Grape Friends Lounge & Tours Inc.

Grape Friends Lounge & Tours Inc.

Grape Friends Lounge & Tours Inc.
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Beer Tastings & ToursSightseeing ToursPrivate ToursWine Tours & Tastings
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
At Grape Friends Lounge & Tours Inc. it is our goal to create a fun, exciting, unforgettable experience while you explore the South Okanagan and all the hidden gems within. Come share our excitement and enthusiasm. What better way to do that than to “Relax & Lounge" while we drive you around! Seats fill up fast so book your tour today!
Penticton, British Columbia, Canada

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Kristen C
Lethbridge, Canada3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Friends
Karen was a delight from the moment I began booking our wine tour! She was beyond helpful and answered any and all questions I had and made sure they were all answered prior to our tour. From the moment she picked us up, her personality shone through and made us all feel comfortable. They were able to accommodate our group of 7 for a bachelorette party even during the middle of a pandemic, of course following all precautions to keep us as safe as possible. Karen picked and chose such cute/different wineries that somehow matched our group so well, even without any prior talk about our likes! To finish off our tour, Karen was kind enough to book us a reservation for dinner and drop us off at our hotel to freshen up and continue to drop us off for dinner following. She is such a bubbly, kind, personable host, I would highly recommend Grape Friends Lounge & Tours to anyone wanting to wine tour in the Penticton area! Thanks again Karen, we had a blast!! :)
Written September 13, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with everyone. We do try to make your day the best Grape Day ever; even during these pandemic times. We do make sure that the trucks are clean and sanitized between tours to keep you safe. Glad to hear that you felt like a VIP through the whole experience. Yay!! Thank you again for your review.
Written October 1, 2020
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abbychick
Abbotsford, Canada935 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Friends
We had the best time on our wine tour with Karen! It honestly was like being out for the day with one of our girlfriends! Emails prior to our trip were answered very quickly and I already knew from the emails that she would be fun!! She quickly learned my wine likes and dislikes and changed the itinerary accordingly. The truck she took us in was spotless and all Covid precautions were taken. A very comfortable ride!! She even had cute little gifts for us! Karen is extremely knowledgeable about wine and was super helpful at the wineries. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Karen's company to anyone wanting a wine tour in this area. Thanks again!!
Written September 24, 2020
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We had such a Grape Day together!! It was Grapetastic Day with you! Thank you for touring with us and thank you for taking the time to share your experience. Can't wait for you to come back for a visit and we can do it all over again!!
Written October 2, 2020
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brendin e
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Ron and Karen are simply amazing. We have been using them for 8 years now as our wine tour company of choice. Everything from booking, to the tour experience is seamless. Whether you are looking for them to choose your wineries based one wine preferences or want to custom build your own wine tour they are there to make your experience the best it can be. I cant recommend the home made picnic lunch they offer enough, simply amazing to enjoy on a hand picked winery patio with your favorite wines from the tour. There knowledge of the regions, wineries, and winemakers truly adds to the experience and opportunities to find hidden gems.
Written July 30, 2021
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Lori V
Rossland, Canada3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
We had a great wine tasting experience with Grape Friends Lounge & Tours. We were picked up a our hotel and driven to the wineries we had chosen. When one winery was very busy, Ron took us to another one called Heaven's Gate which we never would have found on our own. It was very beautiful and good wines. Ron was very knowledgeable of the area and gave us helpful informative tips. We are so glad we took this wine tour and highly recommend it to anyone. He even carried our wine and stored it in a carrier in the back of his van.
Written September 28, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with others. We want our Grape Friends to have the best day possible and if that means changing the itinerary to better match the wines you are looking for then that is what we do!! Looking forward to doing it again with you. Come back sooner then later! :0]
Written October 2, 2020
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Sophia S
Vancouver Island, British Columbia3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Best wine tour in Penticton! Karen is a great wine guide and super friendly! She made our friends trip a weekend to remember through her choices of great wineries that suited our tastes and also gave us the best of Penticton! Booking with Grape Friends is effortless and easy. She even had iced water bottles and some snacks for the drive. Definitely recommend!
Written August 11, 2020
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We try to make the planning process as easy as possible! Easy Peezy I say!! lol Grape to hear that you enjoyed the winery choices. We want you to have the Grapest Day ever!! Yay!!
Written August 22, 2020
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Eric M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
Our group of five visited 18 wineries over 4 days of private tastings ranging from Kelowna to Osoyoos. As seasoned oenophiles we’re quite particular in the experiences we’re looking for - proper sit down tastings with access to reserve and library wines where possible. In the days leading up to our visit we worked extensively with Karen to craft a bespoke itinerary incorporating both wineries we wished to visit and ones she recommended. Karen set up all of the tastings, crafted a schedule, and ensured we stuck to it, making adjustments as necessary as the day went on. Even more impressive, as the week progressed, she saw what we liked and didn’t like and worked with the wineries to tweak their tastings, just for us, on the fly. We had wines and experiences we simply would not have had if we had been on our own. She pays attention to the customer, understands what they want, and clearly has strong relationships throughout the valley that open doors - in one case persuading a winemaker to open for a tasting when normally closed.

