Penticton’s BC VQA Wine Information Centre is the place to stop in the South Okanagan to discover, taste, learn about and purchase over 700 wines from BC VQA wineries, which means they are only made from BC grapes.
For Spring Wine Festival, the Centre will be hosting Corcelettes Estate  Winery, Saturday, May 2. Whitewater Cookbook author Shelley Adams will also be signing her cookbooks.
The BC Information Centre plays a vital role in supporting the BC wine  community and promoting wine education. It is operated by the non-profit BC Wine Information Society, which was formed to open this VQA store back in 1996.
Shopping at the BC VQA Wine Information Centre helps support the local wine economy and wine education. Almost half a million dollars has been donated to Okanagan College in Penticton for scholarships and bursaries for students attending the Viticuture Program. Over $300,000 has gone towards the construction of a wine sensory lab recently opened at the Penticton Okanagan College campus.
The Information Centre is open seven days a week to welcome visitors. Daily complimentary tastings provide the opportunity to drop in any time and try something new. The passionate staff are there to share their knowledge about wine and wineries, help with visitors’ BC VQA purchases and make suggestions about special wine-related books and gifts.
BC VQA wines and custom gift baskets can also be ordered and shipped from the Centre. Visit the store or

Photo: Meet Charlie Baessler & Jesce Walker from Corcelettes Winery.
~ Dona Sturmanis