Vernon may not be home to a number of popular wineries that the Okanagan region is well known for but we do have a variety of delicious places to visit that you will not want to miss! From cider to mead, there’s a touch of everything here in Vernon. Full of character and amazing history you will never be dissatisfied on Vernon’s very own tasting trail. Using the bountiful harvest of apples, honey, berries, and more Vernon’s local entrepreneurs have developed several stunning locations that any visitor or resident must try!
Head on over to the BX Press Cidery, just off of BX Road. A spontaneous and historical outing that serves up cider on the side. The BX Press Cidery’s farm is rich in history, located in the Vernon’s BX farm area where the Bernard Express-owned, BX Ranch, was famous for horse breeding. A portion of the 6,000 acres of ranchland is now a 3rd generation apple orchard – perfect for cider! Created from 24 varieties of apples; Their “Character Series” ciders tell the story of the Barnard’s Express through authentic, whimsical depictions of historic ‘old west’ characters. While the ciders can be enjoyed anywhere, the stories are best experienced at their tasting room every half-hour during the summer! But do not fret! Their tasting room is open year round to tell you how they produce their wide variety of ciders; 7 days a week until mid-October 2018, reducing to three days a week for the winter season!
Our new found love, Planet Bee Honey Farm’s Honeymoon Meadery was established in 2011 within Planet Bee Honey Farm located along Bella Vista Road in Vernon. Their sweet and delicious hand-crafted honey wines are produced on-site at Planet Bee Honey Farm. They strive to use all natural ingredients, locally-sourced from throughout the Okanagan Valley, to bring you unique flavor combinations to enjoy. Whether it be metheglins, melomels, cysers, or other varietals discover why mead is called the ‘nectar of the gods’ and try the magic for yourself! Tastings are complimentary 7 days a week! What more can you ask for?
Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery is western Canada’s oldest craft distillery carrying a wide variety of award-winning- beverages from a variety of fruit liqueurs, gin, vodka, whiskey, aquavit, and Canada’s first genuine absinthe! In a brand new location built with 100% BC raw materials, Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery has designed their space with a nod to the prohibition era. Charming and a trendy rustic feel for the impeccably polished 50-plate still using steam heat to cradle and age these impressively awarded beverages. Okanagan Spirits offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the production and the art of craft distilling as well as drop-in tastings! Impressing current Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Prince) William and Kate, and everyone in between! This is a must-see while visiting Vernon.
The final stop on Vernon’s tasting trail, Marten Brewing Co. and Pub was built from the ground up and is located in the heart of Vernon. They are devoted to brewing craft beer that will satisfy the thirst and judicious tastes of their customers. Marten’s offers full-bodied beers, with no preservatives, no additives, which are all natural and unfiltered that are brewed in-house where every guest can watch the process unfold in front of them! Marten Brewery and Pub are voted as one of British Columbia’s best tasting rooms, their brewpub is a place to gather, mingle and relax. Be sure to visit for some tasty chow and some fresh from the source, small-batch craft beers!
No matter what your preference there is something for you to try in Vernon, BC! Stop by the Vernon Visitor Centre, open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 8:30am-4:30pm for a tasting trail map as well as any answers to your most important tourism questions!