homepage image

News

Okanagan Wine Festival Logo

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...

Spring Celebrations to Kick-off the Season, 23rd Annual Spring Okanagan Wine Festival

KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA – March 30, 2017:  Grey skies can’t keep the excitement away! The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society is thrilled to commence its 23rd year of spring festivities starting May 4 - May 14, 2017. The Spring sunshine may be late in returning to the Okanagan Valley this year, but the Okanagan wine and culinary sampling celebration eagerly awaits; with a plethora of...

Announcing the 2017 British Columbia Best of Varietal Competition & Awards

March 7, 2017 - The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society is delighted to announce the 23rd British Columbia Best of Varietal Wine Competition presented by Grant Thornton, Farm Credit Canada, ContainerWorld and TricorBraun Winepak. This provincial wine competition is held to recognize the top British Columbia wine varietals as part of the kick off to the 2017 annual Spring Okanagan Wine Festival,...

Okanagan Wine Festivals Society reels in a new partnership

Kelowna, Canada  - January 26, 2017 The cast has been thrown and the catch is in, The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society (OWFS) is proud to announce the new partnership with a West Coast organization, Haida Wild Seafoods, a subsidiary of the Haida Enterprise Corporation (HaiCo), to bring a beautiful relationship with wine and seafood full-circle. “We are excited about our partnership...

Okanagan Wine Festival Society Announces New 2017 Board of Directors

NOVEMBER 28, 2016:  The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society is pleased to announce its new board of directors for the coming year.  Newly appointed at the Society’s annual general meeting are: Daniel Bibby - Nighthawk Vineyards, Lindsay Kelm - Quails’ Gate Winery, Melody Schneider - Sandhill Wines, Raquel Meriam - Travel Penticton, Terry Meyer Stone - Tinhorn Creek Vineyards and Jonathan Rouse...

19th Annual Sun Peaks Winter Okanagan Wine Festival

November 4, 2016 - The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society and Sun Peaks Resort are delighted to announce the Sun Peaks Winter Okanagan Wine Festival this coming January. Tickets for the 20 plus events are online at www.thewinefestivals.com and www.sunpeaksresort.com. The festival in its 19th year will run January 13 to 23, 2017. This celebration of fine wine and local cuisine is complimented...

British Columbia Wine Awards™ Results

September 29, 2016 - The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society announced the results of the British Columbia Wine Awards™ tonight, marking the official launch of the 36thannual Fall Okanagan Wine Festival. The competition featured a record 624 wine entries from over 90 British Columbia wineries. Ten well  respected wine judges worked for 4 days to determine which wines were worthy of recognition...

36th Annual Fall Okanagan Wine Festival

SEPTEMBER 28, 2016    It’s that time of year again, sunsets ease into the valley a little bit earlier, the wind stirs orange and yellow leaves into the brisk air, and most importantly – the Fall Okanagan Wine Festivals roll into town. The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society is pleased to announce its 36th annual Fall Okanagan Wine Festivals this coming September 29 – October 9. To kick...

More Than Passengers Pouring into YLW.

Kelowna, British Columbia - September 26, 2016     The warm welcome to the Okanagan for guests arriving at Kelowna International Airport (YLW) is going to get a lot juicier this year for the arrival of the 36th Fall Okanagan Wine Festival. YLW and the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society, representing 110 member wineries and 54 tourism operators, have come up with a novel promotion that...
1 | 2 | 3 | 4
British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards Recognizes Record-Breaking Number of Wines, Honours Harry McWatters
October 18 2019
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...


More Details

Okanagan Wine Festivals Society Celebrates 39 Years and New Event at Famous Fall Wine Fest
October 18 2019
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...


More Details

Announcing the Lineup of Judges for the British Columbia Lieutenant Governor's Wine Awards
August 6 2019
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,...


More Details

Okanagan Wine Festivals Society Honours Passing of Founding President, Harry McWatters
July 24 2019
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...


More Details

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.


Some of our great sponsors

  • sponsor
  • sponsor
  • sponsor
  • sponsor
  • sponsor
  • sponsor
  • sponsor
  • sponsor