Events & Festivals

Awakening the Vines: A Toast to Spring at the Okanagan Wine Festival

A bottle of wine and two filled wine glasses on a barrel, with a sunset view overlooking a lake and mountains in Kelowna.

As the Okanagan Valley shrugs off the last whispers of winter, its vineyards burst into life, heralding the arrival of the much-anticipated Okanagan Spring Wine Festival. Set against the stunning backdrop of British Columbia's wine country, this festival, running from June 7 to 23, 2024, is celebration of the region's rich viticultural tapestry. It's here, over three enchanting weekends, that the nature of spring in the Okanagan is uncorked, shared, and savoured.

A Festival Like No Other

The Okanagan Spring Wine Festival is more than just a wine tasting event; it's a symphony of experiences that blend the region's stunning landscapes with the exquisite flavours of its wines. As vineyards awaken, winemakers and vineyard owners invite enthusiasts and newcomers alike to join in the celebration of new beginnings and the year's first sips of the Okanagan's finest.

This festival is an open invitation to explore the soul of BC's wine country, offering a unique mix of culinary delights, exclusive tastings, and breathtaking scenes. From the intimate gatherings in the cozy wine cellars to the grand tastings under the vast Okanagan sky, each event is designed to leave a lasting impression, echoing the festival's spirit of community, discovery, and celebration.

Signature Events and Experiences

Highlighting the festival's rich itinerary is the BC Top 50 Grand Tasting event, an exclusive evening where guests have the unique opportunity to taste the crème de la crème of the region's wines as selected by a distinguished judging panel. This grand tasting sets the tone for the festival, offering a rare glimpse into the expertise and dedication behind every bottle.

The TASTE Series, another cornerstone of the festival, presents a variety of experiences across different venues, including the much-anticipated events at The District Wine Village. Here, amidst the harmonious blend of music and laughter, guests can explore a multitude of exclusive tastings, each offering a unique perspective on the local terroir. Special attention is given to the Rosé-infused evening in Kelowna, a nod to the wine that has become synonymous with warm Okanagan afternoons.

The Life of the Okanagan

At its core, the Okanagan Spring Wine Festival is a narrative of the region's wine and culinary culture, told through a series of events that range from light alfresco lunches to sumptuous gourmet dinners. Each gathering is an opportunity to meet the people behind the labels, hear their stories, and experience firsthand the passion that fuels this wine community.

The festival not only showcases the best of the Okanagan's wines but also its warm hospitality and the culinary genius of its chefs, who skillfully pair local ingredients with the perfect wines. It's a festival that transcends the act of wine tasting, evolving into a full-sensory journey through one of Canada's most cherished wine regions.

The Okanagan Spring Wine Festival provides an insight into the region's enduring love affair with wine. It's a place where each glass tells a story of heritage, craftsmanship, and the simple joy of sharing good wine with friends old and new. As spring breathes new life into the Okanagan, this festival invites one and all to awaken their senses and celebrate the season's bounty in a setting that's as unforgettable as the wines it honours.