Okanagan-Shuswap Winery and Brewery Attractions and Tours
These establishments typically use locally-sourced inputs from their own or very nearby suppliers (some even using certified organic sources). Local barley, grains, grapes, etcetera can have a unique flavour due to the "terroir", imparted from the special soils, ground water, and rains to the crops that grow here.
Also, they are smaller, and apply their education, skills, and experience to create small batches of very special beverages. Because they are not trying to "maintain a brand" (which would require them to be scientifically consistent), they can afford to experiment, and try new and different combinations of materials, different timings, and sometimes non-traditional techniques and technologies to come up with something unusual, interesting, and VERY LOCAL. Consumers should consider themselves fortunate to be able to have the opportunity to enjoy such locally-produced drinks.
Okanagan-Shuswap & area has a number of craft breweries and wineries that create unique beverages. Most welcome you to take a tour (bring your I.D.), and visit their shops afterwards (samples may only be served, and alcoholic beverages may only be sold to those of legal drinking age or older).
DISCLAIMERS: (1) you must be of legal drinking age to consume any of these beverages; (2) exercise your own judgement about which drinks may be suitable for you; (3) when sampling, accept the host's judgement of appropriate sample sizes, and (4) drink responsibly, and DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE.
COMPLETE local beverage tours Here is a sampling (pun intended):
Here are some featured local brew pubs, craft breweries, craft distilleries, wineries or vineyard
At Kettle River, we have a unique brewing setup. At any given time we'll have dozens of different brews bubbling into being. Our mini micro system, or glorified garage kit, offers up the chance to ferment 16 different 200L batches,
Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery is BC's newest estate winery and has a 14,000 sq. ft. facility for processing, fermentation and bottling. A long time dream of owner and president Sarwan Giddan and family.
Guenther Lang and his wife, Kristina, purchased the nine and a half-acre (3.8-hectare) vineyard, then planted in hybrid varieties, when they immigrated to Canada in 1980.
Therapy Vineyards & Guesthouse is tucked amongst rolling hills of vineyard overlooking Okanagan Lake on the Naramata bench just outside Penticton, BC. With eight luxurious suites in our elegant Guesthouse,
Established in the heart of Okanagan Wine Country in 1980 on Highway 97 just north of Summerland. The winery has been dedicated to producing 100% British Columbian grown wines and all wines carry the VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance) designation.
COMPLETE local beverage tours
Wineries, Craft Breweries, Brew Pubs & Craft Distilleries Map