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Vineyards, lakes, vineyards, mountains, vineyards, sunshine, and, well, vineyards. It is time to break your routine and venture out into the Okanagan the next two weeks during the Spring Okanagan Wine Festival. And what’s not to love about a leisurely drive in the Okanagan Valley? With this outstanding weather, and before the major tourism season kicks in, now is the time to change seats, get out of the lawn chair and into your car, take a drive through our spectacular wine country with over 125 wineries participating in the 22nd Spring Okanagan Wine Festival.
The rest of the world has already discovered us, and shared some pretty amazing accolades too. Two years ago, the Okanagan Valley was named the number one wine destination in the world by the Huffington Post, and shortly after came the news that USA Today readers had selected the Okanagan as the second best wine region to visit worldwide. Last year, FoxNews.com declared the Okanagan Valley to be “the best wine region you’ve never heard of”. But how many locals, wine lovers or not, have taken the opportunity to explore the vineyards that people travel from all over the world to experience?
The 10 day, 90 plus event, Spring Okanagan Wine Festival kicks off today, and this weekend, over 1,000 guests will gather at the Rotary Centre for the Arts for the extremely popular WestJet Wine Tastings. The 60 participating wineries are divided by wine region, giving guests a chance to do a Valley-wide wine tour under one roof. Of course, once you’ve discovered your favourite wines, wineries, and regions, you will want to be sure to explore them in person. Here is a microscopic view of the some of the distinct regions that bless Okanagan Wine Country, and the wineries that will be at the WestJet Wine Tastings.
Located south of Oliver, the Golden Mile Bench is located on the western slopes of the valley, bathing the vineyards in morning sunshine. Enjoy a picnic at Gehringer Brothers’ newly landscaped picnic area, or enjoy a scrumptious dinner at Hester Creek’s renowned Terrafina Restaurant, a Tuscan-like experience.
Visit the following Golden Mile Bench wineries at the Spring WestJet Wine Tastings:
Located just north of Penticton, on the east side of Okanagan Lake, the Naramata Bench is well worth a visit this summer. While you’re there, have a little fun at Monster Vineyards, take a selfie with the Ruby Blues VW van, and dine on the patio at Hillside Winery & Bistro. Stay at the Naramata Heritage Inn & Spa and make a weekend of it!
Visit these Naramata Bench wineries at the Spring WestJet Wine Tastings:
Whether you’re an experienced Sommelier or looking to learn more about wine, Oliver is one of the best places to start your journey. This area is packed with wineries and is home to more than half of the province’s vineyards.
A tour of Covert Farms Family Estate is a must for your summer bucket list, the perfect blend of agri-tourism, exploring their organic farm and winery. Silver Sage Winery also operates a cozy bed and breakfast, so you can enjoy a day or two in the Oliver region.
Several Oliver wineries will be on-hand at the Spring WestJet Wine Tastings:
From Kamloops in the North, to the stunning Similkameen Valley in the south, there are dozens of incredible wineries and quintessential Okanagan experiences waiting for you this summer. Purchase your ticket for Friday’s Spring WestJet Wine Tastings and learn more about your Okanagan wines before you plan your local tourism travels.
Event Highlights - Spring WestJet Wine Tastings
Tickets for the opening night of Spring WestJet Wine Tastings on Friday, April 29 are still available for $75, and they include a cab ride home, up to a $70 value!
Can’t make it out the Spring WestJet Wine Tastings? Visit TheWineFestivals.com and to see more than 90 other events that are part of the 10-day long Spring Okanagan Wine Festival.
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