The Similkameen Valley
The Similkameen Valley is a pristine stretch of vineyards, set amongst the dramatic backdrop of rugged and awe-inspiring mountains. Considered the “organic capital of Canada”, the area is known for small farms and producers dedicated to creating quality produce, delectable foods, and award-winning wines.
Due to the tall surrounding mountains, and the reflectivity of the rock, heat remains in the valley long after the sun sets. The valley is arid with persistent winds that can reduce the moisture in the vines and the soil. Even above ground irrigation can evaporate before touching the ground. The wind does minimize mildew, so vineyards generally don’t require frequent spraying.
FACT: The Similkameen Valley lies west of Osoyoos with the majority of vineyards located around Cawston and Keremeos.
FACT: Significant winds help naturally keep vineyards in this arid valley free of pests and disease, making this region well-suited for organic farming.
FACT:Due to the steep surrounding mountains, and the reflectivity of the rock, heat remains in the valley long after the sun sets.
Average 1,519 growing degree days. (Cawston)
Various soil types, including stony, gravelly, and silty loams from glacial rock formation.