From an agricultural past comes a very intriguing and world-class winemaking present. About a 40-minute drive south from Penticton, the fertile banks of the Similkameen River deliver 17 wineries, where hot summers and windy days help produce grapes heavy with character, many of which are exported to other wine regions. Take a weekend (at least) to sniff and swirl your way around the small towns of Keremeos and Cawston at any time of year. Find ciders and wine vinegars to sample as well, along with delectable fine foods; the valley is considered the organic capital of Canada, after all.
Common grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Merlot, Syrah, Pinot Noir
Tastes to try: Robin Ridge Winery, Hugging Tree Winery, Vanessa Vineyard