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Road 13 Vineyards Named Best Winery in BC and Top 10 in Canada at National Wine Awards

Road 13 Vineyards made a spectacular showing at Wine Align's 2017 National Wine Awards of Canada. The Oliver-based winery brought home a platinum win amongst the thirteen medals awarded and the titles of #1 Winery in British Columbia and Top 10 Wineries in Canada. Road 13 Vineyards is the only winery in Canada to win platinum while also securing a spot in the national top ten for five consecutive years. Road 13 boasts eight platinum medal wins since their induction into the awards in 2013 - double that of any competing winery across the nation. 

This year marked the largest showing with 1,700 entries from 242 different wineries entered in the National Wine Awards of Canada. Road 13 Vineyard was awarded platinum for the 2014 Similkameen Collective GSM - a red blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. Twelve additional medals were awarded to wines within the Road 13 Vineyards portfolio of red, white, sparkling and rosé wines including three gold, three silver and six bronze. Detailed results below.

"We are very proud to have been recognized for the ninth year in a row as one of the Top 10 Wineries in Canada and are thrilled to be crowned the #1 Winery in BC," says General Manager, Joe Luckhurst. "This wouldn't be possible without all the efforts of our exceptional composition of winemakers, the cellar team, vineyard staff and the many people who have made this dream possible since we began in 2003. With a special tribute to our terroir - the "dirt" that defines and drives the incredible wines we are able to create."

Award Highlights Include


Held annually in June, the National Wine Awards of Canada (NWAC) are only open to wines grown and produced in Canada. The goal of 'The Nationals' is to expose Canadian wine drinkers to the best in Canadian wines. There is no restriction on price, leaving each winery the opportunity to compete with, and against, the best wines in the country. 

Road 13 Vineyards is a family affair, owned and operated by the passionate Luckhurst family. Located in Canada's only desert on the Okanagan Valley's sun baked Golden Mile Bench, a unique sub-region that lies south of Oliver on an east-facing bench backed by gentle mountains. 

The winery credits their successes to the unique soil and growing conditions found in the vineyards that allows grapes to thrive. Road 13's motto - it's all about the dirt- reflects this tribute. The winery receives ongoing critical acclaim for making white, red, rosé and sparkling varietals that are a quintessential expression of Okanagan Valley terroir. In 2017, Road 13 Vineyards took fourth place in Wine Align's National Wine Awards having maintained a spot in Wine Align's top 10 for the past nine years. 

In addition to the award-winning wines, Road 13 Vineyards is a destination in itself, offering guests two unique experiences: feature tastings in the "Castle," or a more leisurely tasting of the entire Road 13 wine portfolio in the Executive Lounge. Visitors are encouraged to stay a while and bring a picnic while enjoy the stunning views of the Oliver-Osoyoos Wine Country.