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The Okanagan Valley
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The Okanagan Valley

Date Added: August 19, 2012 06:08:27 PM
Author: dave
Category: Wineries
The Okanagan Valley is a Canadian wine region located in the British Columbia region of the Okanagan. Along with the nearby Similkameen Valley, the approximately 4,000 hectares (9,900 acres) of vineyards planted in the Okanagan account for more than 90% of all wine produced in British Columbia and after the Niagara Peninsula of Ontario is Canada's second leading wine producer. Vineyards can be found all along the 113 km (70 mi) Lake Okanagan and many of its neighbouring lakes, including Osoyoos Lake, Skaha Lake and Vaseux Lake. The Okanagan has diverse terrain that features many different microclimates and vineyard soil types. The history of wine production in the Okanagan dates back to the 1850s with the establishment of Okanagan Mission and the planting of grapevines to supply sacramental wines. In the early 20th century, prohibition in Canada wiped out many of the Okanagan's earliest wineries and the commercial wine industry in the area was not revived until the 1930s. From this time, till the mid-1970s, the Okanagan wine industry was based entirely on the production of fruit wines and those produced from hybrid grapes. The first commercial plantings of vinifera came in 1975 when the Osoyoos Indian Band established Inkameep Vineyards