View of vineyards and Vaseux Lake from Blue Mountain Winery

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South Okanagan / Similkameen Wine Region

This large, diverse, sun-drenched region is home to several distinct sub-regions. In the area around Oliver, known as the Golden Mile, varietals such as Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Chenin Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc have proven very successful; the area around Osoyoos and the Black Sage bench is a desert-like environment where longer-ripening red grapes such as Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah/Shiraz thrive; and the Similkameen Valley is a hidden gem of country roads, fruit stands and farm gate wineries.

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Okanagan Falls Wineries

OK Falls, as locals call it, is surrounded by lakes, hiking and biking trails, and, of course,... Read more wineries. Learn how Blasted Church Vineyards got its unusual name, sample the aromatic whites at Wild Goose Winery's  vineyard and mountain-view tasting room, and raise a glass to at See Ya Later Ranch, one of the highest altitude wineries in British Columbia.

See Ya Later Ranch

See Ya Later Ranch is located at the top of Hawthorne Mountain & features spectacular views of the Okanagan Valley. The wine shop is located in a historical stone house. Learn of the quirky history while you taste our award-winning wines such as o...
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Wild Goose Winery

For more than 28 years, Wild Goose Vineyards & Winery has been producing premium quality wines that touch the four corners of the Okanagan: fruit, earth, sun and family. Owned and operated by the Kruger family, the winery is a complete wine countr...
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Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars

Blue Mountain is a family run vineyard and winery located in the picturesque South Okanagan Valley, overlooking Vaseux Lake. The Mavety family has farmed this fertile bench since 1971 and founded the winery in 1991, with a commitment to sustainabl...
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Meyer Family Vineyards

In traditional French burgundy style, we focus on small case lots of varietals best suited and expressive of their unique place of origin with an emphasis on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. We produce about 7,000 cases and strive to produce the finest ...
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Oliver Wineries

Oliver, dubbed the Wine Capital of Canada, has the highest concentration of grape production in... Read more British Columbia. Some of the province’s biggest wineries – including Jackson Triggs and Inniskillin – are here. Several top wineries cluster in an area known as the Golden Mile on the west side of the valley. This 50-km/27-mi self-drive circle route starts from Oliver and passes a host of wineries on both sides of the valley.

Jackson Triggs Okanagan Estate

Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate offers a rare glimpse into the complete wine tasting experience, including unique varietals & limited edition wines only found at the winery. The visitor experience team welcomes all to enjoy the gallery & outdoor pa...
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Road 13 Vineyards

Spectacularly located on the Golden Mile just 6 km south of Oliver. Road 13 Vineyards specializes in inspired white wines, elegant Pinot Noirs & big reds. Picnics, fabulous views & Katie Foster's ceramic art gallery.
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Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery is located in the South Okanagan of British Columbia, and has been producing World Class wines for 20 years. Burrowing Owl Estate Winery is best known for its handcrafted red wines that are made to cellar and improve wi...
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Le Vieux Pin

Welcome to Le Vieux Pin, named after the old pine on the northwest corner of our vineyard. We make our wines in the French tradition, with the latest in equipment & technique. We also grow organically & sustainably, as we believe purity of grape l...
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Black Hills Wine Experience Centre

This world-class facility that will give our guests an exceptional sit down tasting experience immersed in the middle of the Black Hills terroir. The spectacular 278 sq m (3000 sq ft) tasting area and wine shop is located on Black Sage Rd, a few h...
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Hester Creek

Hester Creek Estate Winery has its roots deep in this province. Our oldest vines were planted in the rich soil of the Golden Mile Bench in 1968. Today, our estate vineyard produces wines that are a lively, intensely flavoured expression of this pl...
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Tinhorn Creek

As a leading winery destination evoking classic south Okanagan terroir, Tinhorn Creek proudly crafts estate grown wines produced from grapes grown on our Black Sage and Golden Mile Bench vineyards. Carbon neutral and sustainably farmed, Tinhorn Cr...
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Osoyoos Wineries

The Osoyoos area is known for its summer beach culture and its growing number of wineries. Some... Read more notables include Nk’Mip Cellars, the Italian-inspired LaStella, and Moon Curser Vineyards. For the ultimate in wine country comfort food, visit the restaurant at Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa. For a family friendly resort, check out the big suites and lakefront villas at The Watermark Beach Resort. This oasis on Osoyoos Lake is set among some of the Okanagan’s best wineries and features a terrific wine bar specializing in local vintages.


