Canada is home to several wine regions that are perfect for wine lovers, attracting aficionados from all over the world. While Prince Edward County’s numerous vineyards might come to mind, one location in British Columbia has just been revealed as an underrated wine region in Vogue — the Okanagan Valley.
With mountains, hills and lakes surrounding the area, the visually stunning environment is perfect for nature lovers who want to appreciate the natural beauty of BC while sipping on wine. Juliet Wine co-founder Allison Luvera says the region is home to world-class wines that are difficult to find outside of the country, so taking a trip to the valley is the easiest way to enjoy them.
“It’s a relatively new winemaking area and much of the wine produced here is consumed within Canada, leaving the region unknown to wine lovers in other countries,” she told Vogue. “However, its high caliber wines coupled with the stunning natural beauty of the region have attracted top winemakers from France, New Zealand and South Africa, so awareness is on the rise.”
Wineries to visit in Okanagan this fall
Luvera lists three wineries for travellers to check out in the valley: Quails’ Gate, Okanagan Crush Pad and Painted Rock.
Quails’ Gate Winery
Quail’s Gate is a family-owned estate winery located above Lake Okanagan. There are 160 acres and the winery also has a restaurant with farm-to-table dishes.
Okanagan Crush Pad Winery
At this state-of-the-art winery, there is a tasting lounge and patio. The farming is organic, and the vineyards are located on 375 acres of land, plus, the winery was the first Canadian winery to join International Wineries for Climate Action.
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Painted Rock Estate Winery
This winery has 100 per cent single varietal wines that are harvested by hand. The terroir-driven wines are crafted from organic grapes, utilizing wild yeast fermentations.