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The Okanagan hosts a wine festival in May, to open the season, and in early October, to close the season; both weekends are popular, and busy, times to visit. High season is defined from wine festival to wine festival.
Winery staff and other insiders say that the best time for an Okanagan wine-tasting trip is September. Everything is open, the weather is generally fine, and the vineyards are full of grapes ready to harvest. Many wineries release new wines in the fall, so there are more tasting options.
The hot dry summer, especially July and August, is peak season here, and weekends get crowded. May and June are quieter, and most wineries are open, so either month can be a good alternative to the midsummer peak.
The Okanagan is a popular ski destination in winter, with several low-key but first-rate resorts. If your main objective is wine touring, though, many wineries close or reduce their hours from November through April.
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