Craft Brewery Boom in Kelowna & Area

The growing craft brewery industry in Kelowna has become something to boast about. 

For years, Kelowna been known for their world-renowned wine industry.  Although over the past few years, microbreweries are on the rise and making waves in the Okanagan.  

Kelowna and surrounding area is home to over 20 craft brewery (microbreweries).  

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craft brewery-flight menu

Here is a glimpse at a few popular Microbreweries

Tree Brewing

Founded in 1996, The Tree Brewing Company opened the doors to their Beer Institute in 2014.  Here they offer tours & tastings as well as a full menu. 

Freddy’s Brewpub
Founded in 2000, Freddy’s has been a local favorite among other locally owned pubs.  Here they bowl and brew alongside the McCurdy Bowling center. 

BNA
A newer brewery in Kelowna in one of Kelowna’s oldest buildings.  Located in the historic building originally constructed for the British North American Tobacco Company (which is where BNA got its name).  A great atmosphere to enjoy the selection of beers brewed right on site. There is a full kitchen along with bowling lanes and shuffleboard tables.  

Elevation 57 Brewing
Canada’s highest brewery.  Located Big White ski resort, this unique craft brewery produces 12 craft beers.  Not only does it have a full kitchen, but they also have escape rooms for some fun after dinner.  

Since 2017, 13 breweries have either opened doors or are set to open summer 2019. We have a craft brewery boom on our hands!

Tours

There are some great options if you want to tour these establishments.  A couple of local tour companies began offering craft brewery tours as early as 2017.  

craft brewery toursBoth ahead of the curve, Beach Bum Tours is a local company and national Canadian Craft Tours branching out in the same year. Brew Crew Kelowna began offering craft brewery tours June 2019 quickly followed by Sage Brush Tours in Penticton.

Craft brewery tours have been popular for staff parties, bachelor & bachelorette parties and birthday.  Furtheromore, many tourists who visit Kelowna and are looking for something new after visiting our beloved wineries. This boost is a benefit to the local tourism economy and is welcomed by local businesses, especially those with connections to the industry. 

Beyond the brew

Not only are these local businesses producing amazing microbrewed craft beer, but some of the craft brewery locations also offer either a full menu or lighter fare.  

Full menus: 

  • BNA
  • Tree Brewing

    Red Bird Brewing

    Red Bird Brewing

  • Vice & Virtue
  • Elevation 57

Lighter fare:

  • Red Bird
  • Truck 59
  • Kettle River

While Kelowna has always been known for amazing wines, Craft brewery is now on the rise.  

So, beer lovers, maybe you will find your favorite new microbrew right here in Kelowna so give us a try!

Sheer Opulence in Sheerwater

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4-180 Sheerwater Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
Offered at $10 988 888

Located behind the gates of the prestigious Sheerwater community lies this spectacular 2.5-acre estate worthy of its title “Home of the Year”. Built by All Elements, an award-winning luxury home builder, from concept to design this contemporary Sheerwater home was 4 years in the making.  Well worth the wait and now a true statement piece for the shores of Kelowna waterfront.

“It’s not often I come across a home that leaves me speechless.  Absolutely every detail in this incredible Sheerwater home is perfect.  It is a true waterfront masterpiece.”  Quincy Vrecko Luxury Real estate agent with RE/MAX Kelowna

 

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Oculus spiral staircase 4 180 Sheerwater

This welcoming home is a true reflection on functional design and impeccable craftsmanship making this home the only one of its kind.  A vision of simplicity in design that allows the architecture to speak for itself. From the butterfly roof and dramatic floor to ceiling windows to the breathtaking 3 story spiral Oculus staircase.  The open concept allows for a continuous flow through the home for a streamlined design.

 

The construction incorporates glass, aluminum, and concrete with the natural elements of wood and stone.  Complemented by artistic flare with striking lighting fixtures, linear marble accents, floating wall and ceiling features with accented lighting and Bengal tiger wood barn doors.

This stunning Sheerwater home spans over 11 500 square feet.  It features 5 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms including a two-floor master suite, additional bedrooms rooms with private living area and ensuites.  In addition to the main home, there is a 6 car garage and guest house perfect for guests or live in nanny.

Top of the line technology allows this home to be controlled at the touch of a finger with a highly sophisticated home automation system by Crestron.

