Welcome to Okanagan Wine Country
The Okanagan Valley is the second largest wine region in Canada. It is located in the southern interior region of British Columbia and is only about 300 km inland from the Pacific Ocean. This makes it a quick 4 hour car ride from the city of Vancouver.
Its location and climate are perfectly suited for growing grapes. Cherry, apricot, plum, peach and apple orchards are often interspersed between the 4000 hectares of vineyards.
British Columbia has 5 wine regions: the Okanagan Valley, the SimilkameenValley, the Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island and Gulf Island. Impressively, the Okanagan Valley region accounts for almost 90% of the total BC Wine production.
Within the Okanagan wine region there are also 5 sub-regions. They are the Kelowna, Naramata, Okanagan Falls, Golden Mile Bench and Black Sage/Osoyoos regions.
Each region has its unique "terroir", which refers to the soil, location and climate conditions within that region.
Certain grape varietals or types grow well according to these conditions. For this reason, you will find certain varietals growing better in the northern and central part of the valley such as Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir , Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer , Riesling, and Kerner to name a few.
In the southern area where it can be about 5*C (40*F) hotter in the summer than the northern area, (it can reach temperatures of up to 40*C or 104*F) you can find varietals such as Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Malbec. You'll notice that many white wine varietals grow in the north while red wine varietals grow better in the south.
Canadian Icewine has made a huge presence on the international stage and the Okanagan Region has won many awards for theirs! It wouldn't be possible without winter temperatures dipping to -8* C (17*F) or less here in the winter months since this is what is needed for the production of authentic Icewine.
Because the climate is so varied , from the desert like heat in the summer months to the very cold spurts in the winter, the grapes take on an intensity of flavours which wine connoisseurs love. Winemakers have come from all over the world to work with our wonderfully flavourful grapes and Okanagan wines have only recently been given the acknowledgement that they so rightly deserve.
Have a glass or 2, and savour the Okanagan "nectar of the gods"!
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