Okanagan wine tours are back – Kelowna Capital News
There are a few things that come to mind when you think of summers in the Okanagan, like trips to valley wineries and luckily for residents, winery tours are back – with protocols. .
Wicked Wine Tours is one of several companies to start tours next month. While operations will be very different, Wicked Wine Tours President Nicholas Wilson said it was just nice to be back.
“We’re super excited,” Wilson said.
“Obviously, tourism is a people business and we miss our people for sure. “
To ensure customer safety, Wilson has implemented several procedures. He said tours will be for a maximum of six people, with only one visit per day, and walk-in tours will not be allowed. In order to guarantee a visit, customers will need to make a reservation in advance.
“We’re going to practice social distancing,” Wilson said.
“Only our larger vehicles will be used. We already maintain a spotless fleet, but will continue to wash and sanitize between tours. Free masks and disinfectant will be available for guests, and tour guides will also wear masks. “
Due to the changing business model, Wilson said the tour would lose thousands of guests due to limitations surrounding COVID-19.
“The limitations crushed our business model and forced us to redefine and rethink our business,” Wilson said.
“We will provide a personalized experience, but unfortunately it won’t be as cheap as it once was.”
The wine industry is an important part of the Okanagan tourism industry and a major contributor to the valley’s economy. So now is no better time to go out and support local businesses. For available tours and reservations, click here.
Journalist, Kelowna Capital News