British Columbia is a sensory explosion every year regardless of what season you choose to visit. From West on Vancouver Island, to South Okanagan, to East Kootenay, and all places between, life pulses with gusto. At Winetraveler, we plan many of our winery visits with great views in mind. Lucky for us, Okanagan wine country is full of wineries with great views from the patio.
It’s called Super Natural British Columbia because these lands are beautiful and each year brings further reasons to celebrate that beauty. New wineries open and offer more places to discover a favorite wine, cider, beer, or other something. The best way to experience this lovely province is through the great outdoors – especially if that outdoors includes a patio and wine.
WINERIES WITH GREAT VIEWS ACROSS OKANAGAN:
In this guide, any one of the 15 wineries we mention below adds to the perfect self-guided trip with views should you wish to drive. If you’d instead prefer to not worry about logistics or driving, there are three Okanagan tour operators we highly recommend in the region that have received nothing but 5-star ratings from our readers.
Okanagan Wine Tours
If you’re looking for a scenic experience throughout Okanagan, your best bet is to use a professional, fun and local tour operator that designs a wine route with great views in mind. Our most-recommended tour focuses on the west Kelowna region of Okanagan, and is operated by Vines & Views Wine Tours. Expect these local expert guides to go above and beyond, ensuring you have a memorable trip. You’ll visit 5 award-winning wineries at a comfortable pace, some of which serve food. While the route can sometimes change, we’ve had amazing experiences at wineries like Frind Estate, Rollingdale Winery, Volcanic Hills Winery, Little Straw, Mt. Boucherie, Off The Grid, Grizzli and Indigenous World.
For another honestly incredible experience we had in West Kelowna, consider booking a day tour with Kelowna Concierge. Our tour guide Steve couldn’t have been more accommodating or knowledgeable about the region. Hotel pick up and drop off are included with this experience.
If for some reason either tour mentioned above happens to be sold out for the day you’re traveling (not uncommon given the region’s current popularity), Red Dog Wine Tours offers equally scenic and special day trips. They also allow you the flexibility to visit East or West Kelowna for the day.
All wine regions are picturesque with acres of vineyards and distinct terroir. It’s something particularly special when you can sit within reach of the grape vines, breathing the same air and feeling the same sun warm your face while you drink the fruits of last year’s harvest. Whether on a patio, at a picnic area, or in a restaurant, BC wineries have captured the essence of that special something and are waiting to share it with you.
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Here are just a few of the places you can soak up the sun and enjoy a taste of BC wine country the best way we know how: outdoors, with wine, beneath a bright blue sky.
South Okanagan Wineries
Hester Creek Estate Winery (Oliver)
To look over the Golden Mile Bench sub-gi and across the valley at Black Sage Road with a glass of Cabernet Franc or Pinot Blanc in hand. Linger longer and dine with style at Terrafina at Hester Creek by RauDZ.
Hide away from the rest of the world with a glass of Gamay or Pinot Gris and a tasty appetizer.
Meyer Family Vineyards (Oliver)
Relax among the vines on their outdoor wine lounge with a glass (or bottle) of Rosé or one of several styles of Chardonnay along with delicious artisan cheeses and charcuterie.
Noble Ridge Vineyard & Winery (Okanagan Falls)
For the coolest peek-a-boo view of Vaseux Lake with rolling vineyards and the majestic McIntyre Bluff as backdrop. Best enjoyed with a bottle of The One Sparkling traditional method, a glass of summery Mingle, or one of their Meritage blends.
Central Okanagan Wineries
Painted Rock Estate Winery (Penticton)
Catch the best view of Skaha Lake framed by vineyards and rock. Snag a bottle of the limited Rosé, linger over a divine Syrah, and inhale your surroundings with those very vines right in front of you.
Bench 1775 (Naramata)
Be transported to the edge of the world – or so it may seem – as you sit high atop the geological bench that makes this region what it is. Sip a Sauvignon Blanc, their dee-lish Brut Rosé, or spend a while with the Cabernet Franc.
Evolve Cellars (Summerland)
For an unparalleled view of Lake Okanagan from above the vineyard. Grab a bottle of bubbly Effervescence and raise a glass to whatever your heart desires. This cover photo: truth.
Indigenous World Winery (West Kelowna)
Where The Red Fox Club offers free bannock from 3 – 5pm daily with purchase of a glass of wine. You’ll want to buy a bottle – like the Cabernet Franc or Viognier from the Single Vineyard series.
Tantalus Vineyards (Kelowna)
To overlook the wineries, vineyards, and orchards along the shores of Lake Okanagan with a glass or two of Chardonnay or Pinot Noir. The Juveniles series punches well above its weight.
North Okanagan Wineries
Harper’s Trail (Kamloops) to gaze in wonder at the towering ancient hoodoos as you enjoy a bottle of Riesling (Pioneer or Silver Mane Block) and rest up for your next stop in this new world wine adventure.
Monte Creek Ranch Winery (Kamloops)
For a bite outside at Terrace Restaurant. Explore wines made from grapes like Frontenac Gris or Marquette on a ranch with history dating to wild west days.
Other Great Wineries in Nearby BC Regions
Fort Berens (Lillooet)
For a taste of truly new world winegrowing through regional plates at The Kitchen and a glass of Riesling (with three to choose from) or Cabernet Franc.
Blue Grouse (Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island)
Experience the Pacific Northwest. Picnic in the coastal sunshine with a bottle of Siegerrebe, Ortega, Quill Rosé, or Quill Pinot Noir.
Baillie Grohman (Creston)
So you can brag to your friends about how you yes actually went to a winery in the Kootenay. Your visit will be rewarded with tasty nibbles from the ‘Baillie Bites’ menu as you enjoy a bottle of Récolte Blanche, Blanc de Noirs, or Chardonnay.
Liber Farm & Winery (Similkameen Valley)
As a small-scale authentic farm that focuses on good farming practices and being true to land. Their tasting patio is now open for you to enjoy an Everyday Chardonnay, zippy and bright Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, Signature Red (cab/merlot), or my fave ‘Let Me Be Franc’ Cabernet Franc.
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