Wine Tour FAQ
Wine tours are made up of adults (19 years of age and older) who want to have fun, taste BC’s best wine and enjoy some of the Okanagan Valley’s greatest wineries. All wine tours include an experienced, fun-loving guide who will make sure you have a safe and enjoyable tour.
There will be other like-minded people on the tours with you, providing an opportunity to make new friends and have fun with others.
You will visit 4-5 wineries on your tour. Our selection of wineries varies daily. We will make every attempt to accommodate any special requests – Uncorked Okanagan offers a broad experience, not just the iconic wineries, but also the hidden gems and boutique wineries throughout the Okanagan Valley.
Types of Wine Tours
These are our regularly scheduled tours along the West Kelowna and Kelowna wine regions; you pick an area that you would like to see, such as the Westside Wine Trail, Lakeshore Wine Route, Lake Country Scenic Sips, and Bottleneck Drive in Summerland, and book your seat! Our Wine Tours include a selection of wineries described in the tour itinerary.
There will be a break for lunch close by the wine trail at customer’s own expense – not all lunch stops will be at a winery, however here at Uncorked, we will make sure your lunch location will have the best food options available.
The number of people on a tour will be relative to how many seats are available. Our vehicles hold 11, 14, and 21 guests.
Private Wine Tours are a cut above our regularly scheduled tours. The upgrade gives you a customized tour with a pickup time tailored to your satisfaction. You and your party have a private vehicle with a professional and experienced wine tour guide all to yourselves. Let us put together a full day wine tour visiting 4 or 5 wineries with a lunch stop at customer’s own expense, a half-day afternoon wine tour, or simply give us your suggestions and we will make it happen! The possibilities are endless.
Tastings at the winery are not private, but if you want a private tasting, those arrangements must be made well in advance of your tour. Availability is limited and an extra fee will be charged. Want to book one of our private wine tours? Minimum of 4 people required for private wine tours.
Specialty Guided Wine Tours are tailored for you to discover other wine regions of the Okanagan Valley, such as Ok Falls, Naramata Bench outside of Penticton, south to Oliver and Osoyoos, among others. These custom tours have a minimum of 4 people required to run, and are longer days.
Speak to one of our Wine Tour Consultants for help in planning the ultimate custom private tour for your group.
Other Good Things To Know
Tastings are usually 1 oz. of wine. The number of tastings and which varietals offered is up to the wineries, and can vary from day to day. Expect a minimum of 20 tastings or more. Tasting fees are included in every Uncorked Wine Tour.
We have a fleet of six tour vehicles providing a luxurious ride for all our guests on their wine tour.
There are three Mercedes Sprinters HIGH TOP vans accommodating 11-14 guests, plus an additional 14-passenger van, 12-passenger van, plus a 21-passenger bus. VEHICLES MAY BE ARRANGED FOR LARGER GROUPS, QUOTED SPECIFICALLY FOR YOUR NEEDS
All our vehicles are clean, air conditioned, well-maintained and designed for tour groups. Our entire vehicle fleet is licensed under Passenger Transportation, and fully compliant with Canadian laws, carrying complete insurance coverage.
A code of conduct is adhered to at each winery. It’s important to mind your p’s and q’s in the tasting room. If you’re new to the wine tasting circuit, allow us to start you off on the right foot.
Do not hesitate to ask questions; your guide and the server at the tasting bar are a wealth of information. If there is a wine you really like, and would like to try another sample, simply ask “may I revisit…”, the server will probably be more than accommodating. You catch more flies with honey that way!
Is there a dress code? Please feel free to ask a Tour Consultant who is more than happy to answer any questions you may have before your tour. We suggest comfortable foot wear as you will be standing most of the day, and nothing too tight or confining. Comfort is key.
As much as we want you to enjoy a fun day, Uncorked as well as the wineries can not afford to tolerate intoxication. Our guides are certified in ‘Serving it Right’ and are trained to spot any signs that may be exhibited throughout the day. Please remain on your best behavior. We want you to have as much fun as possible, within reason of course. It is important to remember that there are other paying guests who are out to have a great experience as well!
BC has some of the strictest drinking and driving laws in Canada. The legal limit under the Criminal Code of Canada is 80 milligrams, referred to as .08 – However, the legal limit in BC is 50 milligrams, referred to as .05. This is why we offer pickup and drop off service at your hotel within Kelowna and West Kelowna.
OUT OF ZONE PICKUPS MAY BE ARRANGED FOR AN ADDITIONAL FEE, DEPENDING ON THE DAY OF THE WEEK. Special location pickups are often not available on Saturdays, so please contact us to ask. If possible, we will make it happen or find a convenient rendezvous.
Lunch locations may vary, and are not always at a winery; but rest assured we hand-pick the best location available that provides a delicious menu, good portions and a great value to match a picturesque setting. Please note that lunches are not included in the cost of the wine tour, and will be at guest’s own expense.
Uncorked Okanagan’s cancellation policy is refundable -$20 per person administration fee up to 15 days before your tour date. There is no refund after the 15 days.
Uncorked prides itself on providing the best service as well as ‘Skipping the Line’, to ensure we get the best times, and the quickest service available. We book all of our tours well in advance to make sure you have the best day and get to enjoy the most wine possible! After 15 days, the chances are the itinerary for the day has already been set and well planned.
While on tour, we have no doubt you will be purchasing wine throughout your day. Our guides provide concierge services, making sure your wine is handled properly and identified separately for each of our guests. However, sometimes things happen. Please check your purchases at the end of your tour to make sure you have everything in hand when departing. Uncorked is not responsible for misplaced wine or items after the tour has ended. Uncorked will not replace or compensate for any personal items or purchases lost or misplaced after the end of the tour.