The Kelowna Museums Collection Connection – The BC Wine Museum and VQA Wine Shop

Perhaps some of you are familiar with the historic Laurel Packinghouse? The Laurel is a nationally-designated heritage building and is the oldest and largest standing packinghouse in British Columbia. It was built over the winter of 1917/18 and was a working packinghouse until the 1970s.

The Laurel Packinghouse

In 1982 the Kelowna Museums Society fought hard to save the building from demolition. In 1988 the building restoration was completed and in 1989 the British Columbia Orchard Industry Museum was officially opened. Further renovations to the building occurred in 1996 and resulted in the opening of The BC Wine Museum & VQA Wine Shop.

The Laurel then went through a restructuring phase between October 2009 and November 2010. As part of this the Orchard and Wine Museums were redesigned to better portray both of these local industries.

Vineyard, c. 1940's (KPA#9812)

Today there are approximately 209 BC Wineries and of these approximately 125 are VQA associated, of which 80+ are represented in the VQA Wine Shop! A large portion of all proceeds from the Wine goes back to the Wineries and the remainder of the proceeds go to support the Kelowna Museums – it’s a win-win situation, as we are able to support the local economy as well as promote our cultural heritage.

VQA Wine Shop

So now that you have some facts and history on the BC Wine Museum and VQA Wine Shop come in and take a look. Chat with our wine experts, try a sample of our daily wine pick or come on by for our weekly Saturday Tasting Series (2:00 pm to 4:00pm) every week or our monthly Neighbourhood Nosh (first Thursday from 4:00-6:00 pm).

BC Wine Museum and VQA Wine Shop hours: Mon.-Fri.: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Sat: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sun. & Holidays: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.


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