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...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Mission

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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

  • Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

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

  • Mount Boucherie

    Located in Westbank, BC (across from Kelowna), this family owned and operated winery creates some...

  • Le Vieux Pin

    Our vineyard strategy is an acknowledgement of the Old World with a gust of New World History has...

  • Poplar Grove Winery

    Poplar Grove began as the quintessential garage winery, where the most important asset was a shar...

  • Cedar Creek Estate Winery

    From the moment you enter the driveway you will appreciate that this is one of the Gold Coast Hin...

  • Sandhill Winery

    Working with single vineyards is about showing off the lineage of the wines. With vineyard design...

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Okanagan Valley on Snooth

  • Summerhill Pyramid Winery Ehrenfelser 2014

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    The first Ehrenfelser wine I've ever had. Straw color in the glass makes me suspicious of oxidation. Quite a floral nose. Very fruity on the tip of the tongue--crisp apples. Very similar to Riesling--maybe, even, fruitier. Very light-bodied. Nice acidity. An enjoyable, easy-to-drink wine, Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • La Frenz Wits End Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2018

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    The La Frenz SB is very light yellow colour with lime, lemon peel and fresh mown grass on the nose... very Sauvignon Blanc and variety sound. It tastes much like an Entre-deux-Mers in the same price range, with a bit more purity on the palate. Palate cleansing and pleasant on the finish. Well done. 88. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Tantalus Riesling 2018

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    Everything is a matter of taste, right? Well, it is the same with Tantalus: the 2018 Riesling is the same clean, electric, mouth reveille of Granny Smith and citrus acidity on the palate. Perhaps slightly tamed. But still not exactly for the faint of heart, yet quite for the connoisseur. Will age nicely for at least 5-7 years, but perfect now ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Mount Boucherie Pinot Gris 2018

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    The 2018 Mount Boucherie (Kelowna BC) Pinot Gris, well I like it: from the first glance at it in the glass (nice, just perceptible rufus-roseas hue) to a fine, rose petal, pear and green table grape nose. Entry is very pleasant - although youthful and a little acerbic on the finish, with slightly tending to the neutral, but noticeable pear appl... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Le Vieux Pin Sauvignon Blanc 2018

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    A tongue-tingling, alarm clock for the palate is this electric Sauvignon Blanc from Le Vieux Pin. Gooseberry, lime and grass effuse from the glass which shows pale yellow. Entry is quite acidic - showing good possibility for a couple of years aging, although for certain fare (we had vegetable stir-fry), perfect now. A bit expensive, but a cut a... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • So on a whim we decided to visit British Columbia. But we flew up to Washington, so visited a few places there too. Totally off the subject of wine, I found an awesome bakery in Spokane and the girl there served me this thing that I thought was a kind of Parmesan cheese foam. In fact it was fermented cashew whip, which was definitely weird, but ... Read More

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  • La Stella Vivace Pinot Grigio 2017

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    La Stella makes one of the vey best Pinot Gris/Grigio in the world; its only real competitor in North America is a neighbour slightly to the north... Blue Mountain. The nose is of anise, apple pie and possibly certain wild mushrooms. Entry is light, refreshing and filled with more star anise, pear, green apple and a hint of cedar. A very good w... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Ah, but your wife (DV) has performed admirable custodial duties on the house ... I can't get out to the Okanagan Valley this weekend, we should concentrate on getting some of the dedicated few together.  I have a good feeling it would be, as some might say, "a gas"...  Read More

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  • There are a lot of 2016 PR RI around, but I would have to wait a couple of years for maturity.  The Osoyoos Larose is the best I have ever had from the property, so PR would have to do somersaults to beat it.  There are about a half-dozen world class red  Bordelais-style wines from the Okanagan (none so far from Vancouver Island, although the ev... Read More

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  • Osoyoos Larose le Grand Vin 2015

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    Aside from The Reference by Blackwood Lane (2006, 2007 vintages, in particular), this is the purest, most approachable red Bordelais-style wine from British Columbia ever crafted. Dark cherry red in colour, with a bouquet of cherry, ripe plums and a hint of vanilla extract (light oak treatment), and an entry of soft tannic underlay, sweet, pure ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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  • All the wines are great, but I like the white ones the most. Riesling and Gewuertztraminer are my favourites.

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  • I love this wine. It is fresh not clouded by oldworld ideas.

    Comment by 374932Schinderhannes 374932 Schinderhannes


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