20 Destination Wineries in the Okanagan Valley
In our humble opinion, no wine tour of the Okanagan Valley is complete without a stop at Gray Monk. It’s a beautiful winery, to be sure, and offers insightful and entertaining wine tours, but the major reason is that there are few if any wineries in Canada that can offer the same span of viticulture history as Gray Monk.
Gray Monk is one of the original five estate wineries that kicked off the wine industry in the Okanagan Valley. The Heiss family moved to the Okanagan Valley from Europe via Edmonton, Alberta with dreams of owning a successful vineyard. In 1972, George and Trudy Heiss were at the front of the line presenting their request to be allowed to make and sell wine from their own grapes. That began the Estate Winery program, which many believe was the turning point for British Columbia Wines. As well, Gray Monk is the Okanagan Valley’s only original winery that is still operated by its founders.
Decades of experience also results in some fantastic wines. Gray Monk produces some of the valley’s finest white wines, which grow better at this northern extreme of Okanagan Wine Country. We’re particularly impressed with their Gewürztraminer, Ehrenfelser, and the Odyssey Pinot Gris, but for reds, they also have an excellent Pinot Noir.