Sandhill Wines, Kelowna

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  • I had a pre conceived idea of this being the run of the mill wine tasting and I was pleasantly surprised. I had no idea that Sanhill had such a wonderful selection of small lot wines. I joined the win...  more »
  • Stopped in to the Sandhill Winery on a whim and really had a great time tasting all the valley has to offer. We were lucky to ramble in during the annual harvest festival and so...free of charge. We e...  more »
  • This was the first winery we when to in Kelowna. It was great. Staff very friendly and helpful. This was close to where we stayed. Wine we tried was great and we would go back to this one. The also to...  more »
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  • Great experience. Kim was really knowledgeable and friendly. So far best tasting experience in Kelowna. They had a great variety of wines for us to try, interesting variations of classics french and Italian grapes. We'll definitely be going back.
  • Friday happy hour social gatherings with food, wine and music in winter. Crowded and noisy, but socially happening. Come early to get a seat.
  • Unlike all the other wineries on our extensive journey through the Okanagan, Sandhill is not located atop a hill surrounded by picnic tables, vineyards, and tour busses. Instead, it’s nestled at a corner on the edge of the industrial area of central Kelowna, an extended walk from the beach. No vines. No picnic tables. No view. Just a brutalist piece of architecture you’d think was just a bottling depot rather than a winery, one with not just one but several tasting lounges. On our second and longest wine trip (there’s been three), Sandhill was on the tail-end of 60 wineries and 120 bottles purchased. On our recent trip, only a few weeks ago, it was revisited given my friends and I literally walked by it. It was then we picked up a bottle of 2016 Hidden Terrace Sauvignon Blanc. It didn’t last, as we drove out to a picnic and downed it to the last drop against a homemade charcuterie. It was an honorable death to such a bottle. Sandhill feels like a corporate winery, regardless if it is or not. It features numerous labels all sharing space in a colossal lounge. The first time we visited, we were guided into a small chamber draped in dark tones and dim lighting, bottle bottoms sticking out from the wall behind the tasting bar. Apparently, this wasn’t Sandhill…or maybe it was. It’s all very confusing. There’s a huge sign outside showing Sandhill, but inside, you’ll find Wayne Gretzky (his wine, because I’m sure he has better places to be), Calona Vineyards, Conviction, and Peller Estates, the majority I think are all owned by Calona. The only conclusion I could come up with is that Calona leases a boutique outlet in the Sandhill Winery building, but how do you review one if not reviewing them all? I know we were standing at the Sandhill tasting counter because we bought a Sandhill wine a few weeks ago, but the previous year, it must have been Calona we had been visiting. This is one of those strange occurrences where you have one building with two entrances leading into the same space but two different addresses and two different companies. So, you can end up entering Sandhill and having a tasting at Calona (like we did last year) or enter through Calona and end up at a tasting at Sandhill (which happened this year). So, check that…it wasn’t 60 wineries; technically it was 61. I guess this is a great location then, as you can wander from one tasting to another without going outside. And here I thought Naramata was tightly packed. Sandhill is certainly the larger of the two tasting rooms. It also has the better wine. Conviction is not bad, but I’m not a fan of the Gretzky wine. Maybe it pairs well with wings; I don’t know. Sandhill is a beautiful location with above average wine that is easy to access from anyone in town. Despite its lack of a view, it is still a good visit.
  • Wine tasting here is great. Open atmosphere. Friendly and helpful staff. An amazing assortment of wines and other items.
  • Beautiful building with a clean layout and fantastic selection of locally made wines! Ken offered a lot of great wines and backed the tasting with fantastic knowledge. We'll be back anytime we're coming through Kelowna!

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Downtown is considered the most desirable area to stay, with several hotels backing onto Kelowna City Park and offering views over the lake. The southern lakeside suburb of South Pandosy and the inland neighborhood of North Central also offer a range of accommodations, which cater to those looking for a genuine taste of Kelowna. If you have a car, you can stay at one of the roadside accommodations in Dilworth-Enterprise or Leathead.
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