A Week in Canada’s wine region – the Thompson Okanagan
The following article was published by Gourmet Traveler, written by Daniel Honan.
Meet the region pioneering an exciting new era of wines in British Columbia, Canada’s westernmost province.
The Okanagan Valley is a magnificent place of natural beauty, wildlife wonders, and edible adventures. It’s abundant with outstanding wine, grown in, arguably, one of the most spectacular wine regions in the world with nearly 200 wineries.
Beautiful any time of the year, but surely autumn is the best time to visit; to see the first dusting of white snow sprinkled high up on the mountain slopes; to witness the region ignite in seasonal celebration with bright deciduous colours that shift from green to gold to orange to red; to watch the light from the sun glitter across the gorgeous blue hues of Lake Okanagan.
How to get there
Fly, then drive. Air Canada flies direct to Vancouver from Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane. Driving in BC is an adventure in itself. Hire a car in Vancouver, then head west on Highway 5. Go up and over the Cascades, through the Coquihalla Pass, to get to Kelowna, gateway to the Okanagan Valley.
Where to eat
Locals say RauDZ Regional Table is Kelowna’s best restaurant. There’s booze behind the bar, stocked with a library of 100 per cent local wines, and the seasonably inspired, locavore menu is brimming with fresh ingredients that arrive straight from the farms and markets of the Okanagan Valley.