Wine festival board elected

A new board has been elected by the Okanagan Wine Festival Society, with Kelowna winemaker Eric von Krosigk as chairman.

Summerhill Pyramid Winery’s winemaker, Eric Von Krosigk has been re-elected chairman of the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society, along with four other directors.

Heather Schroeter of Manteo Waterfront Resort, Christa-Lee Bond of Local Hospitality Group, Eric Fisher of Andrew Peller Ltd. and Pam Luckhurst of Road 13 Vineyards were also re-elected to the board.

Bruce Hibbard of Hester Creek Winery was elected to a new two-year term, and Rhys Pender of Wine Plus+, Sally Sharpe of Vincor, Roger Wong of Gray Monk Winery, Blair Dufty of Red Rooster, Martin Lewis of Kettle Valley Pub and George Hanson of Seven Stones Winery are serving the second year of their two-year terms on the board.

The society holds four wine festivals, including the first and most popular Fall Okanagan Wine Festival, and three newer ones during each of the other seasons of the year. Upcoming is the 14th annual Winter Okanagan Wine Festival at Sun Peaks Resort near Kamloops.

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The board represents more than 100 wineries in the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys and is responsible for promoting wine tourism through the four annual wine festivals and the two annual wine judging competitions.

Von Krosigk commented, “The progress of the four annual festivals as innovative experiences is remarkable.

“Every tourism sector in B.C. will be challenged in 2012 to work hard to retain customers and develop the market. We look forward to meeting the challenge and continuing to showcase our member wineries with continued creativity.”