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

  • Mission

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

Subregions of Okanagan Valley

Popular Wineries in Okanagan Valley View all

  • Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

    Balance is a time-honored goal in the making of premium wines and working toward balance is a way...

  • Willow Hill Vineyards

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

  • Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery

    Our winery is owned and operated by John and Maria Ferreira; both born in Portugal, immigrated to...

  • Sumac Ridge Estate Winery

    Sumac Ridge Estate Winery, established in the quaint town of Summerland, BC was founded by Harry ...

  • Calona Vineyards

    Calona Vineyards Private Reserve wines are a rare treat. A relationship among the grower, the win...

  • Black Hills Estate Winery

    Black Hills Estate Winery was established in 1996 and proudly presents wines that have been caref...

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Okanagan Valley on Snooth

  • Cbs Coyote Bowl Series Chardonnay 2013

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    This edition of the CBS Chardonnay from Church & State has some apple, molten sugar, lignin elements and vanilla spice poking through on the nose. On entry, there is a fairly hefty dose of wood (partially barrel fermented, I think, in French Oak) which seems to overpower the gentle Okanagan fruit just a tad. Toasty tannins might be dialed back... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Church & State Wines Coyote Bowl Series Viognier 2014

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    Another great wine from the CBS label at Church & State, this Viognier is redolent of tropical fruit and Arabian spices on the nose while filled with hop-like warmth and viscous, semi-sweet Valencia Orange and tropical honey on the palate. Rich and open (almost Australian), this will please many and should be good with San Francisco-style Chines... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Blue Mountain Pinot Blanc 2014

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    The flagship white from BM falls once again into a category of excellence: there is fresh, snappy apple and pear on the nose with a hint of vanilla. The entry is fresh, with vanilla-apple-spice mid-palate with a balance that suggests a hint of acidity and steel in otherwise heavenly spring water. With a medium finish, and thirst-quenching attr... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Township 7 Sauvignon Blanc 2014

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    I tasted the 2014 Township 7 Sauvignon Blanc at a Garden Party held at the Langley BC site of the winery. It was a hot day (32 degrees), so the whites were kings. The wine has some subtlety with soft white fruit such as pear, apple and freshly mown grass on the nose. Clean on entry, but light and not intrusive, this wine is quite French in styl... Read More

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  • Church and State Wines Trebella 2014

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    The 2014 vintage Trebella won triple platinum in its home land and justly so... there is a nice toasty oak overlay on well-ripened Roussanne, Viognier and Marsanne with typical Tisane (Herb tea) floral notes on the nose in addition to cake spice. Entry is warm (14% alcohol) and peach-like with a zesty, spicy and medium finish. More dense and l... Read More

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  • Lock & Worth Sauvignon Blanc & Semillon 2014

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    This Bordeaux-style is perhaps the most singular I've ever tasted, and not knowing the exact percentage of the Semillon component, I'd guess at least 20-25% given the smoky nose and subdued fruit - subdued, that is, even for this kind of blend. The palate is teasingly high in acidity and includes a touch of saltiness - almost like a Picpoul de... Read More

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  • Pentage Winery Pinot Gris 2013

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    The wines of British Columbia just keep getting better - this beautiful-to-look-at copper Pinot Gris effuses a flowery, gooseberry and apple nose. Wonderful - and just waiting for the seafood and the patio. There is a touch of amaritudo (bitterness) on the finish, but this is good - reflective of the grape - especially in its French incarnatio... Read More

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  • Intrigue Riesling 2014

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    The 2014 edition of Intrigue Riesling has interesting and complex nose of anise, lime and sharp, cooking apple. Entry has a hint of musky apple with a slightly off-dry finish. Very Okanagan, but also very Riesling. Should pair well with San Francisco Chinese fare. A little bit of a let down from the previous vintage. 86 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Tantalus Riesling 2014

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    Aerated at Marquis Wines using the usual skullduggery, this wine was a wonderful Granny Smith Apple on the nose and palate - as expected - with the normal tartness. At home, the wine is muted, but savory - with less forward notes as just described. Very Tantalus with bracing acidity and cleansing Malus Domesticus (apple) flavour. 89 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Poplar Grove Chardonnay 2014

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    This edition of the PG Chardonnay is redolent of an acidic tropical fruit such as pineapple plus some sweet pear notes. The 2014 vintage was above average shows it with good density and body with just a dollop of sweetness. There is orange rind on the finish which adds a somewhat spicey element, but this might diminish in a year or so, as it i... Read More

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