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Kootenay Region
When it comes to winegrowing regions, the Kootenays are probably not top of mind. Known for their mountain culture and ecosystem consciousness, the Kootenays most often appeal to those seeking unsurpassed outdoor adventure courtesy of the rugged terrain filled with lakes, rivers, waterfalls, snow-capped peaks, meadows and mineral hot springs. But grapes were first planted in the region in 1995 and today six small wineries can be found tucked in the pristine landscape. The Kootenays do enjoy long days of sunshine with fairly high daily temperatures in the summer months. But by the very nature of the terrain and location producers push incredible boundaries to coax the grapes from the soil to the glass. Wine tourists will appreciate the laidback vibe and adventurous spirit of the Kootenays, and the pride of place its producers will share with them.
Common Grape Varieties: Pinor Noir, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Marechal Foch Average Daily High Temperature (July): 28C Annual Hours of Sunshine: 1854 Average Annual Rainfall: 564 mm Acreage: 94 Soil Type: Sandy loam, clay, silt, gravelly deposits