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The Similkameen Valley

The Similkameen Valley

The Similkameen Valley is a pristine stretch of vineyards, set amongst the dramatic backdrop of rugged and awe-inspiring mountains. Considered the “organic capital of Canada”, the area is known for small farms and producers dedicated to creating quality produce, delectable foods, and award-winning wines.

Due to the tall surrounding mountains, and the reflectivity of the rock, heat remains in the valley long after the sun sets. The valley is arid with persistent winds that can reduce the moisture in the vines and the soil. Even above ground irrigation can evaporate before touching the ground. The wind does minimize mildew, so vineyards generally don’t require frequent spraying.

Terroir

Average 1,360 growing degree days.
Various soil types, including stony, gravelly, and silty loams from glacial rock formation.

Common Varietals

MERLOT

PINOT NOIR

GAMAY NOIR

CABERNET FRANC

CHARDONNAY

CABERNET SAUVIGNON

RIESLING

PINOT GRIS

FIRST WINERY

KEREMEOS VINEYARDS

(NOW CALLED ST. LASZLO)

– 1984 –

ACRES PLANTED IN REGION

657

LICENSED WINERIES

15