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Announcing the British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine of the Year

(KELOWNA, BC) – The 44th Annual Okanagan Spring Wine Festival presented by Valley First wrapped up last weekend
with the much-anticipated British Columbia Lieutenant Governor's Wine Awards reception.
Held at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre on Friday evening over 100 of the BC wine industry gathered to
honour the award winning 2023 BC wines.
The Honourable Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia was unable to attend but sent along a message of
congratulations to the BC Wine Industry and the award-winning wineries.
The fourteen Platinum winning wineries were presented with their plaques by the ContainerWorld Group of Companies'
Manager of Business Development Flavia Aarden-Kilger "ContainerWorld continues to support the Okanagan Wine
Festivals and the BC Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards. We are proud of BC wineries and honoured to be a part of this
ever growing, exciting, and evolving industry.
The Okanagan Wine Festivals and BC Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards showcases the best of your wines. These
awards put BC wines in the spotlight. Congratulations to all the winners.”
The Prestigious Wine of the Year award is presented to the Platinum medalled wine that the esteemed panel of fifteen
judges unanimously choose to bestow the honour. This year the recipient of the Wine of the Year was awarded to Lake
Breeze Vineyards in Naramata for their 2020 Syrah. Winemaker Victor Costa was on hand to receive the coveted award.
Victor Costa and Garron Elmes, Lake Breeze Vineyards; winemaking team are very happy and humbled the 2020 Syrah
has been chosen as Wine of the Year. “We enjoy the fact that we can take grapes from the Naramata Bench and let it
shine with minimal intervention.”
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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.


We’re proud to produce 3 seasonal festivals with over 100 events annually and an annual wine competition in the Okanagan Valley – one of the world’s most renowned wine regions.

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