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Grape Escapes Wine Tours - Public and Private Tours
597 White Avenue East, Penticton, British Columbia V2A 1Y8, Canada
250-493-3238
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Owner description: Dare to enjoy our wine tours without dashes of pretentiousness or hints of snootiness. Grape Escapes believes that wine should be all about having fun and loving the taste. Simply drink the wine with something or someone you find delicious. We are the only wine-industry certified company touring Naramata Bench, Summerland, OK Falls, Oliver-Osoyoos, & the Similkameen based in Penticton. AWARDS: 2012 Business Excellence Award as Best New Business (Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce) 2012 Best of the Okanagan Readers' Choice Awards (Okanagan Life Magazine) 2011 Business Excellence Award nominations for Hospitality/Tourism and Service Excellence
Surrey, Canada
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“The best!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

We took a full day wine tasting tour with Dino this summer on Naramata. It was absolutely incredible compared to past tours with other companies, here are just a few of the reasons:
-He started our tour at the local VQA store so everyone was up to speed on how to taste wines properly and to share some general information about the wine growing region (brief but fantastic overview)
-He is friendly and very willing to work with clients to make it the perfect day.
-He knew more about wine, wine making, and wine growing than many of the winery staff we visited, but shared all his information in a very light-hearted and interesting way. So many anecdotal tales about the local industry and wine in general that I learned a ton about wine and winemaking without realizing it. The day was great fun and all the learning was a happy byproduct.
-He brought along the best snacks - good thinking and much needed after about the 4th winery...
-He is well connected and well liked in the wine community. He was able to score us a rare tasting at a winery that doesn't usually offer tastings.
-His passion for the community and wine industry comes through and you can't help but get excited by association.

I have recommended Grape Escapes to everyone I know looking to do a wine tour in the Okanagan. I will absolutely tour with him again.

Visited August 2012
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“Spot on! Knew exactly what we wanted, and got it in abundance.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012 via mobile

Really lovely, friendly and knowledgeable tour operator/guide. Lives locally, so understands the geography and history with real insight, and delivers with relevance to my interests.
Picked us up on time from Indian rock, which is a ways away from the area we toured, provided a fantastic snack of crackers, lovely cheeses and grapes for our journey. The lunch at a winery was included in the price, and thus cannot be matched for value by any other competitor. Would highly recommend to a novice or experienced wine buff.

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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“What a great way to spend the day!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

We spent a full day with Dino touring the Naramata Bench Wineries in August. It was a great way to spend the day with friends, try some wines, and expand our understanding of wines. Dino made us feel right at home and had a wealth of knowledge to share. Dino keeps it interesting and provided a nice touch with an assortment of cheeses, chocolates and other snacks during our journey. Thanks Dino.

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Vancouver, Canada
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“Fabulous”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

We took a full day wine tour of the Naramata Bench Wineries with Dino as our guide. It started out with a 'how-to' of wine tasting at the 'Church of Wine', which was incredibly helpful, as we were complete newbies at this.
There was a great variety of wineries, and Dino made sure to inquire before our tour what exactly we were wanting to see/taste in terms of types of wineries - from the well established, to the brand new, to the rather eclectic.
We had lunch at Hillside Winery which was delicious.
There were yummy snacks provided en route and the van was large and comfortable. Our guide was a deep well of knowledge and gave us good background on each winery we visited.
It was such a great day with good food, good weather, good company, and great wines.
We will definitely be doing this again!

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Kamloops, Canada
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“fabulous”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

WE spent a half day on tour Friday August 17 to the Naramata Bench wineries and Dino was a delightful, informative, attentive and fun guide. The wineries were excellent and the wine of course was superb!. I would recommend Grape Escapes highly to all my friends. The nice touches of cheese, chocolate and berries en route were appreciated, and our Dino's engaged support of local wineries and owners was heartwarming and genuine. We loved the day and will come again soon. Thanks Dino!! Louise and Bruce from Kamloops

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