Vineyards - Wineries
THE OKANAGAN VALLEY
Boasting 84% of the province’s vineyard acreage, the Okanagan Valley is BC’s premier grapegrowing region. With an ever-changing panorama, the valley stretches over 250 kilometres, across sub-regions, each with distinct soil and climate conditions suited to growing a range of varietals from sun-ripened reds to lively fresh and often crisp whites.
With quiet family-run boutique vineyards to world-class operations, the Okanagan Valley wineries are rich in tradition and character, consistently ranking among the world’s best at international competitions.
The Okanagan Valley has four official sub-regions, each with distinct soil and climate conditions: Golden Mile Bench, Naramata Bench, Okanagan Falls and Skaha Bench.
The Okanagan Valley climate is unique. Daytime temperatures can reach 40°C, but the cool nights allow the grapes to maintain their natural acidity – a signature trait in BC wine.
Warmer and more arid than Napa Valley, the Okanagan Valley gets nearly two hours more sunlight per day during the peak growing season.
Nestled along the lavish banks of Okanagan lake, you will fall in love with the Okanagan wineries and sprawling vineyards dotting the lakeshore Valley. Yielding more than 80% of British Columbia's wine, the Okanagan Valley wine region offers multiple sub-regions each with their own unique soil and climates resulting in rich and distinctive wines. Penticton wineries, which represent nearly half of the more than 180 wineries in the Okanagan, offer beautiful Whites, Rosés and sparkling wines, while the 39 Naramata wineries boast vineyards ideal for full-flavoured whites and early ripening reds.