Okanagan Valley Wine Region

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Okanagan Valley Wine Region
Over 130 wineries cluster in this valley 240 miles east of Vancouver. Here the long, deep Okanagan Lake moistens a semi-arid shrub-steppe landscape, ideal for growing world-class grapes. Microclimates allow 60-plus varietals to flourish here, especially pinots, chardonnay and even syrah in the more desert-like Ossoyoos region. Wine tours abound, including novel ways to immerse in the terroir like by kayak (hoodooadventures.ca) or electric bike (heatstrokecycle.com). Make room on your itinerary for a destination winery such as Mission Hill, complete with a 12-story bell tower, a Marc Chagall tapestry, and 40 specially commissioned sculptures. Other highlights include the First Nations' Nk'Mip winery, Miradoro restaurant among the trellis of Tinhorn Creek, and the biodynamic bubbles at eclectic Summerhill Pyramid.
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