It’s almost time to wine tour again in Kelowna

Lots of great places to visit according to Tourism Kelowna

Temperatures are rising in Kelowna and that means spring is in the air.

Patio season, street tacos, music festivals, long days by the lake, wine tours and more; Kelowna has it all and tourists know it.

Kelowna is home to some of the oldest vineyards in the Okanagan and B.C.’s oldest operating winery, Calona Vineyards, which opened in the early 1930s.

“Kelowna is actually the birthplace of the B.C. wine industry,” said Chris Stauf, director of marketing and communications at Tourism Kelowna.

READ MORE: 4 must attend outdoor food and wine events

“That is really something of interest to visitors that they get to see some of the province’s oldest and most established wineries… there are new wineries opening up every year and that are doing new things like adding restaurants and hosting interesting and exciting events at the winery. Kelowna is the international hub to the Okanagan Valley, it’s a great place to sip, and savour all that B.C. has to offer.”

READ MORE: Wine industry long-term strategic plan launched in Okanagan

READ MORE: Okanagan Valley referenced as “exciting place to travel to drink wine”

At Kitsch Winery, they are almost ready to fling open the doors to their tasting room and serve their two newest additions: a Blanc de Blancs for a bubbly treat and their first white blend called Block Party.

They are scheduled to open for the season April 6.

“I am looking forward to a new batch of tourists and to welcome the locals back,” said Ria Kitsch, co-owner of the winery.

“We have all been on a winter kick, but I am looking forward to our new releases and elevating what we are doing.”

READ MORE: Silkscarf Winery awarded at Asian competition

Kitsch said they will be hosting a 500 person party to launch their Blanc de Blancs made from their 2016 vines. It will feature music, a well-dressed crowd and a good time.

Tourists will also be able to tour the urban wineries in town on Dropbike, a bike-sharing service, once again in April.

The exact date for the bikes to be available is yet to be announced.

To report a typo, email:
newstips@kelownacapnews.com
.


@KelownaCapNews
newstips@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

About one-sixth of students in School District 83 choose to ‘restart’ June 1

Superintendent of schools expects numbers may increase as word of safety protocols spreads

Drugs, machete found in truck with stolen plate driven by Salmon Arm man

Chase RCMP arrest driver and have vehicle towed

Column: Shuswap Emergency Program an important asset for region

Council Report by City of Salmon Arm Councillor Kevin Flynn

Trial of accused in Salmon Arm church shooting expected to be brief

Crown won’t dispute not criminally responsible by way of a mental disorder defence

Okanagan home sales increase over last month, still below 2019 numbers: OMREB

Sales, listings see increase over May’s numbers but dwindle in comparison to 2019

B.C. records four new COVID-19 cases, Abbotsford hospital outbreak cleared

Four senior home outbreaks also declared over, eight still active

Princeton RCMP sergeant kills cougar threatening residential neighborhood

An RCMP officer shot and killed a cougar, close to a residential… Continue reading

Pilot project approved: Penticton to allow alcohol in outdoor spaces

For almost two hours, council debated the proposed pilot project, before eventually passing it 4-2

RCMP, coroner investigate murder-suicide on Salt Spring Island

Two dead, police say there is no risk to the public

About 30% of B.C. students return to schools as in-class teaching restarts amid pandemic

Education minister noted that in-class instruction remains optional

Trudeau avoids questions about anti-racism protesters dispersed for Trump photo-op

Prime minister says racism is an issue Canadians must tackle at home, too

Top cop calls video of Kelowna Mountie striking suspect ‘concerning’

A video allegedly shows a Kelowna Mountie striking a man several times

B.C.’s Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics goes virtual

The annual event partnering RCMP with Special Olympians is dramatically altered by COVID-19

HERGOTT: Can you get money back if COVID-19 disrupts plans?

Paul Hergott is a personal injury lawyer based in West Kelowna

Most Read