Our Story

 

The Grape Friend’s Story

Karen Donison and Ron Jaggard, founders and operators of Grape Friends Lounge & Tours Inc. They left their jobs on the Pacific Coast to come and follow their passion for wine and a more leisurely life style and left the fast pace of the Lower Mainland behind.

Grape Friends Lounge and Tours
After settling into beautiful Penticton, they wanted to show case its wineries, lakes and scenic beauty. They started courses at CommunityFutures to bring together a great business foundation and fundamentals needed to start a business. We then sat down with a glass of Okanagan Wine and did some brain storming and the ideas were starting to flow; before long Grape Friends were born and the journey began.

That was back in May of 2010 and the rest is history.

Grape Friends Trade Show

Licenses/Certifications

Here is more about our official documents:

  • Class 4 BC Chauffeur’s License
  • Penticton Business License
  • Out of Area Business License
  • National Safety Code Certified
  • BC Passenger Transportation License
  • Penticton Commercial Vehicle License
  • BC Government Vehicle Inspection Certificate (Re-inspected every 6 months)
  • Fully Insured

Associations

Grape Friends Lounge & Tours Inc. is proud to be a member of the Penticton Chamber of Commerce: http://www.penticton.org/

penticton Chamber of CommerceFull Members of Penticton Tourism: http://www.tourismpenticton.com/

Penticton Tourism

Associate Members of Similkameen Wineries Association: http://similkameenwine.com/

Similkameen Wineries Association

Associate Members of Naramata Bench Wineries Association: http://naramatabench.com/

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An Associate member of the Oliver Osoyoos Wine Association: http://www.oliverosoyoos.com/

Oliver Osoyoos Wine Association

Grape Friends are also Associate Members of the Summerland Chamber of Commerce, the OK Falls Chamber of Commerce, and the Peachland Chamber of Commerce.

Here are some of the local Organizations that we participate in:

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We also donate blood regularly