Kelowna, Okanagan Valley
Lakeshore Wine Route - CedarCreek Estate Winery, St. Hubertus Estate Winery, Summerhill Pryamid Winery, and Tantalus Vineyards
Take a break from the ski hill. Just an hour drive away these four wineries are open year round and welcome visitors to their impressive tasting rooms. While the vineyards are sleeping wine enthusiasts can enjoy self-guided tours with a designated driver or jump on board any one of the many wine tour company vehicles for a leisurely full or half-day tour that may include a wine-inspired lunch at Summerhill’s scenic Sunset Organic Bistro.
More Info: www.lakeshorewineries.ca
Big White Ski Resort - The resort hosts two very popular, and often sold-out events every ski season. Big Reds and Big Whites offer culinary samplings from the resort’s finest dining establishments paired with a selection of the Okanagan’s best varietals.
Big Whites at Big White – Saturday, April 06, 2013
Summerland, Okanagan Valley
Summerland Waterfront Resort Hotel
WINE & ALL THINGS FINE PACKAGE
• Two nights Studio bluff view luxury hotel suite
• 2 Beyond Wrapture Spa treatments – choice of “Signature Aromatherapy Massage” or “Exfoliating Glow Massage”
• $50 Dinner Credit at Local Lounge Grille
• Sumac Ridge Wine Tour & Tasting
• Bottle of Sumac Ridge red or white wine in room upon arrival
$459 for 2 adults, 2 nights: October 15 – April 30, 2013
Packages available on weekends and holiday long weekends only
Reservations: Toll Free: 1.877.494.8111
More Info: www.summerlandresorthotel.com
South Okanagan Valley
Burrowing Owl Vineyards, Oliver, B.C.
Back by popular demand, Burrowing Owl Estate Winery will once again be offering the "Harvest Package" in the fall of 2012, and the "Winter Getaway Package" in February and March of 2013.
Getaway Packages: Thursday–Sunday
- one night of accommodation
- a three-course dinner in the Sonora Room Restaurant
- a wine-country breakfast.
2013 Winter Wine Getaway Package: Contact Winery
Reservations: 1.877.498.0620 / Extension 3
More Info: www.burrowingowlwine.ca
Bighorn Ridge Guest Ranch, Okanagan Falls, B.C.
Escape the winter blues in the midst of Okanagan Falls Wine Country where the views in the Guest House overlook some of the most photographed vistas in the Valley including the iconic Blue Mountain bluff and Vaxeux Lake view. Located on 10 acres of native high desert with extensive bird and wildlife, yet there are five wineries and two lakes only minutes away.
Details: Adult-only accommodation
Number of units:
- 2 Sleeps how many per unit
- 2 Number of bathrooms per unit
- 1 Pet Friendly With Prior Approval
- 2 Adults Maximum Per Suite 2 Night Minimum Per Stay
- Access to temperature controlled 1700 bottle capacity wine cellar
Low Season: October 16, 2012 – March 31,2013 / $150 per night
High Season: April 1, 2013 –October 15, 2013 / $175 per night
More Info: www.bighornridge.com
Recipients of: Land Conservancy for Stewardship of Natural Habitat [Dec.2008] South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Award for 2011
Osoyoos, Okanagan Valley
Walnut Beach Resort
Walnut Beach Resort is the perfect winter retreat for wine lovers. Wineries sparkling holiday lights dancing on the vines under a star-filled sky add magic to winter wine touring. Enjoy special evening wine tours and dine at world-class winery restaurants with shuttle service from the resort. Take a dip in our year round outdoor pool or relax in the hot-tub overlooking beautiful Lake Osoyoos and the mountains. Enjoy a glass of wine or stay for dinner in our own award-winning Promenade Tapas & Wine Bar.
2013 Wine Packages: Contact the resort
More Info: www.walnutbeachresort.com
Watermark Beach Resort
Sidewinding with the Great Estates of the Okanagan
Replenish yourself in the definition of hotel luxury where attention to detail can be found everywhere you look. Let your stress dissolve away as you softly flow through the intricate textures of the hotel itself. Wrapped along the shores of Osoyoos Lake, this iconic Okanagan resort is a splendid fall/winter oasis with nearby wineries, tantalizing culinary experiences, and the longest golf season in Canada.
Guests of this experience receive a FALL/WINTER Passport at check-in featuring the wineries belonging to the Great Estates (with a value from $10 - $20 at each winery). With purchases of $50+ in wines, an additional $10 voucher will be offered.
Transportation not included – Winery Map Routes provided or Winery Guided Tours are available if booked in advance.
DOMAINE DE CHABERTON, Langley, B.C.
