Summerland Wine Tour

★★★★★
★★★★★

Description

Nestled in the small community of Summerland, this microclimate region will have you tasting your way through diverse, award-winning wineries. The Bottleneck Drive is a warm community environment amongst remarkable vineyard settings. You don’t have to be a wine connoisseur; we want you to have fun.

Fitzpatrick Family Vineyard
Fitzpatrick Family Vineyard

Fruit of one kind or another has grown here since 1901. Their family first came to this quiet site south of Peachland, north of Summerland, in the 1940s, and memories of peaches tasted here led them to a 1994 purchase of what was then an abandoned orchard. They trucked away load after load of things like old tires and broken refrigerators, eventually planted vines, and re-established this land’s proud agricultural tradition.

Haywire Winery
Haywire Winery

“Haywire” is an old Canadianism that refers to the wire used for baling hay. This type of wire tended to tangle and be unpredictable, making it an apt description of Christine Coletta and Steve Lornie’s impromptu decision to forgo retirement and journey into the wine business.

The pair first launched Haywire in 2009 as a tiny virtual wine brand. In 2011, a permanent home for Haywire was established on Switchback Vineyard in Summerland with the opening of Okanagan Crush Pad. Haywire offers lively, texture-driven wines, most of which are vineyard-designated using grapes from their three vineyards.

8th Generation Vineyard
8th Generation Vineyard

Their story is one that has been etched out of tradition and flavoured with passion. It is the story of a love affair that began in 1783 when Christian Schales planted his first grapes in the small Rheinhessen Village of Dalsheim. And today, 8 generations later, the story continues in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. Armed with generations of winemaking and grape growing experience behind them and his grandfather’s winepress, Bernd and Stefanie Schales left Germany in May 2003 in search of a new adventure and a new chapter for their next generation.

Sounds like a fairytale so far? Well, that all changed when they bought our first 11-acre vineyard property 3 weeks later in Okanagan Falls. They moved into the house, grew the grapes & sold them to different wineries in the Okanagan while we learned about the hot summers, cool nights and sometimes frigid winter conditions here in Canada. But the farming concept worked for the next couple of years till (in the view of our neighbour) "these crazy kids" got a bit bored and mingled with the idea of starting a winery.

They acquired the Summerland property in 2007 (which included 7 acres of vineyard and the winery warehouse) and processed their first vintage 5 weeks later. 8th Generation is a hands-on and true Family winery.

Garnett Valley Ranch
Garnett Valley Ranch

Haywire Winery's exclusive, members-only vineyard is nestled within Garnett Valley. An absolutely stunning location to end your tour!

Tour info

Duration
6 hours
Group Size
At least 2
Price starts at
179 CAD
Languages
English

Why take this tour?

Whether a wine collector or a new wine taster, you will surely enjoy Wicked Tours' wine tours in British Columbia. Our fun, educational, and inspiring tours are available if you want to explore local Okanagan wineries. You're sure to have a great time solo or with a group of friends.

Included

  • Wine tasting experiences at four local Okanagan wineries

  • Pick-up and drop-off in a modern, air-conditioned Ford vehicle

  • Complimentary water

  • Winery tasting fees

Excluded

  • Taxes

  • Gratuities

  • Cost of lunch

Frequently asked questions

Plans sometimes change. We get it; it happens to us too. So we're happy to provide a hassle-free, 100% refund if you give us 48 hours notice. within 48 hours, we've already started preparing for your tour, and we can't quickly fill your slot, so we can't provide you with a refund in that case, and there is a 100% charge for the entire invoice. Very, very rarely, we're the ones that have to cancel. We'll try hard not to, but if we do, we'll ask if you prefer to reschedule or have us refund you. Should government restrictions prevent tours from operating, reservations can be rescheduled or are 100% refundable.
No. Tour schedules reflect the availability of wineries, breweries, and restaurants and are not adjustable. For private, full-day tours only, we may alter itineraries.
Yes! Tours operate rain or shine. Tastings are usually inside tasting rooms, cellars, or under covered patios, and we offer complimentary umbrellas. Rainy days are an excellent time for tours: you're not missing a day on the beach or the golf course! Please dress accordingly.
A 20% deposit is required at the time of booking. Your Tour Guide will collect the balance of the payment after the tour. We accept cash and credit cards, including American Express, MasterCard, and Visa. Debit is not available. Gratuities are NOT included - suggested gratuity: 15-25%. For groups of eight or more, private tours, and prepaid invoices, an 18% gratuity will be added. Split payments are available for small groups. For large groups, please organize payment in advance and present your Tour Guide with one payment method.
Yes! We welcome (and rock) bachelor and bachelorette groups! Please wear appropriate attire and respect other tour and winery guests.
Yes! Please call us; we can usually find a seat on a tour for you to join. Online reservations are unavailable for single travellers.

Things to know

Availability

This tour is available from April to October.

This tour is available from April to October.

Fine Print

All rates per person. Rates are subject to increase on weekends, holidays, and by demand.

All rates per person. Rates are subject to increase on weekends, holidays, and by demand.

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