20 Destination Wineries in the Okanagan Valley
Sandhill just entered our list of destination wineries with the opening of its new winery in downtown Kelowna. Sandhill actually grew out of the original Calona Winery, which was the first winery in BC, and is located at one end of the Calona Winery building.
The new 8,000 square foot winery is sleek and chic and fits in with the more urban location. It is currently the only major winery in the downtown core.
But what really puts Sandhill near the top of our list is its ‘Single Vineyard’ approach to winemaking. Master Winemaker Howard Soon is an Okanagan legend who took the approach of making each of his Sandhill Wines from grapes grown in a single vineyard. It is a bold approach to showing off the unique terroir of the Okanagan, and comes through in the winery experience. While the vineyards are spread throughout the Okanagan Valley, an interactive wine tour in the Sandhill winery itself transports one on a journey throughout the valley.