Press Release - Sustainable Sip & Anchor Sailing and Wine Adventure

Bon-EcoVoyage! Top Tour Operators in Naramata collaborate this season to bring the first Sustainable Sip & Anchor Sailing & Wine Adventure!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - March 13th, 2024 15:00 PST

Naramata, BC on June 1st, 2024 - The #1 and #2 Tours in Naramata on TripAdvisor officially collaborate and launch the first of its kind, Sustainable Sip & Anchor Wine & Sailing Adventure!  Winds of Change Expeditions and Farm to Glass Wine Tours are proud of the launch of sip, swim and sail half day wine tour + half day sail, right in the heart of Naramata. 

"This is the most excited I've been about any new tour launch!  I wish I could clone myself and be a guest.  I can just imagine doing a few wine tastings, grabbing some great Naramata Bench wines and getting dropped off on a beautiful sailboat in the village of Naramata - sign me up!" said Jess Hopwood, Owner and Guide of Farm to Glass Wine Tours. "We are very excited about offering our sailing with the amazing sustainable Okanagan wine tours that Jess offers.  Who would have thought that randomly meeting at Wayne & Freda Cafe in Penticton one fall morning would 6 months later lead to this exciting new tour!" said Robyn and Dan Hines - Owners and avid sailing guides of the 46ft Sailing Yacht named Anam Cara which in Gaelic means a devoted companion: a friend that relies on the experiences of equity, silence, wit, fierce kindness, recognition and belonging.

Running from June 1st to September 15th, this new and exciting adventure takes place on Fridays through Mondays.

Discover the wineries of the Naramata Bench and its picturesque vineyards, followed by a sail along the Naramata shores of Okanagan Lake. This seamless blend of wine tasting and sailing magic ensures a day where every sip and every drop of an anchor is a masterpiece of unforgettable memories.

The Sustainable Sip & Anchor Wine & Sail tour:

"The Sip"  (Half Day Wine Tasting & Tour)

    • Tesla Powered where style, comfort and safety are paramount
    • All Tasting Fees (Premium Tasting Fees where applicable)
    • Lunch Catered (Pre-ordered and ready for your sail.  All dietary restrictions can be accommodated)
    • Water, Snacks, and a hyper-local goodie bag!
    • A donation made to a local charity from the region you visit

"The Anchor" (Half Day Sailing Tour)

    • Sailing Yacht: The Anam Cara, a 46ft Hunter Sailing Yacht
    • Activities: Sail, Swim and/or Paddleboard
    • Experienced Guides: Robyn & Dan Hines 
    • Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs)
    • Refrigerator and Cooler Space

Begin your day sampling the best local wines, before setting sail from the charming harbour in the village of Naramata. This unique experience blends the flavours of exceptional wines with the tranquility of sailing, promising an unforgettable day of indulgence and relaxation.

The wine & sailing adventure includes: 

  • Pick up and drop off: From any hotel, campground, residential, AirBnb location between Vernon to Osoyoos as well as Cawston and Keremeos
  • Luxury Transportation: in a Model Y & The Anam Cara, a 46ft Hunter Sailing Yacht 
  • Private Estates: Certain locations are not typically open to the general public and/or tour groups, and you may be at times, the only ones on the property.
  • Quality Wine: Tastings at small, family-owned wineries from a list of some of the region’s most exciting producers. 
  • Sailing Activities:  Paddleboarding, swimming and of course, sailing!
  • Lunch: Picnic lunch of your choice, served onboard The Anam Cara. (Dietary restrictions can be accommodated)
  • No Hired Drivers: A professional and knowledgeable company owner as your host.
  • Experienced Sailing Guides: Owners and avid sailors Robyn & Dan Hines as your sailing hosts.  
  • Hyper-Custom Itinerary: Emailed correspondence upon booking to arrange the best wineries for your palate.  
  • A Big Thank You from Farm to Glass & the Community:  Each group will receive a hyper-local goodie bag, and by choosing the Sustainable Sip & Anchor wine and sail tour, a donation will be made to help provide fresh fruits and vegetables to families in need, through a Community Access Share program.

This experience is a celebration of the bounties of both land and sea, creating memories that will linger like a fine wine on the palate of your travel adventures.

The Naramata wine tour will visit 3 of the following wineries:

Typical Itinerary would be the following:

  • 10am: Winery Tasting #1
  • 11am: Winery Tasting #2
  • 12pm: Arrival at pickup, tender out, safety and orientation
  • 2pm: Anchor up, swim and/or paddleboard
  • 4pm: Return to pick-up location, disembark & farewells
  • 4:30pm: Winery Tasting #3

The Sustainable Sip & Anchor Wine and Sailing Experience is available Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from June 1st until Sept 15th, 2024.  

Please note that while the wine tasting experience is a private tour for up to 4 guests, the sailing portion of the experience may have other guests, to a maximum of 6 guests total + your hosts Robyn and Dan.  

Cost: $799 for 2 guests - $1124 for 3 guests - $1299 for 4 guests - (options for the sail to be private is available)

Who can come sailing?

  • Guests must be able to move about a sailboat, walk, balance and climb a few steps on a ladder into and on the sailboat, possibly from the dinghy or the water, if swimming.
  • No sailing experience required, beginner sailors are welcome!

For photos please see Google link below.  For interviews or more information on this press release, please contact :

Jess Hopwood

Owner, Guide & Fun Person - Farm to Glass Wine Tours



Press Release Sustainable Sip and Anchor Pics

Farm to Glass Wine Tours: In its third year of operation and with over 70 5-star reviews between Google and TripAdvisor, Farm to Glass Wine Tours has taken a fresh spin on the way you wine tour, by connecting guests to the best wineries who focus on taking care of the land.  Often referred as “Wine Adventures'' by Hopwood, all tours include the best of the best tastings, lunch in a vineyard, sustainably packaged water, locally sourced snacks throughout the day, amenities (in case you forgot something, everything has been thought of), a hyper-local goodie bag featuring products by a selection of businesses from Lake Country, Kelowna & Naramata and a community giveback program where $10 per guests of each tour is donated back into the community.  The tour is always guided by Hopwood, wine geek with a long list of accreditations, including a viticulture program so that she can talk about wine “from the ground up”, hence the name Farm to Glass.  

Winds of Change Expeditions: In its second season of operation, in its inaugural season snagged almost 30 5-star reviews on TripAdvisor making it an immediate #1 Naramata Attraction by traveller favourites.  Owners Dan and Robyn Hines are passionate sailors and experienced guides for personal and professional development.

Dan is an experienced sailor and has his Transport Canada Small Vessel Operator Certification, Sail Canada Skipper Cruising certification, and First Aid. Dan has a keen interest in the traditional navigation practices of the Pacific and applies this learning to discovering an inner wisdom and courage.

Robyn is an avid sailor, has Sail Canada cruising certification, is a 500 hr yoga instructor and loves to teach breathwork and meditation practices.