Whether you’re simply looking for that perfect Instagram backdrop or a stunning and memorable location to pop the big question, Kelowna has no shortage of jaw dropping scenery that will not only impress the best but simply take their breath away.
Bachelorette, Birthday, Engagement, and special celebrations can be classy, fun, and completely carefree. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to spend an amazing day surrounded by the people or person we love without having to worry about a single thing the entire day? (Everyone!) This is where Lust 4 Luxury Wine Tours comes in and whisks you away on that perfect wine inspired, food paired adventure that you’ve been dreaming of and are sure to reminisce about for ages!
Here we go, let’s dive right into our top 5 wineries with the best views, exclusive tastings, and romantic accommodations.
First let's explore 5 Scenic Wineries handpicked for their romantic charm, picturesque vineyard views, sunset tastings, and enchanting outdoor spaces.
1. Get in touch with your romantic side at Arrowleaf Cellars, where unobstructed views of Lake Okanagan, estate vineyards, and meticulously manicured grounds set the stage for an enchanting experience. Plan a picturesque picnic and savor a delightful flight of wines, expertly paired with a delectable Charcuterie Platter. For a sweet treat, indulge in one of the rotating, house-made cream puffs available on weekends. Savour the moment at this scenic winery as you enjoy one of the picnic tables with a view of the lake and vines or a table on the covered patio providing both shade and impeccable vistas. Elevate your romantic moments with the perfect blend of scenic beauty and exquisite flavors at Arrowleaf Cellars.
2. Awaken your senses with Liquidity Wines, nestled in the Heart of Wine Country. This beautiful winery provides a timeless setting perched hillside overlooking a small gem known as Lake Vaseux and the McIntyre Bluff in Okanagan Falls. Experience an intimate seated tasting designed for small groups and special occasions. This art-inspired haven features a serene atmosphere complimented by a peaceful outdoor water feature, that provides tranquility for guests enjoying both the indoor experience and outdoor environment.
3. Discover the exclusive charm of Laughingstock Vineyards, available by appointment only. Impress your senses with intimate seated patio and indoor tasting options, each boasting breathtaking, Instagram-worthy views. Take a moment to unwind, savoring the lingering flavors of carefully crafted wines on your palate. Enhance your experience by indulging in a thoughtfully curated cheese plate, perfectly complementing the elegant wines served in glassware designed to showcase each varietal's full potential. Here you are encouraged to relax and relish in a setting where every detail enhances the pleasure of fine wine.
4. Imagine an expansive patio offering stunning 180’ views of Lake Okanagan, estate vineyards, mountain ridges, and the neighbouring community of Summerland. You can have it all and more by paying a visit to Bench 1775 Winery. Stay a while, turn up the romance and indulge in a private patio wine tasting paired with award-winning Bench 1775 wines, delicious Asian tapas and that awe-inspiring view.
5. Discover the epitome of elegance at Painted Rock Winery, nestled on a west sloping bench beneath breathtaking bluffs. Immerse yourself in a paradise where nature abounds, offering sightings of Birds, Hawks, Owls, and Turkey Vultures. Breathe in the freshness as you indulge in their organic, award-winning GOLD Medal estate Boudreaux varietals (think Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot). Opt for a high-top table or a relaxed patio-style seated tasting, both providing spectacular views of the estate vineyards, Skaha Lake, and the towering Bluffs. Enjoy an uncompromising wine experience at Painted Rock.
5 Exclusive Tastings: here we showcase wineries offering exclusive tastings, private tours, or intimate experiences that cater to couples and wine enthusiasts looking for a more personalized visit.
1. Martin’s Lane Winery is part of the Mark Anthony Group which includes renowned wineries such as Mission Hill Estate Winery. However, it is an exclusive venue not many people get to experience when visiting Kelowna. It’s the creation of Anthony Von Mandl, a beautiful tribute to his late father Martin. Upon arriving, a dedicated Sommeliers welcomes you, and your Private Tour of the 6-level gravity winery that’s meticulously carved and hidden within the steep, striking landscape commences. Martin’s Lane is unlike any other with a dedicated focus on producing notable Pinot Noir and Resling wines. Only the best grapes from their estate vineyards are hand selected meaning you are in for a treat.
2. Volcanic Hills Estate Winery offers guests a fun twist to the typical Sparkling Wine tasting experience. With this intimate experience, you get to join them in the estate vineyard and Saber a bottle of Bubbly yourself! What better way to create lasting memories than trying something new and exciting! One of their knowledgeable staff will guide you through the process, and you might want to capture this on camera to prove your swift sword skills are real. To cap things off, you will enjoy their Signature wine tasting in their shopping worthy wineshop.
3. The Vineyard Experience at Little Engine Winery is a lovely way to connect with your date while adding some romance to your wine tour. This private by reservation only experience includes a guided vineyard and estate tasting with a well-appointed Charcuterie for two. During this time, you will learn about the ins and outs of their vine management, hear about the grape varietals grown on site and how the wine made its way into the delightful bottle you’re enjoying! Definitely a Chardonnay lovers paradise and if you’re on the fence, you'll want to pull up a seat, and stay a while.
4. Discover the hidden gem of Pentage Winery, tucked away off the beaten path, offering breathtaking views of Skaha Lake and estate vineyards. A marvel of nature and ingenuity, Pentage boasts a massive 5,000 square foot natural rock wine cellar. This unique environment provides advantages such as harnessing thermal energy, resulting in a naturally climate-controlled barrel cellar. Don't miss the opportunity to experience the seasonal cellar tour and wine tasting, where Pentage Winery unveils the secrets of their exceptional wines in an extraordinary setting.
