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The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society is one of the largest not-for-profit wine industry festival and marketing organizations in Canada. OWFS is committed to providing authentic wine experiences to Valley locals and visitors alike. We strive to connect consumers through uniquely designed wine festivals and tasting events with over 100 wineries across the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys. 

OWFS began in 1980 during the infancy of the Okanagan Valley wine industry. Since then, we have grown alongside the industry itself and now produce four seasonal festivals with over 100 events annually. Additionally, we annually produce two wine award competitions--- the Best of Varietal Wine Awards in the Spring and the BC Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards in the Fall.

OWFS is a membership-based society that exists to directly connect consumers with our members, tourism partners, and Okanagan Valley communities via festivals, events, trade tastings, wine competitions, and the WINETHUSIAST Club. In 2019, we connected over 11,000 19+ consumers to our 120 member businesses, our sponsors, and our Okanagan Valley communities!

Over the past few decades, the Okanagan Valley has become well known for its wineries. We are now recognized globally as one of the most successful premium wine producing regions in the world! In 2017, the Okanagan wine industry added an estimated $2.4 billion dollars to the BC economy. The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society supports the important work of placing the Okanagan Valley and our fabulous wineries on the provincial, national and international stages--- most especially through our wine festivals/events and our wine judging competitions.

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’s Largest and Most Prestigious Wine Competition Coming to Kelowna
August 16 2020
BC’s Largest and Most Prestigious Wine Competition Coming to Kelowna

For Immediate Release Okanagan Wine Festivals Societyto host an A-list of wine judges (KELOWNA, BC)August 12, 2020–On September 23-25,...


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Virtual Okanagan Wine Dinner Challenge
April 15 2020
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...


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Get your tickets for the fourth annual Chef Meets BC Grape Okanagan June 27
March 12 2020
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...


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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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