The definitive guide to Interior BC wineries, covering the Okanagan, Similkameen, Thompson and Kootenays. With updated maps and travel tips, it’s your ultimate glove-box guide, now in a newly expanded and updated edition.
For nearly fifteen years Okanagan Wine Tour Guide has been the definitive companion for travelling the winding roads of BC’s Interior wine region. In this, the 6th edition, John Schreiner and his new co-author—wine writer, podcaster, and instructor Luke Whittall—chart the latest developments at the oldest wineries and the very first vintages from the newest startups in a region that stretches along Okanagan Lake, west to the Similkameen, north to the Thompson, and east to the Kootenays.
This edition includes 240 wineries (that’s over 40 openings in five years!), revised and updated maps, contact information, tasting room information, and recommendations. From pioneers like Quail’s Gate on Mount Boucherie to the newest arrivals like Cliff&Gorge in Lillooet, these stories are as varied as the personalities of the wines themselves—a few vines planted as a retirement project, a few acres purchased on a whim, or a gala grand opening underpinned by years of planning and consultation. What emerges across the guide is the sense of community and the room for wildly different philosophies on everything from growing to fermenting to naming.
Whether you’re paging through the aisles of the local liquor store, sorting your Viogniers from your Syrahs, or relishing a family vineyard’s journey from its Quonset-hut years to international acclaim, John Schreiner’s Okanagan Wine Tour is the ultimate guide to and celebration of Interior BC wine.
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About the Author
John Schreiner is the best-selling author of fifteen books, and Canada’s most respected and prolific wine writer. He is a celebrated member of both national and regional wine communities across Canada, and has judged in numerous wine competitions. He lives in North Vancouver.
Luke Whittall has worked in cellars, vineyards, and wine shops since 2005. He is a wine instructor at Okanagan College and the producer of "Wine Country BC," a podcast and blog. He has contributed articles to many wine-focused publications and websites, and is the author of Valleys of Wine: A Taste of British Columbia’s Wine History.
Table of Contents
Why We Wrote this Book 1
Geography for Wine Tourists 5
Beyond the Okanagan 24
Virtual Wineries 27
Winery Profiles 29
Photo Credits 511