Province Recognizes 6 New Okanagan Wine Regions

A number of new wine regions have been identified in the Okanagan Valley.

All six locations are recognized as new sub-geographical indications (sub-GIs), which is an official, protected term used to help identify the origins of BC wines.

The new regions are:

  • East Slopes of Kelowna
  • land of lakes
  • South Slopes of Kelowna
  • Summerland Bench
  • Summerland Lakeside
  • Summerland Valleys

“It’s great to see more recognition for our high-quality Okanagan Valley wines and for the region’s winemakers and grape growers, many of whom have been a part of the valley for generations,” said Lana Popham. , Minister of Agriculture and Food.

“By highlighting six new growing regions and their distinct wines, we continue to help BC wines gain popularity on the world stage while stimulating the local economy. »

Popham added that BC wines tell the story of the people who make them and the unique places they come from.

Miles Prodan, president of Wine Growers British Columbia, said a consumer knows they have a quality-assured bottle produced in the province when they buy a bottle of BC VQA wine.

“Today’s approval of six new sub-GIs in the Okanagan Valley, a region known for its diverse soil types, climatic conditions and wine styles, represents official recognition of regions that are distinguished by their unique terroir”, he explained.

“The introduction of sub-regions with a remarkable sense of place is the next natural step in the evolution of our wine industry, and a win for consumers and winemakers alike.”

A sub-GI distinguishes wines from unique growing areas within a geographical indication and each has clearly defined boundaries based on subtle differences in conditions.

Defining geographic areas on wine labels connects consumers to that unique region and also increases exposure to the region for wine and tourism businesses, according to the province.

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<p dir=O’Rourke Family Vineyards is a company impacted by today’s announcement and winemaker Stephanie Stanley says they have always been dedicated to being 100% estate grown and 100% Lake Country.

“As initiators of the Sub-GI process, along with a dedicated team of fellow Lake Country grape growers and wineries, we are thrilled to officially celebrate Lake Country as a Sub-GI,” she said.

“O’Rourke Family Estate Vineyards and Peak Cellars are proud to list Lake Country on 100% of our labels, recognizing that our vineyards are planted in a very special area of ​​the North Okanagan Valley.”

There are nine official geographical indications in the province and 12 sub-GIs.

The nine geographical indications outside the Okanagan Valley are Fraser Valley, Gulf Islands, Kootenays, Lilooet, Shuswap, Similkameen Valley, Thompson Valley and Vancouver Island.

Previously established sub-GIs include Cowichan Valley, Golden Mile Bench, Golden Mile Slopes, Naramata Bench, Okanagan Falls, and Skaha Bench.

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Shirley M. Pinder