BC's wine country is a traveler's
paradise. Spread across the girth of the province, from the Rocky
Mountains to the southern tip of
BC's wine regions encompass some of the province's most dramatic
scenery. Patchworks of vineyards and fruit orchards span the Okanagan
and Similkameen valleys, BC's largest wine-producing region, offering
unlimited opportunities for sightseeing, wine festivals and seasonal
West of the Okanagan,
is the Fraser Valley, which is known for its sweet wines Located an easy
drive from Vancouver, the
Fraser Valley experiences less snow and milder winters than the
BC's Gulf Islands is
the newest wine-producing region, with most of the wineries located at
the southeast end of Vancouver Island. Mild warm weather helps to create
its delicate fruit wines.
The ingenuity and
diversity of these three regions have led to some startling
accomplishments for BC winemakers. Increased competition from
international winemakers has forced local vintners to become more
creative over the years, producing among other things, the Okanagan ice
wine. Originally a trademark of German specialty winemaking, "Eiswein"
is as it sounds: a delicate wine that has been produced from iced
grapes. Canada is among a handful of countries blessed with the climate
conditions to create an award-wining ice wine.
There is no better
way to become acquainted with BC wines than to sample one of its
seasonal wine festivals. BC's warm-weather wine festivals offer the best
opportunities for experiencing the Okanagan's exquisite scenery, while
the winter ice wine festival at the Sun Peaks Mountain Resort attracts
skiers and wine lovers from around the globe.
Most of the wineries
in the three regions offer tours and tastings of their own and some
offer their own holiday events and dinners. Reservations are usually
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Best selection of books on the Northwest.
Handbook: Including Vancouver, Victoria, and the Canadian Rockies
by Jane King, Andrew Hempstead
May 2000, Paperback, 5th edition, 430 pages, (non-fiction)
Covering recreation, accommodations, food,
transportation, and sights for all regions in British Columbia.
British Columbia & the Canadian Rockies
by Bill McRae, Shawn Blore
June 2000, Paperback, 3rd edition, 432 pages,
Readers can take their pick of sunny
coastal resorts, misty islands, lush temperate rain forest, rugged
mountains with world-class ski slopes, alpine meadows, verdant wine
country or the neighboring Banff and Jasper national parks.
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