Wine Tasting

Okanagan Valley

Great Winery Tour Experience”

Reviewed 20 May 2016

My fiancée & I went on a winery tour this past May long weekend with South Okanagan Charter and had a superb experience! It was $75 per person, and a very nice bus with leather seats, tinted windows, and air conditioning picked us up. The driver/tour guide, Tom, was extremely friendly, fun, and knowledgeable. There was also a rather obnoxious/loud person on the tour (there were 14 of us in total on the tour) and Tom handled this person very well and allowed everyone to have a positive experience. We went to 4 wineries: Burrowing Owl, Platinum Bench (amazing bread!!), Stoneboat, and Church & State. This amount of wineries was good, if we had done anymore it would have been too long of a day & too much wine in my opinion. Tom had bottled water to give to everyone, and umbrellas in the vehicle as well for our use. I'd recommend this for couples or friends wanting to go on a wine tour - it was very professional yet fun, and very organized.

Steve Lydinuck Saskatoon. Sask.

“Wine and Dine!”

Reviewed May 29 2016

The hubby and I booked the South Okanagan Charter and Dine Tour for the May long weekend and we were so happy we did!

We were picked up by our driver guide, Ian, at our accommodation right on time and went to three wineries before lunch. All three were unique, beautiful and, of course, delicious. Our lunch at Hester Creek was included and it was a 2 course preset menu and it was so great. We sat on the patio and when we were picked up we were taken to a surprise bonus winery!

We then joined the afternoon group and visited three more wineries. Again all top-notch and at the last winery (Church and Estate) an impromptu bocce tournament with our group broke out on their lawn!

The mini bus was comfortable and clean (with lovely a/c) and our guide, Ian, was awesome. he had cold water for us in coolers (have to stay hydrated!) and purchased the morning crew some treats from our 2nd winery Road 13 to enjoy throughout the day.

What I like best about this tour is that you are given a VIP experience at the wineries. On a long weekend the wineries were quite busy but as soon as we walked in they were expecting us and we were whisked away to private rooms so our group could have private tastings and one-on-one time with the wineries.

I would highly recommend this tour as they take care of everything for you, have selected wonderful wineries that care about their guests and get you around safely after a full day of wine tasting.

Visited May 2016

Bill Asberry Calgary Alberta

“Wonderful and the ONLY way to tour the wineries!!”

Reviewed 25 May 2016

As locals we decided it was time that we experienced what so many tourists come here to see. We stopped in to inquire about a tour later that afternoon (as we thought we had missed the morning one) only to have the fabulous staff at the Welcome Centre let us know that the morning tour hadn't left yet and we were welcome to join that one. We did and are SO glad!! The vehicle was impeccable and our guide Gary, greeted us at the bus with smiles and complimentary bottles of water (a HUGE plus if you have ever experienced the Okanagan heat!!). We visited 3 wineries on our tour and received excellent service from those wineries (including a private barrel room tasting at Hester Creek). Gary always walked us in and straight to winery staff so they would know we were with South Okanagan Charter and all of the wineries seemed to have a great rapport with Gary. All in all we had an AMAZING experience with South Okanagan Charter and highly highly highly recommend them to anyone looking for this type of service!

Visited May 2016

Doa Penticton B.C

“Fabulous Wine Tour with Best Guide!”

Reviewed 2 June 2016

We had an amazing time in Osoyoos and Thanks to South Okangan Tours pulled all the stops! Luxury wine tour! Tom was the best guide you can ask for. He is extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of the community and best of all wine! Our experience from beginning to end was nothing but fabulous! Highly recommend South Okanagan Charter and will be a repeat customer for sure!

THANK YOU SOUTH OKANAGAN CHARTER!

Visited June 2016

Gord Fritz Stalingrad Germany

Summerland Wine Tours

“Excellent wine tour!”

Reviewed 4 May 2016

I chose this company because brochure was very detailed, knowledgeable and concise (price, time, duration and location of tours). regardless of the fact that there were only two of us with the non-tasting option, the tour guide (Ian) was very friendly and followed all our wishes.

Jack Sinclair Toronto Ontario   

Black Sage private tour”

Reviewed 1 June 2016

Our guide, Gary, was absolutely perfect. We had been to these wineries in the past being regular visitors to the area but at each winery he showed us something special that we had missed. The coach bus was a high end Mercedes kept in immaculate condition. This was not a rushed tour at all, he even added on a visit to a yummy cidery that we had no idea existed. Highly recommend

Gary Smith Edmonton Alberta . 

“Fantastic Experience!”

Reviewed 2 June 2016

Had a really lovely tour with South Okanagan Charter - who were recommended by our accommodation in Penticton. Our guide, Randal, was such a pleasant man and very knowledgeable about the area. He was the perfect combination of thoughtful and unobtrusive. For example - we had lunch at Hillside Bistro on the Bench, and found ourselves sitting outside on the upper deck and catching a bit more breeze than expected. I went back to find retrieve our coats from the vehicle and met Randal walking up with them - He had anticipated even our clothing needs! We had a fabulous private tour with her - lots of laughs and really fabulous wine. She was also very accommodating about us constantly changing our minds about where we wanted to go.

I should mention - the vehicle was nice, in great condition and the guide showed up early. The company called the day before to confirm getting to our accommodation (it had a locked gate) and the woman I spoke with was very warm and professional as well. Overall this was a really first class experience and we all fully recommend South Okanagan Charter for a winery tour!

Visited June 2016

John Archangel Chilliwack B.C.  

