Looking to indulge in a little fermented grape juice? The Okanagan Valley is renowned for its magnificent vineyards and production of top-quality wines which are frequent winners of national and international wine competitions. There are few wine-producing areas that can match the assortment of grape varieties or the beautiful landscape of mountains, lakes and flourishing foliage within the Okanagan. To celebrate the harvest of grapes and exhibit their wealth in exquisite wine, the Okanagan holds a wine festival for every season. Learn more details about each of the seasonal Wine Festivals here and discover which one is best for you.
Spring Wine Festival
The Okanagan Spring Wine Festival celebrates the beginning of grape growing season with an exquisite medley of fine wine and culinary cuisine. Held at the beginning of May each year, this festival is perfect for anyone who enjoys sipping their wine with an array of gastronomic treats. There are over a hundred events happening throughout Okanagan Wine Country as the spring sunshine and blossoming flora create the perfect conditions for indulging in the fruits of the Okanagan Valley. The next Spring Wine Festival will be held from Apr 29-May 8, 2010.
Summer Wine Festival
The Okanagan Summer Wine Festival is held the second week of August in Vernon at Silver Star Mountain Resort. This event provides the perfect opportunity to educate your self on the many different types of wine. Seminars are available for those who want to learn more about where the wine they love was grown and how it was made. The Summer Wine Festival also includes an array of local art presentations, musical entertainment and outdoor activities.
Bask in the warm summer sun and treat your self to gourmet meals, wine education seminars, wine tasting and a wide assortment of mountain activities. The next Summer Wine Festivals are August 7-8, 2009 and Aug 5-7, 2010.
Fall Wine Festival
Don't be glum that summer is gone, Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy Okanagan wine country. Watch the grapes ripen in the sun and spoil yourself at the harvest festivities of the Annual Okanagan Fall Wine Festival in Kelowna. This is the perfect destination for those who love extraordinary wine with delicious food and entertainment. This is also the only wine festival in North America that occurs in the middle of grape harvest.
This is your chance to experience Okanagan wine country at its very best. With vineyard tours, exquisite dining, spectacular scenery and the fall wine harvest, this is a trip you are sure to enjoy. The next Fall Wine Festivals are Oct 1-11, 2009 and Sept 30-Oct 10, 2010.
The Annual Okanagan Icewine Festival in January at Sun Peaks Resort is the most distinct of all wine festivals. The combination of fabulous wines and a top-rated alpine resort provide the perfect environment to learn about wine culture while taking on an array of exciting winter activities. Experience a wine master's dinner, wine tasting events and icewine educational seminars. Canada, particularly Ontario and British Columbia are known to produce some of the world's most exquisite icewine. Since the country experiences freezing temperatures every winter, it provides the perfect condition for harvesting grapes frozen while still on the vine. The next Icewine Festivals will be Jan 13-19, 2009 and Jan 12-17, 2010.
Devon O'Malley is a staff writer for AlluraDirect, a vacation rentals website featuring Kelowna accommodation direct from the Owner and instantly bookable by secure credit card payment. Experience the beauty of the Okanagan Valley and enjoy some of the world's finest wines at the Okanagan Wine Festivals.
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