BIKE THE SCENIC SIP WINE ROUTE
If you are looking to pair amazing wines with even more breathtaking views, Lake Country is the perfect locale! Located just 10 minutes from Predator Ridge, Lake Country is home to 8 top-rated VQA wineries. This region showcases wineries that range from old world charm to new world innovation and everything in between. Lake Country is renowned for its distinct micro-climates.
From Predator Ridge you will travel 20 km south on Commonage Road to Lake Country along a stunning rural route that will take you through the beautiful lake vistas and panoramic landscapes that have made this region so famous. Each Winery provides a specialized chartered experience unique to their vintners’ expression of their wine offerings. You will find unique experiences at each winery from patio wine tasting to guide tours.
|PREDATOR RIDGE TIP: The Scenic Sip Wine Route features a lot of elevation gains. If you're looking for an easier cycle, rent one of our peddle-assist bikes and explore Lake Country by bike!|
Stop #1: 50th Parallel Estate
50th Parallel Estate is truly one of Canada's exemplary destination wineries. The 61-acre estate boasts panoramic lake views and rare granite soils. Top international wine-making talent have produced the winery's world-renowned Pinot Noir and aromatic white wines!
We recommend trying: Pinot Noir Rose, and their unparalleled Pinot Noir
Stop #2: Gray Monk Winery
Over 50 acres of lakeside views surround Gray Monk’s stately winery. Founded by the Heiss family, pioneers in the BC wine industry, back in 1972. They were the first to introduce Pinot Gris grapes to Canada. By walking through their doors you will be transported to the old world charm and surrounded by wines oldest traditions. Savour their wide selection of wine, food and views in the new Lookout Restaurant.
We recommend trying: Odyssey Meritage and anything bubbly
Stop #3: Ex Nihilo Vineyards
Ex Nihilo's steep, 10-acre property is a very special place. It's not just the landscape's splendour - it is the soil, the climate and the southwestern facing slope overlooking beautiful Okanagan Lake. Enjoy the tasting bar and art by acclaimed Okanagan artists in Gallery Creatio.
We recommend trying: Pinot Gris
Stop #4: Arrowleaf Cellars
Arrowleaf Cellars, a family-owned winery, crafts delicious award-winning wines from this grape-laden landscape. Winemaker, Manuel, completed his training in Switzerland and refined his craft in Australia before returning to BC with the goal of producing terroir-driven wines of exceptional quality.
We recommend trying: Zweiglt and their Bacchus
Stop #5: Blind Tiger Vineyards
This exciting new winery will take you back to the days of the speakeasy with their prohibition themed winery. This is the only fully organic winery in Lake Country and is a nice addition to the Scenic Sips wine route.
We recommend trying: Speakeasy Red and their Gewurztraminer
Stop #6: Ancient Hill Estate Winery
Nestled near the Kelowna Airport, this boutique winery specializes in small lot wine. Providing an array of interesting wines all estate grown. European in style, this winery is worth the trip down the highway.
We recommend trying: Baco Noir
Stop #7: Intrigue Wines
Intrigue Wines, is a boutique award-winning winery that has been making wines since 2009, run by one of Gray Monk's winemakers. Offering a gift shop and picnic area overlooking their vineyards, Intrigue is a small operation making only 1,400 cases in the 2011 vintage and 3,000 cases in 2012.
We recommend trying: the versatility in Rieslings they showcase
Stop #8: O’Rourke’s Peak Cellars
One of the newest gems in the area, O’Rourke’s Peak Cellars will wow you with their bright and exciting wines. A circular tasting room is an architectural marvel. Estate- grown grapes reflect the care each vine is given and becomes poetry in the bottle. Make sure to sneak a bite in their award-winning bistro before you leave.
We recommend trying: Pinot Noir and their Gruner Veltliner
We are proud to live amongst such amazing world-class neighbours and proudly feature many Scenic Sip wines on our menus and shelves at Commonage Market. #SupportLocal #BCWine