“Excellent Tour”

Reviewed 27 May 2016

During a recent stay at a resort in the Okanagan, my girlfriend and I booked this tour. We visited four different wineries, each with its own personality and experience. It was a fantastic mix of the offerings in the area. We didn't leave a location without having to take at bottle home to enjoy. Our tour driver was great and made the afternoon truly relaxing, no rushing, great pace and a very welcome and inviting demeanor. If you are in the area and looking to spend a day or afternoon seeing some of the areas vineyards I would book with South Okanagan Charter without hesitation. I will definitely put this on our to do list "must" when we return. I think our overall favorite would be Stoneboat, it was probably the smallest but also the homiest of the properties and their wines seemed to be just the right "bouquet" for us. Spending an afternoon with a no hassle guide was truly the way to go...be certain to look up S if you have an afternoon or day to spend, you won't regret it.

Visited May 2016

Dave Thompson Winnipeg Man

“Best wine tour ever!”

Reviewed 5 June 2016

We can't say enough about how fantastic our wine tour was with South Okanagan Charter!

After having been on tours in Napa and Sonoma in recent years, we were pleasantly surprised to find the wineries in Penticton and the overall experience to be world class caliber.

The level of service offered by the folks at South Okanagan Charter was in a class of their own. Our guide, Ian was very attentive, highly knowledgeable, and fun. He made our experience one to remember. Until next year!

Jessie & Jamie

“One of the best places to start your trip in Wine Country!”

Reviewed 19 May 2016

Rick and his team of enthusiastic staff were very helpful in getting our vacation off to a great start. They helped us plan a morning tour as we have two young children and thats all they could handle. If you want to do more than that they will help you plan your own custom wine tour while in town. They have a number of options to choose from that range from a few hours to all day excursions. We will definitely use them again when we come back to check out some of BC's best vineyards. Thank you for such a great experience. Can't wait until next summer.

Visited July 2016

Dorthy Staten New Westminister B.C.

Oliver/Osoyoos

“Lots of Wine(ing) (but not Whining) with this tour!”

Reviewed 25 May 2016

My husband and I booked South Okanagan Charter for the Black Sage Tour and it was wonderful! Our guide , was amazing, knowledgeable and gave us a great tour!

We were picked up in one of their vehicles right on the dot, visited 5 delicious wineries and some sightseeing to boot before being returned to our hotel. All wine tasting fees were included in the cost of $79/person for a 4.5 hour tour. We highly recommend them and the next time in the Osoyoos area we will book them again for one of their other tours as well.

Visited May 2016

Jason Godfrey Surrey B.C. 

“Thanks for an amazing day!”

Reviewed 15 May 2016

We were booked in for a tour with Lisa for the afternoon. We were presently surprised to be picked up in the beautiful vehicle which added to the experience. Ian was at the resort to pick us up early and was very informative as we drove through Osooyos. We visited four different wineries, with her adding additional information about each and every one of them. It was a fabulous day! We will be back and book again with Ian! Thanks for making it memorable.

Visited May 2015

Alfonzo Decico Vancouver B.C.

“Great way to go wine tasting”

Reviewed 5 June 2016

This is the recommended way to see several vineyards in one afternoon. The driver/guide was very informative about vineyards, the art of growing grapes, local history and answered a myriad of questions about wine and the area. There was a lovely variety to the vineyards (surrounded by oak barrels at Hester Creek or in the marble and glass tasting room at Church and State). Taking a tour may mean you get a private room away from the crowds (Hester Creek), or an outdoor patio also away from the crowds (Stoneboat). We also were glad to get the informative tour of Burrowing Owl including the view from the bell tower. You could walk through this tour on your own, but our guide added his knowledge to the signage, and answered questions for our small group. Taking the tour meant we didn't have to figure out which vineyards to visit or how to get there. We also enjoyed spending the afternoon with a few other couples we just met.

Visited June 2016

Darcy Murry Richmond B.C.

“VIP Wine Tour!!”

Reviewed 27 May 2016

I took my partner to Penticton for our anniversary specifically to go wine tasting. South Okanagan Charter provided us with the perfect service! They picked us up from our accommodation, took us from winery to winery while providing information on the area, and then returned us to our accommodation. It was very relaxing, we didn't have to worry about anything. The wineries also seemed quite familiar with South Okanagan Charter which made us feel like VIPs. Next time I go to Penticton I will definitely use their services again!

Visited May 2016

Stephane Koster White Rock B.C.

“Wine & Dine Tour a Must!”

Reviewed 2 June 2016

This is the way to embrace the amazing landscape and wineries just outside of Penticton. Our personable and knowledgeable guide, Ian, transported the group in luxurious comfort to 7 winery estates over the day, one of which hosted a very tastey lunch. For novices or connoseurs of the grape, you will come away with a deep knowledge of the winemaking processes and a comprehensive introduction to the bottled treasures of this region. My husband couldn't help but purchase a bottle or two at every stop! The brochure promised 6 wineries, but we were slightly ahead of schedule so Ian added a 7th, Platinum Bench, which also sold bread and cheeses--a foodie's delight. Once again, South Okanagan Charter has added a real winner to their tour roster and we are so grateful.

Visited June 2016

Dianne Bell Rocky mountain House Alberta

“Fabulous Wine Tour with Best Guide!”

Reviewed 2 May 2016

We had an amazing time in Osoyoos and Thanks to South Okanagan Charter Tours pulled all the stops! Luxury wine tour! Randal was the best guide you can ask for. He is extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of the community and best of all wine! Our experience from beginning to end was nothing but fabulous! Highly recommend South Okanagan Charter and will be a repeat customer for sure!

THANK YOU South Okanagan Charter!

Visited May 2016

Tom Walker Merritt B.C.