Okanagan wine: Twinning with a sister wine region in France

The regional district board agreed to look into the feasibility of establishing a twinning agreement with a wine region in France at yesterday's board meeting, Sept. 6, 2019.

PENTICTON - The regional district wants to explore the possibility of setting up a sister region in France known for its wine production.

A director’s motion introduced at the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen’s regular board meeting, Sept. 5, requested staff look into the feasibility of entering into a “twinning agreement” with a wine region in France.

Directors appeared to be lukewarm toward the idea, questioning the financial and jurisdictional implications of such a move.

“I would be leery of putting money towards this,” said Cawston director George Bush, raising questions about its costs.

He said input from the winery association might also be useful.

Summerland director Doug Holmes said the research could reveal how much it would require the regional district.

Keremeos Director Manfred Bauer wondered if the regional board was the right vehicle from which to work towards a twinning agreement. He said organizations such as Destination BC or the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Authority might also be suitable groups to front such an idea.

The board voted in favour of staff investigating the matter.

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