Driving you to drink…legally…and loving it!” This Penticton tour company offers educational wine tours for every palate and experience level. “Chief Cork Dork” Dino Vino has spent a lifetime cultivating a passion for the vine and now he is out and about in the Okanagan sharing that love with as many people as he can. He and all of his guides are more than simply bus drivers or tour guides; they are wine educators. They are certified through the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and the UBC Okanagan Wine Ambassador program. This year has seen the addition of a brand new luxurious 21 passenger bus to accommodate larger groups. Whether you’re a couple or a group of 50, they’ve got you covered.
Grape Escapes offers a range of tour packages throughout the area, as well as having different themes. You can even enjoy a “happy hour” themed tour that will pick you up after work on a Friday and take you to visit three wineries in the immediate area of Penticton. They will even have you home in time for dinner! A new tour package has been designed in concert with The Bench Market Chef Stewart Glynes that has a food and wine focus. The day begins with a trip to the Penticton Farmers’ Market with Chef Glynes to pick up the ingredients for the picnic you will get to enjoy at one of your winery stops later in the day. Why not sign up for the Great Spirit Beer Experience? Enjoy stops at all of Penticton’s micro-breweries including lunch at the Barley Mill Brew Pub.
There is so much to experience in this wonderful valley. Why not let Dino and his staff show you around? Visit them online today to sign up for a tour at www.GrapeEscapes.ca.
~ Courtney Fossett