Kelowna is synonymous with wine in the province. BC’s first vines were planted in Kelowna in 1859 by Father Pandosy. Kelowna also boasts the province’s oldest continually operating winery, Calona Vineyard (est. 1932). Many of the first families of the BC wine industry call this area home: the Heiss family, who established Gray Monk Estate Winery; the Cipes of Summerhill Pyramid Winery; and the Stewart family of Quails’ Gate Winery. Several wineries in the region also offer exceptional dining experiences with fantastic views, local ingredients and of course award-winning wines.
Average 1,200 growing degree days.
Heavier soils with sandy loam, clay and limestone.
Members of the BCWI are proud of their wines and are committed to ensuring their wines are promoted and enjoyed responsibly by those adults who choose to consume them for the continued enjoyment and prosperity of the BC wine industry.