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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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

  • Kettle Valley Winery

    Naramata is easily the premier growing region in British Columbia, with it’s moderate temperature...

  • Summerhill Pyramid Winery

    Summerhill ages barrels and finished wines in a geometrically precise Pyramid. Built with no ferr...

  • Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

    Balance is a time-honored goal in the making of premium wines and working toward balance is a way...

  • Quail's Gate Estate Winery

    In keeping with our family tradition of celebrating memorable moments with good friends, wine and...

  • Rollingdale Winery

    Rollingdale Winery is a small farm gate winery located in Lakeview Heights, in West Kelowna. We a...

  • Dirty Laundry Vineyard

    We are a boutique producer of premium quality wines. Our annual production is preciously limited,...

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British Columbia on Snooth

  • Summerhill Pyramid Winery Organic Gewurztraminer 2013

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    This off-dry (German-style) Gewurztraminer has an enticing straw colour topped by a brilliantly pure candied lychee nut scent - almost to the exclusion of all else. The palate gets more canned peach and a hint of ginger spice. A decent aperitif or accompaniment for sushi (sans wasabi). 87 points. A little dull compared to last year. Read More

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  • Summerhill Pyramid Winery Organic Riesling 2013

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    Pale yellow in colour, this wine has a perfumed scent of lime, green apple, and a hint of apple vinegar and cinnamon; on the palate there is refreshing acidity with lime and generic citrus notes with some cake spice and apple. Mosel-like balance with a hint of sugar. Slightly more density and this wine punches with the very best. Delicious and ... Read More

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  • Blue Mountain Pinot Blanc 2013

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    The ripening period of the 2013 summer was hot and sunny leading in part to a hefty sugar content in Pinot Blanc. This wine is complex, with a nose of sweet vanilla, and spritely apple; the palate receives pie spice (allspice, e. g.) and a good dose of citrus and malic acids to balance the sweetness. About as good as it gets for this variety. ... Read More

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  • Call me old fashioned, but my phone is for talking to people.  I have an ... wine cannot be shipped to British Columbia to individuals.  Good luc Read More

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  • Nice segue from Baja California to British Columbia, OT!  Probably the only thing they have in common besides their initials is orcas and proper whales...  ;-)Me, it's clean out the wine rack time time here, and the choices facing me right now are a Bulgarian pinot noir (!),  or a Chilean carmanere which I know to be crap. Perhaps I'll punt and ... Read More

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  • Welcome Louise,This forum hopefully will give you some less formal interaction, ... like work!  I'm in British Columbia and have access to plenty of French wine, but typically I buy local.  I know nothing of Languedoc wine, so I will have to do some researc Read More

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  • Valley Girl Blueberries Blueberry 190 NV

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    This off-dry Fraser Valley BC Canada fruit wine made entirely from blueberries (a local crop well-known for high quality fruit) is very good; it is deep cherry red in colour with blueberry jam notes and garden flowers (who knows which) on the nose and sweet, clean, balanced blueberry flavours on entry. The finish is medium. Chill well. 84 poi... Read More

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  • Averill Creek Vineyard Red Blend Vancouver Island Prevost 2009

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    OK, so here we have a sentimental favourite for someone who lived on Vancouver Island (you should go there). This wine from Duncan BC has the added interest component of Cabernet Foch in the blend (experimental); the nose is muted but has obvious French roast coffee and cherry - which is pleasant. The entry is light with coffee acerbity and bit... Read More

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  • Welcome, Melissa.  We look forward to hearing about your wine adventures. ... California, Washington and British Columbia.  So, it will be refreshing to hear reports from America's east coast.  Actually, there is one very respected contributor who recently moved out here from NYC.  While that sounds like a perfectly reasonble move to me, I sus... Read More

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  • I'm guessing that as more and more people are drinking wine, the wine ... ... show your location), but in British Columbia I can find plenty of Spanish wine.  We have a store (like Total Wine in the US) called Everything Wine and they have a huge Spanish section and then more in the vintage room. How can you separate yourself from the thousand... Read More

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