The Wines of British Columbia is proud to announce the winners of the second annual Best of BC Wine Country Awards 2018.

From July 23 through August 17, winery-goers took their time, sampled and savoured what wineries have to offer within BC’s nine acclaimed wine regions, and have made their choices.

The Best of BC Wine Country is a crowdsourced online survey curated by the BC Wine Institute, inviting the public to vote on their favourite BC wine experiences from a variety of “Best of” categories: Best of BC Wine; Best of BC Place; Best of BC Experience.

“It was about learning first hand from winery-goers what keeps bringing them back, and the participation from both the public and wineries was outstanding. In its second year, we received more than three times as many votes than last year, but what really impressed us was the engagement we saw on social media.” Maggie Anderson Director of Communications and Content of the BC Wine Institute.

 

Claire Newell, Travel Expert, Promotes BC Wine Awards

Travel expert and best-selling author of Travel Best Bets, Claire Newell supported the awards on social media blogging, “Here in BC they are essentially the people’s choice awards of wine. Winners are voted on by tourists and locals – not wine experts making this a truly consumer-based award.”

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Claire Newell Promotes BC Wine on Social Media. Image Source: Twitter Screenshot

 

Wine Education & Wine Tourism: Exploring BC Wine Beyond General Enjoyment

Votes indicated that beyond general enjoyment of BC wines, the local culinary and educational experiences, culture and scenic views at wineries are encouraging people to explore beyond their usual BC wine experiences.

“The results show authentic recommendations from the public on what to do and where to go for the best wine touring experiences throughout BC’s diverse wine regions, and we are thrilled to share their choices!” notes Anderson.

 

From the coastal regions of Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands and Fraser Valley, to regions with desert-like conditions including the Okanagan Valley and Similkameen Valley and beyond to our new official appellations (Thompson Valley, Lillooet, Shuswap and Kootenays) and sub-appellations (Okanagan Falls and Golden Mile Bench), BC wineries continue to expand their wine touring experiences for visitors to enjoy all year-round.

With grape harvest 2018 upon us and sunny days ahead, there is much to experience in BC’s wine regions this fall. Here are the winners of the Best of BC Wine Country Awards 2018 as voted on by the public.

 

List of Winners of the Best of BC Wine Country Awards 2018

For the full list of regional winners visit: WineBC.com/Bestof

 

BEST BC SPARKLING WINE

Summerhill Pyramid Winery Cipes Brut
(West Kelowna, Okanagan Valley)

BEST BC RED WINE

Black Hills Estate Winery Nota Bene
(Osoyoos, Okanagan Valley)

BEST BC WHITE WINE

Wild Goose Vineyards and Winery Autumn Gold
(Okanagan Falls, Okanagan Valley)

BEST BC ROSÉ WINE

Quails’ Gate Winery Lucy’s Block Rosé
(West Kelowna, Okanagan Valley)

BEST BC WINE TRAIL

Naramata Bench Winery Association
(Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley)

BEST BC WINERY ACCOMMODATION

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery
(Oliver, Okanagan Valley)

BEST BC WINERY RESTAURANT SHOWCASING LOCAL FOOD

Quails’ Gate Winery Old Vines Restaurant
(West Kelowna, Okanagan Valley)

BEST BC WINERY PET

Ali the Mastiff at Desert Hills Estate Winery
Okanagan Valley)

BEST BC WINERY TOUR

Mission Hills Family Estate Winery
(West Kelowna, Okanagan Valley)

BEST BC WINERY TASTING ROOM

Silver Sage Winery
(Oliver, Okanagan Valley)

BEST BC SPECIAL EVENTS

Concerts at Mission Hill Family Estate Winery
(West Kelowna, Okanagan Valley)

BEST BC VIEW

Mission Hill Estate Family Winery
(West Kelowna, Okanagan Valley)

 

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Grapes of British Columbia. Okanagan Valley, BC Wine Country. Image Source: BCWI

 

What’s Going on in British Columbia Wine Country?

 

Quick facts about the British Columbia Wine Industry:

  • BC is home to 929 vineyards, including more than 350 licensed wineries
  • There are more than 10,500 acres (4,250 hectares) of wine grapes planted in British Columbia
  • BC has nine official appellations and two official sub-appellations
  • BC’s grape wine industry has grown from just 17 grape wineries in 1990 to more than 275 today
  • BC’s wine industry employs about 12,000 people and has an economic impact of $2.8 billion annually
  • Each year, BC’s wineries welcome more than 1,000,000 visitors

 

About The British Columbia Wine Institute (BCWI)

Since 1990, the BCWI has played a pivotal role in taking BC’s wine industry from a vision to an internationally recognized niche region producing premium wines and providing exceptional wine tourism experiences. The BCWI markets the wine and regions of BC; delivers quality trade, media and consumer tastings; and acts as the voice of BC’s wine industry by advocating to government on behalf of industry that contributes $2.8 billion in provincial economic growth annually.The BCWI represents all wineries in British Columbia to grow the premium market share for the Wines of British Columbia, while driving awareness of our world-class wines and tourism product – currently drawing 1,000,000 visitors with $600 million in tourism and tourism employment related economic impact every year. For more information about BC Wine Institute’s programs and services, please visit WineBC.com. You can follow the Wines of British Columbia Facebook page and follow @WineBCdotcom on Twitter and Instagram.

 

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