South Okanagan wineries pop their corks over national awards

A national service that critiques Canadian wines and rates wineries this year says the South Okanagan is home to eight of the top 25 wineries in the country.

Those eight include four members of the Oliver Osoyoos Wine Association.

The accolades follow the 16th annual WineAlign National Wine Awards held in late June in Penticton. Results from the competition were released Tuesday.

More than 1,500 wines were tasted blind (producer, origin, price hidden) by 21 wine critics and educators from seven provinces and guest judges from the United Kingdom and United States.

Sixteen Platinum medals, 103 Golds, 454 Silver and 190 Bronze — all identifying ‘very good’ wines — were awarded.

Many of those awards went to South Okanagan wineries, including

  • Road 13 Vineyards — Rated #3 of 25 (two Platinum, one Gold, five Silver and two Bronze);
  • Moon Curser Vineyards — Rated #6 of 25 (two Gold, three Silver and two bronze);
  • Church and State Wines — Rated #14 of 25 (two Gold, nine Silver and one bronze); and
  • Burrowing Owl Estate Winery — Rated #19 of 25 (two Gold, two Silver and three bronze)

Many other members of the Association were also honored with awards. For a complete listing of wineries and winning entries, visit

WineAlign describes itself as a “free community-based service for reviewing, sharing and discovering wines.”