One of the things visitors and tourists to the Okanagan should experience is a visit to one or more of our many area wineries. A good place to start is Ex Nihilo, just a 20 minute scenic drive from the heart of Kelowna.
The winery is owned and operated by Jeff and Decoa Harder, some of the best people you will ever meet. They will go out of your way to make your visit at Ex Nihilo as memorable as possible. But let’s get to the main point of this blog…the accessibility!
Accessibility at the winery is very good, with only a few bumps and hills to watch out for.The hill up to the path leading into the winery is sort of steep so I would have someone give you a push up the hill if you are in a manual chair, in a power chair I see no problems.
I ran into two brothers – Taylor and Trey – who are in power wheelchairs. They said their experience was generally good, although Taylor mentioned the bathroom doors are a little tight for someone in a power wheelchair. (The door entrances measure at a width of 35” wide.)
Inside the winery there is a cool gift shop, where you can buy wine,hats,shirts and other gift items for sale, the gift shop area is very easy to get around in, especially for people in manual wheelchairs, it may be a bit tight for people in power wheelchairs.
I would highly recommend going onto the back patio, as the view of the lake and the mountains are breathtakingly spectacular.
The lip down onto the patio is a bit high, i would estimate it to be an inch or two, so I would either have a good grip on your wheels or have someone with you if your hand strength is minimal.
Both doors at the front and back of the winery leading onto the patios are 36”
wide, so ample room to get a manual wheelchair through. If you’re in a power wheelchair I would ask one of the staff to open both doors, they are very accommodating with such requests. If you are in a manual wheelchair or a power chair, at the side of the tasting bar is a lower (37″) tasting bar for easy accessibility
For more information in the Ex-Nilhilo Winery, including upcoming events, please visit http://exnihilovineyards.com/