Slip and Sip in The View’s vineyard

Slip and Sip in The View’s vineyard

By Roslyne Buchanan

Snow blanketing the Okanagan is no reason to abandon wine touring in winter. Take, for example, fun events such as Slip and Sip developed by those innovative folks at The View Winery & Vineyard.

Heritage of the Apple Packing House. Photo credit: Roslyne Buchanan.

Last week thanks to Tourism Kelowna, we joined The View’s engaging President Jennifer Turton-Molgat for a sneak peek of the guided tour for a winter vineyard experience. Registered guests are invited to slip into snowshoes or hiking boots for the tour followed by a tasting in The View’s cozy wine shop. Registration is required and canine friends on leash are welcomed. Slip and Sip Unguided Tours are available in January and February for arrivals between 12 noon and 3 pm on Saturdays and Sundays for $10 plus tax per person.

Enjoying the view at the top of the vineyard during Slip and Sip Tour. Photo credit: Roslyne Buchanan.

Weather permitting, and by appointment only with parties of four or more people, Slip and Sip Guided/Educational Tours are available on Saturdays for $15 plus tax per person.

Events are often hosted in the backroom at The View. Photo credit: Roslyne Buchanan.

Despite the lack of snow, what fun we had hiking with Jennifer through her family vineyards as she shared the history of the orchard, vineyard, winery and cidery. The route would be a blast on snowshoes given enough snow. Either way, tasting The View’s wines and Wards ciders following our outdoor adventure was fine frosting.

Events board in The View wine shop. Photo credit: Roslyne Buchanan.

We also previewed Fondue Fridays, back by popular demand, for which guests make their way to The View to enjoy fondue and wine/cider pairings held every Friday evening in February and March except for March 29.

For Fondue Fridays, there are two options: Purchase a $15 (taxes included) ticket for 5 pm start (It requires your arrival between 5 and 5:30 pm.) or for 6 pm start (It requires your arrival between 6 and 6:30 pm.). In either case, stay as long as you’d like. The timed arrival is intended to optimize each guest’s experience. By the way, for this event, the price is 25 per cent off for Wine Club members.

Pearls, Traditional Method Sparkling Brut. Photo credit: Roslyne Buchanan.

A family owned estate, The View Winery & Vineyards overlooks the City of Kelowna and Okanagan Lake on a parcel of land that’s been in the Turton/Ward family for five generations. Historically, apples were grown and the transition to cider apples and grapes began in mid-1990s. Tucked into an enticing vintage building, circa 1920s, that served as a neighbourhood apple packing house, is the winery and cidery since 2016. Inside, is also the eclectic wine shop that offers shopping in addition to wine and cider tasting.

Eclectic wine shop offers interesting gifts. Photo credit: Roslyne Buchanan.

You’ll notice the red shoe is a recurring theme on the wine labels, throughout the wine shop, and even to mark the vineyard trails. It’s a playful story about the love of wine. Learn more about it, plus details on other events, the wines and ciders of The View by checking out

Featured photo: Fondue Fridays Sneak Peek with Jennifer Molgat pouring. Photo credit: Roslyne Buchanan.

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Roslyne Buchanan (aka Roz) Roslyne Buchanan is a regular freelance contributor to food, travel, wine, home and lifestyle magazines. Her work has appeared in Food & Wine Trails, WestJet Magazine, OpenRoad Driver, Savour, Niche, Destinations Travel Magazine, My Van City, and Based above BC’s Naramata Bench in Penticton, she enjoys spectacular views of forests, vineyards, lakes, and hills beyond and regular visits from wildlife. Enchanted by the food and beverage industry and all things culinary as well as recreational pursuits such as travel, golfing, skiing, hiking, tennis and snorkeling. For her it’s the perfect balance to pursue her passion for writing with integrity and joy to share firsthand experiences. Most of her adventures are shared with her husband, Mark and when they’re not out exploring, they are managed by two felines Baja and Floyd. Find her personal blog at, follow her on twitter @RozDB and Instagram @roslynebuchanan


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