Thank you Roslyne Buchanan for this great story on the events and happenings in the Okanagan Falls Winery Association! Read the full article here.
“Let’s get to the heart of the matter: The Okanagan Falls Winery Association (OFWA) is proud to introduce you to its members and share why “the heart of wine country” is a fitting catch phrase for the area.
The region encompasses Okanagan Falls and stretches north along Skaha Lake’s East Bench toward Penticton, on the opposite side of the lake to Kaleden, and south through rolling hills overlooking Vaseux Lake. Its geological history has created a semi-arid steppe that favours “long warm days and cool nights that retain the acidity in the grapes and helps shape their distinctive character and flavours”. The association website goes on to proclaim, “Our 12 award winning wineries have over 185 hectares in vines and produce a combined 110,000 cases for an amazing 1,300,000 bottles of wine each year. Our region represents over 11 percent of the total domestic wine bottled in British Columbia and generates nearly $30,000,000. in retail sales.”
Pretty impressive facts, don’t you think, for an area that could easily be overlooked if you judged it on the surface viewed as you drive through Okanagan Falls on Highway 97? Don’t get me wrong, there are great diversions along that route such as DogTown Coffee Co. or Tickleberry’s. It’s just that Okanagan Falls truly could use a main-street facelift. Go a few blocks off, you’ll find gorgeous lake frontage with wonderful family beach parks and opulent orchards and vineyards tucked in the hills …”
Read more here.