Rural and yet sophisticated, the Westside Wine Trail offers a memorable wine touring experience of family-owned wineries, art, and culinary delights. Located on the west side of lake Okanagan, minutes from downtown Kelowna, this area represents the biggest diversity of wineries in terms of production. Home to literally all sizes of wineries, from garages to large commercial production facilities, including a few organic producers. Mount Boucherie, a focal point in the community, is the remnant of an ancient volcano which makes the soils in West Kelowna very unique. Loaded with mineral deposits, the vineyards are planted in a mixture of volcanic rock and clay.
Did you know?
- that the building known as Allison House was built in 1873 and still stands at Quails Gate, 1961 is the year the vineyard was planted
- Mt. Boucherie Family Estate Winery planted the vines in 1968
- The year that Mission hill won Canada’s first ever International wine award was 1994 – The Avery Trophy for the Worlds Best Chardonnay
- In 2010 Volcanic Hills Estate Winery opened
- The best in the world, March 2016. That’s the honour West Kelowna’s Kalala Organic Estate Winery received for its Chardonnay Icewine at the Chardonnay du Monde Competition in France. The 2013 vintage Chardonnay Icewine stood up to 300 international expert judges and went up against entries from all over the world.