New sub-appellation recognizes Okanagan Falls wines as distinct

Okanagan Falls wineries can now label their products as coming from the Okanagan Falls sub-appellation of B.C. wines.
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PENTICTON  - A new sub-appellation for B.C. wines now recognizes Okanagan Falls as a distinct wine producing region.

The B.C. Ministry of Agriculture said in a press release issued today, July 27, Okanagan Falls has been recognized as a distinct wine-producing area.

It’s the second sub-appellation in the province following the Golden Mile Bench appellation in Oliver.

Eligible wineries on the east side of Okanagan Valley from Vaseux Lake to just north of Shuttleworth Creek can now label their wines as coming from Okanagan Falls.

“There is a tremendous amount of collaboration, science and research that goes into defining more precise regional within an appellation, which is based very much on terroir,” B.C.Wine Institute president and CEO Miles Prodan says, adding wine is about place.

Other changes to the Wines of Marked Quality Regulation now prohibit the use of unregulated geographical locations on B.C. Wine Authority members’ wine labels.

The regulation also formally recognized the Thompson Valley, Shuswap, Lillooet and the Kootenays as new geographical locations, which is a standard element of appellation systems used around the world.

The Okanagan Falls sub-appellation includes 150 hectares of vineyards producing more than 1,100 tonnes of grapes annually.

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