Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Touring BC's wine country in style


A fun way to tour the wineries of the Thompson Okanagan in B.C. is with Destinations Tours. Their VIP wine excursions include either Kelowna or Summerland's lush vineyards, and run through the end of October.

Kelowna Wine Tours features a sampling of tasty menus paired with wine at Mission Hill Winery and a tipple of ice wine at nearby Quail’s Gate. Additional visits to family-owned and operated Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery and Pinot Noir-passionate Little Straw Vineyards round out the adventure.

Summerland Wine Tours includes stops at Sumac Ridge Estate Winery, Thornhaven Estate Winery and the cheeky-named Dirty Laundry Vineyard. Plus, the Annual Okanagan Fall Wine Festival is coming up October 2 – 12. This yearly gathering of "grape expectations" features more than 150 wine, food and education-focused events throughout the valley.

Destination Tours includes visits to wineries, deluxe transportation (the Summerland tour features a classic car) and two nights at The Cove Lakeside Resort in Kelowna or the Summerland Waterfront Resort. Prices begin at $399/CDN per person.

Autumn at Quail's Gate Winery
Photo by Sue Frause