Dino Vino, as he is affectionately known as in wine country, is the tour guide with the mostest. As knowledgeable as he is passionate about his native Okanagan soil, Dino is the kind of guide that takes you into the vineyards to explain our local grape growing styles, the history of the land and the type of soil in the region. As a friend to the winery owners, you know that your tour bus crew will be welcomed as friends.
The Grape Escapes tours are many and are all thoughtfully laid out giving the wine enthusiast a good, thorough taste of our beautiful wine regions. Lunching choices tie in perfectly with the terrior that is being toured and all is conducted in a relaxed yet timely way.
As you meander through the wines and vines, Dino loves to share stories of our local history here. He was born and raised in Penticton but has travelled immensely adding a good perspective and appreciation for our valley and its evolution. That evolution includes the on trend growth of micro-breweries and distilleries that are hitting the drink scene. To add to your wine country experience, sign up for The Great “Spirit Beer” Experience with stops at Penticton’s Tin Whistle Brewing Co., Cannery Brewing Company, The Barley Mill Brew Pub (where you will also have lunch and a brew of course) ending up at Maple Leaf Spirits to taste some of their SO Canadian maple liqueur!
Custom tours are also available. Contact Dino with your dream list of wineries that you would like to visit and he will build an itinerary to make your palate sing. Dino’s tours cover the fabulous Similkameen, Naramata, Oliver-Osoyoos, OK Falls and Summerland. He is also our beloved official driver of WOW Okanagan, my Women on Wine group. Cheers Dino!
– Jennifer Schell