Wines of British Columbia’s Best of BC Wine Country Awards Winners Announced!

BC Wine Institute September 6, 2017
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For Immediate Release
September 7, 2017

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BRITISH COLUMBIA - The Wines of British Columbia is proud to announce the winners of the inaugural Best of BC Wine Country Awards 2017 this wine touring season. From July 26 through August 15, wine goers took their time, sampled and savoured what BC's acclaimed wine regions have to offer, and have made their choices.

The Best of BC Wine Country is a crowd-sourced 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 relating to BC Wine & Culinary Tourism: Best BC Wine; Best Culinary; Best Experience; Best Atmosphere.

From the coastal regions of Vancouver Island and Fraser Valley, to regions with desert-like conditions including the Okanagan Valley and Similkameen Valley, celebrate the top picks for best wines to taste, places to stay, patios to visit, restaurants to dine at, moments to savour and the people who's passion makes visiting BC's wine regions an unrivalled experience.

"The participation from wine visitors who took the time to vote for their favourite experiences while touring BC wineries this summer was outstanding, andwe're thrilled to share their choices!" exclaims Kim Barnes marketing director of the BC Wine Institute. "The results show authentic recommendations from the public on what to do and where to go for the best wine touring experience throughout BC's diverse wine touring regions."

Among their picks you'll find some well-known favourites as well as a few 'best kept secrets' revealed. Whether it's for the wine experience, the local culinary, culture, art, or the scenic views, BC Wine Country has something special to offer all year-round.

From Most romantic getaways to being recently dubbed 'a highly attractive wine tourist destination' in Forbes Magazine, BC's wine region is being recognized both nationally and internationally, gaining appreciation from wine critics around the world for its stunning views and award-winning wines.

"With 276 BC wineries open to the public, 46 winery restaurants throughout the province and more than 1,500 award-winning wines available in your backyard, now's the time to experience BC Wine Country first hand. These results are a true testament to the level of experiences BC wine country has to offer," notes Barnes.

With harvest upon us and after a cool and wet spring, followed by a hot and dry summer, local winegrowers are looking forward to great 2017 grape harvest. Find out what BC Wine events and activities are happening in wine country this harvest season at WineBC.com/events.

Here are the winners of the Best of BC Wine Country Awards, inaugural edition. For the full list of winners and honourable mentions visit: Bestof.WineBC.com

BEST OF BC SPARKLING

Okanagan Valley 

Summerhill Pyramid Winery Cipes Brut

Similkameen Valley
Corcelettes Estate Winery Sante

Fraser Valley

Backyard Vineyards Blanc de Noir Brut

Vancouver Island

Averill Creek Vineyard Brut 2010

Emerging Regions

Harper's Trail Estate Winery Sparkling Chardonnay 2015

 

BEST OF BC ROSÉ

Okanagan Valley

Dirty Laundry Vineyard Hush Rosé

Similkameen Valley
Seven Stones Winery Pinot Rosé

Fraser Valley

Backyard Vineyards Rosé

Vancouver Island

Tie between:

Blue Grouse Estate Winery Rosé

Unsworth Vineyards Pinot Rosé

Emerging Regions

Fort Berens Estate Winery Pinot Noir Rosé 2016

 

BEST OF BC RED

Okanagan Valley

Painted Rock Estate Winery Red Icon 2014

Similkameen Valley

Orofino Winery Scout Syrah 2016

Fraser Valley

Backyard Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2015

Vancouver Island

Enrico Winery Cabernet Foch 2015

Emerging Regions

Fort Berens Estate Winery Meritage 2014

 

BEST OF BC WHITE

Okanagan Valley

Tantalus Vineyards Riesling

Similkameen Valley
Orofino Winery Scout Vineyard Riesling

Fraser Valley
Backyard Vineyards Nosey Neighbour White

Vancouver Island

Tie between:
Unsworth Vineyards Allegro

Unsworth Vineyards Sauvignette

Emerging Regions

Fort Berens Estate Winery Dry Reisling 2016

 

