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2016 Luxury Travel Guide Global Wine Specialist of the Year Award

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Proud Member of Penticton Wine Tours Association

Welcome to Grape Escapes Wine Tours

About Grape Escapes Wine Tours

The benefits of choosing Grape Escapes Wine Tours & Wine School is revealed in our Mission Statement and demonstrates how we have become the premier wine tour company in the South Okanagan.

It is our Mission to create memorable experiences by sharing our passion for wine and the Okanagan through knowledgeable, friendly and enthusiastic guides committed to inform and inspire others to develop an appreciation of the Okanagan wine culture through education and visits to the wineries and vineyards.

As a result of following our Mission, we have been honoured with:

  • 2018 Trip Advisor Hall of Fame
  • 2018 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
  • 2018 Global Wine Tour Company of the Year
  • 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
  • 2017 Luxury Travel Guide Global Wine Specialist of the Year
  • 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
  • 2016 Luxury Travel Guide Global Wine Specialist of the Year
  • 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
  • 2015 Penticton Business Excellence Awards – Hospitality/Tourism Business of the Year
  • 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
  • 2013 Best of the Okanagan Readers’ Choice Award -Okanagan Life Magazine
  • 2012 Penticton Business Excellence Awards -New Business of the Year

We truly are the #1 Best Wine Tour company in the Okanagan.  See our ratings at TripAdvisor Wine Tours.

Award-Winning Grape Escapes Wine Tours

Awarding Winning Wine Tour Company PentictonWe are honored that Luxury TravelGuide announced Grape Escapes Wine Tours as the winner of the prestigious 2016 Luxury Travel Guide Global Wine Specialist of the Year Award, further solidifying our reputation as the No. 1 Wine Tour Company in the Okanagan.

Our wine industry certified guides will help you:

  • Find out how grapes are transformed into world-class wines.
  • Discover hard-to-find, small, family-owned wineries and sip handcrafted wines in intimate settings.
  • Experience many gold and double gold medal winning wines and learn tasting techniques used by
    professional judges.
  • Imagine a well-set table – maybe in a vineyard, a winery or one of many beautiful nature spots – as you
    enjoy a fresh, hand-crafted gourmet picnic lunch featuring local food and seasonal produce. Got lunch?
  • Weʼll guide you, not just drive you, through wine country. Our professional guides are certified by the worldʼs most recognized wine institute, the Wine & Spirit Educational Trust in London, England and the Okanagan Wine Ambassadors program from UBCO – enabling us to introduce you to more along our journey.
  • Learning and sipping made fun. Wine is very social – and our educational style makes all you hear easy
    to remember.
  • The adventure never stops! We travel to all the wine-growing regions of the South Okanagan in search of the best and most interesting wineries on Naramata Bench, in Summerland, Okanagan Falls, Oliver-Osoyoos, and the Similkameen Valley.

We treat every client like you are our only client, and this impeccable personal relationship, service, and experience is what stands us apart from the rest. We are passionate about wine tours, wine, the  Okanagan and helping consumers discover our fabulous Okanagan wines, feel confident about buying wine, ordering wine in a restaurant or just talking about wine and having fun!



Director/WIne Ambassador

After 34 years experience in the fields of sport education and education administration, Dino co-founded Grape Escape Wine Tours & Wine School which has become the most awarded wine tour company in the Okanagan. The goal was to bring fun and a little wine education to the South Okanagan. Grape Escapes offers Vine and Wine tour experiences in Canada’s premier grape growing and wine producing region of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley.

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Our Guides



Director/Okanagan Wine Ambassador

Dino was born and raised in Penticton and spent 34 years in the field of sports and
adventure education and education administration. After degrees from UBC and San Diego State University, Dino returned to school to study wine. Having completed his WSET Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Wines and Spirits and a certified Okanagan Wine Ambassador and graduate of the WSET Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Wines and
Spirits, he looks forward to sharing his passion for wine and the Okanagan with you.Favourite Quote: “Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and
say something clever.” – Aristophanes



Okanagan Wine Ambassador/ Office Manager

Luke has worked in the wine industry for over 10 years and has been actively studying wine for 15. He is currently a WSET Level 4 Diploma student and a freelance wine writer. Along with extensive “book” knowledge, he also has years of hands-on experience working in vineyards and winery cellars, personally experiencing all facets of wine making from planting grapes to bottling wine. He has been actively blogging and podcasting about the BC wine industry since 2009



Okanagan Wine Ambassador

Born and raised on Naramata Bench, Greg’s family has lived there
since 1907. He is a retired bank executive who is passionate about the wine business. His brother owns a winery on Naramata Bench and his wife manages the wine shop while his nephew is the winemaker. It seems that “wine” is in the family DNA. This is Greg’s second season with Grape Escapes.
Favourite wine quote; “Don’t Hate the Grape.”



Okanagan Wine Ambassador

As a wine enthusiast and WSET Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Wines and Spirits graduate, Simon is educated in wine production from the bottle to the grape, from the dirt to the vine. He enjoys sharing his knowledge of the area, its history, and the land that produces the wine, as well as the stories and the amazing people who make it happen. And he can do that in English, French, or Spanish! Join Simon on a journey of wine discoveries through the incredibly diverse Okanagan Valley where he has chosen to make his home for the past 20 years.
Favourite wine quote; “The Connoisseur does not drink wine, but tastes its secrets.” – Salvador Dali

Wine tours run everyday but book up fast.  Visit our wine tours page to book your next wine tour to the Naramata Bench or one of our many tours online.

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