Fall Okanagan Wine Festival

Event Dates:
  • Fri September 28, 2018
  • Sat September 29, 2018
  • Sun September 30, 2018
  • Mon October 1, 2018
  • Tue October 2, 2018
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The Fall Okanagan Wine Festival – September 27 – October 7

The Fall Okanagan Wine Festival, now in its 38th year, is the premier wine festival produced by the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society. Talk about an authentic experience, the 10 day festival takes place across the Valley during grape harvest! The festival has been among the 100 top events in North America for the past 16 years, and has earned a reputation for creating a superb wine experience at the heart of the industry. 

With over 80 events happening throughout the valley, including wine tastings, vineyard tours, grape stomping, live music, creative food pairings, and young chef battles – there’s something for everyone. For more information visit thewinefestivals.com.

Here are the events happening in and around Penticton during this year’s Fall Okanagan Wine Festival.

  • Major’s Legacy Event
    September 15, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    See Ya Later Ranch – 250-497-8267 
    Come help us celebrate the rich history of SYL Ranch and Major Fraser’s contribution to the community of Okanagan Falls. Enjoy an afternoon in the vineyard with food/wine pairings, music, and newly released Legacy wines presented by our winemaker. Rain/shine appropriate footwear recommended.
    Cost: $50.00 + tax

  • Taste of the Terroir – Okanagan Varietal Showdown Featuring 10 of BC’s Finest Boutique Wineries
    September 27, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Villa Rosa Restaurant – 250-490-9595 or info@thevillarosa.com 

    Taste & explore 5 signature varietals from 10 unique wineries, showcasing the many terroir’s of the BC wine industry. Side by side comparison of BC’s signature style & terroir. Reflecting 10 distinct wineries & their appropriate sub regions. Feat. Bartier Bros, Covert Farms, Ex Nihilo and many more! 
    Cost: $99.95 + tax + gratuity (reservations recommended) 

  • Awakening Spirits Overlooking the Naramata Bench
    September 27 – October 6, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
    Maple Leaf Spirits – 250-493-0180 or anette@mapleleafspirits.ca 

    Pioneers in Craft Distilling in Penticton since 2005, we offer award winning spirits, wine brandy and liqueurs all handcrafted from Okanagan fruit, grapes and wine. Enjoy daily special treats inspired by European traditions and try new recipes. Overlooking the beautiful Naramata Bench.
    Cost: Minimum $5 Donation

  • Paella Lunch for Two at the Kichen by Abul Adame
    September 27 – October 6, 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
    Da Silva Vineyard and Winery – 1-800-851-0903 or chefabul.adame@gmail.com

    During the fall wine festival join Chef Abul Adame for his famous paella. Da Silva Winery, a new branch of Misconduct Wine Co. will be releasing a wine that pairs perfectly with the paella. Price includes 2 glasses of wine and paella. No tickets required, phone for reservations as limited seating. 
    Cost: $45 + tax and gratuity 

  • Autumn Harvest Wine Tastings
    September 27 – October 7, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
    Sleeping Giant Fruit Winery – 250-494-0377 or summerlandsweets@telus.net
    Established in 2008 Sleeping Giant’s wine portfolio offers off-dry wines that are complex and well balanced. Drop in for a complimentary tasting featuring the flavours of fall – our unique spiced pumpkin table wine or our delightful cranberry table wine.
    Cost: Complimentary
  • Harvest Celebration Dinner | Family Style
    September 28, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Hillside Winery & Bistro – 250-487-1350 or bistro@hillsidewinery.ca 

    Celebrate the bounty of Fall at Hillside. Mingle with winemaker Kathy Malone while enjoying a multi-course family style dinner prepared by Chef Brent Pillon served with our award winning wines. Tickets available on website or call the Bistro directly to reserve your table. Only 50 seats available.
    Cost: $109 + tax + gratuity 
    Buy Tickets: www.hillsidewinery.ca

