While tasting wines is at the top of the list of things to do at wineries, many of our BC wineries offer more than wine.
Summerhill Pyramid Winery: Kelowna
Located in Kelowna, this winery is world-renowned for its pyramid, built right on the property. The pyramid has interior lighting and a 432 Hz meditation sound 24/7. You can also dine there with many of the ingredients in their dishes grown right on site. summerhill.bc.ca.
The Gallery Winery: West Kelowna
Perched above Okanagan Lake in West Kelowna, this funky winery has award-winning wines, and some other fabulous goodies for you to take home.
Like art? Take your time and enjoy the art created by co-owner Tasha Campbell. All the labels on their wines are of Tasha’s creation. You’ll also find a gorgeous gallery of artwork by Tasha. Her other creations are art cards, paper and cloth wine bags, and entangled hearts wall sculptures (available from prunings in the spring). She also illustrated a children’s book called A Girl Called Goose.
Sister and co-owner, Kirstin Wakal grows beautiful flowers available for purchase in season. She also grows fruits and veggies that she makes into “Made with Love” preserves. The sisters collaborate on their T-shirts. Kirstin sews them from 100% Canadian Cotton and Tasha creates the entangled hearts design on the front. thegallerywinery.com.
Dirty Laundry Vineyard: Summerland
If you need souvenirs of your Okanagan wine-tasting experience besides great wine, Dirty Laundry has an entire store full of fun things you can buy for yourself or bring home as gifts.
They have Dirty Laundry T-shirts, socks, hats, toques, mugs, corkscrews, and even candles! As a bonus, you can get take-out or eat on their patio. dirtylaundry.ca.
Upper Bench Winery and Creamery: Penticton
Delicious wines and cheese are made onsite and ready for you to pair up with each other.
They handcraft cheeses including artisanal washed, bloomy, natural rinds, lactic, and blue cheese, all designed to pair with specific wines.
How could it be better? Easy, add in some delicious Neapolitan-style pizza topped with Upper Bench cheese. upperbench.ca.
Bartier Brothers: Oliver
Located on Ryegrass Road just outside of Oliver, this winery offers wine and what some call wine-adjacent libations to enjoy.
Aside from reds, whites, and rosés, they also make Piquette. This light and tasty, low-alcohol beverage is made from a second press of grapes, so very little goes to waste. bartierbros.com.
Platinum Bench Estate Winery: Oliver
A good bottle of wine and freshly baked bread, what more could you ask for? At Platinum Bench Estate Winery you can have both. Master baker Fiona gets up early in the morning to create her delicious array of freshly baked bread, made to go with the wines her husband makes. platinumbench.com.
Harker Organics: Cawston/Keremeos
Harker’s has been a staple in the Similkameen for decades. Aside from delicious fruit wines and ciders (Rustic Roots Winery) they also have a great organic fruit stand. Their crab-apple pie preserves are always a hit.
They also have a wide selection of jams including (but not limited to) blackberry chocolate mint and apricot colada as well as peach carrot marmalade.
There’s an entire line of wine jellies as well as hot apricot mustard and even duck eggs.
They also carry one of my favourites for cooking: farmersdotter organic garlic scape salt. harkersorganicsrusticroots.com
Krauseberry Farms: Langley
This farm on 248th St. in Langley is well known for its delicious fruit wines. They also have a bakery, a market, a waffle bar, pie, custard pie in a jar, farm garden boxes, BBQ and hot sauces, berry powders, berry juice, chocolate bark, dressings, ice cream, pickles and, well the list goes on and on.
Most of these products are made right on site so you know they are fresh! A great way to spend the day with friends and/or family. krauseberryfarms.com.
Lone Willow: Oliver
Here’s a bit of a twist. The folks at Lone Willow make wine and beer jellies for many BC wineries. They also make hot sauces and cocktail syrups. You can shop online at winejelly.ca or find them at one of your favourite wineries.