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...

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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

  • Blackwood Lane Pinot Noir 2009

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    Blackwood Lane produces wines of quality in Southwestern British Columbia and this PN is no exception; there is a nose typical of the region with wet earth, strawberry preserve, celery, cucumber and a hint of sugar. On the palate, we receive a melange of strawberry, a touch of white pepper, black tea and white cream. This hybrid new/old world ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Niche Wine Co. Foch 2012

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    Perhaps the most inviting Foch I've sniffed at in years, there is a wet earth, chocolate, caramel, acidic strawberry and plum on the nose. Tarry red in colour, the wine is inviting in the glass; indeed, on the palate there are some Pinot elements (especially strawberry), but the finish is quite acidic and warm - not so Burgundian here. Full, r... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Mt. Boucherie Family Estate Winery Summit Reserve Merlot 2008

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    This Merlot from West Kelowna BC CA has aged well, with a color of red brick (slightly deeper, perhaps) with a bouquet of Western Red Cedar bark, plum and shoe leather. On the palate the plum is affected by a certain raw element - a result, perhaps, of just a bit too much oak. Fairly smooth finish with just a hint of acerbity. Needs a bit more... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Blasted Church Syrah Okanagan Valley Vqa 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by jloria


  • Lariana Cellars Viognier 2012

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    This new winery in British Columbia has come forth with a very credit-worthy Viognier; scented with ginger, a dry pine forest in mid-summer topped off with peach (which dominates in the end). On the palate, there is more ginger, lots of peach and a touch of almond-like acerbity and camp-fire smoke. Interesting wine which I purchased just before... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Stoneboat Vineyards Pinot Gris 2011

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    A great pinot gris! A delicate nose of pear and marzipan, with more pear on palate along with some bitter almond. Slight notes of white peach as well. This wine also has a kind of salty minerality along with great well integrated acid. An interesting, well balanced pinot gris. Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


  • Gray Monk Riesling 2011

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    Don't let the price fool you; Gray Monk is an old hand in the BC Okanagan Valley... especially with the principal white varieties of Germany. Showing some of its age now, this wine has an inviting bouquet of apple, pear, a touch of petrol and star anise. On the palate we have apple pie and ginger with a smooth, balanced acidity and medium fini... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Exnihilo Merlot 2006

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    A beautiful wine. Great fruit (cherry/berry) along with some more developed fruit notes (stewed or dried) and slight notes of candy, dark chocolate and cigar on the nose. Tannins are wonderfully supple and soft, perhaps due to the age (I didn't peg this as a merlot in blind tasting). However the long length that made me realize there's more tann... Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


  • Tinhorn Creek Pinot Gris 2012

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    This slightly pink and gray wine may provide clues to the dominant Prinot Gris clone used in this wine; there are scents of sweet anise, sage, and white fruit with good acidity and balance on the palate where spiced apple comes to mind. This copper-hued beauty is simply delicious. 89 points Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Little Straw Vineyards Marechal Foch 2009

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    Yes, a French Hybrid, but it is winemaking skill and vineyard practices that count as they do here; the Slamka family has produced a muscular monster in purple robes redolent of cherry cola and raspberry; there are flavors of fresh ground coffee and raspberry in abundance. A typically short finish, but otherwise good depth and balance - quite cl... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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