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BC Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards Recognizes the Best in BC Wines, Honours Tim Pawsey

(KELOWNA, BC) October 8, 2021 - The 2021 BC Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards were announced last night by the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society. In 2018, the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, with support from the Government House Foundation, and the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society announced a new partnership to celebrate BC wines with the creation of the BC...

BC's Largest and Most Prestigious Wine Competition Returns to Kelowna

(KELOWNA) August 26, 2021 – On September 8-11, the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society will once again hold the BC Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards at Manteo Resort in Kelowna.  As the premier wine judging competition in BC, this event provides the opportunity for all licensed BC...

Wine Events Return to the Okanagan Valley!

For immediate release. (KELOWNA, BC) July 20, 2021 - The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society announces the return to in-person consumer tastings with the BC Wine & Food Truck Feast on August 7 in Kelowna at the Okanagan Mission Community Hall.  Back by popular demand, this outdoor event sold out early in 2019, and tickets are selling quickly for this year’s relaunch.  Guests will enjoy...

British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards Recognizes Record-Breaking Number of Wines, Honours Rafe Mair

For immediate release   (KELOWNA, BC) October 16, 2020 - The third annual 2020 British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards were announced last night by the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society. In 2018, the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, with support from the Government House Foundation, and the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society announced a new...

BC’s Largest and Most Prestigious Wine Competition Coming to Kelowna

For Immediate Release Okanagan Wine Festivals Society to host an A-list of wine judges (KELOWNA, BC) August 12, 2020 – On September 23-25, the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society will once again hold the BC Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards at Manteo Resort in Kelowna.  As the oldest, largest and most prestigious wine judging competition in BC, this event provides the opportunity for...

Virtual Okanagan Wine Dinner Challenge

Immediate Release Virtual Okanagan Wine Dinner Challenge! (April 8, 2020, Kelowna, BC) April is BC Wine month, so let's share the love for BC Wine! All you have to do is host a Virtual Okanagan Wine Dinner with friends & family that includes BC Wines, snap a picture of your group, share it on social media and you’ll be entered to WIN one of two Fall Wine Country Weekend...

Get your tickets for the fourth annual Chef Meets BC Grape Okanagan June 27

  MEDIA RELEASE Get your tickets for the fourth annual Chef Meets BC Grape Okanagan June 27 Suggested Tweet:  More than 40 BC wineries and 12 of the Okanagan Valley’s top chefs set for BC’s largest outdoor wine and food festival June 27 @SeeYaLaterRanch. @OKWineFests @WineBCdotcom #ChefMeetsBCGrape Kelowna,...

Tickets sales announced for the 26th Annual Spring Okanagan Wine Festival presented by Valley First from April 30th to May 17th, 2020

For Immediate Release February 18, 2020  – KELOWNA – Tickets sales were just announced for the 26th Annual Spring Okanagan Wine Festival presented by Valley First from April 30th to May 17th, 2020 in the Okanagan Valley, BC. The Festival celebrates Spring and BC Wine with the largest and longest running Wine Festival in the Okanagan Valley. These two ‘signature’ events will kick-off the...

British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards Recognizes Record-Breaking Number of Wines, Honours Harry McWatters

For Immediate Release   October 4, 2019 – Kelowna - The second annual 2019 British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards were announced last night by the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society, marking the official launch of the 39th Annual Fall Okanagan Wine Festival.   The British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards replaced the Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for...

Okanagan Wine Festivals Society Celebrates 39 Years and New Event at Famous Fall Wine Fest

For immediate release September 11, 2019 - Kelowna, British Columbia – It’s fall in the Okanagan which heralds the return of The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society’s (OWFS) Fall Wine Festival, now in its 39th year. This year the festival will take place from October 3 – 13, and will feature over one hundred wine-centric events taking place up and down the valley. “From grape stomps to...

Announcing the Lineup of Judges for the British Columbia Lieutenant Governor's Wine Awards

Announcing the Lineup of Judges for the British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA – August 6, 2019:  The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society’s 39th Annual Fall Okanagan Wine Festival will be kicked off with the British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards – which will be held on Thursday, October 3, 2019. In preparation for this event, an...

Announcing the Lineup of Judges for the British Columbia Lieutenant Governor's Wine Awards

Announcing the Lineup of Judges for the British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA – August 6, 2019:  The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society’s 39th Annual Fall Okanagan Wine Festival will be kicked off with the British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards – which will be held on Thursday, October 3, 2019. In preparation for this event, an...

