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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Mission

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

Subregions of Okanagan Valley

Popular Wineries in Okanagan Valley View all

  • Oliver Twist Estate Winery

    This 17–acre family-operated Okanagan estate winery and vineyard is located on the preferred Blac...

  • Poplar Grove Winery

    Poplar Grove began as the quintessential garage winery, where the most important asset was a shar...

  • La Frenz Winery

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

  • Willow Hill Vineyards

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

  • Cedar Creek Estate Winery

    From the moment you enter the driveway you will appreciate that this is one of the Gold Coast Hin...

  • Foxtrot Vineyards, Ltd.

    Foxtrot Vineyards was established as a winery operation in 2003 by the Allander Family with the p...

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Okanagan Valley on Snooth

  • Blackwood Lane Merlot 2010

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    Another winner (what's new?) for Blackwood Lane. This Merlot has a nose of red fruit, cherry wood ( such as found in a love chest) which is a marker of Carlos' wines. The palate is more cherry wood and tart red berry, with chocolate in abundance. The finish is long and rich. Better than many Bordeaux "right bank" offerings. 90 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Church & State Wines Coyote Bowl Series Petit Verdot Malbec 2010

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    Another interesting (and good) experiment with exotic varieties (of a sort). The rusticity of the earth, cedar plank and plum on nose and palate reminds mostly of Malbec and there is a grainy tannin on the finish. Good showing of this variety - at any rate - with the colour of the Petit Verdot also prominent. 86 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Church & State Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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    This wine has a nose of gooseberry and lemon - not unlike some Entre-Deux-Mers offerings. However, it has more of the very off dry viscosity of a high-end Soave (from Pieropan, say) on the palate with similar lemon-oil flavours. Still, a very pleasant draught and cleanly made - if a bit eccentric. 87 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • @DV, you have spoken the magical words ... as of this weekend we're finally ... planned our first tour of Okanagan Valley this coming fall, and our looking forward to tasting some BC wines, which are also rarely found here in Ontario. Any recommendations would be welcom Read More

    Forum post in the topic Expiration of Wines


  • "In my opinion, if grapes come from more than 30-60 minutes away, it's cheating."Well I'd be curious what percentage of the entire wine market you've just dissed, DV! Also wonder about Canadian winemakers. Whether Niagara, the Okanagan or Western B.C., who (and to what extent) uses grapes not from their own immediate vineyards? Also what is 'imp... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pahrump Valley Winery (Nevada)


  • Blue Mountain Pinot Noir 2013

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    Very Burgundy in style, the BM PN 2013 is nonetheless lighter in style ... and ... ... and more typical of the Okanagan Valley with a strawberry nose with a hint of Rhubarb. On the palate, the flavours are very much reminiscent of "Bourgogne AC" with good balance between sweetness and acidity and gobs of strawberry on the finish which is medi... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Blackwood Lane Cabernet Franc 2010

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    There's nothing like a beautiful summer day in the Fraser Valley (did I mention that it was February) - but it's better with Blackwood Lane Cabernet Franc. The 2010 is deep cherry red in colour and redolent of crushed blackberry, menthol and a hint of cardamom. Entry is very pleasing - with a creamy blackberry-cherry core and a touch of spice.... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Welcome Sammy,If you are not looking to spend 10 G's on a vacation just ... just yet, I recommend the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia.  It'll be hot, but near big lakes, great wineries that aren't expensive to taste and the US dollar is worth $1.22 Canadian again!  Depending on where you live in the US, you could even drive ther Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine Holidays


  • Adega On 45th Estate Winery Viognier 2012

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    Adega (on 45th - in Osoyoos, BC Canada) is a beautifully situated winery with out buildings reminiscent of rural Portugal. This is a first tasting, and I should say that this Viognier evokes a wine of Provence; the colour is of lemon oil with a nose of ginger and peach. On the palate more peach, some cake spice with good balance. Some density... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Summerhill Pyramid Winery Summerhill Vineyard Riesling 2013

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    This is another Mosel style Riesling from Summerhill - this one slightly sweeter in style and from a single vineyard (apparently). Like the regular Riesling on offer for 2013, the wine is dominated on the nose by honey, McIntosh Apple with a hint of spice; the entry is equally pleasant - with good acidity to balance the residual sugar in betwee... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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