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Organizers Celebrate the Most Successful Sun Peaks Winter Okanagan Wine Festival to Date

  Significant growth in ticket sales and resort occupancy   Sun Peaks, BC (January 21, 2014) - The 16th Annual Winter Okanagan Wine Festival wrapped up on Sunday, with 95 per cent of available tickets sold - a significant growth over last year. Organizers are celebrating this year’s festival as the most successful to date with the vast majority of events sold out and thousands...

16th Annual Sun Peaks Winter Okanagan Wine Festival

    The 16th Annual Sun Peaks Winter Okanagan Wine Festival Adds 7 New Events Earliest sellout to date of popular events   KELOWNA & SUN PEAKS, BRITISH COLUMBIA – NOVEMBER 18, 2013: Cool white wines, full bodied reds, and harmonious pairings in a crisp wintery setting -- the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society and Sun Peaks are delighted to announce seven new unique events...

British Columbia Wine Awards - Judges Comments

The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society has gotten it's hands on some of the personal quotes and comments made by our judges of the 2013 British Columbia Wine Awards, during their judging sessions! With the Christmas season approaching and many in the mood to buy their holiday wine, here are some words of wisdom from those with experienced palettes. Brad Royale 8th Generation...

Congrats to our Passport Contest Winners!

The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society is pleased to congratulate our 2013 Passport Contest Winners Bev and Tom Neifer of Calgary. Bev and Tom joined us during the 2013 Fall Okanagan Wine Festival and submitted a ballot with 12 stamps; that's 12 separate winery visits! Bev and Tom have won a trip out to Kelowna (including airfare and accomodations) during the 2014 Spring Okanagan Wine...

Local Talent Rises to the Challenge at Alexis de Portneuf's "The Young Chefs"

Okanagan Wine Festivals Society celebrates local culinary talent during Fall Okanagan Wine Festival On the evening of Thursday October 10th, Okanagan Wine Festivals Society and Alexis de Portneuf showcased 7 local young chefs and 3 apprentice teams from Okanagan College in a culinary showdown bursting with innovation and enhanced by the presence of 7 fantastic local wineries. Alexis de...

New British Columbia Wine Awards & Wine Label Competition Kick Off Celebrated 33rd Annual Fall Okanagan Wine Festival

New British Columbia Wine Awards & Wine Label Competition Kick Off Celebrated 33rd Annual Fall Okanagan Wine Festival   KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA – OCTOBER 3, 2013: The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society and the Kelowna Museums Society are delighted to announce the results from their annual awards competition. The reception is the official celebratory start to the Fall Okanagan Wine...

Wine Tourism Significant Contributor to the Economy With $140 Million In Economic Impact in BC

Wine Tourism Significant Contributor to the Economy With $140 Million In Economic Impact in BC Upcoming 33rd Fall Wine Festival Celebrates Local with Iconic BC Chefs & Winemakers   KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA – SEPTEMBER 23, 2013:  Wine festivals and wine tourism contribute $140 million in economic impact annually to the Okanagan as more consumers are purchasing British Columbia...

Kelowna Museums announce the Judges for this year’s BC Wine Label Awards, the signature event of the BC Wine Museum

Kelowna Museums announce the Judges for this year’s BC Wine Label Awards, the signature event of the BC Wine Museum THE AWARDS The British Columbia Wine Label Awards will be held in conjunction with the British Columbia Wine Awards on Thursday October 3, 2013 from 7pm-9pm at the Laurel Packinghouse in Kelowna. The British Columbia Wine Label Awards will be handed out for the Best Red...

Wine Label Awards Added to British Columbia Wine Awards

British Columbia Wine Label Competition Added to Expanded British Columbia Wine Awards in Celebrated Province-wide Contest     KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA - AUGUST 26, 2013: The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society and the Kelowna Museums Society are delighted to announce the first of its kind partnership that celebrates the infusion of art and wine. This year the British Columbia Wine...

“Viva Las Pride” Canada’s First LGBT Wine Festival to Highlight BC Wine at Okanagan Pride Festival

KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA - AUGUST 12, 2013: The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society and the Okanagan Pride Society are delighted to announce that British Columbia wine will be highlighted at this year’s Okanagan Pride Festival with “Viva Las Pride”. A first in Canada, this fun and educational wine tasting will be in a Vegas style setting on Friday August 16, 7-9:30 pm at the Laurel...

Mile High Wine at Silver Star was a Sellout!

Successful Return of Summer Wine at Silver Star Resort Original artworks raise funds for Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation   August 12, 2013 OKANAGAN VALLEY, BC – Silver Star Mountain Resort saw a successful return of its popular Summer Food & Wine Festival last weekend. Returning after two years, the resort welcomed a sold out crowd of 400 to the signature event – Mile High...

Mile High Wine at Silver Star was a Sellout! Successful Return of Summer Wine at Silver Star Resort Original artworks raise funds for Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation   August 12, 2013  OKANAGAN VALLEY, BC – Silver Star Mountain Resort saw a successful return of its popular Summer Food & Wine Festival last weekend. Returning after two years, the resort welcomed a sold out...

Artists Capture Mile High Wine at Silver Star

July 18, 2013 OKANAGAN VALLEY, BC – Silver Star Mountain Resort is hosting a two-day Summer Food & Wine Festival on August 9 and 10. During the festival, six artists from Gallery Odin will capture the beauty and serenity of Silver Star Mountain from the heart of the Village. A silent auction of the Okanagan artworks begins at 4 p.m. August 10. Proceeds from the auction will be split...

Viva Las Pride Coming Aug 16th

Viva Las Pride is Coming this summer on August 16th, 2013.

Mile High Wine Coming Aug 10th

The Mile High Wine is coming this sumer on August 10th, 2013.

WestJet Encore Takes Flight with Okanagan Wines

CALGARY, AB & KELOWNA, BC: July 15, 2013 -- WestJet and the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society announced today an innovative partnership to showcase the impressive wines of the famed British Columbia Okanagan Valley on flights operated by WestJet Encore this summer. “As we launch WestJet Encore, we looked for a special way to promote our new destinations and routes,” said Marshall...
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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...


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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...


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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,...


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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...


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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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