Announcing the Lineup of Judges for the British Columbia Lieutenant Governor's Wine Awards

Announcing the Lineup of Judges for the British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA – August 6, 2019:  The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society’s 39th Annual Fall Okanagan Wine Festival will be kicked off with the British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards – which will be held on Thursday, October 3, 2019. In preparation for this event, an...

Okanagan Wine Festivals Society Honours Passing of Founding President, Harry McWatters

KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA – July 24, 2019:  It is with great sadness that the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society absorbs the news of the passing of Harry McWatters.  Harry was an icon and legend in the BC Wine industry, and many called him the ‘Godfather of BC Wine.”    Harry founded Sumac Ridge Winery in Summerland in 1980, and had a passion for wine and life like none other. This year...

B.C. 2019 Best of Varietal Awards Announced

  B.C. Best of Varietal Awards Results Announced MAY 9, 2019 - Penticton, British Columbia – The 25th annual Spring Wine Festival is under way and last night, May 8, marked the announcement of the highly anticipated 2019 British Columbia Best of Varietal Wine Awards by the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society. The competition featured 21 different varietal categories, with over 580 wines...

Announcing the British Columbia Lieutenant Governor's Wine Awards

April 6, 2018 Announcing the British Columbia Lieutenant Governor's Wine Awards VICTORIA - The Office of the Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia, with support from the Government House Foundation and The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society, is pleased to announce a new partnership in recognizing the best of British Columbia wines with the creation of the British Columbia Lieutenant...

Celebrating Two Decades

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Celebrating two decades of the Sun Peaks Winter Okanagan Wine Festival   SUN PEAKS, BC (January 5, 2018): The Sun Peaks Winter Okanagan Wine Festival returns for its 20th year, from January 12 to 21, with 20 premier events. What started out as a two day “Icewine Festival” in 1998, has since grown to become the internationally recognized, ten-day...

Pros Picked for this years British Columbia Wine Awards & Competition

KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA – July 13, 2017:  It’s that time again! While summer may have come late to the Valley, it packed a punch when it arrived - with extreme temperatures reaching the high thirties, and some well needed sunshine to help along the fruits of the Valley reach their peaks. While the vineyards were slow to start, the sun in June and heat in July are bringing our growing...

SEEKING SUNSHINE, WINE & MUSIC IN THE ALPINES

SilverStar Mountain Resort Hosts Popular Okanagan Summer Wine & Music Festival VERNON & KELOWNA – May 25, 2017 – This summer savour the fine wines of the Okanagan and revel in fresh mountain air in a stunningly beautiful outdoor setting. The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society and Silver Star Mountain Resort invite you to a British Columbian sensory experience of local wine and live music...

Okanagan Wine Festivals Society announces 2017 Best of Varietals Wine Awards

MAY 4, 2017 - Penticton, British Columbia - The 2017 British Columbia Best of Varietal Wine Awards were announced tonight by the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society, marking the official launch of the 23rd Spring Okanagan Wine Festival. The competition featured 26 different varietal categories, with over 550 wines entered. Fourteen respected judges narrowed the selection down to 141 finalists...
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BC Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards Recognizes the Best in BC Wines, Honours Tim Pawsey
October 8 2021
BC Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards Recognizes the Best in BC Wines, Honours Tim Pawsey

(KELOWNA, BC) October 8, 2021 -The 2021 BC Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awardswere announced last night by the Okanagan Wine Festivals...


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BC's Largest and Most Prestigious Wine Competition Returns to Kelowna
September 9 2021
BC's Largest and Most Prestigious Wine Competition Returns to Kelowna

(KELOWNA) August 26, 2021–On September 8-11, the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society will once again hold the BC Lieutenant Governor’s...


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Wine Events Return to the Okanagan Valley!
July 23 2021
Wine Events Return to the Okanagan Valley!

For immediate release. (KELOWNA, BC) July 20, 2021-The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society announces the return to in-person consumer tastings with...


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British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards Recognizes Record-Breaking Number of Wines, Honours Rafe Mair
October 16 2020
British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards Recognizes Record-Breaking Number of Wines, Honours Rafe Mair

For immediate release (KELOWNA, BC) October 16, 2020 -The third annual 2020 British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awardswere...


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BC Lieutenant Governor's Wine Awards

British Columbia's oldest and most prestigious wine judging competition that recognizes excellence in winemaking for all British Columbia wineries.


Meet our Members

The Okanagan Wine Festival Society is made up of a number of Okanagan wineries and tourism related businesses. Every member is recognized as an outstanding service or product supplier in their related industry.


BC Best of Varietal Awards

Every year the Best of Varietal Wine Awards recognizes the best wines in B.C., using a panel of esteemed judges. This year we were privileged to have a diverse group of wine experts from across the country join us and participate in the competition.


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