We do not dogmatically follow either the modern nor the traditional school of winemaking. We stop & think carefully about every single step in our winemaking process. Utilizing techniques from both schools is our approach at LaStella. The wine sho...
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Adega of 45th Estate Winery

From as early as 1966, the family perfected their craft of producing exceptional tree fruits. In 2009, this tradition became focused on the art of growing premium grapes. The blending of old world charm and new world technology create the perfect ...
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Moon Curser

We are Moon Curser Vineyards (formerly Twisted Tree Vineyards & Winery), a family owned winery since 2004 which produces small quantities of handcrafted, premium wines. Located on the east bench above Osoyoos Lake in the South Okanagan region of B...
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Nk'Mip Cellars

North America's first aboriginal owned & operated winery, dedicated to crafting premium VQA wines. Overlooking the shores of Osoyoos Lake, the winery & surrounding vineyards share a unique ecosystem with Canada's only pocket desert.

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Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre

Experience "The Land, the Legends and the People" at Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre, a cultural and outdoor desert experience. View arts and cultural exhibits, audio-visual presentations and interactive displays featuring Okanagan First Nations cul...
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Desert Society Osoyoos

The Osoyoos Desert Centre, located 3 km north of Osoyoos off Hwy 97, is a nature interpretive centre where visitors can learn about local wildlife, desert ecology and conservation of endangered ecosystems in the South Okanagan. The Centre offers v...
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Similkameen Valley Wineries

The Similkameen Valley is best known for its orchards (the town of Keremeos is known as... Read more “the fruit stand capital of Canada”) but is now making its name as an up-and-coming wine region with more than a dozen licensed wineries. A few to check out: Seven Stones Winery has earned raves for its peppery Syrah and rich Meritage; Orofino, Canada’s only winery with eco-friendly strawbale construction; and the award-winning organic fruit wines of Forbidden Fruit Winery.

Clos du Soleil

Clos du Soleil is a small artisan winery & estate vineyard situated on the South Similkameen Valley Upper Bench. It is focused on super-premium quality wines in a Bordeaux style.

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Crowsnest Vineyard

Our tasting bar showcases estate made wines like our Chardonnay Stahltank & Pinot Noir. Our restaurant & patio feature European & West Coast cuisine made with regional ingredients & paired with our best wines, past & present. They will give you a ...
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Orofino Vineyards

Orofino is a family run winery located in the dramatic, picturesque Similkameen Valley. We specialize in small lot, vineyard specific, premium wines. We produce numerous varietals including Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot...
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Seven Stones Winery

The Caves at Seven Stones Winery tell the story of an everlasting love. Built in the memory of his late wife, Vivianne Hanson, owner & winemaker George Hanson said the building of the caves was a labour of love and were designed as a wine cellar t...
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Corcelettes Estate Winery

Owned & operated by the Baessler Family formerly of Corcelettes, Switzerland where Chasselas is the quintessential variety. Chasselas is our flagship white grape. We believe it has a unique flavour that everyone can enjoy. We also feature Gewürztr...
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EauVivre Winery & Vineyards

We produce small lot boutique wines of the highest calibre. Our wines are sourced from the best vineyards in the Similkameen & Okanagan Valleys, hand picked & crushed to exacting standards. White wines are tank & barrel aged 12 months minimum & re...
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Robin Ridge Winery

Robin Ridge Winery is located in the stunning Similkameen Valley of British Columbia. The 100% estate grown fruit is crafted into small quantities of high quality wine through attention to detail from vineyard to cellar by owners Tim & Caroline Co...
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Places to Eat