Additional one of a kind features include

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Private full spa in the master suite

  • Lower level media room with sunken 70s style seating adjacent
  • Wine room with a contemporary take on traditional wine bottle racking
  • Full spa with steam room accented by a 4-tonne basalt rock water feature

The exterior of the home is as breathtaking and inside.  With a seamless transition from inside to out, this allows you to enjoy the Okanagan at its finest. The three-sided infinity pool offers panoramic views of Lake Okanagan and has a pivoting platform that extends over the pool area.  There are 6 different outdoor living spaces for every occasion. From quiet private intimate setting with fire bowls to large areas for social gathering space.  The outdoor living area is complete with a zen garden, outdoor fire pits, and even an outdoor movie theatre. The home is perched above Lake Okanagan to captures the amazing views while maintaining privacy.  Down on the shores of the lake, there is a private beach area exclusive to this home.

living room 4 180 Sheerwater Quincy Vrecko Luxury Real Estate

Living and dining room with linear marble wall

While this Sheerwater home is a work of art, it’s functional style and layout is perfect for casual laid back Okanagan living.  Every detail of this home has been meticulously thought through to ensure perfection.

Sheerwater is a gated community in Kelowna’s North end of town.  This prestigious area is home to some of Kelowna top luxury properties and waterfront homes.  Each property spans over 2 acres of land to allow for a large building envelope and ensure privacy between neighboring homes.  Only a few lots remain in this development.

 

Quincy Vrecko Luxury Real SpecialistFor more information on this home or available building lots in Sheerwater, call Quincy Vrecko.  

 

Quincy Vrecko is the only luxury real estate agent exclusively specializing in the marketing and selling of luxury home and waterfront properties in the Okanagan.  Quincy has been in the luxury industry for over 29 years and understands the complexities of a high-end transaction.  Call Quincy directly at 250-863-8810 for more information on his exclusive services.  

 

Best features of a Waterfront home

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Quincy Vrecko, RE/MAX Kelowna’s waterfront specialist, shares some of the best features of a waterfront home.

Owning a waterfront home in the Okanagan offers one of the best lifestyles in British Columbia.  Once a small beach town, now Kelowna and surrounding area is home to some of the most spectacular waterfront homes and luxury properties.

waterfront specialist Quincy Vrecko Luxury Real Estate

“I have seen some amazing homes in the Okanagan over my career.  When a waterfront home has these 3 features, is sure to impress.  Nothing is better than the living the ultimate Okanagan lifestyle on the water.”  

Here are Quincy’s top 3 picks for the best features of a waterfront home:

 

Dock with boat lift

Most waterfront homes have a dock or the ability to build a dock.  Having your own dock is one of the best perks of owning a waterfront home.  This allows the homeowner the ability to have private moorage so a boat lift is a must.  There are many rules regarding dock licenses, read our recent blog for more information.

waterfront home seating area-Quincy Vrecko Luxury Real Estate

Outdoor seating areas

The key to outdoor living in the Okanagan is to have multiple seating areas throughout the property.  This allows the homeowner to have options such as full sun, shade, view of the lake or pool, quiet areas and spaces for large gatherings.  The key is to keep any patio furniture comfortable and easy to care for. This is where you go to relax!

 

Pool or beach house

Whether or not the waterfront home has a pool, a pool house (or beach house) is a must.  A perfect pool house should have a bathroom with a shower and a changing area. This allows the homeowners and guests to get ready for the pool or a swim in the lake without having to go inside the house.  This also keeps sand and water outside!

Like many luxury finishings, the sky’s the limit when it comes to a pool house.  You can include a kitchenette or bar and even a lounging area with TV.

waterfront home Quincy Vrecko Luxury Real Estate

 

If you are looking for an Okanagan waterfront home, contact Quincy Vrecko of RE/MAX Kelowna. Quincy is the luxury real estate specialist for Quincy Vrecko and Associates of RE/MAX Kelowna.

He has over 28 years of experience in luxury sales and has helped many luxury homeowners purchase Okanagan waterfront property. Get in contact with Quincy, our luxury real estate expert today!

Call 1-250-863-8810

 

 

Dock License requirements

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There are important things to know about the dock license requirements for your waterfront property.  

Owning a home on Lake Okanagan has many perks, one of which is private moorage for your boat.  If you own a waterfront home or are thinking of buying waterfront property, there are dock license requirements that must be met.  

Dock Photo-Quincy Vrecko Waterfront Real Estate

When purchasing a waterfront home, the current dock license is not transferrable.   As a result, you must apply to have the license assigned once you take possession. Have your professional real estate agent ensure that dock meets necessary dock license requirements before buying a waterfront home.  Furthermore, each waterfront community has different requirements.

