The Okanagan: Canada's Most Diverse Wine Region

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There’s still plenty of time for another summer adventure! Head up to the Okanagan Valley for a first-class wine tour and see firsthand how diverse this amazing region truly is.

Although the Okanagan only has two official sub-appellations – ‘Golden Mile’ and ‘Okanagan Falls’ – it has a wide range of regions that showcase a variety of terroir and style. We’ve selected a few favourite wines from a few favourite sub-regions to get you started before you hit the road!

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REGION: EAST KELOWNA
• Soils in Kelowna are heavier than elsewhere in the valley, based on sandy loam, clay and limestone.
• The coast mountain range protects vineyards in this region from the Vancouver rain.
• Riesling is one of the top grapes in this northern region due to its similar latitudinal range to Germany.
Try: Cedar Creek Riesling
Bright and focused citrus acidity balances out its sweet stone fruits.
750ml, $23.99


REGION: NARAMATA BENCH (PENTICTON)
• The soils are a mixture of sand, silt, and clay that provide ample nutrients and water retention for easy farming.
• Nestled in the south-east end of Okanagan Lake, Naramata Bench benefits from lake-side breezes, which keep summer temperatures cool and help protect the vines from damaging frosts and molds.
Try: Poplar Grove Merlot
Classically Okanagan with velvety tannins + notes of sage & cherry notes.
750 ml, $33.49
 

REGION: THE GOLDEN MILE BENCH (OLIVER)
• Sandy soils that cover the bedrock aid in effectively draining water.
• BC’s first official sub-appellation and one of the most southerly growing regions in the province.
• To the north sits basalt faced McIntyre Bluff, which blocks wind, making the region hot and dry.
• Osoyoos lake on the south end moderates the temperature, keeping the vines from scorching in the summer and freezing in the winter.
Try: Tinhorn Creek The Creek
A bordeaux blend of mostly cabernet sauvignon featuring dark berry flavours and a spicy finish.
750ml, $62.99

 
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Cedar Creek Riesling

Bright and focused citrus acidity balances out its sweet stone fruits.
750ml, $23.99

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Poplar Grove Merlot

Classically Okanagan with velvety tannins + notes of sage & cherry notes.
750 ml, $33.49

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Tinhorn Creek The Creek

A bordeaux blend of mostly cabernet sauvignon featuring dark berry flavours and a spicy finish.
750ml, $62.99

 
 
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By:  Ann Brydle, Quadra GM, Certified Sommelier, Certified Sherry Specialist