Best of BC Wine Country Awards – Visit and Vote and you could be a winner!

Best of BC Wine Country Awards – Visit and Vote and you could be a winner!

Best of BC Wine Country Awards

You have just another ten days to cast your vote in the Best of BC Wine Country Awards. There are a number of categories and the excitement is mounting. Who will be the big winners this year?

Best BC Sparkling

Best BC Rosé

Best BC White Wine

Best BC Red Wine

Best Overall Culinary Experience

Best Local Food Product

Best Restaurant Showcasing Local Foods

Best Winery Restaurant

Best Architecture

Best Winery Pet

 Best View

Best Tasting Room

Best Patio

Best Winery Experience Overall

Best Winery Tour

Best Place to Bring Out-of-Towners

Best Kept Secret

Best Winery Accommodation

Included this year are BC wine give-aways, offering you the chance to experience the Best of BC Wine Country by winning one of three prizes: (1) Best of BC Wine gift basket; (2) An overnight stay at a Best of BC Winery Accommodation or (3) Dinner for two at a Best of BC Winery Restaurant. All you need to do is vote and share the excitement for #BestofBC18 on social media.

Awards are presented for the Okanagan Valley, Similkameen Valley, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands and other regions including: Thompson Valley; Shuswap; Lillooet; Kootenays; Prince George. Winners will be published on and #BestOfBC18 prize winners will be announced on September 13.

Did you know you can vote for more than one region? If you know BC wines, why not vote for the best in each!? Descriptions on regions can be found here.

Vote* for your Best of BC Wine Country and enter to win #BestofBC18 here:

Remember, all you need to do is vote and post! Voting ends at midnight, August 17 PST. Thank you for supporting the BC Wine Industry and BC wine country.

Please click here to see the official rules and regulations for “The Best of BC Wine Country 2018”

When visiting BC Wine Country before you go: Do your homework and a bit of research about the wineries you wish to visit. Check the winery website to find out their months, days and hours that their Tasting Room is open. Know if you need to book your tasting in advance of your visit. Many wineries are now so busy there may be times that they are unable to accommodate you. It will be a much better visit if you have a confirmed appointment. Be on time. Expect to pay for your tasting, some, but not all wineries refund all or a portion of the fee if you purchase wine. Plan ahead for a designated driver or use the services of a wine tour company. Limit the number of wineries you visit in a day. A more leisurely timeline will increase your enjoyment. For the best overall experience, I like to limit my daily visits to three, maximum two wineries if a winery lunch is on the agenda.

About British Columbia Wine Institute
Since 1990, the BC Wine Institute has played a pivotal role in taking BC’s wine industry from a vision to an internationally recognized niche region producing premium wines and providing exceptional wine tourism experiences. The BC Wine Institute markets the wine and regions of BC; delivers quality trade, media and consumer tastings; and acts as the voice of BC’s wine industry by advocating to government on behalf of industry that contributes $2.8 billion in provincial economic growth annually.


The BC Wine Institute represents all wineries in British Columbia to grow the premium market share for the Wines of British Columbia, while driving awareness of our world-class wines and tourism product – currently drawing 1,000,000 visitors with $600 million in tourism and tourism employment related economic impact every year. For more information about BC Wine Institute’s programs and services, please visit:


For details on BC VQA Wine and the Wines of British Columbia, go to, like the Wines of British Columbia Facebook page and follow  @WineBCdotcom on Twitter.


* Be sure to check the website to be sure your choice is on the eligible list.

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