The Lake Country sub-GI, the Okanagan Valley’s most northern sub-region, encompasses an area of around 6178 acres of the west facing slopes and benches above Okanagan Lake. There are approximately 247 acres of vineyards planted in the sub-GI.
Key elements of the region are the northerly latitude and cool climate, paired with west facing sloped vineyard sites which capture the late afternoon sunshine and warmth. The sub-regions proximity to the lake moderates temperatures and the gentle slopes provide good air drainage helping to create a long growing season. These elements are favourable to the production of light-bodied reds, crisp, refreshing whites, and delightful sparkling wines.
Average 1245 (higher elevation sites) to 1445 (lake side sites) growing degree days.
The soils in the region are a mixture of glaciolacustrine (lake bottom) in the lower areas below 425 metres and coarser gravelly or sandy glacial till at higher elevations. The sub-GI boundary goes up to 600-650 metres in elevation. Some areas of Lake Country, uniquely, have pre-glacial soils that pre-date the last glaciation that dominates soil formation throughout the Okanagan Valley.
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