Sip & Stay: Travel + Leisure’s top winery retreats in the South Okanagan as listed by Carrie Honaker, a wine journalist who creates articles for Travel + Leisure, Wine Enthusiast, Bon Appetit, Condé Nast Traveller and other major publications.
I first met Carrie in June of 2023 when she and a few other writers first came to the South Okanagan to tour this quietly-known wine region that makes some of the most incredible wines in the world. Upon our next meeting, I met Carrie at the Travel Classics Event at the Parq Vancouver in September where I was pouring Hester Creek’s 2020 Old Vine Brut for the attendees of the event. Carrie came up to my table with a friend saying, “Oh! You have to try Hester Creek’s wine!” We had a quick little chat, where I gathered from her that she really enjoyed her journey to the South Okanagan and everything that the region had to offer.
And as a region, we really did make an impression on Carrie, who went on to write an article to highlight the experiences of the Okanagan in Travel + Leisure. While Hester Creek offers a full estate experience, Carrie centred her focus on The Villa. As one of our most revered features of the winery, our Mediterranean-inspired luxury accommodation is the perfect place to enjoy the unsurpassed vineyard and orchard views. With only six suites and Melissa as your host, The Villa provides a boutique experience that includes a bottle of Hester Creek wine upon arrival and a gourmet breakfast for every morning of your stay. If this sounds like the iconic winery experience you’ve been looking for, then you’re in luck as we have now opened up the availability to make reservations for the entire 2024 season.
To quote from Travel + Leisure’s top winery retreats article:
“The six Hester Creek Villas overlook rows of wine grapes, orchards, and a panoramic view of the South Okanagan Valley. The Mediterranean-style suites come equipped with two electric vehicle charging stations, a homemade breakfast, and stunning sunrises over the vineyard. “The on-site restaurant Terrafina has a fantastic menu,” Busmann said. “You can also take cooking classes, and make charcuterie and cheese boards to enjoy out on the patio, listening to live music while your kids run around the grass. Hester Creek really makes every day a special occasion.”
To all of our guests who have already experienced everything Hester Creek has to offer, we hope to see you again soon! Please keep in mind that we post all of our available offerings – The Villa, events, Terrafina reservations, etc. – on our social media channels. You can follow us on Facebook @Hester Creek Estate Winery or @Terrafina Restaurant at Hester Creek and on Instagram @hestercreek1968 or @terrafina_hc. If you have been to the winery before, we welcome you to please leave us a review on TripAdvisor, Google, Yelp and Vivino. Links below:
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