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...

Subregions of Okanagan Valley

Popular Wineries in Okanagan Valley View all

  • Black Cloud

    Black Cloud is the brand of winemaker Bradley Cooper and his wife Audralee Daum.

  • Oliver Twist Estate Winery

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

  • Laughing Stock Vineyards

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

  • Foxtrot Vineyards, Ltd.

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

  • La Frenz Winery

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

  • Antelope Ridge

    High atop the western hills of the South Okanagan's Golden Mile sits Antelope Ridge Estate Winery...

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Okanagan Valley on Snooth

  • 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


  • Summerhill Pyramid Winery Riesling 2012

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    Made in a traditional Mosel style, this slightly off-dry, low alcohol wine has a light straw colour with a nose of tropical honey and cube sugar; the mouth-feel is tinged with acidity that is balanced expertly with sweetness and bursting with peach and pear flavours that linger on the palate. This is without a doubt the best white still wine I ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Nichol Syrah 2010

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    This well known Naramata winery was an early experimenter in the Syrah variety (Nichol himself was a pioneering wine author in British Columbia). The 2010 has wonderful Crozes-Hermitage colour and redolence with many straw and barnyard scents and tart red fruit such as wild cranberry, chokecherry and a hint of spice cake and black pepper. Very... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • See Ya Later Ranch Unleashed Gewurztraminer 2011

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    This wine has a huge perfumed nose: white flowers, peach, and lychee fruit. On the palate there is more fruit - peach and ripe pineapple, along with some vanilla notes. The acidity is quite subdued. Fuller bodied than expected. Great length. Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


  • Nk'Mip Cellars Chardonnay Okanagan Valley Vqa Qwam Qwmt 2006

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    A refreshingly well balanced chardonnay from 2009. Oak and cream on the nose along with vanilla, sweet peaches and pear. On the palate it brings more fruit and some acidity. Great length. (Side note: made my sweetie think of sour cream or dill potato chips). Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


  • No need to go far afield from California (or those well-known European regions ... certain examples from the Okanagan Valle Read More

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