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GOLDEN MILE BENCH

Golden Mile Bench

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 demonstrate unique climates, soil types and the resulting wine styles. The Golden Mile Bench was the first sub-GI, created in 2015. Additional sub-GIs throughout the Okanagan Valley are expected in the coming years.

Located on the western slope of the valley south of Oliver and across from the Black Sage Bench, the Golden Mile Bench’s southerly aspect provides a warm climate. Its location on the west side of the valley it gets morning, rather than afternoon sunshine, making it a cooler region than its eastern neighbour.

A wine made exclusively from grapes grown in the sub-GI can use the term Golden Mile Bench as a Geographical Indication on a BC VQA Wine label. It’s the location the grapes are grown, rather than the location of the winery that is relevant.

Terroir

Average 1,484 growing degree days.
Well-drained fluvial fans of stony gravelly sandy loams or gravelly loamy sands.

Common Varietals

CHARDONNAY

GEWÜRZTRAMINER

MERLOT

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Fact

Golden Mile Bench and Okanagan Falls are two sub-appellations that lie within the Okanagan Valley wine region.