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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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

  • La Frenz Winery

    LA FRENZ produces exceptional wines on the Naramata Bench in the heart of the Okanagan Valley. Pl...

  • Hawthorne Mountain

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

  • Quail's Gate Estate Winery

    In keeping with our family tradition of celebrating memorable moments with good friends, wine and...

  • Cedar Creek Estate Winery

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

  • Willow Hill Vineyards

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

  • Nk'Mip Cellars

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

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Okanagan Valley on Snooth

  • 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

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • 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

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Black Hills Estate Winery Alibi 2013

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    This edition of Black Hills Alibi opens with a light dandelion wine colour with a scent of musk, melon and mown grass - reflective of the dominant Sauvignon Blanc in the blend (75%). On the palate, there are muted flavours (leaning to neutral) of lemon grass, pomelo, musk and bitters. Clarity and purity is good, however, notwithstanding a some... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • 8th Generation Riesling 2013

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    8th Generation wines have been a little more difficult to obtain recently so this is the first in a while. The quality remains elevated, however; the wine is a beautiful pale yellow liquid with an evocative apple, lime and peach nose. The acidity is good as well with a touch of residual sugar and more citrus and green apple on the palate. Nicel... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Pinot Gris 2013

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    With a soft nose of tangerine and spice, this wine elicits the promise of integrity and purity. It does not disappoint: the entry is soft, clean and reflective of fleshy, soft fruit such as nectarine with a touch of cake spice and citrus - perhaps tangerine or mandarin orange. The flavours are dense with good acidity - indicative of some aging... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Blackwood Lane Merlot 2010

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    Another winner (what's new?) for Blackwood Lane. This Merlot has a nose of red fruit, cherry wood ( such as found in a love chest) which is a marker of Carlos' wines. The palate is more cherry wood and tart red berry, with chocolate in abundance. The finish is long and rich. Better than many Bordeaux "right bank" offerings. 90 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Church & State Wines Coyote Bowl Series Petit Verdot Malbec 2010

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    Another interesting (and good) experiment with exotic varieties (of a sort). The rusticity of the earth, cedar plank and plum on nose and palate reminds mostly of Malbec and there is a grainy tannin on the finish. Good showing of this variety - at any rate - with the colour of the Petit Verdot also prominent. 86 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Church & State Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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    This wine has a nose of gooseberry and lemon - not unlike some Entre-Deux-Mers offerings. However, it has more of the very off dry viscosity of a high-end Soave (from Pieropan, say) on the palate with similar lemon-oil flavours. Still, a very pleasant draught and cleanly made - if a bit eccentric. 87 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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