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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Mission

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

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

Subregions of Okanagan Valley

Popular Wineries in Okanagan Valley View all

  • Antelope Ridge

    High atop the western hills of the South Okanagan's Golden Mile sits Antelope Ridge Estate Winery...

  • Nk'Mip Cellars

    The winery site is one of the most attractive in the South Okanagan with outstanding views in a s...

  • Sandhill Winery

    Working with single vineyards is about showing off the lineage of the wines. With vineyard design...

  • Hawthorne Mountain

    The Winery: See Ya later Ranch at Hawthorne Mountain Vineyards Year: Established September 1st, 1...

  • Laughing Stock Vineyards

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

  • Twisted Tree

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

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Okanagan Valley on Snooth

  • Summerhill Pyramid Winery Organic Gewurztraminer 2013

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    This off-dry (German-style) Gewurztraminer has an enticing straw colour topped by a brilliantly pure candied lychee nut scent - almost to the exclusion of all else. The palate gets more canned peach and a hint of ginger spice. A decent aperitif or accompaniment for sushi (sans wasabi). 86 points. A little dull compared to last year. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Summerhill Pyramid Winery Organic Riesling 2013

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    Pale yellow in colour, this wine has a perfumed scent of lime, green apple, and a hint of apple vinegar and cinnamon; on the palate there is refreshing acidity with lime and generic citrus notes with some cake spice and apple. Mosel-like balance with a hint of sugar. Slightly more density and this wine punches with the very best. Delicious and ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Blue Mountain Pinot Blanc 2013

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    The ripening period of the 2013 summer was hot and sunny leading in part to a hefty sugar content in Pinot Blanc. This wine is complex, with a nose of sweet vanilla, and spritely apple; the palate receives pie spice (allspice, e. g.) and a good dose of citrus and malic acids to balance the sweetness. About as good as it gets for this variety. ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Oh DM, you're very incorrect about the sun.  (I know you were jesting, ... remember.  Also, in the Okanagan valley, they've had record temperatures this summer (nearing 110f, bodes well for the cab?).    Thanks, I'll just uncork and let them si Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Lucha, I think we'll be making those big ones sooner than later.  It ... (the southern limit of the Okanagan Valley and our wine region).  It's definitely hotter than ever here too in Victoria, but the ocean cools things down nicely in the evening. I envy you getting a chance to ride in Napa, but I've decided it'll be a healthy break for me!&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma...


  • Spierhead Pinot Noir Rose 2013

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    Those who appreciate the soft flavours of Loire Valley Rose wines (against the more serious nature of Provence pink) will like this BC wine; there is wild honey and strawberry trifle on the nose with a soft strawberry on the palate - though quite muted. Can pair with light meats and appetizers or picnic fare and should be loved by all on its own... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Cipes Rosé NV

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    Lots of mousse here with a lovely Tavel-like deep pink tone to the wine; kiwi, strawberry and assorted refrigerated fruit greet the nose, and entry is soft, gentle and full of small bubbles. The flavour is also soft and delicate with fresh strawberry predominating. Effervescence continues for many minutes. Elegant and a great bargain. Better ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Silver Sage Winery Merlot 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by BlackMarlin


  • Quails' Gate Rose 2012

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    If you liked your grandfather's rhubarb wine, this is the rose for you... Though sound and flavourful, it is one-dimensional - not unlike those white Zinfandels of yore. Slightly sweet, but smooth this would do very well at the family picnic. 83 pts. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Tantalus Riesling 2013

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    This latest edition of the reputed Tantalus Riesling has a slightly more dense nose of icing sugar sprinkled over pear, apricot and green apple; the mouth-feel is viscous, Mosel-like with citrus (noted with this producer), honey, peach and apricot mid-palate with more sweetness than in past vintages. Finish is fresh, acidic and lingering. Bett... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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