The Kootenays

Common Grape Varieties: Pinor Noir, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Marechal Foch
Average Daily High Temperature (July): 28C
Annual Hours of Sunshine: 1854
Average Annual Rainfall: 564 mm
Acreage: 94
Soil Type: Sandy loam, clay, silt, gravelly deposits

When it comes to winegrowing regions, the Kootenays are probably not one that would immediately spring to mind.

Highly praised for their mountain culture and sustainable ecosystem consciousness, the Kootenays most often appeal to those seeking unsurpassed outdoor adventures courtesy of the rugged terrain filled with lakes, rivers, waterfalls, snow-capped peaks, meadows and mineral hot springs.

But grapes were first planted in the region in 1995 and today a handfull of small wineries can be found tucked in the pristine landscape. The Kootenays do enjoy long days of sunshine with fairly high daily temperatures in the summer months. But by the very nature of the terrain and location producers push incredible boundaries to coax the grapes from the soil to the glass.

Wine tourists will appreciate the laidback vibe and adventurous spirit of the Kootenays, and the pride of place its producers will share with them.

The region is part of the Indigenous area known as the Kootenay Rockies. And it has been the home of the Ktunaxa Nation for more than 10,000 years. The traditional languages spoken are Ktunaxa, Secwepemcstin and Nsyilxcen. Among the Indigenous experiences that can be enjoyed here are mineral hotsprings, education centers and retreats, and heritage sites.

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