Okanagan Valley

The beautiful sun-drenched Okanagan, also referred to as "Napa of the North" is one of the warmest areas of Canada and the main grape-growing region in BC. Lush vineyards nestle into this spectacular stretch of landscape which features freshwater lakes, sandy beaches, rolling hills, mountains and desert. The Okanagan enjoys four distinct seasons with the warmest summer temperature in Canada, making it an ideal climate for grape growing.

Okanagan wines are among the finest in the world, earning recognition from connoisseurs around the globe. There are more than 200 wineries in this region, each with its own unforgettable character and ambience. Some wineries provide a complete experience to visitors, combining award-winning restaurants using local organic ingredients and first-class luxury accommodation. The Okanagan region is accessible by a 45 minute flight or a 5 hour drive from Vancouver. Some of the varieties of grapes found here include Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Merlot, Riesling, Bordeaux varieties, Gewurztraminer and Syrah and the sweet tasting ice wine. Many fruit wines are also growing in popularity, with varietals made from apricots, black currants, Fuji apples and more.

Famous for orchards brimming with luscious fruit, the Okanagan is filled with farmer's markets selling fresh, locally-grown produce. Apples, pears, peaches, nectarines, cherries, plums and prunes are all grown in the Okanagan. The export of fruits from this area is worth more than $100 million, a significant contribution to the Canadian economy.

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