Some of you may know, my parents recently visited me from Ireland (I miss them already). While in Vancouver, i wanted to show them the local sights and new experiences. If you know my family, you understand we love a good glass of wine!! So what better way to see the Vancouver sights and drink copious amounts of Canadian wine, than with a luxury winery tour. Neither my mom or dad had ever been on a wine tour, so this just made the whole experience ever more special!
I searched online to find a tour that would take us to a handful of wineries in the Fraser Valley region, as this is the closest wine region to Vancouver. You can go further afield to the Okanagan and I hear it is exceptionally beautiful there but with the limited time we had, it wasn’t feasible. For our tour we went with Luxurywinetourvancouver.ca after reading some great reviews online. We opted for the 4.5-hour tour as well, which seemed just the right amount of time to get a little silly.
The booking process online is straight forward and gives you the option to select wineries you would like to visit. I left this part open to the company and trusted that they would take us to the best – they are the experts and have been doing this for years, after all. The payment process is done via PayPal and I didn’t actually receive a confirmation email once I had booked. After I called the company, it was sorted within minutes and they were super helpful throughout the process.
Luxury winery tour Vancouver itinerary
On the day of our tour, our driver arrived promptly before our 10am booking. We had originally booked a luxury sedan but ended up getting picked up and chauffreded in a luxury black limo(nothing basic for us Corrigans!). We weren’t complaining! Neither myself or my parents had ever been in a limo, so this was an amazing experience for us first timers to the luxury lifestyle.
Our driver Deryn was a sweetheart and very informative about the wineries we would be visiting. We later learned that the reason we got the limo was because they had no other available cars to drive us on the day. Luckily, we weren’t required to pay anything extra for our luxurious service(bonus points).
Winery one- Backyard Winery
This award-winning winery was out first stop and an amazing place to kick off the tour. Since 2009 this winery has been producing blended and bubbly wines in BC. The wines are grown on their onsite winery and some are selected from the Okanagan region.
This particular winery was one of the cheapest in terms of wine tastings ($3 per person) and I loved the outdoor setting with the gazebo and seating areas. Yes don’t be alarmed, the wine tasting is an extra cost but if you book to go on the tour mid-week they offer a discount of 10% so the money you save almost covers your tastings.
Winery two- Chaberton Estate winery
The Chaberton winery is one of the more popular wineries in the region, offering more of a bustling atmosphere when compared to some of the other wineries in the area. Boasting a boutique tasting room overlooking a 55-acre vineyard, this place is pretty special. The wines are grown on their onsite winery and they win many wine awards each year. Once you go, you’ll understand why.
Winery three- Township 7
Township7 is a recently renovated winery and we adored the outdoor seating area overlooking their onsite vineyard. More on the quiet side, this winery felt almost homely in a sense. We tasted some great reds and whites here and the staff really knew their stuff.
Winery four- Krause Berry Farm & Estate Winery
It seemed our driver Deryn saved the best for last with this one. An utterly adorable place with a berry farm, a market, bakery and of course the all-important winery. You could spend a whole day at this place and I highly recommend you do spend most of your time here. It was our favourite by far, especially with the unique setting. Don’t go home without trying their signature waffles topped with their own berries and endless cream. Simply divine! Oh and of course, make sure to lap up the cowboy-esque setting of their winery where you sit on saddles and drink from a cowboy boot(classy as hell).
While overall the wine tour is not a cheap day out by any means(nothing really is in Vancouver), we had the best day on this tour and I think it was definitely one of the highlights of my parents trip to Vancouver. Would I recommend people go on this trip? If you love wine and a good time, then hell yes!
To learn more about the tour and prices, see here