Oh. But there's always a catch.
As wonderful, affordable, and delicious as the Okanagan Valley is, it's also not exactly right next to a major airport. Or any airport. The closest one is in Penticton, a fairly expensive regional airport about an hour away, accessible from Vancouver or Calgary.
Slightly larger (but 90 minutes away) is Kelowna International Airport, cheaper and accessible from big airports in the Western United States.
Tell you what, though, if you're up for an adventure, fly into Vancouver and drive. You're looking at a four-or five-hour journey over emerald mountains, into rough desert hills, along streams, down windy roads, and through green valleys. The road sometimes slims to just two lanes, and drivers might slow to do crazy stuff like bask in the scenery. But if you've got some time in the summer months, when the mountain roads are clear of snow, this is absolutely the way to do it.
So yes, Canada might not be the first place you think of when considering a wine-tasting vacation. But if you're more into the quality of your experience than name recognition, it's a tough destination to beat. The wines are good, the food is fresh, the scenery is unbeatable, and it won't cost you a fortune. It might not be a connoisseur's first choice, as the wines here are good but not internationally known. But for most of us, we're just there to have fun. After the second winery, they all taste the same anyway.
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