Winter Okanagan Wine Festival selling out fast


Wine fest attendees sampling wine in 2017. File Photo

For 10 days in January the community will transform into a wine lovers’ paradise as Sun Peaks prepares to host the 21st Annual Sun Peaks Winter Okanagan Wine Festival. The event offers something for every wine connoisseur, whether you’re just developing your palate or have  refined taste, it’s a great occasion to try some of British Columbia’s best blends.

The festival, which returns Jan. 11 to 20, already had six events sold out by mid-December. Events manager for Tourism Sun Peaks, Janice Hoppenreys, said she anticipated this year will come close to a complete sell out.

“I think it just shows that people are really excited about the Sun Peaks Winter Okanagan Wine Festival and really look forward to it each year. We’re seeing early sell outs…it’s a fun popular event,” she said.

While this year’s festival won’t see any new event additions, it will welcome four new wineries: Da Silva Vineyards and Winery, Liber Farm and Winery, Pipe Dreams Winery and Stoneboat Vineyards. Each one will participate in a mix of the Progressive Tasting, the Wine Crawl and the Starbucks Brunch.

With a selection of events from brunch to blind tastings and an in home concert to a moonlight snowshoe & mulled wine, there’s a wide variety to choose from. With events selling out quickly this year Hoppenreys advised those who want to attend purchase tickets soon.

Sold out events include Comforts of Grilled Cheese and Wine, Dinner with Cheese, Explorer Series, The Best of British Columbia Wine & Cheeses, The British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards Tutored Dinner and Mixology to Music.

Despite the popularity of the festival, this will be the last year the festival will be held in January. Hoppenreys confirmed Sun Peaks will hold a wine festival in 2020 but the time hasn’t yet been set.

“Due to the resort being busier in January it will move to a to-be-determined-date in 2020.”

Tickets and a schedule of events can be found at