Sumary of Wine lover? Consider visiting the Okanagan in Canada instead of California’s Napa Valley.:
- Wines of British Columbia Napa Valley has the storied history, scenery and celebs iStock Napa Valley in California has long been North America’s premier wine region — and has the crowds and the costs you would expect.
- The Okanagan is Canada’s more laid-back, younger wine country Wines of British Columbia Kalala Organic Vineyards in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, a different kind of wine destination.
- Stretching from Shuswap Lake in the north down to the U.S. border, the Okanagan region of British Columbia (sometimes called the Okanagan Valley) is dominated by the approximately 85-mile-long, serpent-shaped Okanagan Lake.
- ) Cycling or hiking the Kettle Valley Rail Trail, which is part of the province’s longest trail network, is a popular pursuit, as is skiing the deep powder at Big White Ski Resort and boating on the lake.
- Unlike Napa, few of the Okanagan’s 186 wineries export their wines: Around 90 percent of British Columbian wine is sold within the province.
- “It’s a very welcoming region,” says Laura Kittmer, communications director for Wine Growers British Columbia.