The winery that established the Fraser Valley as a credible wine-growing region was Domaine de Chaberton. It opened in 1991 south of Langley, close to the US border.
There are climatic variations across the Fraser Valley with certain areas receiving lower rainfall than others. While there is significant precipitation in the fall and spring, July and August can be very dry and growers must practice irrigation.
Frost is not a major concern, although this is a challenging climate with limited degree days – resulting in potential lack of ripeness in certain vintages, particularly with late ripening varieties. Given that the region is in the coastal area, humidity – leading to powdery mildew and Botrytis – is a concern.
The fertile delta south of the Fraser River is Vancouver’s agricultural hinterland. Soils are predominantly silty and high in organic matter.
Generally flat but with occasional rolling hills.
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Germanic white varietals, others.