Is the oldest and largest estate winery in the Fraser Valley and conveniently located only 45 minutes from downtown Vancouver. It is an easy getaway for a day or an overnight stay. The tasting room and wine shop offers complimentary tastings of their extensive wine portfolio. Home to the Zagat-rated (excellent) Bacchus Bistro where you can experience authentic French cuisine prepared with local seasonal ingredients.
Open: Daily year round
Winery Tours: 2pm & 4pm February–November
3pm (only) December–January (Weather permitting).
More Info: www.domainedechaberton.com
SANDMAN WINE LOVERS PACKAGE!
Indulge in wine getaway in one of our two beautiful Langley locations — Sandman Hotel and the Sandman Signature Hotel & Suites. Both hotels are centrally located in the center of the Fraser Valley boasting many amenities within walking distance and great access to the Highway making them convenient in traveling to our local wineries and surrounding mountain beauty.
Langley Wine Lovers Package includes:
- 1 night accommodation
- One bottle of local red or white wine
- Complimentary Chocolates
- Fraser Valley Wine Guide/Maps
Reservations: 1.800.726.3626 (Minimum 48 hours in advance)
Subject to availability, some restrictions may apply.
Cannot be combined with any other offer.
Expires: December 31, 2013
Vancouver Island & Parksville Uncorked
Parksville Uncorked – Four Days in February 2013
A once a year opportunity to savour and sip while you mingle, mix and learn from renowned chefs, sommeliers, vintners and restaurateurs' from all over
British Columbia. Kick off the event at Parksville Untapped, then enjoy the signature gala tasting event, Swirl, to fascinating Winemaker Dinners and sizzling after-parties, Parksville Uncorked offers something for both the experienced gourmet and those seeking to better appreciate the epicurean delights of wine and food.
EVENT HOST PROPERTIES:
Beach Club Resort, Parksville, B.C.
Escape to the Island wineries and stay in luxury at the Beach Club Resort’s sumptuous rooms beautifully appointed with West Coast décor.
More Info: www.beachclubbc.com
Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Resort, Parksville, B.C.
Tigh-Na-Mara’s 192 unique log constructed accommodation also features the renowned Grotto Spa. Locally themed cuisine is available in three on-site restaurants.
More Info www.tigh-na-mara.com
A CASE FULL OF SUMMER FUN
By: Juliet Williams
PACK A PICNIC
There are numerous wineries that invite you to pack a picnic, enjoy their wines, (purchased on site) and absorb the relaxed, friendly, and picturesque setting of their vineyard property. Here are just a few worth a mention:
GO FRESH AT A FARMER’S MARKET
Farmer’s Markets have sprouted throughout the province. Meet the farmers, purchase fresh produce, fruit, and baking for your next wine and culinary experience.
TWO WHEEL WINE TOURS
Join a cycling tour of the historic Kettle Valley Railway in the Okanagan and discover some fabulous wineries along the way. Visit Vancouver Island for a range of tours from easy pedaling to overnight trips with wine and culinary experiences.
FINE ART & FINE WINE
The master’s unite with the combination of fine wine and fine art. Galleries of original artwork are housed in many wineries. From the life-size sculpture of the renown, Frank the Baggage Handler at Red Rooster Winery in Naramata to an island full of artisans scattered throughout Hornby Island. Take the time to visit local galleries, studios, and art events in any of the wine regions of British Columbia.
FREQUENT A FESTIVAL
The three definitive elements of the word festival are — gaiety, revelry, and merrymaking. Just add wine and you’ll mix up some pleasant memories. Wine festivals happen year round throughout the province ranging from a singular day or evening to weeklong events.
EXPLORE WINE HISTORY
The B.C.Wine Museum is located in Kelowna, inside the historic Laurel Packing House that is part of the downtown Cultural District. View artifacts that include traditional winemaking equipment with a collection of original wine bottles and labels that were part of the rich viticulture and winemaking history of the province. The site also contains a BC VQA Wine Shop with an expansive selection of B.C.’s best wines.
TAKE SOME NOTES
Music and wine share a long and engaging history that transcends to the gentle sloping terrain of some of the province’s premier wineries. Cedar Creek Estate Winery revived the partnership with their Telus Sunset Concert Series. Against a stunning background of Okanagan Lake, the concerts have welcomed a number of talented artists over the years. This summer Chantal Kreviazuk is one of their headliners. Mission Hill Family Estate Winery welcomes Chris Botti and Tinhorn Creek rocks their outoor amphitheatre with The Boom Booms, Acres of Lions, and Redeye Empire, to name a few.
TAKE A WINE ESCAPE
Waking up to a view of a vineyard is the quintessential wine experience. There are wonderful B&B’s that either belong to wineries or are located nearby. Plus, there are a number of world-class resorts offering guided wine tours, wine-master dinners, spa experiences, and several wineries also provide onsite guest houses, villas, or elegant inns.
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