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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

  • Rollingdale Winery

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

  • Lotusland Vineyards

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

  • Hawthorne Mountain

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

  • Seven Stones Winery

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

  • La Frenz Winery

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

  • 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

  • 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.http://www.vancouversun.com/life/Anthony+Gismondi+Grocery+games+getting+ridiculous/11624470/story.html  Read More

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  • Desert Hills Estate Winery Syrah Three Boys Vineyard 2009

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    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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  • Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Pinot Gris 2014

    Snoothrank:

    The 2014 BM Pinot Gris picks up where the 2013 left off...with a soft, slightly spicy nose of acidic green fruit such as gooseberry and kiwi. The entry is soft and elegant - almost creamy in texture - with gentle vanilla (oak) notes and apple-pear fruitiness. This is a very refined, slightly muted wine... perfect for seafood or white sauce past... Read More

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  • And if you will permit me a tiny bit of thread drift: While we were in Mexico, ... speaking country was from British Columbia, including a few from around Lake Okanagan.  Turns out that WestJet flies from Calgary right to Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo airport. Smart move when the days are 6 hours long and the temp is hitting -2 C on a good day.  (That's ... Read More

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  • I hope you are correct too OT.  I opened my box, and of course I know who ... get to taste a red wine from British Columbia, Canada.  We shall open this 2010 Painted Rock Estate Winery Red Icon tonight and see how nice it is.Yesterday was quite hectic as we hosted Thanksgiving dinner and two birthdays - our son Tom (29) and our grand daughter ... Read More

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  • Culmina Hypothesis 2011

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    The 2011 Culmina is quite a surprise - there is a certain mute element on the nose (slightly closed) but with lightweight cassis. The entry is quite light in body, but with light, attractive tannin and demi-sec blackberry flavors. The wine is clean, pure and promises even better results down the line. Tastes like a St.-Estephe wine... Pricy, b... Read More

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