Visiting the Okanagan and why it’s the most beautiful (so far)

It was the last week in May this year and it was in the low 30°C (86°F) at 10 am already. We were in the southern Okanagan visiting wineries in the Osoyoos area.

Moon Curser winery

Hey, it’s yours truly outside Moon Curser winery in Osoyoos, located in the southern Okanagan.

Typically, wine regions please the eyes, no? I haven’t been to many wine regions, but of the those I have visited, I’d have to say that the Okanagan is one of the most beautiful, if not the most beautiful region I’ve been to. Where have I been? Admittedly, not much: Niagara, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Kelowna (Okanagan), Osoyoos (Okanagan), Walla Walla, Willamette, Napa, and Sonoma.

The Okanagan

The Okanagan is a semi-desert between two mountain ranges. It’s super hot in the summer, often going above 30°C and super cold in the winter, dropping below 0°C for a long time; sometimes very cold long enough to produce ice wine.

You’ll find a lot of Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling, and Gewurtztraminer here. Specifically where we were, there’s a lot of Pinot Noir and Cabernet blends produced. Although there are some fantastic tasting wines produced here, I’d have to say that in general, it’s meh…

Why the Okanagan is the most beautiful wine region I’ve visited

The rolling hills plus the lake that dissects the area is breathtaking: morning, noon and night.

If you’ve never been to the Okanagan, Osoyoos in particular, here are the sort of views you can expect when you get there.

Nk'Mip

The view from Nk’Mip. Pronounced in-ka-meep.

Nk'Mip winery view

Another view of the Okanagan Lake from Nk’Mip. This winery is Canada’s first Aboriginal owned and operated winery.

Adega on 45th

Adega started off as a fruit orchard. In 2009, the land became vineyards.

LaStella winery

LaStella’s tasting room had a very Italian feel to it. The tasting experience and wines were fabulous.

Moon Curser winery

The view from Moon Curser.

You can’t disagree: these are gorgeous views. As I alluded to earlier, I’ve got so many more regions to discover. Where to next? Tell me where you’ve been and why I should make that my next destination to discover.

2 thoughts on “Visiting the Okanagan and why it’s the most beautiful (so far)

  1. Good read and beautiful pics! One of your next destinations should be my family’s vineyard in Fontaine Denis Nuisy, France. 🙂 Personal tour (& a home cooked meal perhaps.) 😉

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