Yes. As a public carrier I am very concerned about your safety. Savour the Okanagan Tours is licensed under the BC Passenger Transportation act as a commercial carrier for custom tours. It is also licensed under the City of Kelowna and properly insured as a public carrier through the Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC) as well and holding a National Safety Certificate and correct class of drivers license. In order to maintain this semi annual vehicle inspections are also required and fulfilled.

If the vehicle you've hired doesn't display a Vehicle Safety Inspection decal in the front windshield and a PT# on the side or rear of the vehicle this would be your first indication that they have not complied. Another great indicator is "Cash Only".

While some companies may offer a cheap alternative, you could be placing yourself at great risk. Especially if an incident should occur.

It may seem like a 'deal' at the time but it is apparent that they are only interested in your money and if they only take cash then you're most likely paying their share of the taxes as they probably are not.

Yes, the van is air conditioned. In fact it has a dual system, one for the front and one for the back. This goes for heating as well.

Fully compliant with BC Passenger Transportation regulations, have my National Safety Certificate, current mechanical inspection as well as proper local and provincial licensing.

If the vehicle you've hired doesn't display a Vehicle Safety Inspection decal in the front windshield and a PT# on the side or rear of the vehicle this would be your first indication that they have not complied. Another great indicator is "Cash Only".

While some companies may offer a cheap alternative, you could be placing yourself at great risk. Especially if an incident should occur.

It may seem like a 'deal' at the time but it is apparent that they are only interested in your money and if they only take cash then you're most likely paying their share of the taxes as they probably are not.

 If your operator does not have all of the above you may well be riding in an uninsured vehicle of sub standard safety.

Your taste buds are best in the AM but really there are no wrong times to tour.
Availability and activity varies throughout the seasons.

Chilled bottled water is provided.

Meals are extra unless otherwise stated. Snacks along the way are never a bad idea. Be sure that anything extra you might bring to eat or drink won't overpower your taste buds.

Tasting fees are included on all tours with some exceptions. These can be for higher tier tastings than generally offered, Icewines, Port style etc. You will be advised prior to if the Winery has such offers.

Tasting fees and bottled water are not included with Shuttle service.

19 is the legal drinking age in BC - no exceptions.

If asked, 2 pieces of proper I.D. are required - At least one must be Govt issued with your photograph such as a drivers license or passport.

The other must be something such as a credit card, medical card etc. that would have a matching name.

No. BC has very strict laws regarding open alcohol in vehicles.

Facility tours are sometimes available depending on the place and time of year. Some are included, some may be an additional cost. You would be advised prior if there is an additional cost.

A driver just takes you from place to place. No frills.

Informs, directs and educates while taking you place to place. Accompanies you and does their best to determine your preferences and accommodates them.

While personally we love them it gets very hot in the Okanagan and we have to consider other guests, facilities and allergies.

Tasting involves smell so be careful not to overpower your senses with perfumes and colognes. 

Currently 14 passenger is the maximum however, it is very common to work together in this Industry so if you have a larger group we may still be able to help.

Tour - I pick your Wineries or other according to your time and preferences. There are over 200 Wineries in the area of which I've been to many.
Tours are not pre-set so I cater specifically to your interests. Itinerary and reservations are made when required or requested..
Bottled water is provided.
Tasting fees are covered by me. (Some exceptions)
Historical, geographic, product and other pertinent information provided.
I actually attend the tasting with you so that I can hear what information you're given and what questions are left to be answered. 
I will not only carry and stow your purchases but have some tricks to make sure that at the end of the day it easy to know who's is who's and make sorting as simple as possible.
Extra care is taken to be sure you have the best experience possible.

Shuttle - Basic, you pick your locations and I provide a safe driving environment for you.
You provide your own destinations, water, schedule and plan your own itinerary including reservations.
You cover your own tasting fees and research your own questions.
I do not attend the tastings for you or manage your time.

GST is not included - currently 5%.

Tips & Gratuities are accepted and appreciated for a job well done.

Final payment in full at tours end.

Visa, Visa Debit, Mastercard, American Express, Interac Debit, Union Pay, Square, Discover, JCB
and of course, Cash.

BC VQA is the BC Vintners Quality Alliance. In very simple terms it guarantees the high quality and authenticity of origin for BC wines. There is much more but for the purpose of this FAQ, the VQA was developed to assure consumers that the wines were made from BC grapes, produced in BC and meet the highest of quality standards.

This gave consumers the confidence that the wines marked VQA were of the highest quality both grown and produced locally. This confidence of course led to increased sales of local wines which in turn drove interest and investment, thus growth.

While producers must submit their wines for testing and there is a cost to use VQA on their labels when they've passed those tests, not all producers do so. Many are very small and sell all of their wine directly from the winery not yet seeing the liquor store shelves.

Ontario has a similar program as well as some other wine producing provinces and countries.

Yes. However there are a handful of wineries that are not accepting them as guests. Lucky you, there are over 220 wineries in the Valley so we are able to accommodate you.

For those that do they generally ask that the dress be toned down some and that your group is respectful to the other visitors. This actually applies to any groups.