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

  • Blasted Church Vineyards

    Perched high on a rolling hillside that cascades into Skaha Lake, this is undoubtedly one of the ...

  • Domaine De Chaberton Estate Winery

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

  • Poplar Grove Winery

    Poplar Grove began as the quintessential garage winery, where the most important asset was a shar...

  • La Frenz Winery

    LA FRENZ produces exceptional wines on the Naramata Bench in the heart of the Okanagan Valley. Pl...

  • Kettle Valley Winery

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

  • Joie

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

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British Columbia on Snooth

  • Fern Walk Sauvignon Blanc 2014


    This clean, refreshing wine from the Mark Anthony Group in Vancouver (sourced from the Okanagan Valley) is a lightly scented Sauvignon Blanc with slight grass notes and wet granite on the nose. Flavour tends to pear and kiwi with a certain spring water purity. Not punching with typical NZ Sauvignon Blanc weight, but reflective of the Okanagan ... Read More

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  • Welcome, Simon.For the most part participants in Snooth are wine afficionados ... on wines from his region--British Columbia--and Duncan does an equal job of reporting on European wines.While I enjoy Spanish wines you will find there are participants, here, who are truly experts.   Start mentioning some of the Spanish wines that you are enjoyi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • That 'most livable' moniker about Vancouver has always cracked me up. Suicide rates, junky rates, rainy-day rates, affluent 'immigrant' (former 'communist block', etc. over the past 20 years particularly) influx driving up real estate prices beyond local reach, etc., etc. Seems certain statistics are being ignored in that kind of chamber-of-comm... Read More

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  • DM,You can bet that whether or not they've been involved, there's certain groups salivating at the prospect of making money on weed.  There already are "dispensaries" that sell medical marijuana, but it's all a joke.  You don't need a doctor's note at all.  I know people that said they just walked in, listened to a short spiel, signed something ... Read More

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  • Thanks for taking the time to check it out.  I know it's probably dull and irrelevant to most of you guys.Where I was going with this is that it's already effected my local BC Wine shop.  It's about five minutes drive away and loaded with great stuff that you would ordinarily have to go to the wineries to get.  They do great tastings on the week... Read More

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  • Love this part: The hapless plan hatched by totally conflicted government workers (they operate 199 liquor stores of their own), was designed to permit local producers to be on regular shelves within the main aisles of grocery stores while import wines were to be banished to a barricaded area referred to as a store-within-a-store zone.Whoa, conf... Read More

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  • Hmm.  Politicians being influenced by money and self-interest while ignoring what appears to be a popular issue with the electorate.Have you thought of repatriating, Darrin?  Nothing like that ever happens here.   Read More

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  • This is an article by (well known in Canada wine writer/critic) Anthony Gismondi.  I'll follow it up with some local stories.  Read More

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  • Desert Hills Estate Winery Syrah Three Boys Vineyard 2009


    Initially, this quite well-regarded wine had quite a whiff of oak on the nose which quickly dissipated leaving a deep blackberry, cherry and cola scent Flavours follow in lock-step with good fruit and a touch of chocolate (for the vintage, which is superior for the region) but just a tad too much wood for my taste .The finish is medium to short... Read More

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  • Red,I'm just a guy in Canada who knows what he likes.  I drink quite a bit of British Columbia wine which nobody else on the forum can really buy and won't taste unless they come and visit!  I feel I don't really have much to contribute either, but it's certainly not an elite group.  In a year or two you'd be surprised how much you'll have learn... Read More

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