Wines of British Columbia’s Best of BC Wine Country Awards 2017 Announced!

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, and we’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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