If there is no dock and you would like to build a dock, there are some of the dock license requirements you need to be aware of before building.  

Private mooring facilities are governed by the Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.  There are legal dock license requirements and approval process you must follow. The dock must be in compliance with by-laws and local zoning.  

While the common term is a dock license, there are actually no licenses issued anymore.  The term used now is either General Permission or Special Permission.  (but for the sake of this article we will continue using the wording dock license)

General Permission

If your dock meets the conditions and requirements outlined in the General Permission, you may be relinquished from having to submit an application.  

Here you can Download the General Permission guidelines to see if you dock license requirements.

Specific Permission

You will need specific permission in the following situations:

  • Where general permissions are prohibited
  • Stand-alone boat lift or permanent boat way
  • Group moorage

Applying for a lease

Leases are typically a 20-year term. The annual leasing fee is $200.00 if the area is under 2 000 square meters.  A higher fee will apply if the area is larger than 2 000 square meters.

Dock license requirements stipulate that all docks:Waterfont-Quincy Vrecko Kelowna Luxury Real Estate

  • Can not obstruct public access along the foreshore
  • Only one dock is permitted for each property
  • Must be in compliance with building regulations
  • Must provide proof of insurance by the waterfront property owner

Additionally, all docks must not:

  • Include covered structures
  • Be used for non-moorage purposes
  • Include solid core structures
  • Result in harm to the natural habitat

Regional Considerations for dock license requirements

Areas along the Okanagan shoreline are categorized into color-coded zones.  These are based on environmental sensitivity, from highest to lowest. These zones will determine what your dock license requirements and what type of dock you can build.  

Habitat color zones-Quincy Vrecko Kelowna Luxury Real Estate

Black zone – Critical Habitat Value

Red Zone-High Value

Yellow-Moderate Habitat Value

No Colour-Low or Unknown Habitat Value

There is no new construction in Black Zones, only repairs to grandfathered docks.  

 

In addition to the color zones, your dock license application will be assessed based on the risk level of negative impact on the environment.  To find out what zone your waterfront property falls under visit the interactive government map. https://maps.gov.bc.ca/ess/hm/imap4m/

If you are a waterfront property owner looking to build a dock, or to modify your existing dock, contact the local Natural Resouce front counter at https://portal.nrs.gov.bc.ca/web/client/-/vern-1 .  Here you can learn how you can meet the dock license requirements before your start.

Hire a Waterfront Specialist-Quincy Vrecko

quincy vrecko waterfront real estate agentFinally, if you are looking to buy a waterfront property in the Okanagan, work with a professional real estate agent.  Above all, find a waterfront specialist that understands the complexity of a waterfront home purchase.  Quincy Vrecko specializes in Waterfront homes in the Okanagan. Quincy can ensure the waterfront property you are purchase meets all dock license requirements so you can move in and enjoy your new home.

 

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Spring Cleaning-getting your house ready to list

Finally, spring has arrived in Kelowna.  Snow is gone and trees are starting to bud.  It is time to think of spring cleaning and getting your house ready to list.  

While we are a little behind weather wise, it won’t take long for the grass to green up and the flowers to bloom.  If you are planning on listing your home in Kelowna this spring, here are some great tips to get your house ready to list.  

Exterior

Over the winter, the exterior of the home can get neglected and this will show when the snow melts.  To get the exterior looking get and your house ready to list, hire or rent a power washer. Give the exterior of the home a good hose down including, doors, windows, patios, and trim.  Also, while you are out there, clean out those gutters!

However, if you don’t have time, there are some great companies like Men in Kilts that can do it for you.  Therefore, you can focus on the rest of the spring cleaning needed to get your house ready to list.

Once it’s all clean, get out the paint and stain to do any touch-ups needed to make the home look new again.  

Landscaping

It will still be a few weeks before the yard will green up and flowers to bloom.  So this is a great time to get the yard cleaned up to get the house ready to list when the time comes.  

garden prep-Quincy Vrecko Kelowna Real EstateHere are some easy ways to get the yard looking great and ready to spring:

Aerate the lawn

Clean out flower beds

Prune trees and shrubs

Rake up any leftover leaves

Put down new mulch in garden beds

Open up the pool if you have one

Interior

On a beautiful Kelowna spring day, open those windows and let in the fresh spring air.  Take the time to go through each room of the house and pack away any evidence of winter.  This is also a good time to wipe down all those surfaces that have collected dust. This is an important step in getting your house ready to list.  

You won’t be needing those heavy jackets and sweaters for a while, so pack away any seasonal gear.  Next time you will need those, you will be in your new home.

