5 Reasons to Visit Osoyoos Wine Country This Fall

There is no better time to experience Okanagan wine country than the early fall. The summer crowds have left, heading back to school or work, the weather is gorgeous and the wineries are still open and waiting for you! Try a delicious variety of wines not typically found in wine stores, including white, red and roses. Plan a wine tour with one of our local companies, or do-it-yourself and explore the wines of the Okanagan Valley.

Why fall is the best time to wine tour in the South Okanagan:

  1. No line ups!

    Be first in line at the tasting bars when wine touring this fall. Most wineries in the Osoyoos area operate year-round with varying seasonal hours which means you can pop in for a quick taste any day of the week. If you’re driving, the parking’s good and easy, too. Check out the winery websites for current hours.

  2. More time

    Fewer people in tasting rooms means you can spend more time enjoying, talking and savouring every sip. Engaging tasting room staff are happy to share food and wine pairing tips and interesting stories from around the vineyard. If you’ve got questions about wine or the winemaking process, there’s time for you to ask questions to satisfy your curiosity (and your tastebuds!)

  3. Wine Fest

    The Fall Okanagan Wine Festival is happening September 27 – October 7! Numerous wineries and restaurants throughout the valley host tastings, harvest and winemakers dinners, grape stops,  cooking classes and more! Find out more about these events on our Events Calendar.

  4. Harvest Time

    In September and October the Okanagan comes alive with the harvest. You’ll find pears, apples, pumpkins, all kinds of squash, and other fall harvest goodies!

  5. Great weather

    Situated at the southernmost portion of the Okanagan Valley, fall in Osoyoos features cool, crisp mornings, that warm into glorious summer days.  And there’s lots to do from golf to hiking to downtown shopping in between winery stops.

Here are just 7 wineries you must check out in Osoyoos this fall. For a full list of local wineries, visit Oliver Osoyoos and Similkameen Independent Winegrowers!

Adega on 45th

Boasting panoramic views of Osoyoos Lake, sample a variety of reds and whites in their classic, Tuscan style tasting room. Open 10am – 5pm daily.

Nk’Mip Cellars

The first Aboriginal-owned winery in all of North America, experience international award-wining wines and the relentless spirit and remarkable history that inspire them. Open 10am – 7pm daily.

 

LaStella

A Tuscan-style villa and winery perched on the edge of Osoyoos Lake, each wine has its own story — and  to convey this unique story LaStella names their wines after Italian musical notes. Tasting by appointment only – daily 11am – 5pm.

Lakeside Cellars

Established grape growers celebrating their commitment to their familial farms by creating wines expressive of their cool climate desert vineyards.

 

Moon Curser

The winery name pays tribute to the gold smuggling history of Osoyoos. The wines, however, show no such respect for tradition – the winery is known for growing unusual varieties such as Tannat and Tempranillo, among others. Open 10am – 5pm daily.

Young & Wyse

Combining tradition with modern artisan winemaking techniques, our winery showcases limited collections of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Viognier as well as selections of proprietary blends. Open 11am – 5pm daily.

Lariana

A boutique-style winery featuring small lot, handcrafted wines, Lariana loves combining classic vinification practices with innovative new methods to produce wines that are sure to leave you wanting more. Open Friday, Saturday & Sunday 11am – 4pm.

Bordertown

A family-owned winery focused on small production premium wines, Bordertown provides a gorgeous view of their scenic vineyards and the beautiful Osoyoos landscape. Open daily 10am – 5pm.