Address (Admin Purposes) c/o Little Straw Vineyards, 2815 Ourtoland Road, West Kelowna, BC V1Z 2H7
Contact: Salina Petschulat Curtis, Association Coordinator
Phone: 250-707-1298 | email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The West Kelowna Vintners Association (WKVA) is better known by its destination brand, the Westside Wine Trail. These nine wineries are proud of their deep roots in the BC wine industry and are passionate about their craft. Beaumont Family Estate Winery, Kalala Organic Estate Winery, Little Straw Vineyards, Mt Boucherie Family Estate Winery, Mission Hill Family Estate, Quails’ Gate Estate Winery, Rollingdale Winery, the hatch and Volcanic Hills Estate Winery welcome you to explore and discover the area, one sip at a time.
Discover a deep & fascinating blend of experiences…
The Westside Wine Trail is home to some of the oldest and most well established vineyards and wineries in the Okanagan Valley. It is a place where the tasting room experiences are diverse and moments turn into lifelong memories.
Rolling hills of vineyards, scenic lake views and leisurely rural roads provide an idyllic backdrop for discovering local flavours one sip at a time, while an alluring pinot noir or a crisp sauvignon blanc, a vineyard concert or an encounter with a winemaker is sure to delight you.
The Westside Wine Trail is a year round destination. In the summer visitors can expect to not only enjoy warm summer days, but they can also relish in the roadside fruit stands that dot the landscape and provide farm to table opportunities. During the winter months the wineries are open for tastings with special events taking place like holiday open houses and culinary workshops and the hills are just minutes away for a morning of skiing or snowshoeing.
The cluster of wineries host three signature ‘Sip Series’ events during the year, each with a different theme and tasty sips. The Sunday of the Family Day Weekend, a wine & chocolate extravaganza is held, called ‘Sip With Your Sweetheart’. The first Saturday in June is when the wineries celebrate their summer whites with a ‘Sip into the Summer’ event and the holidays wouldn’t be complete without a wine & craft tour event. On the first Sunday in December visitors can travel from winery to winery where they can see local artisans and crafters in the tasting rooms and cellars for the Sip into the Season event.
The terrior varies depending on where in the Okanagan Valley grapes are grown. For wine growers along the Westside Wine Trail in West Kelowna, the bud bread usually happens in late April with crush beginning by mid-September and lasting into the third week of October. The harvesting of Icewine grapes can take place anytime from December to January, depending on the temperature. The soils here are very unique in that they are loaded with mineral deposits as well as glacial till, volcanic rock and large boulders. This is because the vineyards in area are derived from Mt. Boucherie which is the remnant of an ancient volcano. This volcano is a focal point in the community and is worth a hike up, as the views are spectacular.
There is always something new to discover, no matter the season. The wineries of the Westside Wine Trail are easy to find, within easy reach of major centres and are open year round. We are a 3.5 hour drive from Vancouver, 10 minutes from downtown Kelowna and a very leisurely and scenic 40 minute drive from Penticton.