Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Sip and Enjoy Okanagan Wines

The Okanagan Valley is known for its spectacular vineyards producing premium quality wines that regularly win national and international wine competitions and recognition. Few wine-producing regions in the world can match our combination of mountains, lakes, fresh air and intense sunlight with so many grape varieties.
Kelowna is the birthplace of the Okanagan's wine tradition. Kelowna (and its surrounding area) features three separate winemaking regions. In Kelowna's winemaking regions, expect to find solid table wines and internationally-recognized distinctive reds, whites, ros├ęs, sparkling wines, and icewines. Over 25 wineries are located in the Kelowna area with well over 120 wineries in the whole Okanagan Valley region. The sun-drenched valley surrounding Kelowna is dotted with farm-gate wineries too. Wine tours and tastings can last from 20 minutes to an hour, depending on the winery.  Many of the wineries have unique and delicious food services available. Gourmet regional cuisine, tapas-style fare or cheese and fruit platters are served either indoors or on patios, with spectacular lake and/or valley views. Reservations are not required. Tours are open to people of all ages, however those under the age of 19 are not permitted to taste the wine.
There are a number of Guided Tour Operators that can customize your wine tour for you. Leave the driving to them, sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery the vineyards have to offer and get local knowledge while on your wine tour.

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