The British Columbia Wine Grape Council's 14th Annual Enology & Viticulture Conference is less than a month away, taking place Monday, July 15 and Tuesday, July 16 in Penticiton, B.C. The agenda for both the Viticulture Day (July 15) and the Enology Day (July 16) looks great.
Here are some "Wines of British Columbia Quick Facts" from the British Columbia Wine Institute:
• BC's wine industry has grown from just 17 grape wineries in 1990 to over 210 today
• There are now over 9,800 acres (3,946 hectares) of vines in British Columbia's five designated Viticultural Areas (Okanagan Valley, Similkameen Valley, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island, and Gulf Islands) and beyond
• More than 80 different grape varieties are grown in British Columbia; Merlot is the most planted grape, and Pinot Gris is the most planted white grape
• Viator Travel Blog rated the Okanagan Valley number 1 on their list of "Top 10 Wine Destinations Around the World"
• Sipping wine in the Okanagan was rated number 8 on MSN Travel's "10 top places to try something new" in 2012
• British Columbia's wineries receive more than 1.5 million visitors each year