The province of B.C. has announced a new wine award.
The Office of the Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia, with support from the Government House Foundation and The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society, is pleased to announce a new partnership to recognize the best of British Columbia wines by creating the British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards.
The new honour will replace the Lieutenant-Governor’s Awards for Excellence in B.C. Wine and the B.C. Wine Awards.
The competition is open to all licensed wineries in British Columbia, including fruit wines and mead. The competition will take place mid-September in Penticton.
12 respected judges from across Canada and the United States will spend three days judging an estimated 600 wines. Bronze, silver and gold medals will be awarded. The top 1 per cent will receive the Lieutenant-Governor’s platinum medal, with one wine receiving the Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for Best Wine in British Columbia.
“Government House has always promoted the best of British Columbia, and the purpose of the Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in B.C. Wine, established in 2003, was to highlight the excellent wines being produced in our province,” says the Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia. “Today, the British Columbia wine industry is known throughout the world, and I am pleased we are able to grow our efforts in promoting B.C. wines in partnership with The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society. Government House is delighted to work with the society to continue the tradition of a professional wine judging competition that recognizes our best wines with integrity and impartiality.”
The British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards will be run by The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society, and will recognize wine making excellence in all wines made from 100 per cent B.C. grown grapes or fruit.
“We are honoured to be entrusted to plan and manage the British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards,” says Lindsay Kelm, chair of The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society. “We are proud to work with the office of the Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia to continue our role to raise awareness and increase profitability for the wineries of British Columbia.”
The new wine competition will announce the judging line up by the start of May and registration will open for entries in early July.