Osoyoos, Canada is a small town in the far south of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. With an inviting landscape of rolling hills, picturesque lakes, and gorgeous orchards, the valley is full of British Columbia’s famous outdoor beauty. It’s also one of the finest wine growing regions in the world. Scores of wineries are located within an easy 20-minute drive of the city. The streets of Osoyoos fill with excitement during the city’s spring and fall wine festivals.
But this delightful area is worth a visit any time of the year. A number of outstanding vineyards, some seriously good food, and a friendly, laid-back atmosphere make the region an oenophile’s dream. But with so many great wines to discover, who wants to worry about driving home. Why not leave the driving to one of these highly-rated tours. So sit back, enjoy the ride, and happy tasting.
1. Wine Tours Gone South
Wine Tours Gone South organizes customized tours of the wineries around Osoyoos and Olivier in the Okanagan Valley. Tours can be designed to match participants’ interests. The Taste of Wine Country Tour includes pick up and drop off at four to six different hand-picked vineyards. Delight in culinary masterpieces crafted at one of these special wineries during an extended break in the itinerary for lunch. Lunch, however, is not included in the price of the tour.
Wine Tours Gone South
Website: Wine Tours Gone South
2. Desert Country Wine Tours
Desert Country Wine Tours offers tours of different lengths. The shortest tour lasts for three hours and the longest will have you sipping wine for just over six. Tours can, of course, be customized. Just let the owner know if there is a particular winery you’re dying to visit. Eat lunch outside on a patio or opt for fine dining at one of the vineyards on the schedule. Learn about the various wineries, their vintages, and the winemaking process from your expert guide.
Desert Country Wine Tours
Address: 8704 74a Ave, V0H 1V7 Osoyoos, BC, Canada
Website: Desert Country Wine Tours
3. Swiws Spirit Tours
Learn about the Okanagan Valley’s rich cultural heritage at the same time you’re getting a primer on British Columbian wines with Swiws Spirit Tours. This innovative company has a variety of different offerings including both wine and cultural excursions. Explore wineries around Osoyoos or venture further out to the Similkameen Valley. There’s even a craft beer and distillery option for those interested in branching out a bit on their wine vacation.
Swiws Spirit Tours
Address: 1000 Rancher Creek Rd, Suite 99, V0H 1V6 Osoyoos, BC, Canada
Website: Swiws Spirit Tours
4. OK Wine Shuttle
Hop on the OK Wine Shuttle and hop off when you arrive at the winery of your choice. Do it again, and maybe again, until you’re ready to go home. This useful shuttle service stops every 30 minutes along a prearranged route that services several wineries. The shuttle makes regularly scheduled stops at most vineyards around Osoyoos. All you have to do is get in the van and take it to the next vineyard on your personal must-see list.
OK Wine Shuttle
Website: OK Wine Shuttle
5. Moxie Tours
Have dinner and watch as the sun dips over the horizon in the picturesque Okanagan Valley after a spending an exciting day touring Osoyoos wineries with Moxie Tours. Moxie Tours offers a number of different ways for oenophiles to explore the vineyards around Osoyoos. Zoom around wine country in a sidecar stopping to sample great vintages along the way. Cruise one of the region’s beautiful lakes, bringing an end to a delightful afternoon of wine tasting. Linger over a great meal with wines specially chosen to highlight the flavors of the cuisine. With so many different and creative options, you really can’t go wrong.
Website: Moxie Tours
6. Vine to Wine Tours
Treat yourself to a serious wine education with a Vine to Wine tour led by a certified sommelier. Vine to Wine offers three tours of varying prices and lengths. The decanter tour includes a gourmet lunch at the Backyard Farm complete with wine pairings. Explore the art pairing wine with food as you savor a handcrafted lunch. Meet the owners and winemakers of the vineyards you visit on these intimate excursions. Ride in style during your tour in a luxury SUV.
Vine to Wine Tours
Website: Vine to Wine Tours
7. Connoisseur Wine Tours
Connoisseur Wine Tours offers five different excursions throughout the Okanagan Valley. Their Oliver and Osoyoos Wine Tour lasts six hours and includes stops at five different vineyards. Other possible options include wine tours to nearby Summerland, Penticton, OK Falls, Naramata, and Kelowna. All of their tours include hotel pickup and snacks.
Connoisseur Wine Tours
Address: RR #2 - Site 55, Comp. 14, Green Mountain Rd, V2A 6J7 Penticton, BC, Canada
Website: Connoisseur Wine Tours
8. Great Escapes Wine Tours
Visit five fantastic vineyards around Oliver and Osoyoos with Great Escapes’ six-hour tour. For those interested in sampling the fare produced by vineyards further away, Great Escapes also offers wine tours of the Naramata Bench, Summerland, Similkameen Valley, and Okanagan Falls. Take advantage of the tour to learn the characteristics of this region that make British Columbian wines so special.
Great Escapes Wine Tour
Website: Great Escapes Wine Tour
British Columbian wine country delights
British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley is a must-see destination for wine lovers. The adorable town of Osoyoos makes a wonderful base for exploring the amazing vineyards and fascinating culture of the surrounding region. Great food, great wine, great sunsets, what more could you ask for?
Well, a driver would be nice, you say. Problem solved. Book one of these great tours and off you go. We hope you enjoy these suggestions for wine tours that will get you safely to, and most importantly from, all of the fantastic wineries around Osoyoos.
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