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

  • Lotusland Vineyards

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

  • Mission Hill Winery

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

  • Red Rooster Winery

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

  • Domaine De Chaberton Estate Winery

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

  • Silver Sage Winery

    Welcome to Silver Sage Winery. Located in Oliver , BC , we have some of the best wine in the Okan...

  • Kettle Valley Winery

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

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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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  • Burrowing Owl Vineyards-Syrah 2007

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  • Lock & Worth Winery Square One 2013

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    What strikes me most about the best British Columbia wines is their purity; this Cabernet Franc is slightly muted on the nose (it is a serious, yet young wine), but has inviting scents of Western Red Cedar and blackberry without the green bell pepper. The entry is smooth, with cassis, Central American coffee and a hint of tannin. Finish is long... Read More

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  • Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Chardonnay 2013

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    Considering the high regard for this wine and vintage by "professional" tasters, I expected a little more. Colour is an inviting green - very Chablis-like - with a bouquet dominated by vanilla, spice and oak with apple pie in the background. Entry is warm and slightly harsh due to oak-forward and fruit-overwhelmed taste. Finish is medium and ... Read More

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  • Township 7 Merlot 2012

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    This Merlot sourced from the Okanagan but marketed at the Langley BC Vineyard and Tasting facility (Fraser Valley) is a consistently decent red: there are black cherry and chocolate notes on the nose with rich, smooth cherry vanilla flavours on the palate. Tastes like a decent Bordeaux Superieur just up from the Palus. This is the best quality ... Read More

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  • or Spam begets Spam, eh Greg?I think I'll start a "For the Love of ... you read this, harvest in British Columbia vineyards is in full swing. In fact, for some, it has already finished thanks to what may well be the hottest vintage in nearly 50 years. At our Little Farm Winery we started harvest on August 19th with chardonnay and were done on ... Read More

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  • Welcome Tom,I envy your wine opportunities.  I personally love Merlot and ... ... the right-bank.  In British Columbia where I live, Pomerol and St. Emilion are typically between $50-100.  Ouch.  I've heard 2012 was a challenging year for Bordeaux.  They're about to be released here and apparently there's about half the volume of average year Read More

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  • Cbs Coyote Bowl Series Chardonnay 2013

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    This edition of the CBS Chardonnay from Church & State has some apple, molten sugar, lignin elements and vanilla spice poking through on the nose. On entry, there is a fairly hefty dose of wood (partially barrel fermented, I think, in French Oak) which seems to overpower the gentle Okanagan fruit just a tad. Toasty tannins might be dialed back... Read More

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