Win a trip to wine country and see for yourself!
What better way is there to embrace summer than by sipping wine on a patio overlooking gorgeous views? If you call British Columbia home, it's easy to find somewhere in the province's nine wine regions to savour some delicious local vino. If you're not sure where to start, that's understandable — BC has 365 licensed wineries, after all.
To help you choose where to start your wine tour, Wines of British Columbia created the Wines of BC Explorer app. This mobile tool helps you easily locate a BC wine for any occasion, setting or palate. It offers custom wine lists, personalized tasting menus and promos for new, creative winery experiences so you can get excited about your next trip to BC wine country.
Plus, you can learn what goes into choosing the perfect BC wine to serve with your recipes. With over 60 varieties to choose from, the app will help you experiment with different flavour combinations and expand your wine-pairing expertise.
And with Wines of BC Explorer's A Year In The Life contest, you could win a three-day, two-night wine adventure for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tasting of fresh BC wines and foods.
BC wineries have some of the best views in the province, and will give you a taste of what sort of summer you could have sipping wine (in moderation, of course) while basking in the sunshine.
Price: Free for complimentary tastings, $15 for signature tastings
Address: 877 Rd. 8, Oliver, BC
Why You Need To Go: Along with the stunning vineyard vistas, you can enjoy charcuterie, live music and wine Saturdays or happy hour on weekday afternoons at this Mediterranean-influenced, South Okanagan gem. If you sit down for a meal at the winery's Tuscan-style restaurant, Terrafina, you might just wonder if you're in Italy after all.
Red wine fans should check out The Judge, a Bordeaux-style blend recommended served alongside mushroom or slow-cooked lamb dishes.
Price: $10 per person, which is redeemed with a bottle purchase per tasting
Address: 2320 Oliver Ranch Rd., Okanagan Falls, BC
Give the winery's award-winning "The One" Sparkling or Meritage blends a try. You can pick up cheese or charcuterie at the winery's shop before you settle for a peaceful day of snacking, sipping and drinking in comfortable outdoor surroundings.
Price: $25 for a guided flight of five wines
Address: 4720 Allendale Rd., Okanagan Falls, BC
Why You Need To Go: Right around the corner from Noble Ridge, and home to the most-photographed vineyard views within the Okanagan, Liquidity has differentiated itself with its art collection. Liquidity is a particularly modern-looking winery, designed by the owner with clean-lined architecture featuring concrete and glass.
If you're looking for an out-of-the-box experience, consider the winery's Art of Food & Wine, which includes five appetizers made with in-season, locally sourced ingredients to complement Liquidity's five estate wines. They're also hosting A Taste Of Okanagan Falls, a guided experience where you get to taste five estate wines and enjoy the beautiful views of the vineyards!
Price: $39.95 per person for The Elevated Wine Tasting Experience, reservations required 24 hours in advance on their website or by email
Address: 7311 Fiske St, Summerland, BC
Why You Need To Go: With stunning panoramic views of vineyards and lakes, and situated just above the historic Kettle Valley Steam Railway, Dirty Laundry vineyard has a lot to offer! From unique experiences to award-winning wines from BC, this spot is full of adventures you won't want to miss. And if you can't decide on what to do, you can't go wrong with treating yourself to a tasting of premium wines on their patio or tasting bar.
Dirty Laundry is known for its Chardonnay— they offer both an Unoaked and Reserve version, both at around the $20 mark.
Price: $10 per person, which is redeemable with purchase
Address: 400 Smythe Dr., Penticton, BC
Why You Need To Go: For a stunning view of Skaha Lake, look no further than Painted Rock. You'll love the tranquil natural surroundings and bright, airy tasting room as you sip on your wine of choice. Perhaps give Red Icon a try — the 2017 vintage of which was named Decanter's Canadian Wine of the Year in 2020.
Painted Rock is also dog-friendly, so your pooch can leisurely bask in the sun's rays with you while you enjoy your glass of vino. Just make sure to reserve!
Price: Tasting packages start at $15
Address: 1670 Dehart Rd., Kelowna, BC
Why You Need To Go: For a historic wine experience, make the trip to Tantalus. Table grapes were first planted on this site in 1927, and the winery is one of the oldest continuously producing vineyards in the province. Their wines of note include their Riesling, which includes notes of white lily and lemon zest, and their sparkling Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay wine, with notes of peach, grapefruit and hazelnut.
The tasting room at this spot is also a perfect spot to view their tasting bar wall featuring beautiful Indigenous masks, which are part of a collaboration with a local Indigenous artist. While you sip on and learn about the new wine releases, enjoy the breathtaking view of the Okanagan Valley's slopes, the city of Kelowna, and the historic fruit trees that frame Lake Okanagan.
Price: Drop-in tastings are available, and a 45-minute vineyard tour and tasting is $50 per person.
Address: 1881 Highway 99 N., Lillooet, BC
Why You Need To Go: Fort Berens Estate Winery is perfect if you're looking to get off the beaten path from the Okanagan Valley wine region to taste something new.
As the Lillooet wine region's first winery, Fort Berens set the bar high with their chic yet rustic tasting room set among phenomenal views of the desert mountains. Here, you'll want to try their terroir-driven 2018 Riesling, which won "Best in Class" for white wine at the Pacific Rim Wine Competition. It's the ultimate companion to spicy seafood, chicken, Swiss cheese or dried fruit.
The warmer weather, longer days and golden evenings of summer make it the ideal time to discover British Columbia's wine country. The only thing better than BC wines is winning a free trip to taste them.
Starting August 1, you can enter Wines of BC's A Year In The Life contest for the chance to win a three-day, two-night wine adventure to one of BC's wine regions, and get a behind-the-scenes tasting. Entering is easy — just take their seasonal quiz, and learn about additional ways to enter at their website here.
When planning to visit a BC wine region and as BC's wildfire situation changes, please stay aware and know before you go. Locate the latest BC wildfire travel advisories here. Twitter updates are available at @DriveBC, @BCGovFireInfo and @EmergencyInfoBC.
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Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.
Narcity does not condone the overconsumption of alcohol. If you're going to drink alcohol, please do so responsibly and only if you're of legal age.