Sperling Vineyards

Sperling Vineyards, Kelowna: Hours, Address, Sperling Vineyards Reviews: 4/5

Sperling Vineyards
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
BC’s oldest heritage vineyard; Certified Organic, biodynamic; 45 acres; family run & focused on terroir driven, elegant wines. Kelowna, BC Wine tasting, children’s playcentre, organic vineyard labyrinth & licensed picnic area. Bring your picnic & we'll provide the wine!
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29 reviews
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Kelowna, Canada405 contributions
Less than Impressed
Jul 2021
I enjoy visiting wineries. Most of the time I leave pleased. Not so this time.
My first issue was the hand sanitizer offered to guests. It was heavily scented and totally spoiled the tasting as I could not smell any bouquet other than perfume. I suggested they get a scent free one. I am surprised they have not been challenged on this before.
My second issue was the tasting and fee. I may have been spoiled in Naramata recently, but three tastes (albeit decent pours) for $10 seems expensive. Add to that, the fact that they only eliminate a tasting fee for the purchase of three bottles (nine in our case since there were three of us). In Naramata, at three wineries our fees were waved with smaller purchases.
My wife and daughter only liked one of the whites and I could not really appreciate my tasting because of the hand sanitizer scent. We did by three bottles but based on my prior knowledge of what we liked.
We are not very likely to return.
Written August 7, 2021
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Tania M
Vancouver, Canada15 contributions
Not wheelchair friendly
Aug 2021 • Couples
Not wheelchair friendly at all very disappointing fir a winery this old. Wine was not great either. You can give this one a miss.
Written August 1, 2021
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Noémie L
1 contribution
Amazing place
Jul 2021 • Friends
It was our first time testing wine. Everthing is perfectly set up for the testing. Sara and Paul was passionnated and lovely. We enjoy the site after our testing and it was amazing. We already miss Dexter ;)
Written July 24, 2021
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Castlegar, Canada1 contribution
Welcoming family owned estate
Jul 2021 • Friends
We visited Sperling as part of a wine tour and are so glad it was on the list! The manager, Paul, was so lovely and informative. The property itself made us feel like we were right at home with a playground and a property dog named Dexter! This was also the only winery I purchased wine from as all the wines we tasted were delicious! 100% recommend. Thanks for an awesome time, Paul!
Written July 19, 2021
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David A
3 contributions
Unrivaled hospitality and wine
Jul 2021 • Friends
When we arrived we were greeted kindly and given an amazing sparkling white welcome taste. Our group was treated like royalty upon walking on property. The hosts today, Taylor, Sarah, and Paul were all very kind to us and set us up with beautiful picnic tables next to their vineyard. The speritz pet nat is highly recommended. Definitely visit this female led vineyard.
Written July 10, 2021
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Vancouver, Canada66 contributions
Great reds
Sep 2020
No view at this small winery but the great reds which are uncommon this far north more than make up for that. Add the friendly service and ability to bring your own picnic make this a must to visit.
Written September 7, 2020
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Las Vegas, NV22 contributions
Well below expectations and did not live up to the reviews
Aug 2020
My wife and I (with our two young children) decided to have a quick tasting while we were staying in Kelowna for a weeklong escape. I diligently read several reviews before selecting a couple vineyards to check out and decided on Sperling due to the generally high rank and the comments regarding their kid-friendly set up with small playground to keep the young ones entertained. I called the day before our tasting to book a morning time so that we could be in and out before the kids melt down and be guaranteed a spot.

Upon arrival, we noted the decent COVID-19 precautions with directional arrows on the ground, plexi-glass shields at the check-in counter, hand sanitizer, and contact tracing sign-in sheet. The woman who greeted us wore a full face shield which we hadn't seen a lot of around Kelowna.

The first indication that things were a little 'unique' here was the $10.00 and $15.00 tasting fee for a sample of 3 or 4 wines. We were definitely taken aback by this pricing as it is outrageously higher than anywhere else we'd visited in the past. To add insult to injury, if you buy a bottle, you get $5.00 back off your tasting fee. Every single other vineyard we've ever been to in the Kelowna area waives the fee entirely with a purchase.

