Picnic at a Winery this summer!


While summer wine tours may be a little bit different this year, one thing remains the same- a fun picnic at a winery is a must!

If you haven’t had a picnic at a winery, you’re really missing out of an incredible experience that can last a lifetime. Honestly, one of my favourite memories was when I went wine tasting for the first time that ended with a picnic at Tinhorn Creek, over 10 years ago! I still remember purchasing that bottle of Gewürztraminer and selecting cheese from the back fridge behind the wine bar, then sitting in the vineyard for an hour enjoying the simple things in life. It was truly a moment I will never forget.

Now, its your chance to have the same type of amazing experience this summer! I’ve listed the top picnic areas across the Okanagan so you can plan your stop along the wine tour. When I wine tour, I usually select 1 winery around 11am, 1 at around noon (*picnic spot!) and another at 2pm. This allows optimal time to relax, enjoy the tasting, take in the view, and move along to the next stop.

Top Okanagan Pinnic Areas:

Osoyoos | Adega

Oliver |Hester Creek (*Happy hour Monday to Friday from 1-5pm) or Rust Wine

Okanagan Falls |Noble Ridge (*pre-book space here)

Penticton | Painted Rock (*pre book space here) or Poplar Grove

  • Stop at Upper Bench winery for cheese supplies!

Naramata Bench |Origin (*highest viewpoint on the bench), Lock + Worth (*Poplar Grove cheese at the winery!) or JOIE (*pre-book space here)

Summerland | Thornhaven

Kelowna | Mt. Boucherie or Quails Gate Winery

Lake Country | Arrowleaf

Picnic packing list:

Essentials | Blanket, utensils, cutting board or platter, non-alcoholic beverages (*purchase wine at the winery!), glassware, table cloth (*some wineries have picnic tables)

Food | sliced meats (genoa salami) cheese (brie, aged white cheddar and boursin), baguette (pre-cut in advance), crackers and garnish (fruit, preserves, etc.)

Good to know | Buy wine at the winery + ask for ice bucket and glasses, be respectful and clean up after yourselves and be mindful of others enjoying the same space


Nota Bene Celebrates 20 Years

Black Hills Estate Winery usually throws a big public party to launch their latest Nota Bene vintage.

This year, with safety and social distancing in mind, the winery is taking the party online, and to make it special for their customers, is including some of Canada’s most celebrated personalities, all to applaud the 20th anniversary of Nota Bene.

Customers who purchase 12 bottles of the 2018 Nota Bene vintage will receive the special access to the 20thAnniversary Virtual Nota Bene Release Party, held online on July 17.

The exclusive party will feature a live music performance by recording artist, Steven Page, joined in conversation by Jason Priestley, Erin Cebula, Prevail and 2018 Winter Olympic gold medal winner, Kelsey Serwa. Winemaker Ross Wise MW (Master of Wine) will kick off the party with a guided tasting of the 2018 vintage.

With the purchase of 12 bottles of the 2018 vintage, customers will also receive a gift certificate to book a VIP Cabana tasting at Black Hills Wine Experience Center. For those that purchase 24 or more bottles, they will receive an entry to win a vacation package for a three-night stay at the Black Hills Wine Lodge.

The 2018 Nota Bene vintage is already gathering whispers of acclaim, and it is expected to sell quickly. Be sure to place your order HERE.