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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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...

  • Joie

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

  • Laughing Stock Vineyards

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

  • Willow Hill Vineyards

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

  • Kettle Valley Winery

    Naramata is easily the premier growing region in British Columbia, with it’s moderate temperature...

  • Sandhill Winery

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

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Okanagan Valley on Snooth

  • Blue Mountain Pinot Noir 2013


    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


    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

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  • Adega On 45th Estate Winery Viognier 2012


    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


    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

  • D'Angelo Estate Winery Merlot Cabernet Franc 2009


    I have not tasted this producer before - although I was aware of the family operation in Essex County Ontario. This wine, however, comes from an estate at Penticton BC. The colour is dark and rich followed by an enticing aroma of stewed red fruit such as cherry (dominant) mixed with berries of the vaccinium family. On the palate, there is goo... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Blue Mountain Reserve Chardonnay 2011


    This edition of the reserve Chardonnay from Blue Mountain is superb: the nose is of apple pie with a hint of cinnamon (just a hint, mind); on the palate, there is a slight creaminess, but with structure (acidity). Excellent balance with some Chablis (or Macon) mineral-like notes on the smooth and lengthy finish. Heavenly spring water. Crosses... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Spierhead Riesling 2012


    This Kelowna BC Riesling has a nose of green apple peel (or rind) with a noticeable kerosene tinge. The colour is light straw, limpid and clear. Flavours on entry include sharp, acidic cooking apple (a Bramley comes to mind) with some astringent apple peel on the finish. If you like this style - which is, admittedly, clean - serve cold with pan... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • La Stella Moscato d'Osoyoos 2012


    This light (7.9% alcohol) Moscato is quite refreshing with easy, enticing sweet green grape nose and soft, musky, peachy and grapey flavours. Finish is short and (of course) sweet. A pleasant day-ender with elegance to spare. 87 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Stag's Hollow Viognier Balwant Vineyard 2012


    The Stag's Hollow Viognier seems made in a subdued, French style with less bright acidity, spice and white fruit on the nose and the front-end of the palate. There is some peach and stone fruit generally with a somewhat neutral impression and relatively short finish. Good - if you prefer this style. 86 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

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