  • ‘Meat Stock’ – A Meat Feast Extraordinaire & Dinner
    September 28, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Wild Goose Vineyards – 250-497-8919 or leslie@wildgoosewinery.com

    Enjoy a meat feast extraordinaire at our ‘Meat Stock’, an evening of meats, delicious sides and great wine! Meet the team behind both the wines at Wild Goose and the great food at the Smoke & Oak Bistro. 36 seats available! All we are saying is…give meat a chance!
    Cost: $99 per person (all included)
    Buy Tickets: www.wildgoosewinery.com

  • Fitz Family Cave Dinner
    September 28, 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
    Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards – 250-878-5430 or jh@fitzwine.com 

    Join the Fitzpatrick Family for a multi-course dinner in our sparkling wine cave. The 5 course dinner features the food of Chef Jeremy Tucker paired with our families wines. The dinner will showcase our portfolio of 3 sparkling wines, along with two still wines. Only 50 spots available.
    Cost: $125

  • Tour TIME Winery
    September 28 – October 7, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
    TIME Winery- 250-494-8828 or info@timewinery.com 

    Come and join us in taking a tour of our TIME, state of the art winery located in downtown Penticton. Following the tour, enjoy a tasting of our award winning wines.
    Cost: $10 + tax

  • Evolve Cellars Bubbles N’ Bites
    September 28 – October 7, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
    Evolve Cellars – 778-516-7728 or info@evolvecellars.com 

    That’s right, we now have four! Awaken your taste buds with all four Evolve Effervescence Sparkling Wines paired with light tasty snacks as we guide you through our sparkling portfolio.
    Cost: $25.00

  • The Vanilla Pod at Poplar Grove Six Course Wine Paired Dinner
    September 28 – October 7, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Poplar Grove Winery – 250-493-9463 or vanillapod@shaw.ca 

    5pm – 9pm nightly during Fall Okanagan Wine Festival (reservations recommended) enjoy a 6 course wine paired dinner featuring the award-winning wines from Poplar Grove & Monster Vineyards paired with amazing dishes created by Executive Chef Bruno Terroso.
    Cost: $159 + tax and gratuity 

  • Monstrous Wines!
    September 28 – October 7, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
    Monster Vineyards – 250-493-9463 or wine@monstervineyards.com 
    Monster wines – fun, feisty and ready to be set free! Open daily for tastings 10am – 6pm. One of the first wineries along the Naramata Bench, it is the perfect beginning or end to a leisurely day of wine tasting. Live music on the patio, October 7th only, 1pm – 4pm.
    Cost: Free

  • Wine Tastings at the BC Wine Information Centre
    September 28 – October 7, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
    BC VQA Wine Information Centre – 250-490-2006 or wine@pentictonwineinfo.com 

    Want to learn more about the BC Wine Industry? Stop by our fabulous tasting bar and enjoy a mini tasting tutorial where participants will have an overview of the BC Wine Industry and will sample award winning wines.
    Cost: Complimentary

  • Take Time to Sip and Savour the Flavours of TIME Winery
    September 29, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    TIME Winery- 250-494-8828 or info@timewinery.com 

    It’s TIME to take a break from the busy grape harvest to sip and savour the flavours of TIME Winery. Join us at our new state of the art winery, for grazing’s from TIME Kitchen paired with some wine favourites from TIME Winery. Revel in our new barrel room, tank cellar, crush pad and wine shop. Enjoy our award-winning wine and delicious food pairings prepared by our Winery Chef.
    Cost: $99 + GST

  • Harvest Party at Noble Ridge
    September 29, 10:15 am – 2:00 pm
    Noble Ridge Winery – 250-497-7945 or experience@nobleridge.com 

    Take part in our 2018 Harvest by picking grapes with the Owners and Winemaker. After, celebrate with gourmet food and wine pairings throughout our production facility. Taste wine from the barrel while listening to live music and unique talks on different aspects about the most important time of year!
    Cost: $99 + tax

  • An Evening of Fine Italian Cuisine & the Wine of Moon Curser Vineyards
    September 30, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Villa Rosa Restaurant – 250-490-9595 or info@thevillarosa.com 

