No matter the season – spring, summer, winter, or fall all offer an amazing escape to Osoyoos wine country. Osoyoos is a haven for wine lovers – with nearly 70 wineries between the Oliver-Osoyoos and Similkameen Wine regions.
While well-known for a variety of wineries, rows upon rows of vines, and unique tasting experiences, Osoyoos also has so much more to offer. Osoyoos is also home to plenty of cideries, as well as a distillery and brewery you can visit on your fall trip. Plus, the spectacular autumn hues found across the valley as the vineyards begin to change colour are an amazing site to see.
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Here are 5 tips to plan a weekend in Osoyoos Wine Country:
1. Book Your Tastings Ahead of Time
While some wineries do offer walk-ins, it is best to reserve your tastings and tours ahead of time. This will ensure that you are able to get to your. Make sure to book enough time for each winery and in between visits so that you can relax and have plenty of time to shop after sampling! During the fall, local Osoyoos wineries have plenty of special events, wine club dinners, and much more to enjoy – not to mention the exciting action of the grape harvest!
Reservations can be made easily online or by phone, and you can also view our current winery deals including tours, tastings, and much more!
2. Hire a Tour Company
Why is it important to hire a tour company for your wine tour? Not only does this ensure a safe and fun ride for all, but wine tour guides are well educated and have some amazing insight to our local wineries. From guided tours by luxury SUV – to cruising the (wine) country by e-bike, there are so many great options to ensure you have an amazing wine tour in Osoyoos!
3. Research the Wineries You Want to Visit
When planning your trip, it’s always best to research the wineries that you want to visit ahead of time. Maybe you’re looking for a specific varietal, want to see unique architecture, or take a pic of one of the stunning vineyard views. Be sure to check out our instagram guides for some of our winery guides to help you plan your visit!
4. Don’t forget the Food!
Food and wine go hand and hand here in the South Okanagan, so it’s important to incorporate some of our exquisite culinary experiences into your wine tour. From snacking on amazing charcuterie at vinAmité to planning for a full lunch stop at Miradoro, there are plenty of delicious dining options to tantalize your taste buds and enjoy a great bite in between stops. During the fall, the restaurants and eateries of the South Okanagan have the amazing bounty of fall right at their doorstep (think crisp apples and pears, fresh salad greens, and hearty squash to name a few!) to create inventive dishes that will keep you coming back.
5. Have fun!
While wine tasting may sound intimidating for first-timers, it really is about having a fun and educational experience. Visit any tasting bar in and around Osoyoos Wine Country and our winery experts are happy to answer your questions about the wine, region, or make recommendations for other winery visits.