Stately wineries, neat rows of vines stretching over rolling hills. Napa? Nope. Kelowna, in Western Canada’s Okanagan Valley is gaining the respect and admiration of oenophiles around the globe. Its wineries are winning International Awards and its wines are being snapped up by savvy high-end restaurants. Then there’s the magnificent Okanagan Lake which curls for 68 miles through this vineyard-lined valley. The package? Pretty as a picture and perfect for Pinot. Consider these facts:

The Okanagan Valley has been named the Napa of Canada by the New York Times (2006), National Geographic Traveler (2003), and Travel + Leisure (2006). In 2007, Frommer’s cited the Okanagan Valley as one of the world’s top 12 destinations, and in 2008, it was Sherman’s Travel Magazine that named the Okanagan as among its Top 10 Places to Go worldwide.

It’s rare for the Olympics to have a full-fledged wine region in such close proximity, and perhaps part of the reason an Official Wine Supplier (Vincor) was named – 3 of whose wineries are located in the Okanagan Valley. View wineries in the Kelowna area.