The Kootenays

A drive through the Kootenays of BC will surely leave a lasting impression for decades to come. Around each bend and through each valley is a feast for the senses – soaring, snowcapped mountain peaks, clear emerald lakes, waterfalls, dense forests, meadows of wild flowers and an abundance of wildlife. The Kootenays will not disappoint visitors with an appreciation for the super natural habitat of this province

But how can this wild landscape with its reserved mountain culture also be a mecca for wine? 

Grapes were first planted in 1995 in the West Kootenays and today it is a small but emerging wine producing area with about a half dozen wineries and just under 100 acres of grapes. What’s more, it is recognized as a Geographical Indication.

The West Kootenay is indeed an outdoors person’s paradise. There are miles and miles of undeveloped terrain, waterways and natural habitat providing unsurpassed exploration, flora and fauna observation and activities such as climbing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking and biking, hang gliding, and more. There are also excellent golf courses and ski resorts. 

Kootenay Lake is the fifth largest in the province and offers unparalleled vistas. This is a region with an adventurous spirit, a friendly vibe and an ecosystem consciousness. The people here take pride in their land and work hard to preserve it.

Kootenay winery map

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
Soil Type: Sandy loam, clay, silt, gravelly deposits


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