British Columbia Wine

 

British Columbia in the western part of Canada has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a wine region. European settlers in the 1800s attempted to work with vinifera plantings, but the grapes could not withstand the extremes in temperature, succombing to diseases and fungus in the summer and freezing to death in the winter. Labrusca varietals such as Vidal Blanc, Baco Noir, and Concord were able to withstand the environment, but the wines were pretty “funky,” to say the least, and never had much success outside of Canada.
 
In the 1960s and 70s, with a consumer shift toward higher quality wines and the invention of modern viticultural technologies and techniques, wine-makers in British Columbia were able to step up their game and work with more popular vinifera grapes. The British Columbia Wine Institute (BC VQA) was founded in 1990 to control viticultural qualilty and promote local wines. The label VQA ensures 100% of growth and production takes place in British Read more »

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Varietals Produced in British Columbia View all

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Subregions of British Columbia

  • Okanagan Valley

      The Okanagan Valley is the most productive viticultural area of British Columbia in Canada...

  • Vancouver Island

    British Columbia’s most recent DVA is Vancouver Island, a 250-mile-long isle which hosts a fast g...

  • Similkameen Valley

    Known more for its western frontier history of ranching and gold mining, the Similkameen Valley h...

  • Similkameen Valley Vqa

Popular Wineries in British Columbia View all

  • Willow Hill Vineyards

    In 1997 we purchased five acres of bare land in an area of the Okanagan Valley known as "The Gold...

  • Laughing Stock Vineyards

    Pursuing a passion can be daunting, particularly when it requires balancing established careers i...

  • Therapy Vineyards

    Come and visit our award-winning winery, Therapy Vineyards, now celebrating its fourth vintage in...

  • Nk'Mip Cellars

    The winery site is one of the most attractive in the South Okanagan with outstanding views in a s...

  • Joie

    In the fall of 2002 we purchased a beautiful 5 acre farm on the Naramata Bench in the Okanagan Va...

  • Domaine De Chaberton Estate Winery

    Domaine de Chaberton Estate Winery is located on 55 acres amongst the rolling hills of south Lang...

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British Columbia on Snooth

  • Osoyoos Larose le Grand Vin 2015

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    Aside from The Reference by Blackwood Lane (2006, 2007 vintages, in ... ... Bordelais-style wine from British Columbia ever crafted. Dark cherry red in colour, with a bouquet of cherry, ripe plums and a hint of vanilla extract (light oak treatment), and an entry of soft tannic underlay, sweet, pure cherry-plum and cooked pie-like flavours, thi... Read More

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  • Blackwood Lane Alliance 2006

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    OK, so let's talk about this second wine by Charles Herrod: after nearly 13 years in the bottle, it looks dark and Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) with bricking at the glass rim... bouquet is slow to open (although decanted), with black currant dominating with a hint of vanilla; entry is smooth, only slightly warm (14% alcohol), with dissipated tannin ... Read More

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  • Spierhead Riesling 2016

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    The 2016 SpierHead Riesling has an inviting bouquet of lychee nut, pear and (especially) green apple with a very light yellow, almost rhubarb wine colour. On the palate, the wine is light-bodied, with good apple-like acidity, a hint of pie spice, lime and petrol with perhaps a dollop of sugar. Clean, pure and mouth-cleansing. 88 Read More

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  • Blackwood Lane the Reference 2006

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    Among the first vintages of this garagiste-style wine from Langley, BC (grapes sourced from the southern Okanagan Valley) and made by the more-than-interesting hand of one Charles Herrold, this wine is world-class, certainly: the nose is distinctive with mostly ripe cherry, vanilla and cake spice (flan). Entry is very special for a BC wine: the... Read More

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  • Osoyoos Larose le Grand Vin 2014

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    The 2014 edition of Osoyoos Larose le Grand Vin is another triumph; the sweet plum nose opens generously an hour after opening, adding a dense chocolate and cherry bed. The purity of the entry is astounding; with bitter chocolate, vanilla, and perhaps cranberry (dried) adding to a plummy confit flavour. There is some well-integrated (not harsh)... Read More

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  • Painted Rock Merlot 2009

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    The 2009 Painted Rock Merlot (Okanagan Valley, BC Canada) is showing only limited bricking at the glass rim, being yet of a dark, black cherry colour. A most unusual find (current release: 2016), but seems intact: nose is of a gentle, slightly canned plum with riper plum on entry, and vanilla notes from gentle, integrated French Oak tannin. Smo... Read More

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  • Blackwood Lane Merlot 2014

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    OK, this wine has the usual spice and port bouquet of all wines produced at Blackwood, but hey taste great nonetheless. the wine has, yes a port-like bouquet with vanilla and spice; the entry is smooth with cherry and tobacco on the mid palate. A very nice wine, but not in the vein of the usual Bordelais. Still, if you know the other wines in ... Read More

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  • Blackwood Lane Alliance 2009

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    The 2009 Blackwood Lane Alliance (accent on the second "a") is a stylized Bordelais wine made from fruit sourced in the Okanagan Valley of BC It is slightly coy on the nose, with cherry dominating plus a hint of cassis. Appearance has some obvious bricking on the rim, but depth of colour still in evidence. Tannin is almost non-existant at this... Read More

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  • Road 13 Fifth Element 2012

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    The 2012 5th Element - a blend of at least 4 modern Bordeaux grape varieties (including a little Petit Verdot) is a powerful wine in the vein of an Haut-Medoc of some pedigree, The wine has a strong aroma of blackberry, cassis and tobacco with a good, dark robe with slight bricking on the rim. On the palate, the wine is full of blackberry, cherr... Read More

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  • Chaberton Estate Winery Barrel Aged Chardonnay 2017

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    The Chaberton Barrel Aged Chardonnay is well priced, and has a purity on the palate and nose that invites all-comers; there is a vanilla spice and muted apple nose coupled with a pure spring water feel to the lightly oaked, somewhat neutral entry. Finish is clean with short to medium length. Good value for summer drinking on the patio. 87. Read More

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