We've got some big news for wine lovers of all kinds. No matter if you prefer red, white, or rosé, get ready to be on cloud wine with British Columbia's newly launched Wines of BC Explorer App.
The app is meant to connect wine lovers with new experiences and discoveries, especially local BC wines from the province's nine different wine regions — that's a lot of wineries waiting to be discovered.
The app will list personalized wine recommendations — such as style, grape variety, and region — to make the experience of finding your new favourite winery as easy and enjoyable as possible. You can even do a virtual taste test in the app to help you find your perfect match.
The Wines of BC Explorer app features a ton of personalized wine lists to help you explore where you might want to visit during your trip. Some of these lists are pretty unique too. For example, you can find lists based on organic wineries, elevated tastings, puppy-friendly wineries (umm, what?!), picnic-friendly wineries and restaurants where you can wine and dine at the same time. Their "spend the night" list shows you wineries that also offer accommodation — the easiest way to plan an unforgettable getaway.
I bet some local travellers don't even realize that all of these amazing places exist. You won't need to travel anywhere else for good wine once you discover some of these BC tourism treasures.
Along with the launch of their new app, Wines of British Columbia is also hosting Sip Love Local, a fun contest for wine lovers who're inspired by the exceptional wineries in BC. Entering the contest is super simple. Just take inspiring photos or videos featuring a wine country experience or a new BC wine that you love, post it on Twitter, Instagram or Wines of British Columbia's website collector with #SipLoveLocal and tag @winebcdotcom, and you’re immediately entered into the contest.
The prize, you ask? Well, just imagine a 4-day-3-night all-expenses-paid trip for two to none other than BC's breathtaking wine country. Wine pairs nicely with great company, so start entering — that way, you and your bestie, partner or favourite family member can have the best wine trip of your lives.
This trip is valued at $5,000. Other prizes include one of two wine picnic basket giveaways valued at $200. Top photos will also be featured on Wines of British Columbia's website! Luckily, there are no limits to how many photos or videos you share when entering the contest.
Here are the dates you need to remember: you can add entries into the contest until August 31. Then, people vote on their favourite photo or video from the final five starting Tuesday, September 8 through Friday, September 18. The winner is selected by September 23 and will be officially announced by the end of the month.
Still debating if BC's wine country is for you? Let us help you make up your mind. The vineyards feature incredibly large spaces for safe tasting that boast stunning views of lakes, rivers, mountains and more. It's the perfect recipe for an Instagram-worthy picture — especially if you go on a "vineyard and vistas" trip suggested by the app.
There are nine wine regions in British Columbia, such as Okanagan Valley, which is the largest and is home to four smaller sub-regions. Another well-known staple is Vancouver Island, which also has a newly announced sub-region Cowichan Valley. And cool fact, the Fraser Valley wine region offers 46 BC wineries (and counting) right next door and within an hour’s drive from downtown Vancouver.
This is why British Columbia's award-winning wineries are perfect for locals. Home is where the wine is, right? So indulge in fresh, crisp and clean premium wines and local food, beautiful natural environments and friendly local faces. See how farmers, winemakers and sommeliers work together to produce the best grape-to-glass story.
It's true. British Columbia can taste as good as you think. With a 30-year tradition built on quality winemaking, they're proud to share with visitors a new resource ready to help you discover what you love. Download the BC Explorer app today to get started on your next wine adventure.
Don't forget to enter the #SipLoveLocal contest for a chance to win the trip of a lifetime. Now, get your wine on!