B.C wine country: I went, I sampled, I purchased

View of Oliver vineyards

This was my third annual wine trip to Osoyoos and my second to Penticton. This year, I combined the two trips because they’re an easy driving distance apart and it’s cheaper to do the trip once, even with an extra day added on and a few more bottles of wine purchased. This year’s wine haul cost $400.

I live on the coast (a four and a half hour drive away) and what’s so remarkable about this area of B.C. are the rolling hills and lush vineyards. Things I don’t see in Vancouver. I look forward to this trip every year. It combines a great experience with great wine.

Nothing is cheap here, not the wine or the accommodation, at least when I travel during the summer months. Osoyoos and Penticton depend on tourism, and the window to make money is limited to the warm weather months. Many wineries have restaurants and they’re very costly. In 2017, I ate at three. Good food, but I won’t be doing that again!

I have many favourite wineries, including Gehringer Brothers, which is the best value for my wine dollar. I also like Desert Hills and Township 7.

B.C.’s wine industry has grown up over the last few decades and the wine regions are incredible places to visit. I’ll keep going back.

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