Kelowna is synonymous with wine in the province. BC’s first vines were planted in Kelowna in 1859 by Father Pandosy. Kelowna also boasts the province’s oldest continually operating winery, Calona Vineyard (est. 1932). Many of the first families of the BC wine industry call this area home: the Heiss family, who established Gray Monk Estate Winery; the Cipes of Summerhill Pyramid Winery; and the Stewart family of Quails’ Gate Winery. Several wineries in the region offer exceptional dining experiences with fantastic views, local ingredients, and of course award-wining wines.
The Kelowna area is home to two sub-regions (Sub-Geographical Indications) of distinct terroir:
Average growing degree days; 1,323 – Kelowna East / 1,318 West Kelowna.
Heavier soils with sandy loam, clay and limestone.
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