Soaring peaks, turquoise waters, deep valleys, dense forests and road blocks of the four-legged kind are just some the sights that are sure to greet you in Lillooet.

Located on the southern tip of the Cariboo Chilcotin at an elevation of 230 metres, the area is described as rugged and raw. The tourism association describes Lillooet as a place “where encounters come in wine glasses, in pit cooks, in gold pans, on rafts, on horseback, by float plane.”

Situated along the Fraser River, the community was formerly known as Cayoosh Flats, it may not immediately be on the lips of wine enthusiasts. But the area does enjoy long, hot, dry summers not unlike the Okanagan Valley, making it ripe for grape growing and the future is promising.

Vineyards were first planted 20 years ago and today there are about 30 acres of grapes.

Despite its small size, Lilloett has been recognized by the BC Wine Authority as a Geographical Indication.

It’s worth a visit to this teeny wine region as it is in close proximity to Whistler-Blackcomb and an easy drive to Vancouver. It offers unparalleled backcountry adventures, a farmer’s market, agritourism tours and golf.

lillooet winery map

Common Grape Varieties: Riesling, Pinor Noir, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay.
Average Daily High Temperature (July): 28C
Annual Hours of Sunshine: 1852
Average Annual Rainfall: 322 mm
Soil Type: Silt, clay, loamy sand


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