BEST OF BC WINERY RESTAURANT

Okanagan Valley

Old Vines Restaurant at Quails' Gate Estate Winery

Similkameen Valley
Crowsnest Vineyard

Fraser Valley
Bacchus Bistro at Domaine de Chaberton

Vancouver Island

Unsworth Vineyards

Emerging Regions

The Kitchen at Fort Berens Estate Winery


BEST OF BC RESTAURANT SHOWCASING LOCAL FOODS

Okanagan Valley

RauDZ Regional Table

Similkameen Valley
Grist Mill and Gardens

Fraser Valley
Bacchus Bistro at Domaine de Chaberton

Vancouver Island

Unsworth Vineyards

Emerging Regions

The Kitchen at Fort Berens Estate Winery

 

BEST OF BC LOCAL FOOD PRODUCT 

Okanagan Valley

Poplar Grove Cheese in Penticton

Similkameen Valley
Harker's Fruit Stand Organic Tomatoes

Fraser Valley
Vista D'oro Farm & Winery Jams

Vancouver Island

Little Qualicum Cheeseworks Cranberry Pepper Cream cheese
 

BEST OVERALL CULINARY EXPERIENCE

Okanagan Valley

Old Vines Restaurant at Quails' Gate Estate Winery

Similkameen Valley
Orofino Winery Farm-to-table Dinner Series

Vancouver Island

Enrico Winery

Emerging Regions

The Kitchen at Fort Berens Estate Winery

 

BEST PATIO

Okanagan Valley

Dirty Laundry Vineyard

Similkameen Valley

Corcelettes Estate Winery

Fraser Valley

Backyard Vineyards

Vancouver Island

Enrico Winery

Emerging Regions

The Kitchen at Fort Berens Estate Winery

 

BEST TASTING ROOM

Okanagan Valley

Painted Rock Estate Winery

Similkameen Valley

Orofino Winery

Vancouver Island

Enrico Winery

Emerging Regions

Fort Berens Estate Winery

 

BEST VIEW

Okanagan Valley

Mission Hill Estate Winery

Similkameen Valley

Corcelettes Estate Winery

Vancouver Island

Blue Grouse Estate Winery

Emerging Regions

Fort Berens Estate Winery

 

BEST ARCHITECTURE

Okanagan Valley

Mission Hill Estate Winery

Similkameen Valley

Orofino Winery

Fraser Valley

Backyard Vineyards

Vancouver Island

Blue Grouse Estate Winery

Emerging Regions

Fort Berens Estate Winery

 

BEST WINERY PET

Okanagan Valley

Buddha at Bella Wines

Similkameen Valley

Cooper the golden retriever at Orofino Winery

Emerging Regions

Chickens at Fort Berens Winery

 

BEST WINERY ACCOMMODATION

Okanagan Valley

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

Similkameen Valley

Vineyard Suites at Orofino Winery
 

BEST KEPT SECRET

Okanagan Valley

Noble Ridge Winery & Vineyard

Similkameen Valley

Corcelettes Estate Winery

Fraser Valley

Backyard Vineyards

Vancouver Island

Enrico Winery

Emerging Regions

Fort Berens Estate Winery

 

BEST PLACE TO BRING OUT-OF-TOWNERS

Okanagan Valley

Dirty Laundry Vineyard

Similkameen Valley

Orofino Winery

Fraser Valley

Backyard Vineyards

Vancouver Island

Enrico Winery

Emerging Regions

Fort Berens Estate Winery

 

BEST WINERY TOUR

Okanagan Valley

Mission Hill Estate Winery

Similkameen Valley

Seven Stones Winery Cave Tour

Fraser Valley
Backyard Vineyards

Emerging Regions

Fort Berens Estate Winery

 

BEST WINERY EXPERIENCE OVERALL

Okanagan Valley

Dirty Laundry Vineyard

Similkameen Valley

Orofino Winery

Fraser Valley
Backyard Vineyards

Vancouver Island

Enrico Winery

Emerging Regions

Fort Berens Estate Winery

Plan your next trip to BC Wine Country here: Explore.winebc.com

 

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