The Okanagan Valley is swiftly gaining recognition as a premier wine-growing region on the international stage. The area is known for its intense growing season – with higher and longer daytime temperatures than other neighbouring regions. The dry and moderate climate and distinct soil provides exceptional growing conditions for grapes. In fact, the Okanagan region is now home to 84% of the province’s vineyard acreage. The Valley also has the ideal conditions for the production of Icewine, which requires that the grapes be harvested at temperatures below -8⁰C. As the Okanagan wine-growing region grows and matures, its wines are increasingly appreciated by international consumers.
This April, West Kelowna’s Grizzli Winery stood prominently as an exceptional Icewine producer at the 2018 Pacific Rim International Wine Competition. The Pacific Rim Wine Competition, held in San Bernardino, California, aims to educate the public and assist consumers with their wine selection. The organization boasts a panel of 30 expert judges, and offers unbiased jurying to commercial wine producers from wine regions across the globe. Over 1000 wines were entered into this year’s competition.
Grizzli’s 2013 Sauvignon Blanc Icewine was awarded Best of Class amongst white Icewines, and it also received Best in Category amongst all Dessert Wines. Professional Wine Judge, Amy Mullally (CS & WSET Diploma) said of the award-winning wine: “This is one of those wines that can make a good dinner party unforgettable. This is a very serious and special wine that is delicious now and will continue to improve through time.”
Grizzli’s 2013 Cabernet Franc Icewine received a Silver Medal and the 2013 Gewurztraminer Icewine received Bronze in the white Icewine category. These champion wines are available for tasting at Grizzli Winery, open 365 days from 10AM-7PM.
The Gold Medal for Best Label Series was also awarded to Grizzli for the designs on its 2014 Reserve Cabernet Franc, 2013 Cabernet Franc Icewine, and 2016 Blueberry Wine.
Grizzli is pleased to have received this recognition, as it brings more awareness to the region and recognition of Okanagan Icewines from the international vintner community.