Gray Monk Estate Winery, Winfield

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Winery / Vineyard Food & Drink
Established in 1972, Gray Monk Estate Winery boasts expansive orchards in Okanagan Valley and several fine wines. The attraction offers a number of varied experiences for tourists, including two tasting experiences--ranging from a sampling of four wines to tastes of several of the vineyard's top-tier Odyssey Series wines. Join a tour to learn more about the winery's history with an experienced guide. Before you leave, pick up a souvenir from selections like white pinot gris, red Cabernet sauvignon, sparkling traditional brut, and port. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Gray Monk Estate Winery by using our Lake Country trip builder.
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  • We both toured this winery and also stayed for lunch in their restaurant. The winery is quite impressive. It's situated on a very beautiful property and the whole facility is very lovely. Our wine tou...  more »
  • We were at Gray Monk for a conference. The staff are so friendly and knowledgeable. The wine was delicious and so was the food. The view from the dining room is spectacular. Highly recommended.  more »
  • This was the second winery I ever had the pleasure of visiting, and it was amazing. Staff pouring the samples were very knowledgeable regarding the wines, and the manufacturing process. Picked up a co...  more »
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  • They have some really great wine and a decent wine selection. The staff are very friendly and they offered us complimentary wine tasting when we arrived. The view from the winery is gorgeous. Next time I come back, I might try their restaurant.
  • When imagining estate wineries, I often fathom small intimate operations where you discuss the matters of winemaking with the winemakers directly. It’s not common that you gawk mystified at the utter gorgeousness of an avatar of viticulture, something Dionysus would look down at approvingly and bless his disciples with a fertile harvest. Too much? Fine, the winery looked pretty. Most tourists, like us, approach Gray Monk from a road with a long right-hand loop down a steep hill, allowing you an extended view across fields to a mustard colored basilica, a common color with wineries I’ve noticed (Burrowing Owl, Cassini Cellars, Gold Hill, Ruby Blues, Perseus…you get the idea). This is a mere sliver of what awaits. The wineries in Kelowna are mostly not in Kelowna—they fringe the edges with clumps in every compass direction. A strategically placed meteorite could obliterate the town and all that would remain would be a dozen wineries on the rim. In the North, Gray Monk can probably be considered the king…the King of the North. Yes, I went there. The winery is a multiple level building with paths and stairs cascading behind to further buildings below. These include production facilities, a laboratory (no, seriously, there’s a wine lab down there), and a restaurant, the latter of which I’ve yet to see even after two visits. On our first trip, Gray Monk sat near the end of our journey, after sixty wineries and 120 bottles purchased, from Osoyoos to here. And yet, we still bought wine. Not only that, but it was one of the few locations that earned a repeat visit ten months later. Gray Monk is one of those extravagant locations that puts wine making and wine selling front and center. Their personality is their brand, and the cavernous wine store is replete with bottles. The tasting lounge is relatively small for such a building, but we never had an issue with tastings. The experience (on both visits) was efficient and satisfying. The hosts, though not winemakers themselves, knew their bottles. As for the wines themselves, I appreciate the unique selection offered at Gray Monk as well as their magnificent bottle designs. We are still sitting on three bottles from our last trip, the 2014 Pinot Auxerrois, the 2015 Kerner, and the spectacular looking 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Odyssey. I’d buy these wines just for the bottles. But we all know you can get most of those anywhere. You visit for the location and the experience, and Kelowna wineries have raised their game, necessary given the amazing wineries nearby like Arrowleaf and Ex Nihilo nearby. Gray Monk is worth a visit even if you don’t buy, just for the journey, both there and through. And no, using the virtual view on their website doesn’t do it justice. Gray Monk is a proud member of the upper echelon of Kelowna wineries and should be on everyone’s lists.
  • OMG! The view, the wines, the people! Try the Unwooded white. So good! :)
  • This is an excellent restaurant within the Gray Monk winery property. The views of Okanagan lake are breathtaking. Food is fantastic, just like their service. It is a bit pricey.
  • I really like this winery for some reason. The story behind the winery and the values they hold adds to it. Their wines are great, they in my opinion mostly have table wines not many would I save up for a special occasion. I have tried ans bought most of their wine section and general don't have any regrets, if any it would be "why did I not get more?". Their price is very reasonable and affordable, most of the wines range from $15-25. They may not be the high end Laffit or Bordeaux wine but they very good for a medium sized winery. Like I keep telling people it's not the price that makes a wine good or not it's your taste. The food there is great. I stop to eat there almost every time I visit. Can be pricey but the veiw, atmosphere, and the the taste of food and wine is worth it.