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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  • 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...

  • 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

  • Nk'Mip Cellars

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

  • Calona Vineyards

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

  • Twisted Tree

    We established Twisted Tree Vineyards and Winery in 2004, when we moved to Osoyoos with hopes of ...

  • Sumac Ridge Estate Winery

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

  • Laughing Stock Vineyards

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

  • 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

  • Blue Mountain Pinot Blanc 2008


    Gooseberry, unripe cranberry and Bartlett Pear waft from the glass in this very fruit-dominant expression of Pinot Blanc. Fresh acidity and more gooseberry, pear and Granny Smith apple on the palate for a refreshing, mouth-cleansing, but balanced sipper. This is about as good as you get from North America in this variety; this wine has vibrancy... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Blue Mountain Pinot Noir 2007


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    Wine review by sacrifice333

  • I asked in another thread about recommendation for the Okanagan Valley area of British Columbia, but now I'm asking for up-to-date stories about an area closer to (my) home. I have a family gathering in The Ojai/Santa Barbara area next month, and was wondering who has recommendations about particularly good wines and winery visits in that area t... Read More

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  • Freud's Ego 2007


    Smoky chocolate and cedar wood on the nose, smooth mouth feel with rich flavors of cassis, toast and a hint of vanilla, all rounded out with a warm and a pleasant finish. Read More

    Wine review by Blinky

  • Mission Hill Winery Shiraz Reserve 2004


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    Wine review by Looyis

  • Osoyoos Larose Red Bordeaux Blend Okanagan Valley Vqa le Grand Vin 2006


    Nice deep, Bordeaux cherry red color. Nose dominated by Merlot and gives the typical notes associated withe Right Bank wines; fragrant and redolent of wild choke cherry and blueberries. In the mouth, the wine has the depth and texture of some lesser Pomerol chateau - but without the (sometimes) earthy grit of the old world examples. Nice, lea... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Cedar Creek Estate Winery Platinum Reserve Syrah 2007


    A deep red robe with an enticing coffee and cola nose. Upon entry, the light cherry cola, chocolate-vanilla and coffee come through in separate but integrated flavors with soft, streaky, toasty tannins. This is a very elegant wine with a nice long finish. It will age for an additional 5 years, but is drinking well now - depending on personal ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Cedar Creek Estate Winery Platinum Reserve Malbec 2007


    A surprisingly deep, rich color and nose for a cool climate example of this grape. The nose is reminiscent of sweet plums and Christmas spice with plenty of Arabica coffee and wild cherry on entry. There is a rounder, more elegant structure to the wine than usually found in Argentina - almost like a better example from Cahors. Nicely done! 75... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • La Frenz Chardonnay Naramata Bench Reserve 2005


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    Wine review by thebanmagi

  • La Frenz Chardonnay Naramata Bench Reserve 2005


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    Wine review by thebanmagi

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