Wine Trails of Kelowna: A Self-Guided Tour

A scenic view of a vineyard with rows of grapevines leading to a lush green landscape with ponds, trees, and distant mountains under a cloudy sky in Kelowna.

Embark on a journey through the best of Kelowna's wineries. Each trail in this idyllic region offers a unique experience, weaving through vineyards that produce award-winning wines, acclaimed worldwide. This is your key to a self-guided tour that promises to be as enriching as it is enjoyable.

Preparing for Your Wine Trail Adventure

Before you set out, a bit of planning goes a long way. Consider the distances between wineries and plan your route accordingly. Kelowna's wineries are close-knit, with many just a 20-minute drive apart, but it's still wise to map your day. Renting a car or appointing a designated driver is recommended for a safe journey. Book your tastings in advance, especially during the bustling summer months. Remember, responsible drinking is essential; always have a designated driver or arrange transportation.

Exploring Kelowna's Wine Trails

  1. Fab Five on the South East Bench: This trail includes many boutique wineries, each boasting its own unique allure. Among these, House of Rose Winery and Camelot (permanently closed) offer whimsical themes, while The View and Spearhead showcase the family-driven Kelowna wine culture. These intimate locations offer a blend of quality wines and warm hospitality, a hallmark of the region.
  2. Lakeshore Kelowna Wine Route: This route offers a journey through the heritage of Okanagan’s oldest vineyards. Wineries like Tantalus, Summerhill Organic Winery, and Cedar Creek are situated along stunning lakeshore views, with their vineyards producing exquisite Riesling, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay.
  3. Lake Country Scenic Sip: Venturing north of Kelowna, this trail is a vista of vineyards and lake views. It's a region rich in Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Riesling, with wineries like Ancient Hills and Arrowleaf providing a scenic backdrop for their tastings.
  4. West Kelowna Wine Tour: Across the lake lies West Kelowna, a cluster of diverse wineries near Mount Boucherie. From Mission Hill's architectural splendour to the unique offerings of Quails Gate and Volcanic Hills, this trail is a journey through both taste and terrain.

Must-Visit Wineries in Kelowna

  • Quails’ Gate Winery: A family legacy spanning three generations, this winery offers a signature Old Vines Foch, providing a taste of history with every sip.
  • Mission Hill Family Estate Winery: Combines tradition with modern flair, set against a backdrop of stunning architecture and serene lakes.
  • Tantalus Vineyards: Known for its Pinot Noir, Riesling, and Chardonnay, this vineyard is one of BC's oldest, offering both quality wines and an educational journey.
  • Volcanic Hills Estate Winery: Offers volcanic-themed wines, an eco-friendly ethos, and an intimate connection with nature.
  • CedarCreek Estate Winery: Known for its lakeside vistas and wine-led menu, it's a gem for those who appreciate the finer things in life.

Culinary Delights and Wine Pairings

Kelowna's wineries don't just offer exquisite wines; they're also a gateway to exceptional culinary experiences. For instance, CedarCreek's Home Block Restaurant provides a lakeside dining experience, featuring dishes like calamari paired with their sparkling wine or Pinot Gris​. Peak Cellars' Garden Bistro, in Lake Country, draws from its organic garden to create dishes like lobster pizza, perfectly paired with Pinot Noir Rose​. Old Vines Restaurant at Quails’ Gate offers a locally focused menu, with options like Truffle & Parmesan fries and fresh fish, complemented by their Chardonnay​. And for a luxurious dining experience, The Terrace Restaurant at Mission Hill Family Estate Winery is a showstopper, offering dishes like wild caught scallops amidst a breathtaking lakeside view.

Tips for an Enjoyable Wine Tour

Pace yourself to enjoy each winery's unique offerings fully. Bring essentials like sunscreen and water, and take the time to appreciate the scenic beauty and local culture. Remember, each winery has its own story and character, making every stop an opportunity to discover something new.


Kelowna's wine trails are a mosaic of flavours, cultures, and experiences. As you traverse these paths, continue to explore, to indulge, and to fall in love with British Columbia's wine country. Let each sip lead you to new discoveries, each view inspire you, and every encounter with the locals enrich your understanding of this magnificent region.