Mission Hill is the winery in Canada, and if the pictures aren’t enough, one visit to this breathtaking venue will make you understand why—before you even taste the wine. Situated on a hill overlooking the Okanagan Valley and spectacular mountain ranges, Mission Hill is a huge facility. The full-service fine-dining terrace restaurant has unbelievable views and a tasting menu that’s highly spoken of. The facility as a whole has won numerous international awards, and has even been named the best winery in Canada. And then there are the amenities. The meticulously designed buildings include spaces for private functions, outdoor amphitheatre concerts, cellared tasting rooms, and numerous tour packages that will have you tasting and learning the practices. It is totally worth it to do a more expensive Sommelier-guided tour at $55 per person, which allows you to sample wines and food pairings that would normally be sold at restaurants for upwards of $300. But the main event here is touring the wine cellar, an underground cave stocked full of wine barrels. With some of the best temperatures in Canada, locally-named “Kelownafornia” is a great destination any time of year.
More info: www.missionhillwinery.com