Okanagan Valley
The Okanagan Valley, is located in the far western province of British Columbia in Canada. Named for the eponymous river and lake in the area, the valley runs for about 125 miles south to the border with the United States. Being this far north, it is a cool climate and the bodies of water help maintain moderate temperatures, ideal for growing varieties such as Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris. Surprisingly, there are about as many red grapes planted as white; Merlot is the leading variety. A small amount of ice wine, from frozen grapes, is also produced. (Wine/Appellations)