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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Chalet Estate Winery

    Muse Winery (formerly Chalet Estate Winery) is located on the picturesque Saanich Peninsula near ...

  • Echo Valley Vineyards

    Echo Valley Vineyards is nestled in the evergreen forests of the Cowichan Valley. With wine makin...

  • Seven Stones Winery

    The name Seven Stones comes from the legend of the seven individual rock formations throughout th...

  • Willow Hill Vineyards

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

  • Mount Boucherie

    Located in Westbank, BC (across from Kelowna), this family owned and operated winery creates some...

  • Lotusland Vineyards

    David and Liz Avery had a dream - to spend their days outdoors in the vineyard and to share the f...

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  • Sumac Ridge Estate Winery Private Reserve Cabernet Merlot 2017

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    Fairly clear and coloration is of dark cherry juice, with legs slowly forming around the inside of the wine glass. Beefy spices, alongside deep currant, cherry and Earthy blackberry aromas, which lead into the flavor profile. This follows suit to the aromas, with licorice showing itself on the palate, to go with spiced berries, and Earthy oake... Read More

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  • Enrico Winery Jousting Knights NV

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    This charming, light blend of Marechal Foch and Pinot Noir (majority component is the former variety, a venerable and commercially important French hybrid) is almost cherry black in the glass. The nose is vaguely reminiscent of rough Burgundy, plus a healthy dose of coffee, Welch's Grape Juice and smoke (Foch speaking here...). Entry is spare, ... Read More

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  • And believe it or not, there is wine in south England - the Kentish Downs in ... the US Midwest, Ontario and British Columbia.  Try some bubbly if you ever get there... French Champagne houses are pouring money into certain operations in preparation for the (yes, it is happening!) climate change.As for bicycling, when I lived there, I did not ... Read More

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  • Summerhill Pyramid Winery Ehrenfelser 2014

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    The first Ehrenfelser wine I've ever had. Straw color in the glass makes me suspicious of oxidation. Quite a floral nose. Very fruity on the tip of the tongue--crisp apples. Very similar to Riesling--maybe, even, fruitier. Very light-bodied. Nice acidity. An enjoyable, easy-to-drink wine, Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • La Frenz Wits End Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2018

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    The La Frenz SB is very light yellow colour with lime, lemon peel and fresh mown grass on the nose... very Sauvignon Blanc and variety sound. It tastes much like an Entre-deux-Mers in the same price range, with a bit more purity on the palate. Palate cleansing and pleasant on the finish. Well done. 88. Read More

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  • Tantalus Riesling 2018

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    Everything is a matter of taste, right? Well, it is the same with Tantalus: the 2018 Riesling is the same clean, electric, mouth reveille of Granny Smith and citrus acidity on the palate. Perhaps slightly tamed. But still not exactly for the faint of heart, yet quite for the connoisseur. Will age nicely for at least 5-7 years, but perfect now ... Read More

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  • Mount Boucherie Pinot Gris 2018

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    The 2018 Mount Boucherie (Kelowna BC) Pinot Gris, well I like it: from the first glance at it in the glass (nice, just perceptible rufus-roseas hue) to a fine, rose petal, pear and green table grape nose. Entry is very pleasant - although youthful and a little acerbic on the finish, with slightly tending to the neutral, but noticeable pear appl... Read More

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  • Le Vieux Pin Sauvignon Blanc 2018

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    A tongue-tingling, alarm clock for the palate is this electric Sauvignon Blanc from Le Vieux Pin. Gooseberry, lime and grass effuse from the glass which shows pale yellow. Entry is quite acidic - showing good possibility for a couple of years aging, although for certain fare (we had vegetable stir-fry), perfect now. A bit expensive, but a cut a... Read More

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