Description 1 of 4
Description 2 of 4
Over 100 miles long with close to 100 wineries, this is the biggest, oldest and most productive grape-growing region in British Columbia. The Okanagan Valley DVA, with 4,000 acres under vine, covers various microclimates, although dry sunny conditions prevail in the lee of the Coastal Range. Most of the Pacific's moisture is filtered from the air by the time it reaches the Valley, but Lake Okanagan provides ample irrigation, while steep slopes intensify the heat. The southern Okanagan, where 70% of the Valley’s wine is produced, is the northern end of the Sonora Desert (the only classified desert in Canada!). Sunny, hot dry summers and less than six inches of annual rainfall provide favorable conditions in the South for reds, notably Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, as well as the principle whites, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. The North is cooler but still dry, with just 16 inches of annual rainfall. Here, German varieties like Siegerrebe, Sylvaner, Optima and Ortega are more suitable. The dissimilarity from north to south continues in the soils, with glacial stone, silt and clay dominating in the North giving way to sand and gravel in the South. Aside from aridness, the Okanagan Valley DVA is really two regions in one, with such marked differences that further appellation division may be warranted. In fact, to a degree, the cluster of wineries on the east side of the Lake's southern extreme have already begun to identify themselves under the 'unofficial' appellation name Naramata Bench because of the distinct microclimate that exists in their area. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)
Description 3 of 4
Great place to grow up!
Description 4 of 4
Thanks for correcting my misapprehension that the word labrusca included an "m". Apparently that's a genus of flies!
The great wines of the Okanagan - many of them bold Bordeaux blends - are hard to find, even for the residents of the same province. One of my biggest pleasures is vacationing in the Okanagan region, visiting and buying at some favourite wineries, and discovering new favourites among the now 100+ establishments.
There's something for everyone. Not mentioned in the foregoing descriptions are the dry rosés and rieslings that have cropped up in recent years.
The Similkameen Valley west of Osoyoos deserves mention as well. Arguably separate from the Okanagan, and applying for appelation status.– Description from Canucklecabeza
Best Wine Deals
Secret Santa 2015Replied
And now for something completely different ...Replied
Halcon Alturas Yorkville Highlands (2011)Reviewed
Problems Rechilling WInes?Replied
Manilow Merlot Terre di Chieti Barry Manilow Merlot (2007)Wishlisted
Whatcha drinking tonight?Replied
Stephen Vincent Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast (2012)Wishlisted
Tomasello Winery Pomegranate (2012)Rated