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“Naramata Bench Tour” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Grape Escapes Wine Tours

Grape Escapes Wine Tours
Ranked #2 of 42 Food & Drink in Penticton
Certificate of Excellence
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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: 2016 Luxury Travel Guide Global Wine Specialist of the Year Award 2015 Business Excellence Award as Best Hospitality/Tourism Business of the Year (Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce) 2015 Aboriginal Tourism Business of the Year (All Nations Trust) 2016/15/14 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award 2013 Best of the Okanagan Readers' Choice Awards (Okanagan Life Magazine) 2012 Business Excellence Award as Best New Business (Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce).
Kamloops, Canada
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“Naramata Bench Tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2013

A group of us from work lucked out when we booked our first wine tour with this company. Dino was our amazing guide. He planned our day which consisted of a visit to the VQA Wine Store followed by five wineries. We sampled many great wines and had a wonderful lunch at the Naramata Heritage Inn. Dino had snacks and water on the bus for us as well which was a nice touch.
Dino shared his knowledge about the local wineries and the art of wine making. It was truly a perfect day. We are going to make this an annual trip and we will book with Dino again next year. Highly recommended and money well spent.

Visited November 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Naramata Bench tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

We had a brilliant day with Dino in early October tasting wine in the Naramata Bench. He was the perfect guide and took us to a great variety of vineyards where we sampled a large variety of wines. Dino supplied cheese and biscuits and other treats whilst we traveled between the vineyards which was a lovely touch. The tour was worth every penny and we will definitely do another tour when we return to the area next year.

Visited October 2013
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Surrey, Canada
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“Naramata bench tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2013

Had a great tour today with Dino. Very knowledgable about the local wineries and the stories behind them. Highly recommend them. Included a wonderful lunch at Hillside Winery.

Visited October 2013
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Summerland, Canada
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“Naramata Bench Half Day Tour with Lunch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2013

A girlfriend and I spent Saturday on a wine tour In the beautiful Naramata Bench. We live just across the lake in Summerland and as wineries surround us, we had never done an actual guided wine tour. I will now recommend this adventure to all the locals I talk to. Our guide was Neil; what an awesome guide he was! He picked us up and dropped us off at my front door. The knowledge that Neil had of the area ensured that I learned many new exciting facts. We sipped so many excellent wines and really enjoyed the mixed group of people we were with. The lunch we had at "Hillside" was exceptional. Later in the afternoon after sipping at "Therapy" we enjoyed cheese, crackers and strawberries which hit the spot nicely. Anyone who is interested in wine should definitely consider this tour next time they are in the area or for us locals when you are looking something unique to do.

Visited September 2013
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Calgary
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“Great way to tour the wineries”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

Had a family reunion with 19 people. Dino toured us around the Naramata Bench and we enjoyed 5 different wineries. Stopped at Hillside for lunch. Perfectly timed cheese snackage at Therapy to complement the Freuds Ego. Also enjoyed Morraine, Perseus and Ruby Tuesday (er Ruby Blues). Schedule seemed flexible enough. He was in communication with the wineries so they were ready when we showed up.
This year I've toured wine regions in Australia (Barossa, Eden Valley and Margret River) and the Duoro in Portugal. Previously Loire, Bourgone, Alsace, Tuscany . . . (I LOVE WINE)
I found Dino to be very knowledgeable and resourceful. If he didn't know the answer to questions we tried to stump him on (lol) you had to wait a few minutes before he came back with it.
Definitely recommend Dino and Great Escapes for wine touring. So much more enjoyable than trying to do it yourself and worrying about the DD.
Cheers

Visited September 2013
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