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House Ready to List?  What’s Next?

Now that you’ve got your house ready to list, you need to find the best real estate agent to represent you.  The team at Quincy Vrecko and Associates is your only choice. They will help you with ideas to get the house ready to list.  Ideas such as staging, any necessary improvements to maximize your price and help your home sell quickly.

Because no 2 homes are alike, Quincy Vrecko and Associates creates a tailored marketing plan for each property to attract the right buyer.  View a list of reasons why you should list with this award-winning team that is focused on results.

 

Okanagan Real Estate Series: Lakeview community

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The Okanagan is home to amazing real estate with incredible views of the lake.  Each lakeview community has a different surrounding making each view unique. 

We are real estate professionals in the Okanagan specializing in lakeview homes, therefore we are the best team to take you on a tour of the Okanagan.   On this journey we will give you our perspective of each lakeview community and explain the differences in these breathtaking views.

In this 3 part blog series, we will tour homes in Kelowna, West Kelowna, Peachland and Lake  Country. We will explain how each lakeview community captures the stunning beauty of Lake Okanagan in a unique way.  All beautiful and captivating. From sunrise to sundown, to the twinkle of the lights at night reflecting off the water.  

First of all, we start our tour of homes in Kelowna

Upper Mission

This area was cleared out by the Okanagan fires of 2003 as a result, is now one of Kelowna’s fastest growing communities.  High in the hills of Kelowna, this Lakeview community features mainly newer homes with vast panoramic views of Lake Okanagan.  These lakeviews are primarily of Lake Okanagan and the growing community around it. Because of the south and west facing views, it  makes this Lakeview community popular for the sun seekers looking to soak in the Okanagan sun.  While some of the north facing views get a glimpse of downtown Kelowna.

views of Kelowna Lakeview community-Quincy Vrecko Luxury Real Estate

Glenmore

The Lakeview community of Glenmore is nestled up against Knox Mountain.  A popular mountain for hiking, biking and sightseeing right in the heart of Kelowna’s downtown.  This small lakeview community has a mix of old and new homes. There are some of the best waterfront properties in Kelowna found in this area.  Most homes here offer big, west facing lakeviews from Peachland to Vernon.  

 

Dilworth

Established in the 90’s Dilworth is still building homes today.  Dilworth mountain is in the centre of Kelowna making lakeviews quite unique.  This lakeview community has some of the most diverse views of Lake Okanagan. Depending on the position of the home, these lakeviews can encompass both city and Lake Views.  A more lively night view with lights twinkling for miles.

Wilden

Wilden is a newer lakeview community located north of Glenmore.  This area has a more rustic feel with the lakeview through the towering evergreen trees.  This area is on the other side of Knox mountain and features newer, craftsman style homes.  

East of Kelowna
Lakeview community Upper Mission-Quincy Vrecko Luxury Real Estate

South East Kelowna

East of Kelowna, this lakeview community seems like it is miles from the city yet it is only minutes away.  Surrounded by acreages, orchards, vineyards and golf courses, the views are serene. Mainly larger homes in the area, and only few with these prime Lakeviews.  Therefore, the ones that do are picturesque. Lake Okanagan is framed by the lush rolling hills of South East acreages. Truly a spectacular setting to view the lake.

Ellison

Ellison is mainly a flatter residential area and farming community, also home to the Kelowna International Airport.  The views in this lakeview community are found in the homes perched above the flats of Ellison. These lakeviews are just a portion of the views captured in this area.  The lake is off the distance over the city of Kelowna, the vast orchards and large acreages in the area. An active night view as planes land of the tarmack of YLW.

Lakeview community Black Mountain-Quincy Vrecko Luxury Real EstateBlack Mountain

There are mainly newer homes in this lakeview community.  The furthest distance from the lake, the west facing view is complex with a mix of city, mountains, orchards, golf courses and farms.  The higher up the mountain you go, the more vast the view gets, as a result, you get a little bit of everything from this lakeview community.

 

Above all, depending on what view you are after, there is a lakefront community that will capture it.  Our next series will explore West Kelowna lake views.  

Quincy Vrecko and Associates specializes in Premium Properties and waterfront homes that feature incredible lakeviews.  As a result, our team of professionals can find the best lakeview community that suits your lifestyle.

Kelowna Waterfront home

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A Kelowna Waterfront home: Now and then

The shores of Lake Okanagan have certainly changed over the years.  Those small cabins that once lined the lakefront, are now few and far between.  These prime waterfront lots are now home to spectacular, luxurious Kelowna waterfront homes.

