ex Nihilo Vineyards in Lake Country featuring grapevines, a lawn, and a beige building under a bright blue sky.
Ex Nihilo Vineyards

The Kelowna region, famed for its diverse range of vineyards and award-winning wines, offers an unparalleled oenological experience. From the shores of Okanagan Lake to the rolling hills of the countryside, each winery tells its own unique story through its wines.

Ex Nihilo

Just a short drive from Kelowna lies Ex Nihilo, a breathtaking 20-acre vineyard renowned for its exquisite Icewine. Visitors are welcomed by the vineyard's knowledgeable staff who provide an educational and engaging tour, revealing the intriguing backstory of how this world-class winery came into being. The on-site eatery, Chaos Bistro, is famed for serving some of the best pizza in the area. A visit to Ex Nihilo is incomplete without experiencing their wine and cheese pairing, a heavenly combination that truly enhances the flavors of their award-winning wines. The vineyard's gorgeous setting, overlooking the serene Okanagan Lake, provides a perfect backdrop for an unforgettable wine-tasting experience.

Arrowleaf Cellars

Arrowleaf Cellars presents a visual feast with its stunning views of the vineyards and Okanagan Lake. This family-owned vineyard in Lake Country is known for its extensive list of approachable and award-winning wines, particularly excelling in white varieties such as Pinot Gris and Riesling. Though Arrowleaf doesn’t have an on-site restaurant, it offers delightful picnic boxes filled with light desserts, cheese, or charcuterie plates. The winery's dog-friendly picnic area is a charming spot to enjoy a glass or carafe of wine amidst nature. A unique offering during the summer weekends are their custom-made cream puffs, adding a sweet touch to the wine-tasting journey.

Blind Tiger Vineyards

Blind Tiger Vineyards, located between the quaint hamlets of Okanagan Center and Winfield, is Lake County’s only organic winery. It's the perfect choice for those seeking a more intimate, rustic wine-tasting experience. The winery boasts a relaxing farmhouse ambiance and offers a selection of fine organic wines. The on-site restaurant, known for its best wood-fired pizza, charcuterie plates, and wine slushies, provides a cozy dining experience. The stunning views of the vineyards, orchards, and rolling hills add to the charm of this vineyard.

The Vibrant Vine Winery

The Vibrant Vine Winery offers a unique wine-tasting experience that begins the moment you step through the door. To manage wait times, they have an ingenious paging system that allows guests to explore the winery while waiting for their turn to taste the wine. Visitors are handed 3D glasses to view the elaborate artwork on display, embodying the creative spirit of the winery. The Vibrant Vine is celebrated for its excellent selection of white wines, including their signature ‘Woops’ wine, which has an interesting backstory. During summer, the winery comes alive with outdoor live music, enhancing the relaxed ambiance.

Tantalus Vineyards

Tantalus Vineyards offers a stunning vista of rolling hills and the sparkling Okanagan Lake. This family-owned winery specializes in producing exceptional Pinot Noir, Riesling, and Chardonnay. The winery's interior, with its bright, spacious design and floor-to-ceiling windows, invites guests to immerse themselves in the beauty of the surrounding vineyard. Tantalus is known for its personalized and informative tours, providing an intimate wine-tasting experience. The vineyard's recent accolades in the 2023 British Columbia Lieutenant Governor's Wine Awards testify to the quality of their wines.

CedarCreek Estate Winery

CedarCreek Estate Winery, one of Kelowna's oldest wineries, is a fine example to the region's rich wine-making heritage. Located a mere 15 minutes from downtown Kelowna, CedarCreek stands out for its innovative wines and sustainable production practices. The winery features a state-of-the-art tasting room where visitors can sample a wide range of wines. Paired with exceptional food from one of the best restaurants in the country, the wine-tasting experience at CedarCreek is truly unparalleled. Wine enthusiasts can also join their exclusive wine club for access to pre-released wines and other benefits.

Summerhill Pyramid Winery

Summerhill Pyramid Winery is a must-visit for those who appreciate vegan, organic, and biodynamic wines. The outdoor seating area offers breathtaking views of the lake, vineyards, and hills. The highlight of Summerhill Pyramid is its organic restaurant, where guests can savour some of the freshest farm produce the Okanagan Valley has to offer. The winery’s unique fermentation process in a pyramid structure is believed to intensify the flavor of the wine, making every bottle a special treat.

Volcanic Hills Estate Winery

At the base of Boucherie Mountain sits the Volcanic Hills Estate Winery, offering a stunning setting for an afternoon of wine exploration. This winery boasts an extensive list of award-winning wines, ensuring there's a flavour for every palate. The knowledgeable staff guide visitors through an exceptional selection of wines, including top picks like the Volcanic Hill Rosé and Lava Red. Convenient for impromptu visits, the winery welcomes walk-ins for tastings, allowing flexibility in planning.


In Kelowna, each winery offers a unique glimpse into the art and science of winemaking, paired with breathtaking landscapes and a commitment to excellence. The region's award-winning wines, combined with the unparalleled hospitality of the wineries, make Kelowna a must-visit destination for wine lovers. Whether it's the rustic charm of Blind Tiger Vineyards or the innovative approach of The Vibrant Vine Winery, Kelowna's vineyards promise an unforgettable journey through the world of wine.

Embarking on this wine-tasting adventure through Kelowna is more than a journey; it's an exploration of flavour, culture, and natural beauty, sure to leave every visitor with cherished memories and a deeper appreciation for the art of winemaking.