Ruby Blues Winery, Penticton

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Under the often-blue British Columbian skies, Ruby Blues Winery stands out with its starkly contrasting citrus-yellow building. Since opening in 2008, the winery has strived to create a funky, fun atmosphere with its constant rock music soundtrack and collection of stiletto shoes for sale. The 1960s theme continues with the winery's old Volkswagon bus and prominence of daisies and murals throughout. The wines here are made of locally sourced grapes, yielding cabernet sauvignons, merlots, syrahs, chardonnay, pinot gris, and viogniers. As you sample the wines, browse through the quirky gift shop for local, whimsical art. Use our Penticton itinerary builder to arrange your visit to Ruby Blues Winery and other attractions in Penticton.
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  • August 12, 2017
    We stop in here every time we go to the Okanagan to stock up on wine, and can't recommend it enough. It's so relaxed and informal - no snobby formality here. Say hi to the lovely Scottish guy, and if ...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    this is one of the better wineries - very friendly staff, eclectic, nice giftware and good wine! if you are doing a tour in Naramata this one is worth visiting.  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    Ruby Blues has excellent wines at a very affordable price. We have been visiting this winery for about 7 years and are club members. Knowledgeable staff and humorous at times but still excellent. They...  more »
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  • June 13, 2017
    I’ll spoil the plot by saying Ruby Blues is amazing and worth the visit in order to spare those with the attention of a ferret on a double espresso who don’t like big words or paragraphs longer that three sentences the remaining 595 words, because there be story time. Two years ago, my girlfriend and I were slogging through West Edmonton Mall (which in the last few years has turned into Guantanamo Bay for chicklet-brains) when we stumbled into a liquor store. Perusing the selection, by almost random we picked up a bottle not out of name recognition but rather aesthetics. It looked pretty. We returned a few days later to our home town and allowed my sister to select one of the several wines we had purchased. And “yoink”, like that, without pause, she snagged that bottle, the Ruby Blues Red Stiletto, following that with her own tale of how she considers it her all-time favorite wine. Period. Two years later, just last fall, my girlfriend and I embarked on our first official wine trip. Over a week, we visited 60 wineries and returned with 120 bottles. So of course, given the hype laid on thicker than Sofia Vergara’s accent, Ruby Blues had to be a destination. Unlike American political ads, this is propaganda you can believe—Ruby Blues is astonishing. Its history is coupled with the competing Red Rooster across the street. The owner of Ruby Blues had started with the other winery, but their phenomenal success proved overwhelming, and after the anxiety of dealing with marketing, winemaking, and weddings around an already expansive and expanding business, the owners decided to walk away. They sold all but one of their fields to a conglomerate and retired…for apparently 30 seconds. Ruby Blues came from their desire to remain winemakers, and we are all blessed for it. When judged strictly on personality, Ruby Blues is Steve Jobs before the iPhone launch. Massive. Deserving. The ornamentation is unique if not a little confusing. Externally, Ruby Blues presents itself as trying to reach back to its hippie youth, the grounds dominated by flower-powered Volkswagen microbuses adorned like they were dropped off by Jane Fonda and Stevie Nicks. Inside, that iconography carries into the merchandise as well but is then fringed on all sides by shoes. Women’s shoes…and not casual flip flops, but expensive high heels. Weird. And obviously, that decision carries not only into the winery’s name but in the titles they bestow on their bottles as well. Their signature wines are the red and white stilettos. The building itself is rather small, obviously, when compared to the competition, but it certainly feels welcoming. The tasting is generous, and the staff is friendly. And the wine is good. I typed this while staring at my 1.5-liter Red Stiletto Magnum, numbered 95 out of 150. That’s right, limited edition, and still sealed though not for much longer. We acquired a few other bottles then, but that’s the star from both that winery and our collection entire, right alongside our 2010 Cassini Cellars Maximus Magnum and our 2013 The Prisoner. Ruby Blues, it must be restated, is exactly why you visit Naramata. Not because of some pageantry in the construction of the winery, but in the passion of the winemaking and the intimacy of their setup. The owners obviously know their craft, and it shows. On our second trip, we took our friends with us, and Ruby Blues was one a very short list of repeated location. It’s worth it folks.
  • June 21, 2017
    Friendly staff, great wines. Red Stiletto is one of my favs.
  • June 16, 2017
    Fun, Colorful, great wine and beautiful views.
  • January 20, 2016
    Perhaps my favourite of all the wineries on the Naramata Bench. It is the one winery I take all visitors to experience. The servers are knowledgeable, friendly and welcoming. The shopping experience is eclectic from the great shoes, pooch products and quirky art finds...but don't forget about the wine. Red or white...it never disappoints.
  • August 5, 2015
    Hidden treasure (well not really hidden - across from Gehringer) but well worth the visit! Fabulous wines (that actually match their great bottles!). Super friendly owner and welcoming, it was a super hot day so they allowed us to bring our puppy in who also had a great time!. Well worth the stop

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Penticton's position between two lakes means that you're likely to enjoy waterfront views no matter where you stay. The town center, on the southern shore of Okanagan Lake, represents the most popular place to stay, with a host of motels and resorts offering views over the water. Head south down Skaha Lake Road--itself littered with accommodations--and you'll find quieter inns and motels offering vistas over the smaller but equally scenic Skaha Lake. Head just out of town along the east shore of Okanagan Lake and you can stay in a bed and breakfast or guesthouse among the region's wineries.
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