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Why fall in Vernon is the perfect time for local libations and wine tours

As the days grow shorter and the shadows grow longer, we’re quickly moving deeper into the season synonymous with harvest, abundance and bounty.

Getting into the true spirit of autumn is easy when you’re lucky enough to live in Okanagan where you’re surrounded by orchards, vineyards and farmland.

One of the things Vernonites love to do is partake in the local beverages that the yields of the Okanagan landscape deliciously create, and Tourism Vernon wants you to join in on the fun!

The best part about doing tastings in the autumn is knowing you’re enjoying the hard work of the year that was put into making it – and the surrounding atmosphere of warm colours.

Get in the spirit of the Okanagan

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Learn all about the art of craft distilling while enjoying a taste of some award-winning spirits at Okanagan Spirits.

You can test out a variety of remarkable tasting spirits, right here in Vernon, on one of their unique tasting experiences.

The Whisky Experience is perfect for all whisky lovers. You will explore the elements of craft whisky making, enjoy a tour of the distillery and an insight into craft whisky production and be treated to a guided tasting of four of our premium whiskies.

Fans of gin can experience a "Gin" troduction to all things gin with a tour of their flagship distillery in Vernon. You will gain insight into their gin production and get to partake in a guided tasting of four of our Premium Gins, too.

If you want to try out a variety of spirits, you can opt for the Farm-to-Flask Experience to see how craft spirits are made and finish with a guided tasting of four of their award-winning spirits, from four different spirits categories.

Mead in Vernon

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Get into some tasty local mead from Planet Bee! Styled and served like wine, their Honeymoon Mead creates a buzz wherever it goes.

In case you didn’t know, Planet Bee has been turning out award-winning mead since 2010. This unique addition to the growing world of Okanagan wines is infused with the essence of the Okanagan, so it’s a must-try for anyone living in Vernon.

From bee to bottle, the attentive and knowledgeable staff will answer any of your bee-related questions while you try out their offerings. You can try some of their other tasty honey products while you’re there too!

No reservations are required for this tasting, all you have to do is make your way up to Planet Bee and ask for a free mead tasting.

Be on cloud wine on a local wine tour

The Okanagan is known all over the world for its unmatchable wine offerings. Our unique landscape and climate allow local vineyards to grow the ideal crop for the perfect wine.

Why not try out some world-class wines this fall, right here where they’re made?

There are so many great wine tours to choose from, including MOJO Tours, Cheers Okanagan Tours, Wine Boss Tours and Sip Happens Wine Tours.

Based in Vernon, Mojo Tours specializes in providing a unique behind-the-scenes look at the wine industry in the Okanagan region of BC, while showing off the best the region has to offer. From vertical tastings and wine and food pairings to their sipping tours, you can choose the level of experience you're looking for.

Cheers! Okanagan Tours, which is based in Kelowna, offers a variety of options including modest, classic and premium tours to fit your needs and budget. They want guests to experience a fun, informative and memorable guided wine tour while trying out the best of the best in the Okanagan.

Wine Boss Tours will provide you with an unforgettable experience while sharing some history, folklore and a general feel for the culture of the region. Whether you are new to the wine scene or an expert, they can customize your tour so you can have the perfect experience.

Another great option is Sip Happens, which offers pickup in Vernon. They aim to blend luxury with good times in an unpretentious, fun and friendly setting. Their guides are local to each wine region they service and are extremely knowledgeable about the area, venues and wineries you will visit on your tour.

There’s truly no better backdrop to a wine tour in the fall than the breathtaking Okanagan Valley.

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