East of the southern portion of Summerland Valleys sub-GI is the Summerland Bench sub-GI. Most of the vineyards are in the area east and south of Giant’s Head Mountain. Total acreage of the Summerland Bench sub-GI is 4448 acres although much is bedrock or urbanized land.
Of the approximately 1977 acres of plantable land, tree fruits still dominate. The eastern boundary joins with the lower elevation Summerland Lakefront sub-GI. The southern edge is the escarpment overlooking Trout Creek canyon.
1216 – 1382 growing degree days (depending on elevation of vineyard site).
At mid-levels (420-600 metres) of elevation, this sub-GI covers the mostly glaciofluvial (glacial meltwater) terraces around Giant’s Head Mountain. The soils are generally coarse textured, sandy, silty or gravelly and with good drainage to help control vigour and yields.
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