Updated: Dec 4, 2022
Surprise and delight your wine-loving friends and family this holiday season with gifts from the Lake Country Scenic Sip Wine Trail. During the Holiday season, the Lake Country tasting rooms in carry more than just wine and are a fantastic and fun place to do some holiday shopping. Here are five quick gift ideas you can find on the wine trail:
Wine Gift Box - You can find beautifully wrapped bottles/boxes and gift baskets.
Wine Book - Wine regions or first-hand experiences from Sommeliers.
Recipe Book - Local or internationally inspired.
Locally Made Gift - For example, Jewellery or Pottery
Wine Accessories - Decanters, bottle stoppers, crystal-tasting glasses, even sabres.
More Gift Ideas and Where to find them...
50th Parallel Estate Winery
50th Parallel Estate is a majestic 61-acre site near the shores of Lake Okanagan. This incredible location boasts international, award-winning architecture that must be seen in person to be appreciated. The onsite restaurant Block ONE has also received numerous awards. Why not gift the 50th experience with a gift card for the restaurant and tasting room? Purchase in-store or online.
Ancient Hill Estate Winery
A beautiful boutique winery only minutes from the Kelowna Airport, surrounded by picturesque farmland. Their wines are made entirely from grapes grown in their own vineyards and processed onsite in the European-style cellar. As well as traditional varieties of wine, you'll also find some unique ones, including Lemberger and Baco Noir. Pair one of these wines with locally made jewellery from their tasting room, and you have a very thoughtful holiday gift.
Do you have an oenophile in the family, someone who knows their Gamay Noir from Baco Noir and lets everyone know about it? Arrowleaf Cellar's blind tasting kit is the perfect gift for them! Containing three mystery bottles, a tasting wheel, and six interactive tasting mats so they can share the fun. Available online or purchase in-store at their stunning Lake Country location overlooking the vineyards and Okanagan lake.
Blind Tiger Vineyards
Blind Tiger Vineyards is an organic prohibition-themed, family-owned vineyard. Their organically farmed wines are an excellent gift for the conscious consumer in the family. For the ultimate organic gift, Blind Tiger Vineyards has wine subscriptions - literally the gift that keeps on giving. This membership will also grant them early access to Live in the Vineyard tickets, so expect an invite in 2023!
Ex Nihilo Vineyards
Named after a sculpture by the same name and Latin for "Out of Nothing," Ex Nihilo was created first and foremost to craft wines that exceed expectations and embody the essence of our unique location in the Okanagan Valley. While you'll find an abundance of these here, you'll also find plenty of inspiration for holiday gift ideas, from stunning 12 Days of Christmas wine cases to local chocolate and candles. So make a reservation and shop in the tasting room, or browse their holiday guide online.
Gray Monk Estate Winery
Gray Monk Estate Winery was one of five original wineries pioneering the BC wine industry. The winery's name, "Gray Monk," is the English translation for the Austrian name of Pinot Gris, the number one planted white grape varietal in BC. As well as being famous for Pinot Gris, you will find several interesting white wine varieties here. Try them at the tasting bar, and take home a pre-made gift basket to share.
Intrigue Wines is founded by four passionate people who celebrate the fact that wine always seems to Intrigue. Whether it be about the location, the processing, the flavours, or the people, there are always questions and stories. As well as finding plenty of delicious wines in their tasting room, at this time of year, you'll also find a holiday wonderland with festive decorations and gifts for everyone on the list. You'll find gift baskets, home decor, jewellery, cozy socks, the cutest coffee mugs, kitchenware and much more.
Peak Cellars is located amongst its own estate vines and produces bright and fresh aromatic wines and stunning Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. It is also home to the Garden Bistro, which features fresh seasonal ingredients to complement the wine. During the shoulder season, they offer weekly themed dinners nights such as Prime Rib Sundays or Pasta Tuesdays. A perfect gift for that someone with adventurous taste buds!