The Ultimate Guide To The Top 5 Lake Country Wineries

The Ultimate Guide To The Top 5 Lake Country Wineries

Ever wondered if there was a magical place on earth where you could be surrounded by both luscious mountains and emerald lakes? Where you could feel the peace and serenity come over your spirit while sitting in the stillness and experiencing the bliss of the sunrise and sunset all at the same time. Or even a place where all your senses would be stimulated by the taste of a single sip of delicious wine made from the love of the locals? Welcome to Lake Country, where you can have it all. 

Situated between Vernon and Kelowna, Lake Country is a municipal district that includes communities such as Oyama, Carrs Landing, Winfield and Okanagan Centre. With tons of different topography like rolling mountains, shimmering lakes and the region’s most finest trails – Lake Country will leave you with a newfound sense of peace and appreciation for life. 

History of WineMaking in Lake Country

Established back in 1976 was Lake Country’s first and only winery, Gray Monk Winery founded by Trudy and George Heiss. They were the first to introduce Pinot Gris vines into the Okanagan, sourced from the Alsace of the France region. This began a movement, and started the mark of wine growing in both Lake Country and the Okanagan.

Now, Lake Country is home to 8 wineries, with more on the rise. 

What Kinds of Wine Can You Find in Lake Country? 

According to the 2017 Annual Crop Report prepared by the BC Wine Grape Council, the 10 most grown wines in Lake Country include:

  1. Pinot Gris 
  2. Riesling
  3. Pinot Noir
  4. Pinot Auxerrois
  5. Gewürztraminer
  6. Chardonnay
  7. Bacchus
  8. Kerner
  9. Rotberger
  10. Pinot Blanc

Lake Country Wineries 

Gray Monk Estate

As one of the first wineries established in Lake Country, Gray Monk Estate produces world class wines such as Pinot Gris, Auxerrois and Gewürztraminer varieties. Situated on a beautiful estate where visitors can taste all of Gray Monk’s wines, and then head to the winery’s renowned Grapevine Restaurant, this makes for a beautiful day out. The patio offers stunning views of the Okanagan and is open from April to October.

Arrowleaf Cellars 

Located just a few minutes up the road from Gray Monk, Arrowleaf Cellars is an exquisite winery that began in 1996. Established by a swiss-born family, the Zuppigers, Arrowleaf time and time again produces the most crisp and aromatic wines produced from grapes grown right on the property. During June to October, you can pair your wine with a delicious homemade pastry or with bread, cheese and charcuterie. Experience exquisite service with heart-warming delicacies at Arrowleaf Cellars. 

Ex Nihilo 

 First planted in 2004, Ex Nihilo was built on handshakes and trust. Known for its artistic sensibility, “Ex Nihilo” means “out of nothing”. Since its launch, this mediterranean-styled winery, has become a popular spot for those wanting to look at fine-art while sipping some delicious Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling and other fine selections. 

Blind Tiger Vineyards 

In the days of Al Capone and the American Prohibition (1920 – 1933), establishments to buy illegal alcohol and places to party began to emerge. Most commonly, these places were known as “Speakeasies”, but other names emerged as well – including “Blind Tiger”. Named after this era, Blind Tiger opened its doors in 2015 during the growing wine and tourism season. Experience the winery’s prohibition roots in its small tasting room, and grab a bottle of your favorite wine to enjoy with some delicious wood-burning pizza! 

50th Parallel Estate Wineries 

A sanctuary like no other, this stunning 61-acre property offers a place where you can immerse yourself fully – surrounded by the endless views of vineyards and Lake Okanagan. While tasting the delicious Expect a welcoming glass of crisp Riesling, Gewürztraminer or the perfect summer sip, Pinot Noir Rosé. End your visit by sampling the Unparalleled Pinot Noir. Top of your visit by indulging at the ONE restaurant, a symbolic name for a symbolic place – reminding us that we are all ONE with the land. ne.

Final Notes:

Lake Country has some of the finest wineries in the Okanagan, and we’d be thrilled to have you come visit. If you’re interested in having a beautiful space for your stay, we’d be happy to serve you here at TenPoint Estate. Feel free to learn more about us here.

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