Location

The Okanagan Valley is located in South Central British Columbia's Interior, Canada.

Cities

Vernon, Kelowna, West Kelowna, and Penticton.

Major Towns & Municipalities

Sicamous, Grindrod, Enderby, Armstrong, Lake Country, Peachland, Summerland, Naramata, Okanagan Falls, Oliver, and Osoyoos.

Weather

Mild, short cloudy winters with very hot dry summers reaching as high as 42C. Spring and Fall are long and very pleasant. Though the Okanagan Valley has many lakes, most notably the Fiord lake known as Okanagan Lake helps to moderate the temperatures both winter and summer. The South end of the Valley is part of the Sonoran Desert that gives a great influence.

First Vines

The first vines as well as apples were planted by Father Pandosy who arrived in Kelowna in 1859 as a Missionary. He brought with him vines of the Labrusca variety to make wine for Sacramental purpose. These did not produce high quality wines that we are now familiar with.

While a few Wineries did begin to pop up in time they were forced to remove their vines due to Prohibition. Around 1925 Charles Casorso began planting vines, brothers Pete and Lois in 1930.

Peter Casorso being a significant factor in the founding of Calona Wines in approx 1932 along with Cap Capozi, W.A.C. Bennett and Guiseppi Ghezzi are credited for establishing the original Winery in the Okanagan and the longest continuously run Winery as well. First to win a VQA award amongst many other celebrations.

The area was first known in agriculture for the fertile lands that grew tobacco, tomato's, onions and corn. Originally hybrid grapes were planted before they realized that proper and traditional vinefera would thrive here.

2017

With over 220 Wineries right in the Okanagan and more than 320 Wineries overall in British Columbia the Industry is booming and regularly coming in as the #2 wine region in the World.

Wine is not alone. Brewing, distilling and ciders are rising fast, popping up literally everywhere!