The British Columbia Wine Institute laughed its inaugural Best of B.C. Wine Country Awards. File photo

Vote for your favourite B.C. wine experiences

Best of B.C. Wine Country Awards now open for voting

The public is invited to vote on their favourite B.C. wine experiences through an online survey and find the Best of B.C. Wine Country this wine touring season.

The Best of B.C. Wine Country is a crowd-sourced online survey launched by the British Columbia Wine Institute. The survey will generate authentic recommendations from the public on a variety of “Best of” categories relating to B.C. wine and culinary tourism: Best B.C. VQA Wine; Best Culinary; Best Experience and Best Atmosphere.

“We are excited to launch the Best of B.C. Wine Country Awards to highlight the many ways to enjoy our diverse wine region, and encourage visitors to vote on their favourite experiences while touring B.C. wineries this summer,” said Kim Barnes marketing director of the B.C. Wine Institute. “Whether it’s for the wine experience, the local culinary, culture, art, the people or the scenic views, there are so many reasons to visit B.C. Wine Country. We want to know first hand from winery-goers what keeps bringing them back.”

From the coastal regions of Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and Fraser Valley, to regions with desert-like conditions including the Okanagan Valley and Similkameen Valley, have your say on what makes B.C. an award-winning touring destination. The best things to taste, the best places to visit, the best moments to savour, the best places to take someone from out-of-town — vote for your top picks from the wineries of British Columbia until Aug. 15, 2017.

B.C. is producing world-class wine and its wine regions are making top destination lists among national and international travel experts, as most recently featured on USA Today’s Ten Best Wine Regions of the World.

Related: Poll puts Okanagan wine region in top-10 tourism destinations

There are 276 B.C. wineries open to the public and 43 winery restaurants throughout the province. Wineries are expanding their wine touring experiences to include everything from on-site restaurants, shops and accommodation, seasonal locally-sourced food pairings, art and yoga classes in the vineyards, cooking classes, vineyard tours, concerts, aboriginal cultural experiences, festivals and more.

Awards are presented for the Okanagan Valley, Similkameen Valley, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands and Emerging Regions. Winners will be published on WineBC.com on Sept. 6, 2017. Click here for the online survey to vote.