    Each Fall the Villa Rosa Ristorante Italiano, hosts a series of extraordinary multiple course menus paired with the exceptional wines of the Okanagan’s finest wineries. – Enjoy Moon Curser Vineyards unique varietals of the South Okanagan paired with all the rich flavours of rustic Italian cuisine.
    Cost: $99.95 + tax + gratuity (reservations recommended) 

  • Master Your Senses
    September 30, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Sumac Ridge Estate Winery – 250-494-0451 or info@sumacridge.com 

    Develop your sense of smell while having fun!  Attempt to identify selected aromas which are the key elements of wine.  This interactive experience includes a mystery wine game and ultimately guides guests to develop a personal sensory memory to help recognize aromas.  Enjoy 4 estate-grown wines in our private vineyard room, followed by a delicious charcuterie platter. 
    Cost: $45.00 per person + tax

  • Pig Roast at Evolve Cellars
    September 30, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Evolve Cellars – 778-516-7728 or info@evolvecellars.com 

    Join us at Evolve Cellars for our 2nd Annual Pig Roast. Spend Sunday afternoon enjoying award winning wines, suckling pigs crackling over the flame, and tasty sides. The Niki Martinus Project will be joining us again with great live music. Don’t miss celebrating Fall with us at Evolve Cellars!
    Cost: $89.99 + GST
    Buy Tickets: www.encorevineyards.ca

  • Villa Rose Restaurante Winemaker’s Dinner with Fairview Cellars
    October 3, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Villa Rosa Restaurant – 250-490-9595 or info@thevillarosa.com 

    Learn the art of blending vintages and verticals and taste through the signature blends of Fairview Cellars. Compare the distinct vintages and age ability of key verticals, paired with the tantalizing flavors of Villa Rosa Ristorante and experience all the rich flavors of our rustic Italian cuisine.
    Cost: $99.95 + tax + gratuity (reservations recommended) 

  • Cellar Grazing & Harvest Dinner
    October 4, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Sumac Ridge Estate Winery – 250-494-0451 or info@sumacridge.com 

    Visit our sparkling wine cave and witness a Sabre Ceremony.  Savour our Private Reserve wine with delectable food pairings in our private vineyard room.  Relax in the Black Sage Hall for a sumptuous Chef’s dinner showcasing our bold Black Sage Vineyard wine.  Includes 2 appetizers, harvest dinner, and is followed by a decadent chocolate dessert paired with our Black Sage Vineyard Pipe.
    Cost: $99.00 per person + tax

  • An Evening of Fine Italian Cuisine & the Wines of Black Sage Vineyards
    October 4, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Villa Rosa Restaurant – 250-490-9595 or info@thevillarosa.com 

    The art of blending, vintages and verticals and taste through the signature blends of BLACKSAGE VINEYARDS. Compare the distinct vintages and age ability of key verticals, paired with the tantalizing flavors of Villa Rosa Ristorante and experience all the rich flavors of our rustic Italian cuisine.
    Cost: $99.95 + tax + gratuity (reservations recommended) 
  • Cropped presented by Valley First at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre
    October 5 – 6,  7:00-10:00 pm
    Over 200 wines to taste, food from local providers, food demos, artisan vendors, live music, and an onsite liquor store. BC’s Largest Wine Tasting & Farmers Market. Cropped is a sensory and visual experience that truly depicts the Okanagan in its Fall splendor.
    Cost: $72.45 + tax and applicable fees
    Buy Tickets: ValleyFirstTix.Com
    Accommodation Packages: www.thewinefestivals.com 

  • Harvest Dinner
    October 6, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    Painted Rock Estate Winery- 250-493-6809 or events@paintedrock.ca 
    Painted Rock proprietor John Skinner welcomes 50th Parallel Estate Winery and Mark Filatow of Waterfront Catering for a spectacular wine paired evening. At Waterfront Wines, Chef and Sommelier Mark Filatow’s passion for fresh, local ingredients can be seen in each of his delectable dishes and their perfect pairings. Renowned for their award-winning menu and wine list, it is no wonder that Waterfront has been named the ‘Best Okanagan Restaurant’ at the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards the last eight years in a row. 
    Cost: $140 per person including gratuity, taxes are additional
    Buy Tickets: PaintedRock.ca

