South Okanagan

Fall Harvest Wine and Culinary Tour

Always a sell-out favourite, this wine and culinary exploration via the beautiful roads of the S Okanagan is curated to showcase some of Canada’s best wines and top chef creations.  Truly a must for those who appreciate great riding and even better food!

Dates: September 13-19, 2022

“We have fond such memories of our Okanagan Wine Tour.  Matt  is a wonderful, genuine, dedicated host and provided us with an amazing experience. The cycling was challenging at times but it was breathtakingly beautiful and we always ended our days with a 5 star dining experience. Already looking forward to our next Magic Places Tour.”

– Steve and Kara, 2020 Okanagan Wine Tour

Description:

Narrow ribbons of asphalt winding through vine-clad hills, breathtaking vistas of the Okanagan Valley while sipping a perfect pinot, and gourmet farm-to-table dinners highlight an unforgettable week in the sunny Okanagan. Boasting over 180 wineries, an ideal spring and fall climate, and hundreds of kms of immaculate, winding country roads, the South Okanagan offers a clcle vacation experience that rivals France and Italy, yet it is in our own backyard!

We’ve painstakingly curated our 6-night, 7-day South Okanagan tour to showcase stunning cycling routes, beautiful accommodations, and wineries and restaurants that have quietly gained a cult following among wine and food enthusiasts.

Each day will see you riding some of the most iconic and picturesque cycling routes in Canada, and with a spring and fall climate perfectly suited to cycling, you’ll be in short sleeves while much of the rest of Canada is bundled up. Beautiful rides are only half of the experience! From a chef’s table dinner at Row Fourteen (voted BC’s best restaurant by the Globe and Mail), to an incomparable vista while enjoying a wine-paired dinner at Poplar Grove winery, we’ve created a tour that combines the most scenic rides with the best food and wine in the country.

Tour Highlights:

  • Climbing out of Okanagan Falls along quiet, winding Green Lake Rd and watching the vineyard-clad valley unfold beneath you;
  • Sipping an award-winning Syrah while watching the sun set from your patio overlooking Burrowing Owl vineyards;
  • Summiting Richter Pass, and riding along the infamous Seven Sisters, made famous in Ironman Canada;
  • Revelling in the charm and ambiance of the Naramata Inn, while owner and chef Ned Bell treats you to one of the best meals of your life;
  • Touring the vineyard with the winemaker of one of the Okanagan’s best kept secrets, before enjoying the best of his cellar with local charcuterie;
  • Discovering the best roads, the best wines, and the best cuisine BC has to offer each and every day of your tour.

Package Includes:

  • Six nights double-occupancy accommodation in Penticton, Osoyoos, Cawston, and Naramata;

  • Six fully guided, van supported daily rides;

  • Poplar Grove Winery dinner with chef Rob Ratcliffe;

  • Tinhorn Creek Winery dinner at Miradoro with chef Jeff van Geest;

  • Row 14 chef’s table dinner with chef Derek Gray;

  • Naramata Inn dinner with chef Ned Bell;

  • Six delicious breakfasts and gourmet picnic lunches, along with ride nutrition and drinks along your rides;

  • 1 set of Magic Places professional-grade cycling bibs and jersey;

  • Our friendly and attentive customer service.

Optional Services Include:

  • Single occupancy room supplement: $970

  • E-Bike rental: $550

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive at the Penticton Lakeside Resort and check into your private suite in the hotel’s brand new luxury west wing. Once settled, relax and take a beach stroll or join us for a short afternoon shake-out ride along the peaceful Kettle Valley Rail Trail. Dinner awaits at a Poplar Grove’s winery restaurant, where you’ll take in the sunset with the best restaurant view in the Okanagan. Ride distance: 20km

Day 2: After breakfast, we’ll head south along Skaha Lake before turning up into the rolling semi-arid desert hills of the White Lake grasslands where we’ll stop at Nighthawk Vineyards for a delicious picnic lunch showcasing local wines, charcuterie, salads and baked goods. We return to Penticton in time to enjoy your afternoon exploring Penticton or visiting one of the numerous great wineries on the Naramata Bench. Dinner sees us at Hillside Winery, boasting great wines, beautiful garden seating, and a delicious menu. Ride distance: 72km

Day 3: Bound for sunny Osoyoos, we load your luggage for transport to award-winning NK’MIP cellars and the stunning Spirit Ridge resort. Your ride takes in the beautiful ranch lands of McLean Creek valley, before descending into Canada’s premier wine terroir as you ride through vineyards with incredible valley views. A delicious lake-side picnic lunch awaits before we’re back on the bikes, bound for the famous ‘golden mile,’ so named because this stretch of land consistently produces Canada’s most award winning wines. We’ll arrive at Spirit Ridge early afternoon, and after checking into your  rooms, you’ll have ample time to enjoy a wine tasting, relax by the pool, and enjoy the stunning views. We’ll enjoy dinner tonight in the resort’s renowned dining room, taking in the sunset over the vineyards and valley below. Ride distance: 65km

Day 4: Today we explore the vineyards and orchards around Oliver, bound for Covert Farms, an award-winning family run winery. A guided tour of the farm and winery is followed by a private tasting of their finest wines, sampled alongside locally sourced… artisanal cheeses, cured meats, pickles, olives, crackers, and fresh produce and edible flowers grown on the farm. Save room for desert, as we’ll make a stop in Oliver at Medici’s for the best gelato and espresso in the Okanagan. Dinner tonight is delivered by renowned chef Jeff van Geest at his Tinhorn Creek’s celebrated Miradoro restaurant.

Day 5: After a leisurely breakfast, we load up the trailer and hop on the bikes for another stunner of a ride, this time along a stretch of the famed Ironman Canada course to Cawston, the organic farming capital of Canada. After a riverside picnic, we’ll ride through orchards and farms, making our way to the the Klipper’s Organics farm and their beautiful guest lodges located in the middle of the orchard, where you can put your feet up and relax for the afternoon. Dinner tonight will make it onto most people’s lifetime highlight reels – a Chef’s Table dinner at incomparable Row Fourteen where chef Derek Gray pairs immaculately prepped local fare with the distinct wines of the Cawston bench.

Day 6: Our final ride sees us riding north from Cawston, through the rich fruit orchards of Olalla, before turning north onto Green Mountain Road. Here, we leave the lush valley floor and climb up a narrow, winding canyon into thick pine forests and ranch land along the flanks of Apex Mountain. A fun, swooping descent takes us back to Penticton where where jump onto the Kettle Valley Rail Trail for our final stretch into Naramata, and it’s beautiful heritage hotel, the Naramata Inn. To celebrate the end of our journey, we’ve arranged a private dinner, prepared by celebrated chef Ned Bell and paired with the finest wines from the Naramata Bench.

Day 7: After a delicious breakfast at the Inn, we will shuttle you back into Penticton and wish you farewell with a warm smile and hope of riding with you again soon.

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