Welcome to Canada’s Wine Country
The Oliver Osoyoos wine region rests at the southern end of the exceptional Okanagan Valley. Stretching from Canada’s southern border to the iconic McIntyre Bluff to the south of Vaseux Lake, this unique area encompasses the northernmost tip of the Sonoran desert. The dramatic cliffs give way to rolling hillsides and lush farmlands, all benefitting from the ancient glacial soils and glistening lakes. What was once rural farmland given over to stone fruit orchards has steadily gained a reputation as a world-class wine growing region.
How Can We Grow Wine in Canada?
The arid climate of the South Okanagan creates long, hot summer days and cool evenings, perfect for developing fruit-forward flavours and acidity in the ripening grapes. Our well-drained, gravelly terroir is comprised of limestone and gneiss, and just enough sandy loam to make it ideal for a wide range of varietals. Okanagan Pinot Noirs are world-renowned. Beautiful, refreshing whites like Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc grow well, here. The bolder reds like Syrah, Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon thrive, too.
Oliver and Osoyoos Wineries
The South Okanagan boasts the highest concentration of vineyards and wineries in British Columbia, with more than 2,100 hectares of land planted to vinifera grapes, and numerous renowned wineries and notable hidden gems. There’s a reason for that –we all know what an incredible thing we have, here! Maverick Estate Winery is proud to have strong roots in these first-class soils, and to play an integral role in the growth of the extraordinary Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country.