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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

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

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

  • Nk'Mip Cellars

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

  • Mission Hill Winery

    Mission Hill Family Estate, a modern take on old-world architecture, is one of the most impressiv...

  • Chalet Estate Winery

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

  • Venturi-Schulze Vineyards

    The vineyard was established in 1988 with five acres on a gentle south slope planted to meticulou...

  • Red Rooster Winery

    Perched high above Okanagan Lake, our winery is located among the rolling hills of Naramata Bench...

  • Hawthorne Mountain

    The Winery: See Ya later Ranch at Hawthorne Mountain Vineyards Year: Established September 1st, 1...

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  • Vintage Ink 2013


    Vintage inky coloration, clarity is good, and just slightly brown hues around the rim. The aromas remind me of a Cab Sauv. and are of dark berry, chocolate, slightly boozy, and hints of strawberry sweetness. Flavors follow suit, and are jammy, strawberry, vanilla, woody oak and overall is nice! The mouthfeel is medium body, with smooth silky... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Ortega (named for Jose Ortega y Gasset - a Spanish follower of ... ... New York State, Ontario and British Columbia.  I have tasted eiswein made with Ortega, and with the appropriate addition of sucrose, it makes a decent quaff.Having said these less-that-flattering remarks, let me say that most grapes in the hands of the right person will alw... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Anselmann Trockenbeerenauslese by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden

  • Wayne Gretzky Okanagan Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah 2014


    Purpulish coloration with brown hues around the edges...good clarity and very nice lanky legs. Aromas are of Cassis/currant, blackberry, huge dark chocolate/cocoa, peppery spice, albeit muted, Earthy blackberry, molasses sweetness and hints of alcohol. The flavors follow suit with plenty of fruits and some deep cocoa/dark chocolate, spice and ... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Perseus Invictus 2013


    The Perseus Invictus 2013 is a powerful, warm Bordeaux-style red with a deep, palpable flavour profile reminiscent of Graves. While not heavy-handed, the oak is forward on both nose and palate (youthful, slightly tight, tannic). But upon decanting, the nose has cedar, tobacco and cherry notes; may need 3-4 years cellaring to reach full potentia... Read More

    Wine review by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden

  • Mission Hill Pinot Noir Martin's Lane 2012


    This wine was labelled the "best" Pinot Noir in the world under £15 at the World a Decanter awards in 2013. The 2014 continues this tradition. It's appeal begins with its deep, vibrant hue in the glass and the wonderful aromas and flavours of raspberry and cherry. Excellent weight and concentration with spicy notes on a lingering finish. Decanti... Read More

    Wine review by ccarson2

  • Nk'Mip Cellars Chardonnay Okanagan Valley Vqa Qwam Qwmt 2006


    A fantastic chardonnay. Creamy and sweet with some acidity. I had it with smoked salmon and red skin potatoes; It was wonderful. Read More

    Wine review by TateHouston

  • Cedarcreek Estate Winery Platinum "Block 2" Pinot Noir 2012


    No doubt about it - this Platinum edition wine from Cedar Creek is very good, and for the price you get a very Burgundian influence: on the nose is stewed cherry and strawberry plus freshly brewed Annam tea (at least momentarily - regarding the latter scent). Colour is deep garnet and mouthfeel is good - with lots of preserved strawberry and a ... Read More

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  • Copper Moon Chardonnay NV


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    Wine review by nadiaho

  • Mission Hill Compendium 2009


    This wine is an exceptional example of what happens when the climate change paradigm works in favor of the producer. The Compendium is better than the usual Bordeaux (which only excludes the best crus). There is a hill of beans of blackberry, cherry, and wet earth in the flavor. Compare with Premier Cru. 92 points. Read More

    Wine review by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden

  • Moraine Pinot Noir 2013


    Moraine is located on the esteemed Naramata Bench on Okanagan Lake near Penticton BC Canada producing a host of different wines. This PN is reminiscent of some South American wines from Casablanca, Chile with deep, earthy, coffee and pomegranate scent and flavour. Not Burgundian, but definitely PN. 86 points. Read More

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