Okanagan Falls Wineries Association the second sub-appellation in British Columbia

“Congratulations Okanagan Falls Wineries Association, the second sub-appellation in British Columbia. The other is the Golden Mile Bench near Oliver. Now recognized as a distinct wine-producing area. Changes to the Wines of Marked Quality Regulation mean eligible wineries on the east side of the Okanagan Valley from Vaseux Lake to just north of Shuttleworth Creek can label their wines as coming from Okanagan Falls.” Wines of British Columbia

Very exciting news for British Columbia and the BC Wine Industry. Appellations are distinct areas that have been legally defined and protected, a geographical indication used to identify where the grapes are grown. 

This puts British Columbia and Okanagan Falls in a very distinct category along with other international wine producing countries which include France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the United States.

As British Columbia wines become more recognized on the international stage the sub-appellation is an integral part of marketing. “Okanagan Falls” now will be used on wine labeling on eligible BC VQA wines. 

The sub-appellation recognition is also an assurance to the wine buying public, both local and foreign, that guarantees the grapes are grown in a specific region. 

Wine drinkers will be able to easily identify bottles of wine from Okanagan Falls now that the area is officially recognized for its wine production.

Changes to the Wines of Marked Quality Regulation mean eligible wineries on the east side of the Okanagan Valley from Vaseux Lake to just north of Shuttleworth Creek can label their wines as coming from Okanagan Falls. Including the area-specific labelling helps people recognize the wines are made with local grapes, and enhances the area’s overall reputation as a wine and agri-tourism destination.

“British Columbia wine is enjoyed both here at home and around the world, and consumers will now be able to identify the unique terroir and wine from Okanagan Falls,” said Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture. “Congratulations to the wine producers in this fantastic area and I look forward to seeing the Okanagan Falls label on BC VQA bottles soon.”

Okanagan Falls is the second sub-appellation in British Columbia. The other is the Golden Mile Bench near Oliver.

“There is a tremendous amount of collaboration, science and research that goes into defining more precise regions within an appellation, which is based very much on terroir,” said Miles Prodan, CEO and president, BC Wine Institute. “Wine is about place, and we are proud of the hard work by industry and wineries coming together to define and certify these meaningful and scientifically unique regions producing distinctive world-class wines. This is a true testament to the maturation and progress of BC VQA’s premium wine industry.”

Other changes to the regulation prohibit the use of unregulated geographical indications (areas) on BC Wine Authority members’ wine labels, and formalize an April 2018 announcement that the Thompson Valley, Shuswap, Lillooet and the Kootenays are also recognized as new geographical indications, a standard element of appellation systems used around the world.

“We are thrilled with the announcement today of B.C.’s second official sub-appellation, Okanagan Falls. Our focus is to produce single vineyard wines to showcase the terroir of each individual vineyard,” said Jim D’Andrea, proprietor, Noble Ridge Vineyard & Winery. “Having a legal definition to include ‘Okanagan Falls’ on the label is one step further in helping consumers relate to the unique terroir where the grapes are grown and taste the distinct difference from this specific area.”

An additional change implements a flat fee for small wineries to enable and encourage more wineries to participate in the BC Wine Authority’s programs.

Courtesy of BCGovNews

Quick Facts:

  • Okanagan Falls, located in the southern Okanagan, includes about 150 hectares of vineyards that produce over 1,100 tonnes of grapes per year.
  • Wineries in Okanagan Falls include the BC Wine Studio, Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars, Bonamici Cellars, Liquidity Wines, Meyer Family Vineyards, Noble Ridge Vineyards, Stag’s Hollow Winery & Vineyard, Wild Goose Vineyards and Synchromesh Wines.
  • British Columbia now has 12 official geographical indications.
    • The other six geographical indications are British Columbia (provincial), Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands, Fraser Valley, Similkameen Valley and the Okanagan Valley.
  • Currently there are four eligible wineries in the Kootenay region, one in Lillooet, eight in Shuswap, and four in the Thompson Valley.

 

Okanagan Falls Winery Association members:

Blasted Church

Blasted Church

378 Parsons Road
Okanagan Falls, BC V0H 1R5

250-497-1125 www.blastedchurch.com

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Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars

Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars

2385 Allendale Road
Okanagan Falls, BC V0H 1R2

250-497-8244 www.bluemountainwinery.com

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Crescent Hill Winery

Crescent Hill Winery

205 Spruce Road
Penticton, BC V2A 8V9

250-492-7842 www.crescenthillwinery.com

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Krāzē Legz Vineyard and Winery

Krāzē Legz Vineyard and Winery

141 Fir Avenue
Okanagan Falls, BC V0H 1K0

250-497-6957 www.krazelegz.com

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Liquidity Wines

Liquidity Wines

4720 Allendale Road
Okanagan Falls, BC V0H 1R2

778-515-5500 www.liquiditywines.com

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Meyer Family Vineyards

Meyer Family Vineyards

4287 McLean Creek Rd
Okanagan Falls, BC V0H 1R1

250-497-8553 www.MFVwines.com

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Nighthawk Vineyards

Nighthawk Vineyards

2735 Green Lake Road
Okanagan Falls, BC V0H 1R2

250-497-8874 www.nighthawkvineyards.com

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Noble Ridge Vineyards

Noble Ridge Vineyards

2320 Oliver Ranch Road
Okanagan Falls, BC V0H 1R2

250-497-7945 www.nobleridge.com

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Painted Rock Estate Winery

Painted Rock Estate Winery

400 Smythe Drive
Penticton, BC V2A 8W6

250-493-6809 www.paintedrock.ca

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Pentâge Winery

Pentâge Winery

4551 Valley View Road
Penticton, BC V2A 8W3

250-493-4008 www.pentage.com

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Play Estate Winery

Play Estate Winery

507 Skaha Hills Drive
Penticton, BC V2A 0A9

236-422-2675 www.playwinery.com

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See Ya Later Ranch

See Ya Later Ranch

2575 Green Lake Road
Okanagan Falls, BC V0H 1R0

250-497-8267 www.sylranch.com

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Stag’s Hollow Winery

Stag’s Hollow Winery

2237 Sun Valley Way
Okanagan Falls, BC V0H 1R2

250 497 6162 www.stagshollowwinery.com

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Synchromesh Wines

Synchromesh Wines

4220 McLean Creek Road
Okanagan Falls, BC V0H 1R0

250-535-1558 www.synchromeshwines.ca

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Wild Goose Winery

Wild Goose Winery

2145 Sun Valley Way
Okanagan Falls, BC V0H 1R2

250-497-8919 www.wildgoosewinery.com

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