February 25, 2021.
written by: Karolina Bialkowska, Impact Events
As wedding and event planners in the Okanagan, we have definitely been dealt a lucky hand. Rolling vineyard backdrops that lead to expansive lake views, scarlet sunsets, mountainous horizons, world-class cuisine, and enough award-winning wine to last as long as your vows – a lifetime!
If you’re not sure if a vineyard venue is for you, picture this: you get married under the late-afternoon sun against the picturesque background of a glittering lake, rolling green rows of grapes ripening in the summer glow, the scent of summer’s blooms on the gentle breeze rolling in from the lake, while the rugged mountains frame the horizon.
You make your way to the reception after your photographer takes photos against this stunning backdrop of unforgettable views and settle in to sip on an array of world-class wines, watching the sunset as your guests enjoy a tantalizing dinner. Finally, the fiery sky makes way to glittering stars as you dance under the moonlight – a cool breeze refreshing off the lake as the evening comes to a beautiful, starlit, end.
Not convinced? Take a look at a few of our favourite vineyard venues. With most offering catering, bartending, and other services on-site, it’s not only beautiful, it can be easier than a private event. (Note: most wineries require that you have your own wedding planner to coordinate the big day – check out our blog on why you absolutely NEED a day-of planner!)
Most wineries also have better back-up resources in case of emergencies than private residences. Plus, you don’t have to worry about guests travelling from reception to dinner – it can all happen at the vineyard!
Check out these locales well-known for their memorable weddings:
Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery – Oliver
This stunning family-owned winery boasts the ultimate combination of delicious wines, unique landscapes, and immaculate care. Take a tour through the underground cellars on the property, stroll through the rolling hills of stunning vineyards, enjoy the warm desert breeze of the South Okanagan, or make your grand entrance landing on the private helicopter pad – no matter how grand your dreams are, the family behind this winery can make them happen. The property itself boats a Tuscan vibe to match the warmth of the family who owns it and the warm temperatures of the Oliver region, known for producing some of the best wines in the country! If you’ve been dreaming of a European-style country side vineyard wedding, Quinta Ferreira is your destination. Your dream wedding starts here.
Summerhill Pyramid Winery – Kelowna
This winery and vineyard brings a stunning vineyard view of Lake Okanagan and is within a 10 minute drive to downtown Kelowna. As a full-service wedding venue Summerhill is sure to please. With organic vines, biodynamic wine growing techniques, and its very own Pyramid, the care that goes into everything from menus to location at Summerhill is clear. Catering is done on site, as is bar service. Wines are vegan and have won awards spanning the last 20 years. The unique Summerhill pyramid will ensure your union starts with the right alignment of energies, and the view cannot be beat. Boasting a stunning ceremony site and large banquet room, Summerhill Pyramid Winery is sure to accommodate all your wedding dreams.
Oak Estate Winery – Summerland
With one of the best views in the Okanagan valley, Oak Estate’s vineyard setup will take your breath away. Known for their friendly service and unforgettable backdrop, you won’t regret this Summerland gem. Located at the end of a private road, Oak Estate has a unique cliffside that will make for dramatic and breathtaking photos. OAK is solely focused on weddings so they’ll be sure to take care of your unique needs and dreams – no box weddings for you! In fact, OAK stands for One-of-A-Kind. Book a site visit today!
50th Parallel Wines – Lake Country/Kelowna
The event spaces at 50th Parallelare an architectural marvel, perfectly blending new-world sleek and modern design with old-world vintner’s charm (think wine barrels and concrete – it’s stunning!) From the Crush pad to the Winery Tank Hall – the spaces will take your breath away. With a wedding coordinator on site to help facilitate the big day, in-house catering and bartending, and a view that can’t be beat, there’s a reason that 50th Parallel is one of the most sought after wedding venues in the Okanagan region. Located in Lake Country, it’s far enough away that you feel like you’re on a private escape, but close enough to Kelowna and the airport that your guests won’t get lost trying to find you.
See Ya Later Ranch – Okanagan Falls
Perched high atop Hawthorne mountain in Okanagan Falls, BC, SYL Ranch is actually on one of the highest elevations in the valley. People love the view – the Vineyard Gardens (where you’ll be getting married) overlook the rugged mountain peaks and green rolling hilly vineyards. You’ll even catch a glittering glimpse of Skaha Lake in the distance. The steep terrain produces some of the yummiest wines for your sipping pleasure and an on-site facilitator makes sure the planning process is smooth. Quaint, rustic, and far-away – you’ll feel like you’re in Europe, just an hour away from Kelowna. See what SYL have to offer for your wedding.
Little Engine Wines – Naramata
Tucked into an intimate corner of the picturesque Naramata bench is the exquisite Little Engines Wines. Perfect for smaller intimate fairy tale weddings, the scents of the bench vineyards and orchards waft on the wind as you gaze over Lake Okanagan. With lush meticulously kept vineyards, a new tasting room, wine made for astute wine lovers, and a stunning intimate patio, you can’t ask for a better setting. The Naramata bench is considered the Napa Valley of the North – a designation not to be taken lightly. A short drive from Penticton where accommodations abound or visit the nearby newly managed Naramata Heritage Inn. Your guests (and you) will be dazzled by this gem.
Three Sisters – Naramata
Another Naramata gem, Three Sisters has stunning vineyards overlooking Okanagan Lake and Penticton. Whether your dream is a small private elopement in the tasting room, a casual stand-up reception under the moonlight, or a full-blown sit down dinner under an elegant tent, it’s all possible here. The team at Three Sisters will work with you and your selected team of vendors to ensure the perfect night isn’t a fantasy – it’s really yours!