Icewine production is a unique, complex art form whose outcome relies on pinpoint accuracy of when the grapes are harvested. The Central Okanagan’s cooler climate and consistent winter freezing temperatures make it an ideal location for growing icewine-producing grape varietals – thus many vineyards in this region’ve come to specialize in its cultivation. A few wineries near the North also take advantage of similar conditions advantageous to high-reserve icewines.
The Okanagan Valley is renowned for its icewine production, as the cool climate and estate-grown grapes make it an ideal growing region. Even though some warmer regions in southern parts of the valley may not be suitable to produce this type of wine, they do host a variety of heat-loving varietals such as Syrah, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon that excel in these conditions. This dynamic diversity makes the Okanagan one Canada’s premiere winemaking areas with many different flavour profiles waiting to be explored!
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