Verticals & Vintages back for fourth

The fourth annual Vertical and Vintages Wine Festival hits Apex Mountain next month

Skiers and boarders, mark your calendars for a winter wine tasting event on March 5 from 7 to 9 p.m.

The Naramata Bench Wineries Association is partnering with Apex Mountain Resort for the fourth annual Vertical and Vintages Wine Festival Weekend.

“We are delighted to be the wine partner with Apex Mountain Resort and look forward to sharing our very best wines with attendees on what is sure to be another fun winter weekend in the Okanagan,” said Tina Baird, Naramata Bench Wineries spokesperson.

Hosted at the Gunbarrel Restaurant and Bar in the heart of the Apex Village, 18 wineries will be pouring a variety of wines. In addition, the Gunbarrel Saloon will be showcasing a selection of savoury appetizers to enjoy with the wines. Tickets are $45.

As a bonus, ticket holders receive a free pass to the Gunbarrel Saloon to enjoy the musical talents of Naramata party band, UnCorked, as they play the night away following the wine tasting.

Adding more value to the event ticket is a 25 per cent discount off day lift tickets valid March 4 to 8.

“This is one of the events our locals look forward to every year. It always sells out for a reason,” said James Shalman, general manager at Apex Mountain Resort.

“The Vertical and Vintages Wine Festival is the perfect partnership between Apex Mountain culture and the charismatic Naramata Bench wineries.  This unique wine region of the Okanagan and the atmosphere of the Apex village is a great pairing. The wineries are only a 45-minute drive from the resort and the personalities of these wineries and the Apex Village coming together makes a very special night every year.”

Vertical and Vintages tickets are on sale and available for $45 per person. This event sells out every year, so to avoid disappointment buy early. To purchase go to and search Vertical and Vintages or click the link on our website, More info at 250-292-8222 or 877-777-2739.

Accommodation packages available through Apex Accommodations: 866-273-9737, and Apex Mountain Inn at 800-387-2739 or

Shuttle Service to Vertical and Vintages is provided by Top Cat Tours; a $15 round trip departs in Penticton from Walmart, Safeway and the Penticton Visitors Centre. Buses leave Apex at 10 p.m. and another at midnight. Seats are limited, call 250-493-7385.


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