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

  • Pacific Breeze Winery

    We are an International Award winning "Garage" winery producing hand crafted small lot wines. We ...

  • Poplar Grove Winery

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

  • Quail's Gate Estate Winery

    In keeping with our family tradition of celebrating memorable moments with good friends, wine and...

  • Summerhill Pyramid Winery

    Summerhill ages barrels and finished wines in a geometrically precise Pyramid. Built with no ferr...

  • Mount Boucherie

    Located in Westbank, BC (across from Kelowna), this family owned and operated winery creates some...

  • Chalet Estate Winery

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

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British Columbia on Snooth

  • 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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  • Of course, the good news is that vineyards in Washington State, Idaho, British Columbia, Ontario and upstate New York may be the final frontier (if northern Europe and Asia are excluded for the moment).  With underworked soil and better access (so far) to melting glaciers in the Cascades and Coast Mountains, we can look forward to stupendous res... Read More

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  • Church & State Wines Coyote Bowl Series Viognier 2014

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    Another great wine from the CBS label at Church & State, this Viognier is redolent of tropical fruit and Arabian spices on the nose while filled with hop-like warmth and viscous, semi-sweet Valencia Orange and tropical honey on the palate. Rich and open (almost Australian), this will please many and should be good with San Francisco-style Chines... Read More

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  • Blue Mountain Pinot Blanc 2014

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    The flagship white from BM falls once again into a category of excellence: there is fresh, snappy apple and pear on the nose with a hint of vanilla. The entry is fresh, with vanilla-apple-spice mid-palate with a balance that suggests a hint of acidity and steel in otherwise heavenly spring water. With a medium finish, and thirst-quenching attr... Read More

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