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winter-wine-events-okanagan-similkameen-2014-bcwineHave you ever wondered what happens in wine country once the summer has ended? Many of the wineries do shut down for the winter season (although more and more each year are staying open, some with limited hours). However, five of the winery associations throughout the Okanagan and Similkameen valleys are hosting weekend open house events November 29th through December 7th this year. Participating winery associations include Summerland’s Bottleneck Drive, Okanagan Falls Winery Association, Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country, the Similkameen Wineries Association and the Westside Wine Trail.

Light up the Vines with Summerland’s Bottleneck Drive (Nov. 29 & 30) – Spend a weekend touring your favourite Bottleneck Drive Wineries in Summerland as they “Light Up The Vines” for two special evenings this year. Visit November 29 & 30 from 3pm-7pm and enjoy complimentary wine tastings, special holiday promotions, a weekend passport to win a prize valued at over $500 and of course vines lit up! This year there will once again be both self-guided and guided tour options available as well as weekend accommodation packages.

Holiday Cheer Open House with the Okanagan Falls Winery Association (Nov. 29 & 30) – Join the wineries of Okanagan Falls this holiday season for their open house weekend in the “Heart of Wine Country”. Come visit these 12 wineries for your holiday gifting ideas, food pairings & sample their delicious wines! Join them in their decorated wine shops and vineyards while enjoying delicious holiday treats and exclusive features from each winery. Take part in their photo scavenger hunt for your chance to win a private wine tour for two with Top Cat Tours!

Winter in Wine Country with Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country (Nov. 29 & 30) – Winter in Wine Country celebrates the ethereal beauty of the winter months in the region with individual events taking place at 27 wineries including food pairings and Christmas carols, special tasting room opportunities and fabulous displays of Christmas lights. Join them to celebrate winter on Saturday and Sunday, November 29th and 30th. Back by popular demand is the Winter in Wine Country Weekend Passport. Collect stamps from participating wineries as you tour over the weekend. Once you have received 6 stamps, you are eligible to win an Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country Case prize! Bonus draws for extra visits. On Saturday night, the Rosé Revolution offers guests the opportunity to taste Rosé’s from 17 different wineries with fabulous food pairing stations, live music and a people’s choice award.  Guide yourself through the weekend or make use of some of the local touring options.

Similkameen Country Christmas with the Similkameen Wineries Association (Dec. 6 & 7) – Wine tastings, food pairings, decorated wine shops, art, gift ideas and holiday joy and cheer await you in the fourth annual Similkameen Country Christmas Winery Open House Tour which runs Dec. 6th and 7th from 12-4pm daily. In traditional holiday open house style, enjoy a self-guided tour as you meander through the beautiful Similkameen and visit our 7 participating wineries. Pick up a passport at your first stop and get you it stamped at each winery along the way for your chance to win a $200 Similkameen Wineries Association wine lovers package. Rumour has it that even Santa loves to give (and receive!) amazing, award-winning wines from the Similkameen Valley!

Sip into the Season with the Westside Wine Trail (Dec. 7) – Sip some wine. See some crafts. Cross some holiday shopping off your list while enjoying an easy afternoon touring the wineries of West Kelowna. Join the wineries of the Westside Wine Trail as they celebrate the holidays with their Sip into the Season event. On Sunday, December 7th each winery will host local artisans and crafters in their tasting rooms and cellars for a wine & craft tour. This unique and one of a kind event will see visitors travel from winery to winery as they enjoy the works of the artisans and crafters at each location as well as award-winning wines, gift packages and holiday cheer. This is a self-guided tour and for added convenience, touring options are available through Distinctly Kelowna Tours. The “Sip into the Season” event takes place from noon to 4 pm at participating wineries of the Westside Wine Trail.

Visit www.WinterWineEvents.com or www.Facebook.com/WinterWineEvents for dates and links to more detailed information to the Winter Wine Events of your choice!

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