Why do we have such spectacular scenery in the Okanagan’s wine country? How did it get like this and why doesn’t it look like other valleys in BC? The Okanagan is one of BC’s biggest geological features but with an extremely violent past. I talk with Tim Watts, a geologist-turned-winemaker at Kettle Valley Winery, who explains a little about some of the distinctive features that make the Okanagan valley what it is and how it affects the wines in your glass.
If you are interested in more geology of BC and the Okanagan Valley, there is a website called Geoscapes.ca by Dr. Murray A. Roed from Kelowna. He has also published a book called “Okanagan Geology.”
Also, briefly mentioned in this podcast is the ice dam that created Glacial Lake Missoula in western Montana. This ice dam repeatedly burst and reformed over thousands of years, each time creating a deluge of water (imagine 9 cubic miles of water per hour moving over 70 km/h) that literally ripped up the land in Washington State. The great wine growing regions of Washington State and the Willamette Valley in Oregon have this event to thank for their unique terroir.
If reading and clicking just aren’t enough, you can book a real Geology Adventure in the Okanagan.