Gin Renaissance: Exploring Kelowna's Gin Distilleries

a bottle and a glass sitting on a table next to a glass of wine on a wooden table in a wine cellar
Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery


Amidst Kelowna's landscapes, innovative distilleries are crafting gins that aren't just spirits, but stories in a bottle, flavoured with local botanicals and a dash of creativity. This journey takes us through Kelowna's gin renaissance, where the alchemy of distilling meets the artistry of flavour.

1. Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery

Okanagan Spirits is a true example of the Canadian craft distilling scene with its quality and craftsmanship that marks the region's distilleries. With a commitment to 100% locally sourced grains and fruits, they offer a range of spirits that are deeply reflective of the local terroir. The distillery's gin is an expression of this ethos, made more vivid by their Farm-To-Flask and GINtroduction experiences. These tours allow visitors to learn about the intricacies of gin production, from copper-pot stills to the final, nuanced product.

Visitors to Okanagan Spirits often rave about their gin experiences, particularly their signature Evolve Gin, a blend that converts even the most skeptical into gin enthusiasts. The distillery's variety and depth in gin crafting make it a must-visit destination for those looking to explore the craft of distillation in Kelowna.

2. Forbidden Spirits Distilling Co.

Forbidden Spirits offers a unique twist on traditional spirits with its apple-based gins. The distillery's surroundings add to its charm, creating an intimate atmosphere for visitors. Their flagship product, Eve’s Original Gin, epitomizes their innovative approach, distilling fresh, local apples into a crisp and unique gin.

The distillery's visitor experiences are highlighted by personal touches, like their Mini Cocktail tasting, which includes a selection of carefully crafted cocktails. These experiences offer a glimpse into the dedication and creativity that Forbidden Spirits pours into each bottle.

3. Urban Distilleries + Winery

Urban Distilleries is one of British Columbia's oldest craft distilleries. Their gin, along with their range of spirits, is crafted in small batches, ensuring a unique and quality experience for visitors. The distillery also offers a range of workshops and classes, including the Master Distiller Workshop, which focuses on the art and science of distillation, providing an immersive experience for those interested in the craft.

The hands-on approach in these workshops allows visitors to discover the world of gin, gaining insights into the creative process behind each unique blend.

4. The Dubh Glas Distillery

The Dubh Glas Distillery, a small yet ambitious player in the gin scene, is known for its award-winning Noteworthy Gin. Owner Grant Stevely’s passion for distillation is evident in his approach to gin making. The Noteworthy Gin stands out for its unique blend of eight botanicals, including fresh oranges, coriander seed, French lavender, and Bulgarian juniper berries, creating a gin that is both complex and distinctly flavourful.

The distillery's dedication to detail and quality is clearly evident, making it a noteworthy stop for anyone interested in exploring the depths of gin craftsmanship.


Kelowna's gin distilleries are places of spirit production, creativity and innovation. Each distillery brings its unique touch to the craft, inviting visitors to explore a world where tradition meets modernity, and local flavours come alive in every sip.