do you not guarentee which wineries will be visited
on a particular wine tour?
Each winery has its own schedule of events that change
frequently. We do not like to bring our clients to a
winery that is crowded or understaffed. The last thing
that our clients want to see at a winery is a long line
of tour buses, so we reserve the right to change it
up at the last minute to ensure that your Okanagan wine
experience is the best that it can be. Many people book
a particular tour because they want to see a particular
winery that they may have heard of. Please let us know
when you book your tour and we'll do our very best to
get you to that special place.
How far in advance do I have to book?
We take Wine Tour bookings as far in advance as our
customers would like to book, so as a consequence, we
sell out the odd day far in advance. For that reason
we recommend booking your tour as soon as you know which
day you'd like to go. Keep in mind that you can cancel
your tour (unless its a private group tour) until 7
days in advance without penalty.
Can you pick us up outside of Kelowna?
Yes, but we may need to make special arrangements that
may include an additional charge. We can also pick you
up at a central location in Kelowna (perhaps a major
hotel, or park) but we'll make you promise not to drive
if you've been tasting and feel the effects of alcohol.
us and let us know where you'll be so that we can
make a plan. :-)
What time do the tours operate?
Our tour pick-up and drop-off schedules vary depeding
upon the specific tour and the time of year. Please
do not make definite plans for immediately after your
tour. Sometimes the tours go a little late or the traffic
might be heavy. Customized and private group wine tours
will operate on any schedule. Please call
us for details.
What if I'm not a wine drinker?
You're not alone, but be careful because we are guilty
of converting some of the most die-hard wine skeptics!
Once you see how the grapes are grown, harvested and
lovingly crafted into the finest wines, you may not
be able to resist a tasting that will convince you why
so many people enjoy Okanagan wines. Its so much more
than just a beverage ... its an experience that's different
for everyone. You don't actually have to taste the wine
though to experience the beauty and hospitality of our
local wineries. All have very quaint shops, and most
have spectacular views of the Okanagan Valley. Furthermore,
your guide will endeavor to point out many attractions
as you travel around the valley, that don't necessarily
have anything to do with wine. Many feel that their
wine tour doubled as something of an Okanagan orientation.
Will we be able to try Icewine?
Icewine is common in the Okanagan Valley due to our
favorable climate, and most wineries produce or sell
some kind of Icewine. Since it takes over 30 pounds
of grapes to produce a single bottle, it is understandably
expensive, so there is often a small fee associated
with tasting Icewine. (normally $2 to $5, and well worth
it in our opinion!) A couple of our tours include a
free Icewine tasting. Contact us for more details!
Why book a tour and not find the wineries
Of course you can drive yourself around to as many
wineries as you'd like and probably have a great time.
By booking a tour though, you'll enhance your experience
in many ways. The most obvious is the fact that you
can freely sample as much wine as you'd like without
worrying about driving. Safety first, and the fact that
a driving suspension will put a serious damper on your
holiday. (Ask our honourable Premier about that!)
Also, as experts on the local wineries, we select specific
wineries that complement one another to round out the
experience. We try to pair large facilities with much
smaller ones, so that our guests can see a meaningful
cross-section of the industry. We also try to select
wineries that show you a variety of Okanagan
wines. Some red, some white and usually some Ice-wine
too! Our tours also double as somewhat of an Okanagan
Valley tour that provides interesting information on
the Valley in general. Finally, save yourself from researching
which facility tours are best, when they run, when they
are over-run and so on!
Is it better to do a Wine Tour at the
beginning or the end of my stay?
Many of our clients who have taken our tour on their
last day in the valley, wish that they'd done their
tour earlier. Beyond visiting a selection of fabulous
wineries, our tours give you somewhat of an orientation
of the area. People often DISCOVER new places on our
tours that they'd like to return to. For that reason,
we recommend doing a wine tour near the beginning of
your stay in the Valley.
How much should I tip my guide?
Tipping is not expected at Discover Okanagan Tours,
but is customary at any service organization in North
America. If your guide showed you a relaxing, informative
and entertaining day, made you feel safe and comfortable
while on the road, AND in any way exceeded your expections,
then we recommend a tip of about $20 Cdn. Historically,
tips range between $20 and $100 per group. Depending
on your guide, a bottle of wine is a nice gratuity too.
They've been salivating all day long while you've been
tasting, smelling and admiring wines! :-)
Still haven't answered your question?
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