Updated: Oct 9, 2021
Whether you’re a seasonal Sunshine Valley resident or a full-timer, nothing quite says summer like a trip to wine country. Luckily for you, it’s just around the corner.
Less than 2 hours west of Sunshine Valley is the 200-acre wine wonderland of Langley, home to 40 incredible wineries just a hop, skip, and a jump from Vancouver. Chaberton Estate Winery is worth a visit and was the first winery in this now-bustling wine region. The Fraser Valley terroir is unique and worth experiencing so definitely add it to your list.
Drive 2 hours east of Sunshine Valley and you’ll find yourself in Similkameen Valley, known for incredible wines in both Keremeos and Cawston. This is a less touristy wine region than Osoyoos and Naramata so take your time and enjoy the quiet of the valley with a big glass of wine on a patio for lunch. We recommend Corcelettes Winery.
A 2.5-hour drive east on winding roads takes you to Osoyoos. Situated at the very southern tip of the Okanagan, Osoyoos is home to more than 40 prized wineries, including Nk’mip Cellars, North America’s first Indigenous Winery. Need we say more? If you’re a foodie, make sure to grab tickets for the upcoming Pig Out Festival Weekend that’s taking place on September 25th and 26th. You can purchase tickets for a Chef’s Dinner (paired with complementing wines, of course) on the 24th and/or a Pork + Winery Crawl on the 25th. Tickets can be purchased at oliverosoyoos.com.
North of Osoyoos (and 3 hours east of Sunshine Valley) is the prized Naramata. Go for a drive along the bench, spend time in the hundreds of trails/beaches/parks or rent some bikes and peddle your way through the wineries, stopping at the ones that catch your eye for a wine tasting. Wine not your thing? Naramata is also known for its breweries, distilleries, and cideries. When you’re sun-sapped after a beautiful day of exploring, eating, and drinking, stay at an Airbnb for the night. You won’t regret waking up to the warm Okanagan sun on your face.
Regardless of where you go, be sure to take advantage of the Okanagan fruit stands on your way back to the valley. Enjoy!