Little Straw Vineyards, established in 1996, is a family owned winery located in West Kelowna, BC. The view from the winery is fabulous, taking in the vineyards, Okanagan Lake and the mountains in Kelowna. The winery is well known for their popular white blend “Tapestry” and is the only winery in Canada that produces Auxerrois ice wine. The majority of the grapes they use come from their own vineyards located on the slopes of Mount Boucherie, an extinct volcano.
We visit Little Straw often as they are on our itinerary for our Westside Bench Tour with a stop for Lunch and our Westside Bench Tasting Experience Tour. We also try to incorporate a visit to Little Straw on our private custom tours. The staff are very friendly and informative and our guests always have a great time visiting the wine shop.
They produce a complete range of wines with something to suit most every taste. In 2013 the Intervin International Wine Awards awarded Little Straw Vineyards Bronze Medals for their 2011 La Petite Paille Cuvee Blanc and their 2012 La Petite Paille Sauvignon Blanc. They have won several bronze, silver and gold awards for their wines, too many to list. New for this year is a sparkling version of Tapestry called “Bubbles on Tap”.
Little Straw always features breathtaking art by local artists in their beautifully spacious tasting room. Stroll through the wine shop and then head upstairs for more great works of art. The artists that are featured changes regularly. All pieces can be purchased.
On the second level of the winery you will find the Barrel Top Grill, a winery lounge which is open seasonally from May to October, offering tapas and fabulous wine. Imagine yourself sitting on the balcony, looking out across the lake, with the Okanagan sun beating down on you while you sit back and relax with a glass of wine and delicious food. The Chef can recommend a wine pairing that suites the creative local cuisine you have selected. There is also an indoor seating area available.
Distinctly Kelowna Tours is one of Kelowna’s largest wine tour companies, offering winery tours, sightseeing tours, agri-tours, culinary tours and adventure tours throughout the Okanagan Valley to individuals and corporate groups.