  • Oktoberfest at Lang Vineyards!
    October 6, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Lang Vineyards – 778-514-5598 or mike@langvineyards.ca 

    Come celebrate our rich German heritage with us! Meet our founder Guenther Lang. Try authentic German foods such as bratwurst, pretzel buns, sauerkraut and more to pair with some of our great wines. 
    Cost: $1-$20 

  • Mastering Meritage – The Art of the Bordeaux Style Blend
    October 7, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Sumac Ridge Estate Winery – 250-494-0451 or info@sumacridge.com 

    Enjoy a hands-on seminar where you play winemaker for the day, exploring 4 classic Bordeaux varietals produced from our Black Sage Vineyards.  This is an interactive experience that unlocks the magic of meritage.  Will you make the perfect blend?  Enjoy a charcuterie platter with our new release, Black Sage Vineyard Meritage!
    Cost: $45.00 per person + tax

  • Thanksgiving Dinner with Hillside
    October 7-8, Two Seatings: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm or 7:00 pm – 8:00pm
    Hillside Winery & Bistro – 487-1350 or bistro@hillsidewinery.ca 

    Join the Hillside Family table for Thanksgiving! Chef Brent Pillon and his culinary team prepare a slight twist to a traditional Thanksgiving Menu. Enjoy this celebratory 3-course meal with Hillside wine pairings (optional +$15). 
    Cost: $45 per person | +$15 wine pairing

Signature Event Dates:

  • Thurs September 27, 2018 • 7:00-9:30 PM – British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards Reception
    Introducing our Province’s most prestigious wine competition – The 1st annual British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards. It is a merger of the province’s two premier judging competitions and is presided over by the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. A celebration of the best wines from across our Province with Bronze, Silver, and Gold medals awarded, as well as the Lieutenant Governor’s Platinum medals and the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for the Best Wine in British Columbia.

  • Sat September 29, 2018 • 7:00-10:00 PM – The Fall WestJet Wine Tasting at YLW in the Carson Air Hangar
    In partnership with WestJet Airlines, and Carson Air, the Okanagan Wine Festivals’ ever-popular Fall WestJet Wine Tastings will have a new spin this fall! The event will now be held at the Kelowna International Airport in the brand-new Carson Air hangar. The event will have the largest capacity of any indoor wine tasting in the Okanagan, and a venue design that will surely be stunning. Over 80 wineries, local food, DJ, and an onsite liquor store!

  • Thurs October 4, 2018 • 7:00-9:30 PM – The Young Chefs presented by Kelowna International Airport
    Twelve apprentice chefs compete to create a unique small plate that pairs perfectly with their partner winery. Taste the creativity of these young chefs, and enjoy the beautiful setting of the Atrium at Okanagan College. Please bring your smart phone to vote for People’s Choice Best Food & Wine Pairing while our professional judges will choose the Top Young Chef.

  • Fri October 5, 2018 • 7:00-10:00 PM – Cropped presented by Valley First at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre
    Over 200 wines to taste, food from local providers, food demos, artisan vendors, live music, and an onsite liquor store. BC’s Largest Wine Tasting & Farmers Market. Cropped is a sensory and visual experience that truly depicts the Okanagan in its Fall splendor.

  • Sat October 6, 2018 • 7:00-10:00 PM – Cropped presented by Valley First at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre
    Over 200 wines to taste, food from local providers, food demos, artisan vendors, live music, and an onsite liquor store. BC’s Largest Wine Tasting & Farmers Market. Cropped is a sensory and visual experience that truly depicts the Okanagan in its Fall splendor.

  • Sun October 7, 2018 • 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Thanksgiving Brunch at Watermark Beach Resort

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