British Columbia’s South Okanagan is home to some of the Nations best spring festivals. Experience them all in Summerland, Naramata, Penticton, Okanagan Falls, and Oliver this year and see what all of the excitement is all about.
May 1-12 – Okanagan Spring Wine Festival is located at various wineries and venues throughout the South Okanagan Valley.
May 8, 2019 – Best of Varietal Awards and Reception begins with an announcement of Best of Varietals and is followed by an exclusive wine tasting with winemakers and winery owners. The winning wines have been chosen from over 600 British Columbia wines by an esteemed panel of judges. www.thewinefestival.com
May 25, 2019 – The Half Corked Marathon is all about having fun while enjoying an Oliver Wine Tour. Located south of Summerland’s Bottleneck Drive and Naramata Bench Wineries, these Oliver wineries enjoy world class scenery and offer fantastic wine. Not all marathons are created equal and that can truly be said of the half corked marathon. Even though there is an award ceremony at the end of the race it isn’t all about setting a new time record.
Winery Tasting Rooms Have Smaller Crowds
Spring wine touring is a great time for guests who prefer tasting with like-minded people, those who are out to find the new release hidden gems in the South Okanagan. Wine tasters can often enjoy the slower pace of the tasting rooms before the large crowds pour in in the summer. In July and August the entire valley is busy and hot, busses, vans and larger group wine tours are very common, 30 min waits are not uncommon. Small group wine tours makes things easy and maximizes time spent wine touring. Instead of worrying about logistics, you can focus all your energy on finding great wines.
Spring is a time to get to know some new Naramata Bench Wineries, OK Falls Wineries, and all of them on Summerland’s Bottleneck Drive. Spring is not only a time to try new wineries but it’s a time to sip all the new wine releases.
Wild Goose Winery is one of the first OK Falls Wineries and after 3 generations they are still releasing exceptional wines year after year. New releases this year include their 2017 Pinot Gris that won Best of Show and 3 Gold metals. While their 2016 Red Horizon Meritage won Best Red Wine in Canada, so of course we are all in deep anticipation for the 2017 Red Horizon Meritage release.
Laughing Stock Vineyard is one the Naramata Bench Wineries you have to taste. While nearly all Naramata Bench wineries have award winning wines this is one you don’t want to miss on a Naramata Bench wine tour. Of course the 2016 Syrah sold out quickly as it won Trophy for Best Syrah/Shiraz in the Six Nations Wine Challenge. This is the first time a Canadian Winery has won in 16 years of competition. Now we are all eagerly awaiting the release of the 2017 Syrah from this Naramata Bench winery.
But of course the best way to know which South Okanagan wines to drink in 2019 is by asking someone who knows, or better yet wine tour with a company that knows. OpenAir Adventures and Wine Tours specialize in small group wine tours by personalizing tours from start to finish. Their guides who are Okanagan wine specialists choose the wineries based on group wine preferences. They offer Naramata Bench wine tours (and Penticton wine tours), Summerland wine tours on the Bottleneck drive, OK Falls wine tours and Oliver wine tours