Have You Tried the New Routes on Summerland’s Bottleneck Drive?

Bottleneck Drive logoDid you know that Bottleneck Drive around Summerland has three driving routes along with which wineries, cideries, breweries, and distilleries are on each route?  You can drive each route on a separate day and have a fun long weekend.  Here is the press release from the Bottleneck Drive Association about the three routes plus a map showing the routes and the stops along the way.


[Summerland, BC] Summerland, British Columbia, is inviting visitors to slow down, relax, and lose themselves in the stunning beauty of its Bottleneck Drive. This idyllic region offers a unique collection of tasting experiences making it the perfect destination.

Situated in the picturesque centre of Okanagan Valley, Bottleneck Drive is known for its award-winning wines, ciders, beer, and spirits, produced by passionate and skilled artisans. Visitors can enjoy tastings, take tours, and attend special events that showcase the very best of the region and enjoy the small-town charm of Summerland.

Three distinct touring routes take visitors off the highway and along the scenic country that winds past farmsteads, lush vineyards and orchards around every turn, and uncovers a quaint town where locals are friendly and down to earth. Visitors can stroll the very walkable Main Street’s charming shops, restaurants, and coffee bars. It’s no wonder that Summerland was recently named one of the Top Ten places to live in British Columbia.

Bottleneck Drive scenic stops and Giant's Head Mountain
Bottleneck Drive scenic stops and Giant’s Head Mountain

“We are thrilled to invite visitors to experience the unique charm and beauty of our town and Bottleneck Drive,” said Christine Coletta, chair of the Bottleneck Drive Association.

“Our members are dedicated to offering visitors a friendly, engaging experience, where they can taste the best of our region, and explore the spectacular natural beauty that surrounds us.”

Along the route, visitors can sample delicious ciders, crafted from locally sourced apples and other tree fruits, or try the smooth and flavourful spirits, and refreshing brews and wines made using traditional and new techniques.

For wine lovers, Summerland also has three unique subgeographical indications (sub-GIs) – the Summerland
Valleys, Summerland Lakefront, and Summerland Bench. These regions offer a diverse range of soil types,
topography, and microclimates that give rise to award winning wines. Wine enthusiasts can take the time to enjoy each sub GI within each of the touring routes, taste, and appreciate the unique character of the wines that come from the area. Here, Pinot Noir, Gamay, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Riesling and Gewürztraminer are a few of the signature varieties that thrive in this exceptional and diverse landscape.

Bottleneck Drive is the home of three BC wine sub-GIs
Bottleneck Drive is the home of three BC wine sub-GIs

And in each touring route visitors are encouraged to get out their mobile phones, not only to take tons of pictures, but also to scan the QR code on signs displayed at each Bottleneck Drive member location to enter online for a chance to win a weekend getaway for two. Entry is fast and simple, encouraging visitors to enter each time they visit a new member location. The prize package includes a two-night stay at the Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa, two days of VIP touring and tasting, and meals hosted by various producers.

The Grand Sommelier Express celebrates Bottleneck Drive and the Kettle Valley
The Grand Sommelier Express celebrates Bottleneck Drive and the Kettle Valley

Beyond wine and beverages, Bottleneck Drive offers a range of exciting events throughout the year, such as
the Grand Sommelier Express and Light Up the Vines. The Grand Sommelier Express is a unique beverage
and food experience, where visitors can enjoy gourmet meals, award-winning wines, and more, and ride on the Kettle Valley steam train, while taking in the breathtaking views. Light Up the Vines is a magical winter event, where visitors enjoy a festive atmosphere while touring the vineyards, sipping on local wines, and admiring the stunning light displays.

To plan your visit to Bottleneck Drive and learn more about the region’s wineries, cideries, distilleries, and events, visit the official website at bottleneckdrive.com

BottleNeck Drive 2023 Map of Locations
BottleNeck Drive 2023 Map of Locations

About Bottleneck Drive

Bottleneck Drive is a collection of 20 wineries, cideries, distilleries, and breweries located in the central Okanagan Valley in Summerland, BC.

The region is known for its award-winning products, as well as its stunning natural scenery and small-town hospitality. Leave the city bustle behind as you explore three distinct touring routes each designed to help you get to a handful of places to taste and enjoy while you also discover the hidden back roads of the area. Leaving Highway 97 by turning right or left takes you past lakefront parks, orchards and vineyards, down quaint country roads or along Main Street shops and restaurants.

Visitors can enjoy tastings, tours, and special events throughout the year, and discover the special small-town
charm that sets Summerland as one of the friendliest places in the Okanagan Valley, while exploring the best of what the region has to offer.

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