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The Heart Of Wine Country

Discover the Stories, Savour the Quality

Take Eastside Road or Highway 97 from Penticton for a short drive to the Heart of Wine Countrytm. The 15 wineries of the Okanagan Falls l Skaha Lake Winery Association boast stunning views of this beautiful area. Many of the most iconic images of the Okanagan come from here.

Over tens of thousands of years ago, a series of glaciers, formed this valley we call the Okanagan. The glaciers left behind long benches of fertile soil in their wake, along with sparkling lakes. This fertile soil and the lakes contribute to growing world-class grapes.

We are the first region to have 2 different official sub-Geographic Indexes (sub-GI’s) created. These sub-GI’s indicate that there are defined areas with significant geographical distinctions. What does that mean to you? It means that the grapes grown here are influenced by the soil in ways that no other region is. It means that the wine made here is unique and world-class. Don’t take our word for it, look at the awards! Or better yet, come visit our wineries and our bistros. Our website: www.theheartofwinecountry.ca has up-to-date information on hours and reservation details.

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Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country

Uncork The Sun

Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country is Canada’s premiere wine growing region nestled among the beauty of the mountains, lakes and rivers that make up Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country. Here our 44-member wineries produce a wide range of varietals showcasing grapes from around the world.

This regions’ history includes the struggles of the Sylix people with the dry, arid conditions through the gold mining in the late 1800, before the introduction of the irrigation ditch following the first world war. The ditch was an initiative by Premiere John Oliver who saw the possibility to make the region Canada’s fruit basket. After establishing as a top fruit growing region, the mid-twentieth century saw farmers explore the possibility of growing wine grapes, the success of which has led to the proliferation of crops we see today. Now Oliver grows over 50%, and Oliver Osoyoos combined over 60%, of all wine grapes in the province.

Enriched by glacial mineral deposits and varied soils; within the narrow 33km span of Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country you will find a multitude of terroirs – from the basalt rock near McIntyre Bluff, through the alluvial dry creeks of the Golden Mile, into the sandy clay surrounding Osoyoos Lake. Combined with the diversity of the land are: the warmest days in the country; endless hours of sunshine; cool mountain evenings; and low annual precipitation which create a multitude of microclimates all with ideal growing conditions for different grapes.

Learn more about the diversity  and uniqueness of Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country with our educational blog posts – https://www.oliverosoyoos.com/category/wine-education/

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Bottleneck Drive

The Gem of the Okanagan

Visitors can easily guide themselves along the winding roads to enjoy sweeping vineyards, lush orchards, and award-winning wineries, cideries and distilleries. The charming little town of 11,000 residents offers views from Prairie Valley to Sun-Oka Beach Provincial Park and Kettle Valley Rail Trail to Giants Head Mountain. With 15 wineries, 4 cideries and a distillery, Summerland is full of new discoveries around every corner, by bike or by car

The region also boasts distinct growing areas from the Bluffs; along Summerland Bench; Prairie and Garnet Valley; and from Trout Creek to North Beach. These areas are comprised of silty glaciolacustrine sediments along with mineral rich volcanic soils, excellent for vineyards and orchards. This provides the region with a terroir that is unique to Summerland, resulting in delicious wines, ciders and spirits that are produced here.

Visitors can also enjoy many events throughout the year such as the popular Grand Sommelier Express – BC’s only wine and food event on the Kettle Valley Heritage Steam Train; and the annual Light Up The Vines event, which takes place at the end of November to wrap up the season. Open from April to November, stop into this quaint community and enjoy the charming personalities and smiles along Bottleneck Drive. They are ready to welcome you!

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Naramata Bench Winery Association

A Story in Every Bottle

Naramata Bench wine country follows a gently meandering road north from Penticton along the east side of Okanagan Lake through one of the world’s most varied and beautiful terroir regions. As you wind through vineyards and orchards with spectacular lake and mountain views, you will find the twenty-nine Naramata Bench Wineries Association wineries along the way – or just down a delightful side road.

Wine touring the Naramata Bench is relaxed and rewarding as wineries are a short drive from one another and yet each one presents unique and distinctive wines and experiences. This is one of Canada’s premiere wine regions and a destination for wine enthusiasts worldwide, as our wineries regularly bring home awards of distinction from national and international competitions.

VInyards in Penticton from the KVR Trail

This region has been home to agriculture for over one hundred years, first hosting fruit orchards and now grapes, and the signs and stories of its history are everywhere. Along the road you will also find restaurants, beaches, artisan galleries, cideries, parks, distilleries and the Kettle Valley Rail Trail for walking and cycling.

Where the road dips down to the lake is Naramata Village with its heritage Naramata Inn and Restaurant, coffee shops, pubs and restaurants, general store, pocket museum, shops, and rentals to go paddle boarding on the lake or bike riding the Kettle Valley Trail.

Our twenty-nine member wineries will welcome you to their tasting rooms, patios and decks with views of the vineyards, lake and mountains to enjoy award winning wines in a friendly and relaxed rural atmosphere.  Our motto is “A Story in Every Bottle” so come and gather some of our stories, and while you are at it, create a wonderful story of your own.  We look forward to seeing you.

Naramata Bench Wine region looking South towards Penticton

Use our website to contact wineries for tasting and restaurant reservations and for links to accommodations and other activities along the Naramata Bench.

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South Okanagan Wine Region

Vines Love South Okanagan

The top grape growing region of BC is in the Okanagan Valley with some 84 per cent of BC’s vineyard acreage. Vines love the South Okanagan, its established distinct sub-regions including the Golden Mile Bench, Naramata Bench, Okanagan Falls and Skaha Bench, Summerland as well as the sunbaked Osoyoos area.

The vines enjoy daytime temperatures up to 40°C with the unique Okanagan condition of cooler nights which enable the grapes to maintain their natural acidity.

Based on the distinct geography of these areas with varying soil, light and climatic conditions, a wide range of grape varietals are found from crisp, lively whites to sun soaked rich reds. Common varietals include Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay and Riesling whites, and Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Syrah reds. Of course, half the fun is discovering some of the less common ones like Kerner, Grüner Veltliner, Semillon, Muscat, Marsanne, Trebbiano, Sangiovese, Pinotage, Tempranillo, and Dolcetto.

Like the varying vines planted in the South Okanagan are the breadth of wineries from multi-national massive operations to family-run boutiques. Wine connoisseurs love these wines, too, as they consistently achieve medals and best of class in international competitions.

Couple the exquisite wines with exceptional culinary adventures, distinctive architectural design, artistic installations, live music performances, wildlife sightings and awe-inspiring views, exploring the South Okanagan wine region is a sensory sonata.