Frequently Asked Questions
Travel Tips: What time of day is the best time for a brewery and winery tours?
Roots & Vines Tour Co. wine tours offer morning and afternoon wine tours. If you want to get out on the trail for wine tasting after breakfast and enjoy the earlier part of the day, then this is a wonderful time to tour. If you are on holidays and like to sleep in and have a leisurely first part of your day, then book a tour in between lunch and dinner. It’s beautiful any time you choose, so just let us know!
Travel Tips: Where do you pick up and drop off guests?
Wherever you are staying, (Kelowna, West Kelowna, Peachland and Summerland) we are happy to be there to greet you with a smile and pick you up for your Roots & Vines Tour adventure. Through our communication with you, we will be setting up a departure time….
Travel Tips: Can I tip my Guide?
Tourism is a major part of the success of the Okanagan, especially during the summer months.Gratuities range from 15-20% of the value of your tour and may be added in advance or paid directly to the guide at the conclusion of the Tour.Side note: Groups of 15 guests or larger, there will be an automatic 15% gratuity added to the cost. We would welcome you to express your gratitude of your wine tasting experience and the expertise of your guide, in the form of a tip, whether added to payment of tour or handed directly to your guide.
Travel Tips: Will I have to pay for tastings?
No, tastings are included in the price of your tour. If you have a special interest in other wines (such as port style or Icewine) that are not on the tasting list we can arrange that for you. An additional cost for this special tasting will be required.
Travel Tips: Can you guarantee which wineries you will visit during the Tour?
We do our best to stick to the itinerary and visit each of the wineries listed. At times, we will have to adjust the tour because of the high volume of visitors. What we can guarantee is that our guides will make every effort to provide you with the best experience ever
Travel Tips: Will wearing perfume/cologne affect my wine tasting experience?
Smell plays a huge role in that beautiful miracle, which is our sense of taste. Cologne and perfume can interrupt your ability to savour and enjoy the subtleties of wine tasting. So feel free to get your bling on, but keep in mind that some of your beauty products can get in the way of ‘tasting,’ including perfume, cologne, hand lotion and lipstick.
Travel Tips: Will there be any additional costs on the tour?
Some wineries offer ‘facility tours’ that require advanced booking at an additional cost. We are happy to arrange this for you. Please inquire at the time of booking.
Travel Tips: Do I have to taste every wine offered?
No, but we encourage you to taste every wine presented to you to expand your horizons and find your new favourites.
Even for the non-drinkers, there are many aspects to the day that will be dazzling and satisfying. From the beauty of the landscape and vineyards, to hearing the history of Kelowna and area, enjoying local cuisine and best of all, meeting friendly faces along the wine trail.
Travel Tips: Can I purchase bottles of wine on the wine tour?
Yes, our vehicles are equipped with enough room to ensure wine purchased is kept safe — our guides will happily assist you to store any purchases.
Travel tips : What should I wear for my Tour?
Sometimes we venture out into the vineyards for a closer look, so we suggest good walking shoes or strap-on sandals. Just be aware of the forecast the day of your tour and dress appropriate for the weather. (Maybe sunscreen or umbrella)