The definitive guide to Interior BC wineries, covering the Okanagan, Similkameen, Thompson and Kootenays. With updated maps and travel tips, it’s your ultimate glove-box guide, now in a newly expanded and updated edition.
For nearly fifteen years Okanagan Wine Tour Guide has been the definitive companion for travelling the winding roads of BC’s Interior wine region. In this, the 6th edition, John Schreiner and his new co-author—wine writer, podcaster, and instructor Luke Whittall—chart the latest developments at the oldest wineries and the very first vintages from the newest startups in a region that stretches along Okanagan Lake, west to the Similkameen, north to the Thompson, and east to the Kootenays.
This edition includes 240 wineries (that’s over 40 openings in five years!), revised and updated maps, contact information, tasting room information, and recommendations. From pioneers like Quail’s Gate on Mount Boucherie to the newest arrivals like Cliff & Gorge in Lillooet, these stories are as varied as the personalities of the wines themselves—a few vines planted as a retirement project, a few acres purchased on a whim, or a gala grand opening underpinned by years of planning and consultation. What emerges across the guide is the sense of community and the room for wildly different philosophies on everything from growing to fermenting to naming.
Whether you’re paging through the aisles of the local liquor store, sorting your Viogniers from your Syrahs, or relishing a family vineyard’s journey from its Quonset-hut years to international acclaim, John Schreiner’s Okanagan Wine Tour is the ultimate guide to and celebration of Interior BC wine.
About the authors
Born in 1935, John Schreiner grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan and received his B.A. from the University of Saskatchewan. He worked at the Regina Leader-Post and became the paper`s chief reporter in the Saskatchewan Legislature. He joined the Financial Post (now the National Post) in 1961 and worked in the Montreal bureau before becoming the Vancouver bureau chief in 1973. He won the 1996 Jack Webster Award for Economic Journalism. He retired in 2001. His fifth book, Icewines, won the Best Book on Wine History Published in English prize at the 2001 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. Schreiner, who writes for Wine Access, is a graduate of the German Wine Academy and lives in North Vancouver with his wife Marlene.
is originally from the Eastern Townships of Quebec but has called BC home since 2000. He has worked in British Columbia's wine industry since 2005 and lived in the Okanagan Valley since 2007. Through his career, he has had the privilege of working in vineyards and cellars in Okanagan Falls, Naramata, Oliver, and Osoyoos.
Switching to sales in 2009, he spent time in wine shops and wine stores in Penticton, Oliver, and Okanagan Falls before getting into wine writing and education. He has produced a podcast and blog called "Wine Country BC" since 2009 and has contributed articles to various publications and websites ever since. In 2016, he began teaching at Okanagan College.
Luke lives in the south Okanagan Valley with his two children and more than a few guitars.
"As tasting rooms start to re-open through the Okanagan, this is an incredibly useful book to guide your way. It's an equally enjoyable window on a world that some of us might not be in a position to visit again for a while." —Christopher Waters, Globe and Mail
"Equally useful for those unable to travel to wine country but wanting winery information for future trips, or use it to order wine now, online."—Anthony Gismondi, Vancouver Sun
"No better guide." —Tony Aspler, The Wine Guy