They also offer a dinner transportation service, dropping you off at a restaurant in Penticton and picking you up afterward. Karen recommended some of the restaurants and made all the dinner reservations. This made things much easier after a day of tasting.

Grape Friends is a professional, full service, experienced, and customer focused tour operator and we highly recommend them.
Written June 26, 2024
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Ashley K
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Solo
Karen was absolutely amazing and wonderful she made my very first wine tour experience just fantastic!! Honestly the best time drinking wine! Firstly, let me say that I really appreciated that the tour was just me and my partner so it made it that much more intimate and special! Me and my partner are so impressed with the service she gave and the amazing and enthusiastic energy she had the entire tour. She also catered to our needs as we are not red drinkers due to allergies and she always ensured we had white wines ready to go! She snuck in a few surprise wineries on top of the ones we picked and stayed with us almost an hour after the tour was done because we were having such a blast! Thank you so much Karen, your wine tour company is amazing! Best of luck with this in the future. Keep up the amazing work, I will definitely be recommending you to our friends and family. Thank you Karen for making our 2 year anniversary so special ❤

Much love- Ash & Mark
Written July 15, 2020
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Yes! It truly was a blast! A Grapetastic Day! We love helping folks the right wine for them and you two sure made it fun along the way. When are you coming back? Hopefully sooner than later lol Thank you for your kind words and sharing your day with everyone!!
Written July 16, 2020
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simshinee
Vancouver, Canada29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Friends
This was our first time wine touring in Penticton and we had such an amazing time! While booking, Karen was super responsive and made the entire booking process easy and smooth. On the day of the tour, we were running a bit behind (4 girls.. 1 washroom in our hotel, you do the math) but Ron was so patient and kind. Ron knew everyone at each winery to make our experience even better. He took the time to take pictures for us and really made the entire tour amazing. The van was air conditioned and we were provided with a snack and cold water bottles - much needed in 40 degree weather. We will definitely be booking with this tour again and you should too!
Written June 29, 2021
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Whitesands13
Parksville, Canada177 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
I chose grape friends lounge and tours for its high ratings as well as available times and it’s private tour option. Their website and booking page was super easy to navigate and I liked the questions regarding lunch/ picnic options, Kare’s lunch choice for my husband and I was bang on 😁 beautiful view, amazing food.
After completing the booking page I received a confirmation email. A few days before our wine tour I received another email with our itinerary and the day before Karen reached out saying we’ll see you in the morning. We were picked up promptly in a lovely SUV along with bottled water, few snacks as well as little pads of paper with matching purple pens to jot down some of our favourite wines. Karen was a real pleasure with her bubbly personality and wine knowledge, she chose Wineries based on our style and taste and provided a lovely tour of the Naramata valley.
We definitely had a wonderful experience and I would highly recommend Grape Friends Lounge & Tours if your planning a visit into Pentictons Wine Country 😁
Thanks Karen 🙏
Written September 21, 2021
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Leanne F
Vancouver, Canada53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We were lucky enough to spend time with both Ron and Karen! Day one we had Ron take us around on brewery tours in Penticton. He was so easy going and made sure we got to the places we wanted to go. He was easy to talk to and has a great sense of humor. Ron was very knowledgeable about the breweries in the area, and made some great suggestions for places to eat while in town.
Day 2 we were with Karen for winery tours of Naramata Bench! She was fantastic, funny and full of life. Every winery we went to you could tell they all really enjoyed Karen. She was extremely knowledgeable, and informative. She gave us some really good picks of her own that she surprised us with plus the wineries that we had chosen that we were able to go to that day (not all were open mid week yet).
We felt like we were being driven around by our favorite hip and funny Aunt.
Excellent experience with both of them. They are a Mom and Pop company , celebrating 12yrs in business.
Would highly recommend and return!
Written June 24, 2022
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