THE OKANAGAN VALLEY
BEAUTY, CLIMATE, SOIL
The Okanagan Valley is a place of great beauty and history. As a grape-growing and wine-producing region, its future is full of promise.
Nestled between the snow-capped Coastal Mountains to the west and the Monashee Mountains to the east, the Okanagan valley extends north from the Canada-US border for about 160 kilometres (100 miles). Glacial lakes run the length of the valley, providing a moderating influence on the climate.
The Okanagan Valley also boasts Canada's only desert. The Sonoran Desert, beginning in Mexico's Baja Peninsula, runs north to Oliver, British Columbia. The southern end of the valley, near the US border, receives roughly 12 inches of annual precipitation, a small amount of which is snow.
Most of the vineyards are planted on benches above the valley floor; on varying degrees of slope that assist with air drainage, improves frost protection and increases the amount of sun the vines receive.