From vineyard rookies to those connoisseurs who need a new angle on the Okanagan wine scene, try a Heli-Wine Tour. This is a one of a kind experience tailor-made by you which combines scenic helicopter flights around the Okanagan with stops at your choice of several participating wineries to enjoy the beverage that has made the valley so well-known. Valhalla Helicopters has agreements to land at approximately 30 vineyards around the Okangan, Shuswap and Similkameen.
A full day Heli-Wine tour is a 6 hour experience - starting at 10am and ending at 4pm - where you select about 4 wineries to visit. There are over 30 participating wineries from the Shuswap in the North to the US border in the South.
You may choose to go north with winery options in Kelowna, Lake Country and Salmon Arm, or select a southern route with vineyard choices in Lake Country, Kelowna, Summerland, Naramata, Penticton, Okanagan Falls, Oliver, Osoyoos, Cawston and Keremeos.The helicopter can seat up to 4 people (weight restrictions apply), but some wineries are only accessible with one couple onboard.
Most wineries have picnic spots and several have restaurants or will do a special catered lunch if you'd like to add that on.
With a full champagne flute, you can get about 5.5 glasses per bottle, but you can double that by serving half flutes. You can estimate 1-2 glasses at the welcoming reception in the first hour, 1 glass per toast and then 1-2 more every hour.
How to calculate how much wine you will need:
|#of guests||#of glasses/ guest||total glasses||5.5 glasses/bottle||#of bottles needed|
|25||25 x 2.5||62.5||63/5.5 = 11.45||12|
|50||50 x 2.5||125||125/5.5= 22.72||24|
|75||75 x 2.5||188||188/5.5= 34.18||36|
|100||100 x 2.5||250||250/5.5= 45.45||48|
Always allow a little extra in case of breakage or unexpected toasts. If you do have a bottle or two left over you can always save it to celebrate your first anniversary together or another celebratory occasion.