Four friends and I attended this tour in early September. I must say that our feelings towards the tour are mixed.
Arthur was our tour guide who was an absolute Gent and an absolute pleasure to have as a tour guide.
We visited five wineries during our tour: Quail's Gate, The Hatch, Mission Hill, Mt.Boucherie and Blackswift.
Quail's Gate: We tasted four wines while visiting Quail's Gate which were all pre-selected as part of their Estate Tasting (which was $15 if you were to do yourself). The wines were nice in particular the first and fourth. We didn't receive much attention or guidance from the Quail's Gate representative as to how we should taste the wine which was disappointing.
The Hatch: We started off our tasting with a little novelty - one of my friends opened our first bottle of wine with a small shovel, which was a bit of fun. In terms of a winery, The Hatch is very boujee and a bit alternative which we enjoyed. We tasted about six wines while at The Hatch, all of which we enjoyed. Our representative was very attentive which we appreciated.
Mission Hill: This was the highlight of our tour by a long shot! First the winery and it's gardens/surrounding areas is picturesque. We were greeted upon arrival with a beautiful breakfast wine, we were then led into a stunning private tasting area where we sampled four breathtaking wines. We were fully accompanied by a Mission Hill representative the entire time who spoke us through each wine and was more than happy to take any questions. I cannot recommend visiting Mission Hill highly enough.
Mt. Boucherie: Mission Hill was the creme de la creme of our tour, Mt. Boucherie was a complete 180 degree rotation and really put a damper on our tour. We tasted four wines while visiting this winery and I don't think the four glasses together would equate to one glass we received in Mission Hill. Arthur told us each winery has a minimum of 1 oz, which it appeared we didn't receive at Mt. Boucherie with reference to what we received in the other wineries. All of the other wineries informed us it takes at least three sips before your pallet determines whether you appreciate the wine or not, this was not possible as the Mt. Boucherie servings only gave two sips. I cannot stress enough how bad our experience was at Mt. Boucherie. In my opinion, you should not visit this winery.
Blackswift: We concluded our tour visiting the Blackswift winery. This was a fitting winery to bring an end to our day as it had the most beautiful view of all we had visited. We sampled four wines here also which were all very nice.
In summary - the tour itself is overpriced, we paid $200 each to visit five wineries, prices to visit each privately vary but in total I would estimate it would cost no more than $100 to visit all five from looking online. Five in honestly is too much to visit, I would recommend Mission Hill, The Hatch and Blackswift.
The drinks and snacks we received were a small bottle of water and some cheap cheese and crackers which could not have costed more than $5. A big benefit was getting privately driven around by Arthur who was very informative the entire tour, however taking everything together it still works out extremely overpriced.
In addition to our $200, we also had to tip Arthur - a recommendation of 15% was given. I cannot complement Arthur enough but asking for another $30 on top of the already paid $200 seemed unfair. We did tip Arthur given his excellent service but given the cost of the tour, we felt this should have been included.
The only reason I would recommend this tour is to visit Mission Hill if fully booked out during your stay in Kelowna, otherwise book privately.