5. Indulge in the art of food and wine pairing at Meyer Family Vineyards, a delightful boutique winery offering intimate experiences. Discover the unique pleasure of taking a bite of something tasty, perfectly paired with a recommended wine, creating a mind-blowing fusion of art and science. Immerse yourself in a relaxed garden patio ambiance during their seated tastings, guided by a knowledgeable host. This experience at Meyer Family Vineyards is the perfect introduction to the world of exquisite pairings, ensuring a delightful journey for your palate.
5 Romantic Accommodations: here we share winery accommodations from the North to the South Okanagan, that will complement your private custom wine tour experience.
1. Experience heavenly surroundings at O'Rourke's Family Estate in the prestigious Carrs Landing area of Lake Country, BC. Choose from magical accommodations perfect for any occasion. The Cottage in the Vines, nestled among award-winning Chardonnay vines, offers modern amenities, a private patio with epic Lake Okanagan views, and a welcoming touch of wine and charcuterie upon arrival.
For larger parties celebrating special events, the Log Home with its 5 spacious suites, each featuring a balcony or walkout, provides a stunning setting. Suites can be booked individually if you're are enjoying a couples retreat, or happy to connect with fellow wine enthusiasts.
Enjoy added perks such as daily self serve Continental Breakfast, wine & Charcuterie upon arrival, concierge service, and exclusive wine tastings at Peak Cellars. Elevate your stay with optional extras like a private Chef, private helicopter tour, on-site Spa services, a seasonal okanagan lake yacht cruise, and private tastings & reservations at Peak Cellars. Revel in luxury and create unforgettable memories at O'Rourke's Family Estate.
2. Immerse yourself in vibrant living at Summerhill Pyramid Winery's Estate House in Kelowna, BC. This idyllic retreat invites you to embrace organic and biodynamic living, intertwining with the rich surroundings of food, wine, and landscape. Located just a short stroll from the winery and restaurant, this peaceful property provides everything you need for a fulfilling stay.
During the summer, indulge in a refreshing dip in the pool or bask in the sun on your private patio lounger. The interior boasts expansive views of Okanagan Lake through floor-to-ceiling windows. Ideal for small weddings, birthdays, family reunions, and intimate occasions, the Estate House at Summerhill Pyramid Winery ensures an environment beaming with life and unforgettable experiences.
3. Located on the waters edge of Lake Okanagan and at the base of the picturesque Quails Gate Estate Winery. Quails Gate Lake House awaits you providing everything Okanagan Living was meant to have from an expansive dock with a boat lift, to a firepit, BBQ, Hot Tub, Chefs Kitchen and more! The property is just a short walk through the estate vineyard. From here, you’ll reach the highly esteemed Quails Gate Winery for a scenic wine tasting, the Old Vines Resturant for a world class meal or The Market which has everything you need from breakfast items, decadent desserts, to a bottle of chilled wine ready for that special vineyard toast. The Lake House also comes with concierge services to take care of anything you need from shuttles, reservations, private wine tastings and more.
4. Escape to the tranquil ambiance of The Inn at Therapy Vineyards for an intimate retreat. Nestled along the scenic Naramata Bench, this winery accommodation offers the perfect "I think we're alone now" vibe. With around 2000 permanent residents, calling the dreamy Naramata Bench home, it’s classified as a village. As the good old saying goes, “less is more” and at The Inn, you will apprciate this when experiencing the ultimate Therapy getaway.
Immerse yourself in mesmerizing views of vineyards, Lake Okanagan, and Giants Head Mountain – it’s a therapeutic reset for the soul. Designed for comfort and relaxation, the rooms feature King beds, fireplaces, soaker tubs, and more. The Inn’s lounge beckons for a delightful glass of Therapy Vineyards wine, with a complimentary happy hour each evening to set the mood. Breakfast is served each morning on the expansive patio providing fresh air and and the morning light.
As the day winds down, catch a breathtaking sunset or stargaze from the hot tub, offering unobstructed views of the surrounding landscape. Personalize your escape at The Inn, where every detail, from room amenities to evening indulgences, ensures a memorable experience. I surprised my hubby for one of his birthday celebrations with a stay at the Inn, and we truly savored all the offerings.
5. Discover warmth and elegance at the Hester Creek Winery Villas, perched high on the hills in Oliver, BC. These Mediterranean-styled villas boast 6 beautifully appointed suites, offering expansive views of the desert landscape, lush green estate vineyards, and abundant fruit orchards below. With over 50 years of history, Hester Creek blends historic vineyards with modern amenities.
Embark on a romantic stroll through the vineyards, leading you to the renowned Terrafina Restaurant or Hester Creek Winery for an unforgettable dining or wine-tasting experience. Celebrate mornings with a tasty, freshly made breakfast delivered to your door, and indulge in fantastic food and wine pairing experiences in the Winery just down the hill. Pack your travel bag; everything else has been meticulously thought out and awaits your visit at Hester Creek Winery Villas.
Our curated selection of the top 5 wineries takes you on a journey through breathtaking views, exclusive tastings, and romantic accommodations, offering a perfect blend of luxury and charm. Whether you're seeking a scenic escape, an intimate tasting experience, or a romantic retreat, the wineries we’ve shared stand out for their exceptional offerings. Elevate your wine experience with the picturesque landscapes, exclusive wines, and enchanting accommodations provided by these carefully chosen destinations.
Indulge in unparalleled luxury with Lust 4 Luxury Wine Tours, transforming your Kelowna or Okanagan Valley getaway into a seamless and unforgettable experience. Your satisfaction is at the forefront of our priorities, and we look forward to hearing about your Okanagan wish list. For a deeper dive into the finest Kelowna Restaurants, the Top 10 Wineries, captivating Fall Adventures in the Okanagan, an exclusive Sustainable and Organic Wine Tour or expert advice on selecting the Best Wine Tour, click on the provided hyperlinks to elevate and enrich your wine exploration.