Discover the Golden Mile Bench
Top Grapes Planted
- Cabernet Franc
The next step for understanding the terroir of BC is to create official sub-regions, known as sub-geographical indications (sub-GI) within the large area of the Okanagan Valley geographical indication. Sub-GIs are linked to unique climates, soil types and the resulting wine styles. The Golden Mile Bench became the first officially recognized sub-GI in 2015!
The Golden Mile Bench is located on the western slope, south of Oliver and across from the Black Sage Bench. Its southerly latitude provides a warm climate, but its location on the west side of the valley means it gets morning, rather than afternoon sunshine, making it a cooler region than its eastern neighbour.
Any winery, whether their tasting room/winery is physically located on the Golden Mile Bench or not, can use the term Golden Mile Bench Sub-GI on a BC VQA wine label, as long as the wine is made from grapes exclusively grown in the sub-GI.
HEIRLOOM TOMATO SALAD
Try out this tasty salad for your next dinner. Courtesy of Natasha Schooten – Terrafina at Hester Creek Winery.