Located in the southeastern corner of British Columbia, the Kootenay region is home to pristine rivers, lakes, waterfalls, beaches, mineral hot springs, alpine meadows and snow-capped mountains.
In select microclimates, grapes have been grown in the Kootenays since 1995. Although a new viticultural area, ground crops and orchards have been cultivated there for many decades.
FACT: Grapes have been growing in microclimates along valley floors of the Kootenay region since 1995
FACT: The fifth largest lake in BC, Kootenay Lake is a long, narrow and deep fjord-like lake and influences vineyards in this wine region.
FACT: The most planted grape varietal in the Kootenays is Pinot Noir, followed by other varieties including Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris and Maréchal Foch.
1,312 growing degree days. (Creston)