The Summerland Lakefront sub-GI hugs the western shore of Okanagan Lake. Most of the vineyards have east or south-easterly aspects making for good sunny conditions and benefitting from the moderating effects of the nearby lake. These vineyards mirror the Naramata Bench sub-GI across the lake. This sub-region spans 12km of lakefront from the Trout Creek delta to the elevated benches to the north.
Moderate climate, gentle east facing slopes and proximity of the lake helps with a long, frost-free growing season. The sub-GI is 1880 acres in size with about 161 acres planted to vines.
1347 growing degree days.
The former lake bottom soils (glaciolacustrine) are mostly stone free, silty soils on benches above the lake. The southern portion at the Trout Creek delta is just above lake level with more gravelly subsoils.
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