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Kootenay Region
One of the newest wine regions in the province, grapes were first planted in 1995. Surrounded by the Selkirk, Monashee and Purcell mountain ranges, it’s an area best know for being rugged and wild, filled with lakes, rivers, waterfalls, rocky mountains and wildflower-filled meadows. It’s a highly sought after region for back country adventurers. Grape wineries and cideries can be found in the Creston, Castlegar, Rossland, Burton, Skookumchuck and Trail areas.
Number of Wineries: 7 Primary Varieties: Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay First Winery: 2001 Fact: The Columbia River gives life to many parts of the Kootenay region. Snaking through to the Pacific, it is the same mighty waterway once taken by famed explorers Lewis and Clark.
Regional Notes: • It is the closest BC wine region to the Alberta border • It features several world-class ski resorts • The area is a mecca for heli-skiing, rock climbing, hiking and biking, caving, zip-lining, white-water rafting and kayaking • There are several mineral hot springs • Charming and quaint mountain towns with a laid-back vibe are the norm here • Castlegar features a sculpture walk • There’s a ghost town • The area is known for “eco” retreats • There are more than two dozen golf courses throughout the Kootenays