Uncorked Okanagan Wine Tours

Your Hosts/Guides

At Uncorked, we believe our customers come first. From the moment you contact us, we strive to go above and beyond, offering our customers an excellent experience from start to finish.

 

Why Choose Uncorked Okanagan?

Uncorked Okanagan is one of the longest running touring companies around, and what has made us so successful is that we pride ourselves on outstanding customer interaction – We go above and beyond expectation so that you have the best day possible.

With helpful suggestions on which tour suits your groups’ needs, information on places to stay, things to do in the Okanagan followed by personal concierge services during your tour, Uncorked goes all out to make sure you have a great time.

Our guides are some of the most entertaining people you’ll ever have the pleasure of spending a day with; Radio personalities, magicians, sommeliers, guitar players, storytellers, and wine history buffs – we make sure you have the most amazing time, and an extreme amount of fun!

Meet The Team

Steve Francis

Steve was born in Newfoundland; grew up in Toronto and has lived in the Okanagan with his family for over 22 years. Having been in radio for over 25 years, he is affectionately known locally as ‘Stuntman Steve’ thanks to Sun FM and The Juice. Steve has been a tour guide for Uncorked for the past 6 years, and has learned so much about the amazing wineries up and down the Okanagan Valley, as well as his fabulous guests.

“I learn something new every time I go out on a tour – every tour is a great opportunity to be an ambassador for our incredible Wine Region. I love history, 80s music, fall days and a glass of red wine – along with a great plate of cheese and crackers. It really doesn’t matter about the cheese and crackers – as long as the glass is full! With hundreds of tours under my belt, I am the luckiest wine tour guide ever!”


Herb Carruthers

Herb retired from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 2003 after 29 years of service, in which he was stationed in numerous communities throughout BC, Saskatchewan, and Ontario – he spent the last 17 years of his career as a Forensic Crime Scene Investigator and was a member of the ‘RCMP Musical Ride’, based out of Ottawa where he was fortunate to travel across most of North America.

In 1989, Herb spent 6 months on United Nations Duty in Namibia Africa as a peacekeeping monitor for the vote for Namibian independence in South Africa.

“I first met Deb and Jim when I was working in the electronics department at Costco in Kelowna. I sold them a computer for Uncorked and helped them set it up. We became friends and I ended up joining the Uncorked team as one of the first guides in 2010. One of the things I enjoy about working at Uncorked is meeting people from all walks of life and from so many different locations around the world.”


Monty Mitchell

As a Real estate salesman with Royal Lepage, Monty was awarded ‘Rookie of the Year’, during his first year with the company. He then became the Manager/Broker for a busy office in Winnipeg, before moving on to work for Century 21.

In 2004, Monty and his wife began a new adventure, moving to the Okanagan and opening up an Ice Cream shop in Summerland called ‘The Sweet Tooth’, a far departure from real estate. This Ice cream café and dessert bar became quite successful, and after 6 years they sold it to move closer to Kelowna, where they reside today.

“l was very happy to join Uncorked this spring. Absolutely a great move and a wonderful group to work with. They treat you like family here. I love visiting all wineries, as they all provide unique experiences. In saying that, one of my favourite wineries is the Hatch where some of their white wines are exquisite.”


Alana Francis

Alana grew up in Saskatchewan, before moving to the Okanagan over 22 years ago with her husband Steve and their two daughters.

Going into her 3rd year as a tour guide for Uncorked, Alana has loved every second of it. Working with the Canadian Cancer Society full time for over 21 years, she finds working as a tour guide has become her FUN job!

“I love learning about our amazing wine industry and I learn something new every time I go out on a tour. It’s hard to say which is my favourite local winery – they are all so amazing and each one is different. I prefer the “boutique” wineries and love all of the local history and stories that go along with each one. I feel incredibly grateful to be able to be doing what I do and do what I love!”


Ryan Lackey

Ryan or ‘Ryan Michael’ as he’s also known, had been a professional magician for the past 6 years performing over 150 shows per year, achieving the Canadian Close-up Magician of the Year as well as Mentalist of the Year.

Born and raised in Jasper, Ryan was a white water raft guide and an interpretive hiking guide for close to 6 years. He is an outdoor enthusiast who loves snowboarding, skateboarding, paddleboarding – basically anything to do with a board!

“I love wine; my favorite being the Summerhill Erhenfelser, closely followed by the Vibrant Vines Rose – Sperling’s ‘Old Vines Reisling’ is also high on the list. I have such a huge appreciation for life, where we live, and the lifestyle we get to lead. I like to take a moment on each tour to allow everyone to truly appreciate the Okanagan. I can guarantee laughter, real magic, and a few surprises along our tour.”