Kayla Bordignon fell in love with wine while visiting tasting rooms across the Okanagan.
Now she’s created a business that lets anyone explore more than 60 BC tasting rooms for a fraction of what it would normally cost in tasting fees.
Bordignon, BC wine enthusiast and local influencer, is the brains behind the uncorkBC brand. She is also the founder of the uncorkBC Wine Passport, an exclusive, self-guided program offering free tastings at 66 hand-selected stops in the Okanagan, Similkameen and Thompson valleys. The program includes tasting experiences at most wineries, plus six craft cider houses, a distillery, and is loaded with other amazing perks and discounts.
The UncorkBC Wine Passport costs $75 and offers an incredible value of $1,100. As many local wineries move away from free tastings or waived fees – when tasting fees are waived with a purchase – there’s no better time to pick up a passport for yourself or as a gift for the wine lover in your life.
“New this year, the Passport stops at the District Wine Village, Canada’s first and only wine village located in Oliver, offering a $110 tasting value for this region alone,” Bordignon said. “Consider that this passport has paid off after your first visits. It’s an amazing opportunity to explore British Columbia’s wine country like never before.
The uncorkBC Wine Passport, which is a real book, has a reservation details section, which outlines walk-in wineries and those you need to book in advance. “It’s easy for wine lovers to get a passport, plan their day in the region they want to explore, and have exclusive access to benefits right at their fingertips,” says Bordignon.
Thirty-one of 66 wineries offer tastings for two or more, so the Passport is perfect for you and your partner or you and a friend to enjoy a great day in the Okanagan with the best the valley has to offer. has to offer.
And when you visit each winery, not only do you receive a free tasting experience, but you’ll also receive a stamp to show you’ve been there. Bordignon says passport holders have fun collecting stamps throughout the season.
“Some stops offer extra perks like winery tours with a winemaker, premium tastings, charcuterie and cheese pairings, and even wine discounts,” says Bordignon. “People travel the world to get these kinds of wine country experiences and it all happens right here in our own backyard.”
The wineries involved in the uncorkBC Wine Passport are a who’s who of Okanagan wine, and they were quick to get back on board in 2022.
“We are thrilled to be part of BC’s Wine Passport for the second year in a row,” O’Rourke’s Peak Cellars said in a statement. “This is a great program to attend and a very valuable book to have if you enjoy touring the Okanagan wine region. We all love the new faces we meet when they arrive with their passports.
While the uncorkBC wine passport is a dream come true, Bordignon is equally passionate about supporting the community.
“It’s time to get out there and support local wineries, growers and farmers,” she says. “I recommend using the discounts included in the passport and buying bottles you enjoyed along the way.”
The passport allows you to explore new wineries, spend quality time with loved ones and discover what makes British Columbia wine so special.
You can purchase your passport on the uncorkBC website or in person at select interior locations.
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