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Kootenay Region
One might have never imagined finding a winery in the Kootenay region of British Columbia, but today there are several. It’s better known for being a rugged, pristine area filled with lakes, rivers, waterfalls, snow-capped mountains, meadows and mineral hot springs. But grapes were first planted in 1995 and today the Kootenays may be small but its full of potential. There are about 100 acres of grapes planted in the East and West Kootenays and Grand Forks region. The varieties grown here include Pinot Noir, Riesling and Pinot Gris.
Wine enthusiasts will enjoy the quaintness and the pride the vintners have in their products. But most of all they will appreciate the fact that the producers pushed incredible boundaries to coax the grapes from the soil to the glass and have a determination to make world-class wines. The Kootenays are an outdoors person’s ideal. There are hectares upon hectares of undeveloped terrain, waterways and natural habitat providing unsurpassed exploration, flora and fauna observation and activities such as climbing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking and biking, hang gliding, and more. There are also excellent golf courses and ski resorts. This is a region with an adventurous spirit, a friendly vibe and an ecosystem consciousness. The people here take pride in their land and work hard to preserve it. Families will delight in the Kootenays. The area teems with festivals and events, campgrounds, playgrounds and historical attractions. But romantic couples will also be drawn to the charming bed and breakfasts, mineral hot springs and scenery.