As the ideal wine valley, the Okanagan is known for its picturesque
that overlook Okanagan Lake. The climate and setting of the Okanagan Valley provides the perfect conditions for wine grapes. The quality of grapes grown here produce some of the best wines in Canada and are known throughout the world.
As you travel through the Thompson Okanagan, you
will uncover some of the provinceís best
wineries. Ensconced in the regionís most
spectacular scenery, the estate, farm and major
wineries are as diverse as the wines they
produce. Often enveloped by lush vineyards, each
has its own unique character whether set in an
enchanting stone house or a 120-year old log
home. Relax in the scenic beauty of wine country
as you sip a rich, tangy Ehrenfelser or a lush
Okanagan Winery Map
The Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) is an Appellation of Origin system by
which consumers can identify wines of Canada based on the origin of the grapes from which they are produced. With the VQA system, Canada joins other leading wine-producing countries in developing a body of regulations and setting high standards for its wines.
Wines are evaluated by an independent panel of experts, and only those that meet or exceed the appellation standards are awarded the VQA designation. Such wines may show a VQA medallion on the bottle or label. In addition, the VQA gold medallion is awarded to wines that show exceptional quality, as judged by the VQA tasting panel.
Canada's Icewine ~ To make
Icewine, the grapes are left on the vine until after the first frost hits. These grapes are harvested after being frozen in the vineyard and then, while still frozen, they are pressed. They must be picked early - before 10 a.m. During both of these processes the temperature cannot exceed -8 degrees C. At this temperature (-8 degrees C) the berries will freeze as hard as marbles. While the grape is still in its frozen state, it is pressed and the water is driven out as shards of ice. This leaves a highly concentrated juice, very high in acids, sugars and aromatics.
Okanagan Winery Map
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