The Naramata Bench
The wineries of the Naramata Bench are a short 1 hour drive south of Kelowna. Driving to the bench will give you a unique view of the changing landscape. This south eastern shore of Lake Okanagan offers wonderful wineries, restaurants and a boutique hotel. My choices are designed to give you a wide spectrum of tastes paired with delightful menus. This unique "bench" was formed as the glaciers receded. It became a very fertile area and proved perfect for fruit growing. Over time it has developed into a substantial wine region with a nice mix of both old and new wineries. Vertical tastings of Chardonnay, world class Merlot and many others await you at every turn.
My full day tours is scheduled to last around 7 Hours. We normally visit 4 to 5 Wineries. At the planning stage you will have the choice to book an Optional Winery Lunch. All lunch costs are at your own expense. I'm very happy to help in booking this and to make recommendations. Other lunch options may be available please do ask at time of booking. Please do let us know if there are any allergies or other medical issues so we can do our best to accommodate everyone. Departure time from your location will be set at time of organizing your tour but generally we start around 10 am.
Common Naramata Bench Varietals
Pinot Noir - Merlot - Chardonnay - Pinot Noir - Pinot Gris - Pinot Grigio
Winery selection & pricing
Van Westen - Little Engine - Da Silva Winery & The Kitchen - La Frenz
Deep Roots - Roche - Four Shadows - Poplar Grove & Restaurant - The Naramata Inn
Standard wine tasting fees are included, premium tastings and additional experiences will be offered to you at time of booking, select your tour below
James The Driver specializes in bespoke, private tours. My main tours are designed for couples and small groups of up to 8 persons. Upon request larger group sizes are available. I would like to add that there are certain circumstances where to meet operating requirements, vehicles and operators are subject to change without notice. We do however do our best to keep you informed in the event of any changes.
Some of the wineries we visit offer different experiences such as Vineyard walks, Cellar Tours and Sommelier experiences. Some of these separate events may include a paired tasting or lunch. Be sure to inquire to learn more about their availability and cost.
Custom itineraries are based on individual couple or group requests. These bespoke tours and associated pricing depend on group size, season, availability and may change without notice. Due to the differing popularity of each of the wineries we visit, it is important to know that not all tasting fees are included in your per person regular fee, please inquire prior to booking with any questions.
Cancellation & Refund Policy
I make every effort to guarantee you the best experience possible. I build your personal tour and secure your requested date and reservation times. Specific tasting time will be booked with each winery included on your itinerary.
In the event that you need to cancel your booked tour, a full refund is available up to 14 days before a scheduled tour. 50% refunds are available up to 10 days before your tour. Full charges apply on cancelations made 7 days before a scheduled tour. There is a Service Fee of 10% that is non-refundable for all tour cancelations.