Unearthing Kelowna's Best Wineries

A close up of grapes at the View Winery in Kelowna
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Sun-soaked, vibrant, and dripping with a unique blend of culture and leisure, it's no secret that Kelowna is known for its award-winning wineries that both locals and visitors alike flock to explore. From the charming countryside settings to the passionate winemakers and world-class vineyards, Kelowna's wineries offer a wine experience like no other. Join me as we set off on a tasting journey, unearthing Kelowna’s best wineries through the eyes of a local.

Kelowna Wine Country: An Overview

Situated between pristine lakes and lush vineyards, Kelowna is home to over 40 wineries. Some are small boutique-sized places offering an intimate exploration of their wines, while others are large and opulent vineyards that serve as a statement to Kelowna's standing on the global wine stage. What they all share is a dedication to creating excellent wines while providing an unforgettable tasting experience.

1. Mission Hill Family Estate Winery

Mission Hill Family Estate Winery is an iconic Kelowna winery known as much for its architectural marvel as its world-class wines. It stands majestically atop Mission Hill, offering glorious panoramic views of Okanagan Lake and its surrounding vineyards. From the winery's sweeping archway entrance to its 12-storey bell tower, which fills the air with pealing bells every hour, every detail here is designed to evoke the classical allure of European wineries. Equally impressive, however, is their wine. Mission Hill is famous for producing award-winning wines such as the spicy Reserve Merlot and the crisp Reserve Sauvignon Blanc.

2. CedarCreek Estate Winery

CedarCreek Estate Winery is another must-visit Kelowna winery. A pioneer in biodynamic and organic winemaking, CedarCreek has long been dedicated to sustainability and the production of wines that truly express the Okanagan Valley terroir. Hiking their vineyard with a complimentary glass of wine in hand is a delightful way to spend an afternoon. Most notably, their Pinot Noir and Riesling wines are particularly loved by wine critics and connoisseurs.

3. Quails' Gate Winery

Well-reputed in the Kelowna wine scene is Quails’ Gate Winery, an all-encompassing experience of exceptional wine, farm-to-table fare, and stunning views. Known for its premium offerings like the rich Old Vines Foch Reserve and the balanced Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay, Quails' Gate also has an exceptional farm restaurant that showcases the local area's products in their dishes. It's a must-visit for anyone seeking fine dining coupled with exquisite wines.

4. Summerhill Pyramid Winery

Celebrated as Canada's most-visited winery, Summerhill Pyramid Winery stands out for its lush vineyards, but also for its giant, four-story replica of Egypt's Great Pyramid. The pyramid is where the winery's vintages are aged, and it contributes to Summerhill's distinctive character. Its commitment to organic and biodynamic farming and the championing of vegan wines, marks it as a leader in sustainable winemaking. Their exceptional Cipes Brut sparkling wine is regularly recognized for its excellence.

5. Tantalus Vineyards

Tantalus Vineyards, Kelowna's oldest vines vineyard, encapsulates a great respect for the land and the art of winemaking. Tantalus holds pride in its commitment to sustainable vineyard practices. Their tasting room offers unforgettable panoramic views of the 75-year-old vineyards and the stunning Okanagan Lake. Tantalus' flagship Riesling and their traditional-methods Blanc de Noir sparkling wine are must-tries.


Emotional, sensory, and scenic: that’s a trip through Kelowna's wine country. From rich, velvety reds and crisp, refreshing whites to innovative vegan and organic options, each winery tells a story through the beautiful complexity of their wines. So next time you find yourself in this charming city, why not explore Kelowna's rich wine heritage, guided by a local's perspective? Discover a new favourite vintage, roam through stunning vineyards, and soak in the breathtaking vistas only this part of the world can offer. Craft a memory that perfectly captures the spirit of Kelowna: refined, relaxed, and generously steeped in the magic of wine.