Back in the early 1970’s Kelowna was the place for a beach vacation.  Laid back and perfect for a summer in the sun. Most of the Kelowna waterfront homes were small cabins and beach houses, very different from the luxury properties that line the shores today.

Let’s take a look at  one Kelowna Waterfront home: Then and now.

The CEO of QVA, Quincy Vrecko, is a leading waterfront real estate specialist in Kelowna and will compare what this Kelowna Waterfront home used to be and what it is now.

Let’s start with then:

 4084 Lake shore cabin Kelowna Waterfront home

 

 

Sale Price:  $1 470 000

House: 1000sq.ft beach home built in the 1940’s

 

 

I sold this home to the current owners back in 2014.  A hard working couple from Calgary looking to get into the real estate market in Kelowna and secure a Kelowna Waterfront home for their future retirement.

The home was a small waterfront cabin built in the 1940’s.  Quaint and cute, the home was only 1000 sq.ft with 2 bedrooms, one bathroom.  

What attracted them to the property, was the lot and location.  The lot was 62ft of waterfront and offered amazing beach and deep water for moorage.  This is where they would eventually build their dream home.

After enjoying this little cabin on the Lake for 2 years, they eventually brought it down and started to build their dream home.  

Fast forward to now:

4084 Lakeshore Kelowna Waterfront home

 

 

Estimated Price:  $6 500 000

House: 6000sq.ft luxury home with high end finishings, 3 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, one bedroom suite

 

 

 

Now that .20 acre lot is home to a spectacular luxury Kelowna waterfront home.  Built by James Debruin from Debruin fine homes. This luxury estate boasts, 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, guest quarters, media room, wine room, inground pool and lush private patios just to name a few.

Out on the shores of Lake Okanagan, this Kelowna waterfront home has a beautiful dock with electric boat life to complete the perfect Okanagan lifestyle.  

Truly a masterpiece on the waterfront.  This Kelowna Waterfront home is enjoyed all year round by the newly retired couple who had a dream 5 years ago and has now made it a reality.

Quincy Vrecko Luxury Real Specialist

 

 

To find your piece of paradise on Kelowna’s waterfront, call Quincy Vrecko.  Quincy specializes in waterfront properties and luxury home

Quincy Vrecko

250-863-8810

quincy@quincyvrecko.com

Sensitive Santa 2018

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Announcement:

The Sensitive Santa program will be running again this year at Orchard Park Mall.

Quincy and I are honored to bring back the Sensitive Santa visits.   With the help of Orchard Park Mall and Autism Okanagan, these precious Santa visits are treasured memories.  Sensitive Santa is a private one on one visit for children who have sensory sensitivities.  The hustle and bustle of the mall at Christmas time would normally overwhelm children on the specturm.  These visits make it possible for childen with Autism to enjoy this time honored event. 

Our 8 year old son Paxton has Autism.  It is difficult for him to enjoy a visit with Santa when there are crowds of people, bright lights and loud music.  Five years ago after a stressful attempt to visit Santa at the mall, we came up with idea of Sensitive Santa.Sensitive Santa-Quincy Vrecko real estate

The elements that would make a Santa visit a disaster for us, we now control with the help of Orchard Park Mall.  

Sensitive Santa visits are a success because we:

  • After hours-in order to ensure no large crowds
  • Each visit by appointment only- so every family doesn’t have to wait in line and has 5 minutes of privacy
  • Turn off the music and dim the lights- to ensure sensory sensitive environment

We controll the environment, therefore it has created priceless moments with families.   Before the Sensitive Santa program, these families have not been able to step foot in the mall.  Let alone to visit Santa at Christmas time.  

Autism Spectrum Disorder (known as ASD) is range of conditions. They are characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication.  In Canada, 1 in 68 children are currently diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.  This makes Autism the fastest growing and most commonly diagnosed neurological disorder in Canada.

Quincy and I hope to be able to bring more programs like Sensitive Santa to the Okanagan.  When I am not selling real estate, I am working with Autism Okanagan.  I am proud to be the acting president for the board of directors.  I am growing awareness in the community and increase activities for families living with a loved one on the Autism spectrum.

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Dates for this year are December 2nd, December 9th and December 16th.

To register for Sensitive Santa visit http://sensitivesantaokanagan.ca/register/

Tracey Vrecko

 

 

Buying a Waterfront property in Kelowna

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Considering buying a Waterfront property in Kelowna?

