Mission Hill winery brings top music acts to British Columbia

By on April 25, 2013

Mission Hill Family Estate in West Kelowna, British Columbia, will stage four concerts this summer in its amphitheater. (Photo courtesy of Flickr. Click through for credit)

Mission Hill Family Estate in West Kelowna, British Columbia, will stage four concerts this summer in its amphitheater. (Photo courtesy of Flickr. Click image for credit)

WEST KELOWNA, British Columbia — Bud break in the Pacific Northwest has been followed by wineries announcing their summer concert schedules, and Mission Hill Family Estate — British Columbia’s most majestic winery facility — released an impressive lineup that includes country star LeAnn Rimes.

The bell tower at Mission Hill Family Estate in West Kelowna, British Columbia, looks out over Okanagan Lake. (Photo courtesy of Flickr. Click image for credit)

The bell tower at Mission Hill Family Estate in West Kelowna, British Columbia, looks out over Okanagan Lake. (Photo courtesy of Flickr. Click image for credit)

Tickets went on sale Wednesday for the 2013 season at the winery’s 1,000-seat amphitheater in Kelowna. The series begins Friday, July 12 with Grammy award-winning trumpeter Chris Botti. The native of Portland, Ore., blows his horn the next night at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville, Wash.

The Gipsy Kings appear Saturday, July 27 in a performance that promoters said is the family’s first in the Okanagan Valley. The group plays the next night at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre.

On the following night, Rimes, is scheduled to sing. The Sunday, July 28 show is in support of her new release Spitfire.

Pink Martini, a longtime fan of the Northwest wine industry, is the final act scheduled this season at Mission Hill. The group with deep roots in Portland will play Friday, Aug. 9. It also is reportedly the first Okanagan Valley performance for the 13-member, multilingual group led by vocalist China Forbes.

Ticket packages that include dinner on the terrace, seating in the Loggia Wine Lounge or pre-concert reception are available. Concert seats start at $99.

About Eric Degerman

Eric Degerman is the president and CEO of Great Northwest Wine. He is a journalist with more than 30 years of daily newspaper experience and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest with Andy Perdue and served as its managing editor for 15 years. He is a frequent wine judge along the West Coast and contributor to Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine, the region's longest-running golf publication.

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