In Wicked Tours’ guide to Canadian wines by region, discover the different wines of the Okanagan Valley and the Niagara Peninsula. Read more!
Introduction to Canadian Wine
Canada is the second-largest country globally, but only a tiny portion of its land is suitable for wine production. Canadian wine production falls into two central regions we’ll discuss for the rest of this guide: the Niagara Peninsula in Ontario and the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. There are much smaller wine producers in other regions of Canada, with some vineyards in Nova Scotia, Quebec, and Alberta. But if you have tried any Canadian wine, it was almost certainly from either Ontario’s Niagara Region or the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia.
To the uninitiated, it’s almost surreal that our little slice of heaven in British Columbia can produce such an extravagant portfolio of wines. However, anyone who has visited in the summer will believe it wholeheartedly. The warm, balmy summers, the beautiful, idyllic views, and the entire look and feel of the Okanagan are perfect for wine production. If you’d like to see it for yourself, here are a few tours you might be interested in:
Oliver Wine Tour – This tour takes you along the Golden Mile, visiting five different wineries. This part of the Okanagan enjoys the morning sun to the west, making it ideal for white wines such as Pinot Gris and Chardonnay and bright, fruity reds like Cabernet Franc. To the East, the Black Sage Bench is also known for its big, bold reds.
Half-Day East Kelowna Vineyard Tour – This inspiring Wicked Wine Tour gives you a taste of the award-winning wineries in East Kelowna. I look forward to Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Rosé, and Chardonnay.
Half-Day Lake Country Wine Tour – This wine tour in Lake Country is the perfect mixture of education and entertainment. You can look forward to trying some of the region’s best Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, and even some locally made cider.
The Wines of the Niagara Peninsula
Niagara was the trailblazer for Canadian wine and had international accolades to prove it. While the Okanagan produces the widest variety of wines in Canada, it doesn’t make nearly as much volume as the Niagara Peninsula in Ontario. The region isn’t as warm as the Okanagan Valley in summer, so it can’t support as wide as different grape varieties. Still, it has turned its weakness into its strength by exploiting the opportunities its colder temperatures present. This is why Niagara is known as the best place in the world for icewine…
You should try a wine made in other regions of Canada, and we will always keep an open mind. But, to be honest, there are very few at this time. We are sure that other Canadian regions will start to grow and make more and more wines, and we’ll be the first to order a bottle (or six). We hope this guide has helped introduce you to Canadian wines and that you’re inspired to visit the Niagara Peninsula and the Okanagan Valley in the future. If you have questions about the Kelowna Wine Tours (in the Okanagan Valley) here at Wicked Tours, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We offer wine tours almost all year round — even in the depths of winter!
Explore the enchanting vineyards and breathtaking views on a West Kelowna wine tour. With its rolling hills, lush orchards and majestic lake views, the Westside Wine Trail offers a unique mix of sophistication and rural charm that impress even the most discerning travellers. Sample locally-crafted wines, chat with knowledgeable winemakers, and capture stunning landscapes throughout this fascinating tour.
Take a memorable journey through the beautiful Okanagan Valley on one of the wine tours from Kelowna. Enjoy an eclectic mix of farm-style hospitality and upscale elegance as you explore vineyards along the Westside Wine Trail. Marvel at the stunning lake views and rolling vineyards before indulging in some of the finest cuisines the area offers.
Kelowna's wine scene is bursting with hidden gems. Explore them all on a guided tour of the city's Southeast area. Discover unique family-run, limited-production wineries with chic bohemian vibes and unforgettable Instagram-worthy posts. Enjoy samples of the area's best-kept secrets, and don't miss out on this off-the-beaten-path adventure!
At the District Wine Village, you can take a self-guided tour of the wineries, breweries, and distilleries. It's the only place of its kind in Canada and an absolute must-see for wine lovers in any season! For a complete tasting experience, we'll stop by Tickleberry's on our way in and pick up some handmade fudge and homemade ice cream!
Tour Okanagan Lake Country and explore some of the region's best wines. Taste world-class Riesling, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir and experience their crisp flavor, delicate earthy aroma, and superb quality. Immerse yourself in a relaxed and unpretentious atmosphere as you savor some of this area's finest wines.
Soak up the stunning views of Okanagan Lake Country on a wine tour, and sample a range of expertly crafted wines. Enjoy Rieslings, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noirs that are bound with earthy undertones aromas - complemented perfectly by a selection of artisan foods. Relax in an unpretentious atmosphere as you experience world-class wines from this rustic region.