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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Mission

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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

Subregions of Okanagan Valley

Popular Wineries in Okanagan Valley View all

  • Foxtrot Vineyards, Ltd.

    Foxtrot Vineyards was established as a winery operation in 2003 by the Allander Family with the p...

  • Quail's Gate Estate Winery

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

  • Willow Hill Vineyards

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

  • Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

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

  • Oliver Twist Estate Winery

    This 17–acre family-operated Okanagan estate winery and vineyard is located on the preferred Blac...

  • Gray Monk Estate Winery

    The roots of Gray Monk Estate Winery began in the family. For generations, the Heiss family worke...

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Okanagan Valley on Snooth

  • Little Straw Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2007

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    Wine review by Victoria MacPhail


  • Moon Curser Afraid of the Dark 2012

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    This wonderful white wine with the year-round Halloween motif for a label evokes the northern Rhone with a scent of pineapple, lychee, peach and tisane (herb tea). The entry is viscous, oily, slightly sweet with white pepper and herbal notes on the palate. Finishes quite long. A truly fine, well balanced Okanagan wine with a European touch. 8... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Volcanic Hills Single Vineyard Gewurztraminer 2012

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    Another great member of the Volcanic Hills line-up; this time an off-dry white packed with white fruit and spice on the nose and a delicious, full, juicy, round, grapefruit, peach, kiwi, gooseberry melange on the palate. Mouth-feel is full but balanced. As good as it gets from this great vintage. 90 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Volcanic Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

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    Re-tasting the line-up of this Kelowna BC winery led to the discovery of the wine in question; good, dark color and a rich, inviting blackberry pie and spice nose which progresses to a nice grip (silky tannin), blackberry, cedar wood, dark chocolate and plum on the palate; overall definition and balance is excellent with good finesse. Very well... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • La Frenz Naramata Bench Viognier Probyn-Eastman Vineyard 2012

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    With a wonderfully nuanced nose dominated by mandarin orange, kiwi, and lychee nut, this 2012 Viognier has distinctly correct fruit; on the palate, the juice is sweet but not cloying with just the right acid balance. Finish is medium with a touch of citrus rind. Very juicy and more tropical in flavour than Condrieu. Best Viognier so far from ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • House of Rose Old Vines Marechal Foch 2010

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    This maréchal Foch (Kuhlmann 188) is a holdover from an earlier day when French Hybrids ruled the day in Canada and New York State. However, this wine is a serious effort - inky and tooth-blackening with echos of sloes, plums, day-old coffee grinds on the palate with some acerbic notes on the typically short finish. A good example of the grape.... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Stoneboat Vineyards Chorus 2012

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    This year's edition of the popular white blend "Chorus" has a rich nose of garden flowers, peach and orange marmalade; on entry there is a richer, more unctuous mouth feel with almond bitterness on the finish. Not as refreshing as the more dilute 2011 but there is more punch and some elegance. Should please most palates. 86 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Summerhill Pyramid Winery Gewurztraminer 2012

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    Winemaker Eric von Krosigk - in keeping with his roots and training, has produced a very German expression of Gewürztraminer; on the nose the usual spice from warmer climates is absent, but there are coy notes of canned lychee nut , pear and gooseberry. On the palate there is some icing sugar, though just a tad, and a creamy. unctuous, preserved... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Noble Ridge Vineyard & Winery Meritage 2010

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    The south Okanagan Meritage is clearly dominated by Merlot with a bright cherry and plum (damson) nose; on the palate there is more plum and a touch of wild blackberry; the mouth feel is slightly harsh (alcoholic) and the tannin is a bit rough with just a tad too much oak. But... the wine is very Bordelais - better than more than a few Bordeaux... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Summerhill Pyramid Winery Riesling 2010

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    I picked up this earlier vintage to compare with the excellent 2012. The Mosel style remains intact with some heavier "petrol" notes on the nose, but similar exotic honey and candy apple, pear and peach. Very attractive. The entry is equally pleasant with perhaps crisper acidity to offset the fruit sugar. Balanced, delicious and traditional.... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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