On June 28, the Ministry of Agriculture and Food announced that six wine-growing regions in the Okanagan Valley will be recognized as new sub-geographical indications (sub-GI), an official and protected term under B.C. law used to help consumers identify B.C. wines’ origins.
“It’s great to see more recognition for our high-quality Okanagan Valley wines and for the region’s wine makers and grape growers, many who have been part of the valley for generations,” said Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture and Food. “B.C. wines tell the story of the people who make it and the unique places it comes from. By putting a spotlight on six new growing regions and their distinct wines, we are continuing to help B.C. wines grow in popularity on the world’s stage while giving a boost to the local economy.”
The six new regions included are East Kelowna Slopes; Lake Country; South Kelowna Slopes; Summerland Bench; Summerland Lakefront; and Summerland Valleys. O'Rourke Family Vineyards initiated the sub-GI process alongside other grape growers and wineries in Lake Country.
“We are thrilled to officially celebrate Lake Country as a sub-GI! O’Rourke Family Vineyards has always been dedicated to being 100% estate grown and 100% Lake Country,” said Stephanie Stanley, wine maker, Peak Cellars. "Both O’Rourke Family Estate (Nikki Callaway, wine maker) and Peak Cellars wineries are proud to state Lake Country on 100% of our labels, recognizing that our vineyards are planted within a very special area in the north Okanagan Valley.”
Find out more about the new sub-GIs in the official Government of BC press release.