Okanagan Valley Wine

 

The Okanagan Valley is the most productive viticultural area of British Columbia in Canada. Once Canada was settled in the early 1800s, much of the country resigned itself to growing labrusca varietals such as Baco Noir, Concord and Seyval Blanc, which were resilient to the extremes in weather, but not so instantly endearing to the palate. However, many wine-makers in the Okanagan Valley, some of which has a comparably warmer, drier climate, persisted with vinifera vines until they found those most suitable to the growing conditions. In the mid-20th century, once modern techniques came into practice, most labrusca was pulled in favor of the more marketable vinifera
 
The Okanagan Valley has an array of microclimates and soil types. The area to the south in the Osoyoos subregion is considerably warm and arid, with dessert-like conditions in some areas and low rainfall. To the north in Kelowna, it’s much cooler and wetter. The south is sandy and rocky while the north is a Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Okanagan Valley View all

  • Mission

    The Mission or Pais grape was the first Vitis vinifera vine planted in North America. From 1697 until well into the 1...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Subregions of Okanagan Valley

Popular Wineries in Okanagan Valley View all

  • Willow Hill Vineyards

    In 1997 we purchased five acres of bare land in an area of the Okanagan Valley known as "The Gold...

  • La Frenz Winery

    LA FRENZ produces exceptional wines on the Naramata Bench in the heart of the Okanagan Valley. Pl...

  • Twisted Tree

    We established Twisted Tree Vineyards and Winery in 2004, when we moved to Osoyoos with hopes of ...

  • Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery

    Our winery is owned and operated by John and Maria Ferreira; both born in Portugal, immigrated to...

  • Laughing Stock Vineyards

    Pursuing a passion can be daunting, particularly when it requires balancing established careers i...

  • Gray Monk Estate Winery

    The roots of Gray Monk Estate Winery began in the family. For generations, the Heiss family worke...

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Okanagan Valley on Snooth

  • Lariana Cellars Viognier 2012

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    This new winery in British Columbia has come forth with a very credit-worthy Viognier; scented with ginger, a dry pine forest in mid-summer topped off with peach (which dominates in the end). On the palate, there is more ginger, lots of peach and a touch of almond-like acerbity and camp-fire smoke. Interesting wine which I purchased just before... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Stoneboat Vineyards Pinot Gris 2011

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    A great pinot gris! A delicate nose of pear and marzipan, with more pear on palate along with some bitter almond. Slight notes of white peach as well. This wine also has a kind of salty minerality along with great well integrated acid. An interesting, well balanced pinot gris. Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


  • Gray Monk Riesling 2011

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    Don't let the price fool you; Gray Monk is an old hand in the BC Okanagan Valley... especially with the principal white varieties of Germany. Showing some of its age now, this wine has an inviting bouquet of apple, pear, a touch of petrol and star anise. On the palate we have apple pie and ginger with a smooth, balanced acidity and medium fini... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Exnihilo Merlot 2006

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    A beautiful wine. Great fruit (cherry/berry) along with some more developed fruit notes (stewed or dried) and slight notes of candy, dark chocolate and cigar on the nose. Tannins are wonderfully supple and soft, perhaps due to the age (I didn't peg this as a merlot in blind tasting). However the long length that made me realize there's more tann... Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


  • Tinhorn Creek Pinot Gris 2012

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    This slightly pink and gray wine may provide clues to the dominant Prinot Gris clone used in this wine; there are scents of sweet anise, sage, and white fruit with good acidity and balance on the palate where spiced apple comes to mind. This copper-hued beauty is simply delicious. 89 points Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Little Straw Vineyards Marechal Foch 2009

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    Yes, a French Hybrid, but it is winemaking skill and vineyard practices that count as they do here; the Slamka family has produced a muscular monster in purple robes redolent of cherry cola and raspberry; there are flavors of fresh ground coffee and raspberry in abundance. A typically short finish, but otherwise good depth and balance - quite cl... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Meyer Pinot Noir 2011

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    Despite a difficult vintage in BC (2011), this PN is very good... the nose presents strawberry, leather and wet earth in abundance. On the palate there is more leather, strawberry, leather (and some tendency to raspberry, perhaps) with a good measure of menthol (good alcohol) and a medium finish. We can't wait for the 2012. 88 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Le Vieux Pin Ava 2011

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    The Rhone-style white is mostly Viognier (78%) but does not especially show it - the scent of cooking spices is muted. This is not altogether bad, however, as it allows the finesse of Roussanne and the softness of Marsanne to coat the palate with herbal tea flavors. A nice, refreshing wine in the style we want to see more of. 88 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Camelot Estate Winery Gewurztraminer 2011

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    Scented with white sugar water, orange rind and lychee and flavored with ginger, orange marmalade and lychee on the plate, this off-dry Gewurztraminer should please most imbibers. 85 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Platinum Bench Estate Winery Gamay Noir 2012

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    This Gamay from the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia Canada is very deep in color... a product of good local growing conditions in 2012. A beautiful raspberry nose... like a northern Beaujolais Cru.. with a hint of white icing sugar. A touch sweet on entry, with very prominent ripe raspberry. Dense, a little one-dimensional (not complex) i... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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