01/08/2015 04:25 EST | Updated 03/10/2015 05:59 EDT

Okanagan Valley Cited In Wine Enthusiast's Top 10 List Of Travel Destinations

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The Okanagan Valley has earned a spot on Wine Enthusiast magazine's top 10 list of travel destinations.

The magazine calls the region in British Columbia a "shining jewel," which has long been a centre for agriculture and a four-season outdoor playground.

"But it's the 131 wineries, more than 8,000 acres of vineyard and broad range of wines that make this one of the greatest wine touring experiences in the world," reads the article.

The magazine, which includes the list in its February travel issue, lauds several B.C. wineries for opening on-site restaurants, focusing on locally sourced ingredients, seasonal menus and panoramic views. Cited are Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek, Old Vines at Quails' Gate, Terrafina at Hester Creek and Burrowing Owl's Sonora Room.

"If you value balance, varietal purity, complexity and a more European style, the Okanagan is worth exploring," Wine Enthusiast writes.

There are three U.S. destinations on the list: Finger Lakes, N.Y., Orlando, Fla., and Mendocino, Calif.

Rounding out the list are Piedmont, Italy; Hawkes Bay, N.Z.; Rhone Valley, France; Galicia, Spain; Loire Valley, France; and Istria, Croatia.

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