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

  • Cedar Creek Estate Winery

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

  • 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...

  • Nichol Vineyard Farm Winery

    Wine has always played a large part in Ross Hackworth's life. His earliest summer memories are of...

  • Kettle Valley Winery

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

  • Poplar Grove Winery

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

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Okanagan Valley on Snooth

  • Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Pinot Noir 2012

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    This wine pours light garnet in the glass and suggests strawberry cupcake, some well-used barnyard straw and a hint of mushroom or truffle on the nose. On the palate, there is (surprisingly) a shift in style to more New World flavours like belt leather and slightly acerbic notes. Similar to better Casablanca PN from (say) Cono Sur but less dee... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Hi All,Last night I went to an event called "Uncork Your Palate" in Victoria.  It was a fundraiser for the Victoria Conservatory of Music (a music school, like a mini Juilliard), so was a good cause.  There was continuous music and very good food (like the one in Seattle) where many of Victoria's best restaurants served very fresh seafood appeti... Read More

    Forum post in the topic My second Wine Event


  • La Frenz Ensemble 2011

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    Had this at their tasting room. The Ensemble is La Frenz's take on a Graves/Bordeaux style blended white. Well balanced with a kind of rich mouthfeel with plenty of lemongrass and citrus notes. I really like how there is just a touch of oak - more supportive than anything else; way in the background. (I found out that it gets barrel aged for a y... Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


  • La Frenz Naramata Bench Vivant 2011

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    A bright, light bodied, balanced wine. Notes of apple, meyer lemon, pear, nectarine. More fresh fruit than plush soft tropical flavours here. Lots of well balanced, soft, mouth watering acidity. Medium bodied. Medium finish. Apparently this does get some oak treatment/aging on the lees, but I don't get any oaky notes from drinking this one. This... Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


  • Mission Hill Winery Shiraz Reserve 2010

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    More "old world style" than new. Somewhat restrained on the nose with dark colour. Plum, blackberry, burnt caramel, wood/sweet cigar, maybe some herbaceous freshness/menthol. On the palate it has lots of acid, blackberry fruit and relatively firm tannin. Moderate length. Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


  • Sperling Vineyards the Market White 2010

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    An interesting blend of mainly Pinot Blanc and Bacchus. This wine is soft and aromatic with notes of peach, coconut, and flowers. Mid weight and good length and complexity. Soft tangy supportive acidity seems really well balanced here, as does just a touch of residual sugar. A winner for originality - I've never had anything quite like this wine. Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


  • Blue Mountain Pinot Gris 2012

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    Good growing conditions in 2012 have produced an excellent result in this Pinot Gris. The nose is reminiscent of gooseberry, subtle garden flowers (heather) and a hint of anise. In the mouth, there are sharp mineral flavors, aniseed and a green table grape stuffing. Warm, slightly spicy but balanced and even elegant. 88 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Recline Ridge Marechal Foch 2010

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    Another very creditable Foch from Recline Ridge (North Okanagan BC). A slightly reclusive nose of coffee, hickory smoke, plum and sloe with a smooth, creamy entry and a cranberry and fresh leather finish. As expected, not complex but deep like a northern Beaujolais cru. Good control over the natural acidity of the variety. 87 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Cassini Cellars Red Carpet Pinot Noir 2012

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    Sporting good depth and color, this PN also shows a nose of carrot top, celery and wild strawberry. On the palate there is strawberry jam, a hint of coniferous forest floor and old leather. An easy-sipping New World style with good value to price ratio. 86 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Osoyoos Larose Red Bordeaux Blend Okanagan Valley Vqa le Grand Vin 2007

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    The 2007 edition of this wine is exceptional - perhaps the best ever; the color is deep garnet with a plummy "right bank" nose that vies with any but the best Bordeaux. Merlot dominant, but clearly stuffed with Cabernet, this wine would win awards in France. The entry is elegant with fine grained tannins and wonderful brambleberry and cherry no... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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