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...

  • 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...

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

  • Antelope Ridge

    High atop the western hills of the South Okanagan's Golden Mile sits Antelope Ridge Estate Winery...

  • 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...

  • La Frenz Winery

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

  • Twisted Tree

    We established Twisted Tree Vineyards and Winery in 2004, when we moved to Osoyoos with hopes of ...

  • Kettle Valley Winery

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

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British Columbia on Snooth

  • Adega On 45th Estate Winery Viognier 2012

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    Adega (on 45th - in Osoyoos, BC Canada) is a beautifully situated winery with out buildings reminiscent of rural Portugal. This is a first tasting, and I should say that this Viognier evokes a wine of Provence; the colour is of lemon oil with a nose of ginger and peach. On the palate more peach, some cake spice with good balance. Some density... Read More

    Wine review by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden


  • Summerhill Pyramid Winery Summerhill Vineyard Riesling 2013

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    This is another Mosel style Riesling from Summerhill - this one slightly sweeter in style and from a single vineyard (apparently). Like the regular Riesling on offer for 2013, the wine is dominated on the nose by honey, McIntosh Apple with a hint of spice; the entry is equally pleasant - with good acidity to balance the residual sugar in betwee... Read More

    Wine review by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden


  • D'Angelo Estate Winery Merlot Cabernet Franc 2009

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    I have not tasted this producer before - although I was aware of the family operation in Essex County Ontario. This wine, however, comes from an estate at Penticton BC. The colour is dark and rich followed by an enticing aroma of stewed red fruit such as cherry (dominant) mixed with berries of the vaccinium family. On the palate, there is goo... Read More

    Wine review by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden


  • Do you have a Total Wine near you?  They might be able to get some good ... than myself.  I live in British Columbia (just north of Washington Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth


  • But comrades, the northern Rhone has always been very good as many of you ... ... good Washington State and British Columbia alternatives to this delectable style).  As for Burgundy, well, that is all about Pinot Noir.  You can blame a certain 15th Century Duke for some of the excesses there - where other grape varieties might have been better... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Did I mention that Northern... by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden


  • Blue Mountain Reserve Chardonnay 2011

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    This edition of the reserve Chardonnay from Blue Mountain is superb: the nose is of apple pie with a hint of cinnamon (just a hint, mind); on the palate, there is a slight creaminess, but with structure (acidity). Excellent balance with some Chablis (or Macon) mineral-like notes on the smooth and lengthy finish. Heavenly spring water. Crosses... Read More

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  • Yes they do, in my humble opinion.  There are wine producers making blends ... different.  I live in British Columbia and I know 2010 and 2011 were cooler and wetter than most years.  There are still some decent wines from those years, but generally, I am avoiding them now as 2012 was fantastic.  I guess if you can blend vintages and make somet... Read More

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  • Copper Moon-Malbec

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    One of my favorites. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Spierhead Riesling 2012

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    This Kelowna BC Riesling has a nose of green apple peel (or rind) with a noticeable kerosene tinge. The colour is light straw, limpid and clear. Flavours on entry include sharp, acidic cooking apple (a Bramley comes to mind) with some astringent apple peel on the finish. If you like this style - which is, admittedly, clean - serve cold with pan... Read More

    Wine review by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden


  • La Stella Moscato d'Osoyoos 2012

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    This light (7.9% alcohol) Moscato is quite refreshing with easy, enticing sweet green grape nose and soft, musky, peachy and grapey flavours. Finish is short and (of course) sweet. A pleasant day-ender with elegance to spare. 87 points. Read More

    Wine review by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden


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