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

  • Merlot

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

  • Mission

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

  • 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

  • Sandhill Winery

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

  • Tinhorn Creek Vineyards

    On a hillside overlooking vineyards, sagebrush, and the old gold mining creek that is its namesak...

  • Foxtrot Vineyards, Ltd.

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

  • Antelope Ridge

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

  • Hawthorne Mountain

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

  • Joie

    In the fall of 2002 we purchased a beautiful 5 acre farm on the Naramata Bench in the Okanagan Va...

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Okanagan Valley on Snooth

  • Vintage Ink 2013

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    Vintage inky coloration, clarity is good, and just slightly brown hues around the rim. The aromas remind me of a Cab Sauv. and are of dark berry, chocolate, slightly boozy, and hints of strawberry sweetness. Flavors follow suit, and are jammy, strawberry, vanilla, woody oak and overall is nice! The mouthfeel is medium body, with smooth silky... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Wayne Gretzky Okanagan Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah 2014

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    Purpulish coloration with brown hues around the edges...good clarity and very nice lanky legs. Aromas are of Cassis/currant, blackberry, huge dark chocolate/cocoa, peppery spice, albeit muted, Earthy blackberry, molasses sweetness and hints of alcohol. The flavors follow suit with plenty of fruits and some deep cocoa/dark chocolate, spice and ... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Perseus Invictus 2013

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    The Perseus Invictus 2013 is a powerful, warm Bordeaux-style red with a deep, palpable flavour profile reminiscent of Graves. While not heavy-handed, the oak is forward on both nose and palate (youthful, slightly tight, tannic). But upon decanting, the nose has cedar, tobacco and cherry notes; may need 3-4 years cellaring to reach full potentia... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Mission Hill Pinot Noir Martin's Lane 2012

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    This wine was labelled the "best" Pinot Noir in the world under £15 at the World a Decanter awards in 2013. The 2014 continues this tradition. It's appeal begins with its deep, vibrant hue in the glass and the wonderful aromas and flavours of raspberry and cherry. Excellent weight and concentration with spicy notes on a lingering finish. Decanti... Read More

    Wine review by ccarson2


  • Nk'Mip Cellars Chardonnay Okanagan Valley Vqa Qwam Qwmt 2006

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    A fantastic chardonnay. Creamy and sweet with some acidity. I had it with smoked salmon and red skin potatoes; It was wonderful. Read More

    Wine review by TateHouston


  • Cedarcreek Estate Winery Platinum "Block 2" Pinot Noir 2012

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    No doubt about it - this Platinum edition wine from Cedar Creek is very good, and for the price you get a very Burgundian influence: on the nose is stewed cherry and strawberry plus freshly brewed Annam tea (at least momentarily - regarding the latter scent). Colour is deep garnet and mouthfeel is good - with lots of preserved strawberry and a ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Mission Hill Compendium 2009

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    This wine is an exceptional example of what happens when the climate change paradigm works in favor of the producer. The Compendium is better than the usual Bordeaux (which only excludes the best crus). There is a hill of beans of blackberry, cherry, and wet earth in the flavor. Think purity. Compare with Premier Cru. 92 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Moraine Pinot Noir 2013

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    Moraine is located on the esteemed Naramata Bench on Okanagan Lake near Penticton BC Canada producing a host of different wines. This PN is reminiscent of some South American wines from Casablanca, Chile with deep, earthy, coffee and pomegranate scent and flavour. Not Burgundian, but definitely PN. 86 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Fern Walk Sauvignon Blanc 2014

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    This clean, refreshing wine from the Mark Anthony Group in Vancouver (sourced from the Okanagan Valley) is a lightly scented Sauvignon Blanc with slight grass notes and wet granite on the nose. Flavour tends to pear and kiwi with a certain spring water purity. Not punching with typical NZ Sauvignon Blanc weight, but reflective of the Okanagan ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Oh man!  I don't think I have it in me tonight!  Had to beat the drywallers to make some changes to a gas system I put in a couple weeks ago, then go elsewhere and cut into a 4" cast iron plumbing stack to put in a fitting to receive a pump discharge, but the spot was impossible.  I know my boss was probably snickering when he looked at it for t... Read More

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