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Valleys of Wine

A Taste of British Columbia's Wine History

by (author) Luke Whittall

Whitecap Books
Initial publish date
Oct 2019
Wine & Spirits
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2019
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The story of a particular wine's history and flavour can vary, sometimes quite significantly, from one winery to another. In British Columbia's Okanagan Valley, these stories can be the result of a diverse geology, different aromatic ingredients, production methods ... or maybe just the winery owners themselves, originating from different backgrounds and careers, each with their own interpretation of the wines they mythologize.

With so many stories, it can be hard to separate the tall tales from the terroir, and Valleys of Wine is the first comprehensive text in decades to look at the actual history of Okanagan wine — not as a guidebook, but a regional history examining the trends and industry regulations that have continued to shape a thriving part of BC's economy.

Luke Whittall takes a detailed look at the evolution of BC wine from the earliest vines in the mid-19th century, to the estate wineries that have elevated British Columbia's wines to the international stage.

With insight, wit and exhaustive research, Valleys of Wine demonstrates that great wine is exceptional for the very reason it can seem so elusive: you can't understand it fully without taking into account the people and places who make it what it is.

About the author

Luke Whittall
is originally from the Eastern Townships of Quebec but has called BC home since 2000. He has worked in British Columbia's wine industry since 2005 and lived in the Okanagan Valley since 2007. Through his career, he has had the privilege of working in vineyards and cellars in Okanagan Falls, Naramata, Oliver, and Osoyoos.

Switching to sales in 2009, he spent time in wine shops and wine stores in Penticton, Oliver, and Okanagan Falls before getting into wine writing and education. He has produced a podcast and blog called "Wine Country BC" since 2009 and has contributed articles to various publications and websites ever since. In 2016, he began teaching at Okanagan College.

Luke lives in the south Okanagan Valley with his two children and more than a few guitars.

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