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Tantalus Vineyards, Kelowna

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Winery / Vineyard Food & Drink
Tantalus Vineyards is situated on the eastern slopes of the Okanagan Valley and is dedicated to crafting exceptional Riesling, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
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  • Just returned from a week vacation in Kelowna.Visited a number of wineries in Nuramata.We were in a rental house & passed Tantalus Winery everyday & finally decided to visit the winery. On our 2nd las...  more »
  • According to the nice lady who has entertained us the oldest Winery in BC. The views and especially the wine were excellent. It is well located just outside is but kelowna can be reached in 15 minutes from downtown.
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  • Wonderful wines, especially the rosé! Views, exceptional hospitality, and great vib. Thanks for tending to our visit!  more »
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  • Lovely winery and excellent selection. They also have delicious honey! The views are excellent as well.
  • Now that’s a name for the winery. Not named after the street it’s on or a generic geographical feature. Tantalus. (and I’m not joking by that first part; Road 13 is located on Road 13 and Bench 1775 is located on 1775 Bench) A figure in Greek mythology (the best mythology), Tantalus stole ambrosia and nectar from the gods and was banished to Tartarus for the transgression. His punishment was to suffer eternal hunger and thirst while nourishment always remained just beyond his reach. Hmm…now thinking about it, I’m hoping a winery using that name is ironic. If the host tempts me with a tasting while also keeping the glass behind the bar, I may just punch him or her in the mouth. Thankfully, that didn’t happen. In fact, I had already enjoyed Tantalus previously at a wine festival in Prince George the previous fall. I knew what to expect, but the winery was still an impressive sight…not this day, however, given it was raining. Our luck had to run out. The previous year, we had visited 60 wineries in a week, and it was sunny throughout. Alas, this day-trip in Kelowna was overcast and wet. It was also March; frankly, I’m surprised they were even open. We visited four wineries that day and were happy to be doted on by hosts suffering zero distraction. For a moment, you can ignore the Greek symbolism and admire the first nations masks adorned on each bottle, masks peppered throughout the tasting room. I enjoyed their implementation despite their jarring inclusion in a winery taking the name of a Greek tragedy. It doesn’t really match the theme…unless…unless. (Quickly searches Google) AHAA! John Barton's epic play Tantalus heavily employs masks in its theater production. Brilliant! Talk about a subtle reference there, if true. Oh, please be true! It was not the only hit. Apparently, “Tantalus mask” was a piece of First Federation technology pillaged from the Mirror Universe by Emperor Tiberius from Balok in the non-canon Star Trek novel Preserver. And that’s something I now know. I’m going to take a stab in the dark here and assume that’s not where the winery borrowed the name. My bet is on the play. Where was I? Right, the icewines are the bee’s knees. Yes, Tantalus has wine, shocking. I enjoyed them all, and they’re worth buying, though this time, I only picked up their aforementioned icewine, a 2015 Syrah, which wasn’t cheap. I would definitely place Tantalus on the list of wineries I would want to revisit in the future, especially when I have a larger budget. At least I believed them authentic and not shilling pseudoscience down the street at Summerhill. I’d frequent Tantalus a hundred times over before returning there. In conclusion, wine was not denied, the name is probably ironic, the weather was awful, but the winery was awesome. Tantalus—a winery using masks named after a play that used masks. I tip my hat.
  • Very nice facility. Friendly staff member. Had the same experience as someone else where we confirmed tasting fee would be waived if my husband and I bought a bottle but we were charged for one tasting fee at the end. We have visited numerous wineries in kelowna and always buy a bottle where ever we taste and have never been charged a tasting fee. It's not about the money, but we won't be back.
  • Absolutely poor wine tasting experience. My family of 4 were attended to by a very young inexperienced person. A much older lady stood by and observed BUT had a very mean demeanor. We began by clarifying if our $4 tasting fees would be waived if we purchased a bottle. The young lady confirmed yes. However at the end of a very poorly conducted tasting session, we were charged for 3 persons and only had one of us waived because we bought a bottle. How can Tantalus winery charge $4 per person for such poor wines? And have 2 poorly trained persons managing it left me aghast and felt cheated. If there is an option to rate this with a minus points it would deserve it. Bad experience, poor wines, unprofessional people. Shame on you! !!
  • We just happened to drop by this winery and were pleasantly surprised, Excellent knowledgeable staff, exceptional service, excellent wines, beautiful setting. This is the type of winery you should visit, forget the big fancy well known ones will bell towers on hills, treat yourself to a tasting experience here.

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