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Northwest TripFinder Okanagan by Megan Cole

>> valley of sunshine and wine

The Okanagan stretches for 155 miles north of the Washington state border and is dotted with warm sunshine, sparkling lakes, orchards, vineyards, and charming towns.

It’s BC’s oldest grape-growing region, but It’s in the last twenty years or so that Okanagan vineyards and wineries have exploded in number. Interesting note for wine-lovers: not all of the Valley is classified as a “cool-climate” grape-growing region; many distinct micro-climates occur throughout the Okanagan Valley. In the south part, sandy hot soils are great for Merlot and Cab, whereas in the cooler north part of the Valley, clay soils grow grapes for wines like Riesling and Pinot Noir (yes, please!).

Stay as long as you can–from Haynes Point to Kelowna, the Okanagan has many wonderful B&Bs, inns and cheap sleeps to host you along the way.

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