We decided to bite the bullet and proceed with two, $10.00 tastings at a cost of $20.00 (one of the classic flights and one of the white wine flights). We were seated at our reserved table oustide and waited while other guests showed up. 10 minutes passed and a couple and their two kids who showed up after us were quickly seated and served ahead of us while we continued to wait. Once our server finally got to our table, she had forgotten which flights we ordered and disappeared for another 5 minutes before coming back with our samples. She then proceeded to give us a history of the property and description of the wines but stood further away than need be even with COVID-19 abound and seemed uneasy about the situation she found herself in. While I always appreciate hearing some history and learning about the wines we're tasting, she started to wander onto some tangents and even interrupted herself a couple times to indicate how busy our children are. Kids get busy when they wait 20 minutes.

It was finally time to drink our wines and I would generally characterize them as ok. Not bad but certainly far from exceptional. Perhaps soured by the $20.00 fee we paid for a spattering of samples.

For the grand finale, my 3 year old son needed to use the bathroom before we left. We walked into the tasting room and noticed a washroom in the back but were told it was closed due to COVID-19 and were directed to a portable unit in the parking lot. Not overly keen on using a portable unit with a 3-year old, I asked if there was at least running water to wash our hands after. Our server indicated that yes, there was running water with a foot pump, soap, paper towels, and the bathroom was clean. The portable unit was a standard grey porta-potty sitting at the end of the gravel overflow parking lot baking in the sun. We awkwardly fit ourselves into the porta-potty and were greeted by a tampon applicator on the floor, an open seat with nice pungent odour, and a water level that was way too high indicating the porta-potty was very overdue for an emptying. I had my son sort of stand up on the seat to urinate as he couldn't sit due to the trash can that was propped up next to the toilet. I moved quickly as it was 35-degrees outside and about 45-degrees inside the porta-potty. Holding him up in the air to wash his hands while operating a rubber foot pump was exceptionally challenging while also trying not to have him touch the walls.

After leaving and thinking about the whole experience I just got angrier and angrier and really felt I needed to share this review. To close your washroom to guests and force them to use a filthy porta-potty in the hot sun, at a place that charges $10 or $15 per tasting per guest is unacceptable. While I initially appreciated all the COVID-19 precautions, it became increasingly apparent that these precautions were simply in place for staff with very little regard to the health, safety, and comfort of Sperling’s guests. We frequented one other vineyard and three cideries, all of which had fully functioning washroom facilities available for guests to use. We will not be returning to Sperling during future visits to the Kelowna area.
Written August 11, 2020
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Kitchener, Canada1,505 contributions
Rewarding First Visit!
Oct 2019 • Couples
Visited this charming winery/tasting room and were pleased with their offerings and quality. Unfortunately, BC wines rarely are sold in Ontario stores, but we were impressed with the Vision Chardonnay purchased this year and were eager to taste other wines from their portfolio. They have three classifications, Market, more value oriented and Vision and Heritage ranging from low $20’s to low $40’s. We focused on the Heritage Series and appreciated the Pinot Gris($21), Pinot Noir($35) and the Sparkling($42), which we purchased and the unique Amber Gris($30) from the Vision Series. The representative whose name we were remiss in receiving was knowledgeable, informative and personable. Sperling charges a nominal fee for tasting, but waives it for a one bottle purchase, which is quite reasonable, where wineries in other Provinces have a three bottle purchase to eliminate this charge. They produce a small amount of quality and value wines that are worthy of your consideration. Highly Recommended!
Written October 9, 2019
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Denise A
Kamloops, Canada184 contributions
Charming Winery
Sep 2019
This winery may not be as large as some of the others in the area, but it has charm. I went home with a bottle of the 2017 Organic Market White priced nicely under 20 with taxes included. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Don't pass this one by!! (We stopped in here on a tour)
Written October 1, 2019
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Jamie P
Cold Lake, Canada40 contributions
Jun 2019
Our wine tasting guide was not super knowledgeable but we still had a good visit. It was a very quick stop. The market wine is great!
Written June 3, 2019
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