The Okanagan Valley terroir has become known for its suitability to Riesling, and Tantalus winery is considered one of the best wine producers in the region for this finicky grape variety.
Amanda Barnes interviews winemaker David Paterson, a native Kiwi, about how Okanagan Valley and wines have changed since his arrival and what he believes makes it unique. They discuss the character of Kelowna and some of the other main wine regions, their soils, climate and wine traits including the high natural acidity. David discusses sustainability, organic vineyards, and making Riesling in the Okanagan vs. New Zealand. He also shares his secrets on making a Riesling ice wine and how that is possible in essentially a desert.
Okanagan Wine Region Guide: Quick Guide
- Altitude: between 320m – 600m
- Size: 3,400 hectares of vines
- Length: 250km north to south
- Main regions: Kelowna, Naramata, Peachland, Summerland, Okanagan Falls, Oliver, Golden Mile Bench, Black Sage, Osoyoos.
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