Jan 5 2018


Sun Peaks, BC (January 5, 2018) – The Sun Peaks Winter Okanagan Wine Festival returns for its 20th year with 20 premier events to enjoy from January 12 to 21.

From its humble beginnings as a two-day Ice Wine Festival, the Sun Peaks Winter Okanagan Wine Festival has grown to become an internationally recognized, ten-day celebration.

"The 20th anniversary of the Sun Peaks Winter Okanagan Wine Festival is fast approaching and we are looking forward to welcoming loyal and new guests to this long-standing marquee event,” said Arlene Schieven, President and CEO, Tourism Sun Peaks. “The wine festival events, coupled with a winter wonderland setting, provide the perfect opportunity to celebrate the best of our region’s wine and food, while enjoying a multitude of outdoor activities.”

New for 2018, the festival has introduced four events as a direct response to feedback received from attendees and emerging market trends: Exposure Beyond ‘Auto’, Iconic and Collectible Wines of BC with John Schreiner, House Concert with Wine and the Voyageur Brunch.

Blair Baldwin, General Manager, The Okanagan Wine Festivals society noted, “The festival is a testament to the phenomenal wine culture in the province.  British Columbia has now surpassed $1 billion in wine sales annually. Unique Canadian inspired wine and culinary events like Taste of Sun Peaks and Comforts of Grilled Cheese and Wine offer an inspired pairing for those who enjoy wine, food and skiing.”

As one of the largest winter gatherings of British Columbian wineries, guests will have the opportunity to taste over 150 different wines during the ten-day event, accompanied by culinary delights and the fresh mountain air of Canada’s second largest ski area. Ticket sales are already strong for 2018 with six events sold out and others filling quickly. For full event listings and ticket purchase options, please visit sunpeaksresort.com/wine-festival.


Sun Peaks is a resort community located in the interior of British Columbia. Located just 45 minutes from Kamloops, it is the second largest ski area in Canada and a year-round destination for guests in search of a welcoming, accessible, stress-free mountain experience. Consistently recognized as one of the top ski resorts in North America, thanks to its massive terrain and confidence inspiring design, Sun Peaks offers a European-style ski-in, ski-out, pedestrian village with locally-owned and operated shops, restaurants and lodging. Spring, summer and fall offers guests a wide range of leisure activities, featuring an 18-hole, par 72 Graham Cooke-designed golf course, a lift-accessed downhill mountain bike park, cross-country mountain biking, alpine hiking trails, and a year-round line up of concerts, events and festivals. Sun Peaks has been recognized for its environmental policies and practices, as the first resort in North America and the only resort in Canada to earn the ISO 14001 designation for environmental management.

The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society is responsible for the development of the wine tourism sector in the interior of British Columbia. It is well known for producing four seasonally inspired Okanagan Wine Festivals in Wither, Spring, Summer and Fall. Its Winter Okanagan Wine Festival is run in partnership with Sun Peaks Resort. It is also responsible for Signature Wine Events including Cropped by Valley First, the WestJet Wine Tastings, and more. It produces and runs for two annual wine judging competitions: the British Columbia Best of Varietal Wine Competition, and the province’s most prestigious and oldest wine competition, the British Columbia Wine Awards. For more information visit, www.thewinefestivals.com


For further information please contact:

Rachel Roberts
Media Relations Specialist
Tourism Sun Peaks

Kate Deglow
Marketing & Public Relations Manager
The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society
250-861-6654 ext. 102