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Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek

Lat: 49.1536270205525
Lon: -119.59007986218
63 reviews
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Nk'Mip Cellars

Lat: 49.0397049
Lon: -119.4339271
Beer, Wine & Spirits, Wineries
38 reviews
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Pappa's Firehall Bistro

Lat: 49.181633
Lon: -119.5503006
Pubs, Mediterranean
12 reviews
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Terrafina Restaurant At Hester Creek

Lat: 49.1438306917764
Lon: -119.596571384238
22 reviews
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The Sonora Room

Lat: 49.1010756
Lon: -119.5342838
American (Traditional)
29 reviews
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Tickleberry's Gourmet Specialties

Lat: 49.3393619386353
Lon: -119.570366600366
Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt, Chocolatiers & Shops
27 reviews
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The Restaurant at Watermark

Lat: 49.0326895572992
Lon: -119.462982751429
Wine Bars, Tapas/Small Plates, Tapas Bars
18 reviews
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Places to Stay

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Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa

Surrounded by the rolling vineyards and sun-drenched landscapes of wine country in the South Okanagan, Spirit Ridge offers a travel experience that you won't soon forget. Spirit Ridge is the only full-service destination resort in Canada's only de...
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The Watermark Beach Resort

This luxury Osoyoos resort encompasses over 300 m (1,000 ft) of beachfront along the shores of the Osoyoos Lake while in the heart of downtown.

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Walnut Beach Resort

One of the best luxury resorts on the shores of picturesque Lake Osoyoos, opened in April 2008. Features 108 suites set on meticulously landscaped 245 metres (800 feet) of lakeshore with 90 metres (300 feet) of private sandy beach and now BC's fir...
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Gallagher Lake Resort & Campground

Nestled in the South Okanagan Valley on a beautiful spring-fed lake, our immaculate and well maintained facilities paired with a private sandy beach and unparalleled weather makes this a vacation destination you won't want to miss!

The r...

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Vaseux Lakefront Resort

Located between Okanagan Falls & Oliver at the south end of Vaseux Lake, our location is very peaceful and quiet. Canoe, kayaks & rowboat available, no motorboats allowed.

Suites feature a queen bed, private patio, sofa bed in living are...

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Best Western Plus Sunrise Inn

Choose from our newly renovated (2014) Deluxe Queen, Kitchenette or 1 Bedroom Kitchen Suites. All rooms feature a 37" flat screen TV and coffee/tea maker. Amenities include complimentary parking, indoor pool, hot tub and 2 on-site restaurants.


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Bighorn Ridge Guest House

Awarded Business of the Year by the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce (2011), our guest house features rustic elegance in the heart of the wine country.

Adult, adobe-style guest house with private entrances, patios, BBQ, common kitchen, ...

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Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Guest House

The Guest House at Burrowing Owl Estate Winery in Oliver is a wine lover's sanctuary. Nestled among the 58 hectares of vineyard and situated steps from the restaurant, the Guest House has ten guest rooms and one two-bedroom penthouse suite and can...
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Getting Here and Around

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Getting to the South Okanagan

The Thompson Okanagan is a scenic four-hour drive from Vancouver. Choose from the dramatic high... Read more altitude Coquihalla Highway for Kamloops and Kelowna, or meander along quiet Highway 3, or the Crownest Highway, for Oliver, Osoyoos and the Golden Mile.  For an unforgettable road trip, take Highway 1, the Trans-Canada Highway, through the deep chasms of the Fraser Canyon. Flying?  Kelowna’s International Airport has direct flights from Toronto (about 4.5 hours) as well as Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Seattle (about an hour each).

Kelowna International Airport - YLW

The Okanagan Valley is in every sense, a true four season playground... and Kelowna is at the heart of it all. We give travellers access to one of the most popular vacation destinations in Canada, with over 1.5 million travelers each and every yea...
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Penticton Regional Airport

Conveniently located on VFR routes to the Pacific coast, the BC interior and Alaska, Penticton Regional Airport is your destination to fun, sun and hospitality.
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