Premier Horgan and Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture. (flickr.com)

Premier John Horgan has said that “B.C. wineries enrich our communities, attracting tourism to our province and opening up employment opportunities. B.C. Wine Month is our chance to raise a glass in celebration of our delicious local wines, and the hardworking people who make them.”

Premier Horgan and Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture, were joined by Miles Prodan, president and CEO of the BC Wine Institute, to kick off B.C. Wine Month with a tour of the vineyard, tasting rooms and Miradoro restaurant at the Tinhorn Creek winery in Oliver.

Minister Lana Popham said “All month long we will be celebrating B.C. wine and encouraging everyone to learn more about the province’s wine industry, from the growing and harvesting of the grapes, to winemaking and wine and food pairings, and everything in between,”

April’s B.C. Wine Month campaign will showcase the world-class wines that are produced in the province. British Columbia Vintners Quality Alliance (BC VQA) wine will be featured in all BC Liquor Stores. There will also be sommeliers and chefs teaming up for wine and food-pairing events in BC VQA wine stores.

B.C. Wine Month will also tie into Buy BC: Eat Drink Local, a dine-out campaign run by the BC Restaurant and Food Services Association. This promotion will highlight local food and beverages to customers during the month of May, so everyone can experience restaurant takes on locally grown and produced food and drinks.

“We are grateful for provincial support to promote the many B.C. grape growers and wineries, most of which are small, family-owned and operated businesses, here at home,” said Prodan. “Celebrating all things grown, crushed, raised and produced in B.C., we are working with restaurants, retail liquor stores, tourism organizations, including Destination BC, and wineries themselves throughout the province, in a collaboration of efforts to support B.C. Wine Month.”

During B.C. Wine Month, the BC Wine Institute will be holding a sweepstake competition. The grand prize is an all-inclusive trip for two to the Chef Meets BC Grape Taste of the Okanagan signature event in the heart of B.C.’s wine country.

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