On May 13, 2019, wineries in the Naramata Bench joined Skaha Bench, Okanagan Falls and Golden Mile Bench, near Oliver, as wineries that meet the requirements of the Wines of Marked Quality Regulation. There are now four sub-geographical indications (sub-GIs), or sub-appellations, in British Columbia.
Naramata Bench is roughly defined as the bench lands between Penticton Creek and Okanagan Mountain Park on the east side of Okanagan Lake. Nowhere else in the Okanagan Valley do you find so many wineries packed into a simple touring route, with breathtaking views and delicious dining options featuring local produce. You can pair your wine country visit with a selection of adventure sports, from kayaking to mountain biking and rock climbing. Or take it easy by the beach at one of the many lakeside resorts. The vineyards of Naramata Bench boast ideal conditions for full-flavoured white varietals, as well as earlier ripening, elegant reds.
A map of the sub-appellation is available at the BC Wine Authority website.
Average 1,350 growing degree days (estimate Summerland).
Primarily stone-free soil with distinct organic matter-rich topsoils formed in silt loam glacial lake sediments.
Gravelly soils occur at high elevations and on steeper slopes.
Long frost-free periods due to moderating influence of Okanagan Lake and sloping aspect.
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