Okanagan FAM – Day 1

Did you know Cantrav has an office based in Kelowna, BC and services all of the Okanagan Valley? We recently sent six Cantrav employees up to explore BC’s wine region on a FAM led by two local colleagues. Over four days they experienced the best of the Okanagan – here’s what they were up to on Day 1.


Our first stop was the impeccable Quails Gate Winery where we enjoyed the first bit of wine of the trip and toured the event spaces including the locally infamous vineyard. The wine shop is large enough to host a private “taste and shop” night for guests before a long table dinner amongst the grape vines overlooking the water. For larger groups, there’s an incredible grass area at the foot of the vineyard that can be tented and offers an unbelievable view of Lake Okanagan; this venue has the “wow factor” without being over the top; their own onsite catering and full-service restaurant provide an outstanding culinary experience to match the gorgeous setting.

Following a fantastic lunch, we headed into the heart of the downtown Kelowna; situated on the waterfront, the Delta Hotels Grand Okanagan Resort has recently been taken over by Marriott and undergone a now fully completed renovation. The accommodations and lobby look spectacular and incredibly welcoming – they have done a fantastic job upgrading their facilities and you can see the pride and excitement about the re-vamp in every single staff member at the hotel. The Wine Room is a lovely spot for an intimate wine-pairing or wine-comparing dinner surrounded but what else?!  Wines. We had the privilege of dining with Garrett (BC Wine Shop) who shared his amazing wealth of knowledge of everything wine; in a short period of time he taught us the nuances between two wines of the same varietals. What a unique way to experience wine pairings! The food prepared by the Oak & Cru crew was absolutely delicious – they truly outdid themselves on each course.

A big thank you to the team at the Delta Hotels Grand Okanagan Resort for their wonderful hospitality during our stay, but more importantly, their partnership year-round. We are thrilled knowing that Cantrav guests receive such high-quality service while on property – and we can say that from experience!

Stay tuned for the adventures of Day 2….