Start by calling talking to expert in Waterfront properties and Luxury homes in the Okanagan.  

The most important step in starting your search is to hire a luxury real estate agent.  This agent will have experience with this complex transaction.  Quincy Vrecko with RE/MAX Kelowna has been selling waterfront property in Kelowna for years.  He understands how complex this type of transaction can be.

quincy vrecko waterfront real estate agent

 

“There are so many important details when buying waterfront property in Kelowna”, says Quincy.  “I have extensive experience with buying and selling on the water. The rules and reulations are constantly changing with regards to waterfront properties and you need to know what questions to ask”

 

Some of these important factors could drastically change the use of the property or even the value.  Before diving into this large investment, the following factors should be considered and carefully examined.  As a waterfront specialist, Quincy can help protect your investment and bring some clarity when buying a waterfront property in Kelowna.

Things to consider

Waterfront:  When you are buying a waterfront property in Kelowna, you are buying the land  but you do not own the waterfront. There are very few properties in the Okanagan where the homeowner owns the foreshore right.  This means, you do not own the beach out in front of your home.


Docks:  If that waterfront home has a dock, the dock must have a specific permission or general permission. You must ensure it is compliant with the rules and regulations set out by the ministry. Different areas of Lake Okanagan have different requirements for dock construction.  This is based on the salmon spawning, depth of the water, protection of the foreshore and indigenous plants to name a few.  You will want to make sure your dock is a legal dock before your purchase.  

 

Building:  When buying a waterfront property in Kelowna and tearing down the current home, there are new setbacks that are now in place for new home construction on the waterfront.  Years ago, structures were allowed to be closer to the water but new guidelines are in place once that old cabin or beach house is taken down.

 

When looking into buying a waterfront property in Kelowna, it is important to hire a real estate agent who is experienced in selling waterfront properties.  Someone who is knowledgeable in the details of a waterfront sale.  

 

Quincy Vrecko of RE/MAX Kelowna is one of the top luxury real estate agents for waterfront sales in the Okanagan.  His extensive knowledge gives his clients the advantage when buying a waterfront property in Kelowna. Call Quincy before starting your waterfront search.  

Top 3 Kelowna Winery Visits this fall

Access to world renowned wineries and picturesque vineyards is one of the things that make Kelowna such a great place to live. The cooler weather and changing colours of fall make a trip out to a local Kelowna winery a pleasure this season. Here are our top three picks for a tasting trip to a Kelowna winery.

Tantalus

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Cheers to a Kelowna winery tasting

First planted in 1927 the Tantalus vineyard is the oldest continuously producing vineyard in British Columbia. Situated in picturesque East Kelowna they are open daily for tastings throughout the fall. Their sleek gallery style tasting facility is full of notable Canadian works of art, and the historic vineyards anchor beautiful lake views. This Kelowna winery focuses on small terrior driven lines of wine with a notable Riesling. Consistently award winning Tantalus is on the shortlist of Canada’s best Riesling producers. For the best tasting experience possible be sure to make reservations if you are plan to visit on the weekend.

The Hatch

Located on Boucherie Road and surrounded by some of the most notable names in Okanagan wine, this small quirky West Kelowna winery is well worth a visit. The Hatch creates wine from small producers all over the Okanagan Valley. The tasting room, referred to as their “rustic shack” is reminiscent of early days in the Napa Valley. Staffed by energetic, fun, and knowledgable individuals the tasting experience tells the story of local passionate growers with their delicious wine. Full of unique names and amusing wordplay their range of wines consistently collects awards. In fact, at just a year old The Hatch placed in the top 10 of all wineries in Canada. Grab a bottle of the 2015 Bacl Swift Pinecrest Chardonnay if you still can.

kelowna winery experience

It’s harvest season

50th Parallel

The experience at 50th Parallel has been perfectly orchestrated to create a world class wine destination. Surrounded by a stunning landscape and housed within an architectural masterpiece the tasting room at 2009 and the vineyard has expanded in stages ever since. The fantastic and award winning Pinot Noir is the only red produced at the vineyard in order to give it the technical attention it requires. The Block One restaurant at 50th Parallel opened its door in the spring of 2018 and serves regionally inspired cuisine in an impressive indoor and outdoor space. Try the truffle popcorn for a true indulgence. Reservations recommended, click here!

With the abundance of vineyards in the Okanagan Valley home near a Kelowna winery is an achievable dream. Quincy Vrecko and Associates is an experience team of Kelowna luxury real estate agents who have the skills to make the dream a reality. Contact them today at 778-760-2860!