Similkameen Valley stamp

DISCOVER 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.


FACT: With dramatic mountainous slopes and deep valleys, the heat within the Similkameen Valley remains well after sunset.

FACT: The Similkameen Valley wine region is known to have the highest density of organic farming in Canada.

FACT: The Similkameen Valley wine region is the second largest in BC, and contains six per cent of BC’s vineyard acreage.


Terroir

Average 1,533 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

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FIRST WINERY

KEREMEOS VINEYARDS

(NOW CALLED ST. LASZLO)

– 1984 –

ACRES PLANTED IN REGION

657

LICENSED WINERIES

15