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

  • Laughing Stock Vineyards

    Pursuing a passion can be daunting, particularly when it requires balancing established careers i...

  • Echo Valley Vineyards

    Echo Valley Vineyards is nestled in the evergreen forests of the Cowichan Valley. With wine makin...

  • Calona Vineyards

    Calona Vineyards Private Reserve wines are a rare treat. A relationship among the grower, the win...

  • Joie

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

  • Silver Sage Winery

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

  • Antelope Ridge

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

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British Columbia on Snooth

  • Stag's Hollow Viognier Balwant Vineyard 2012

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    The Stag's Hollow Viognier seems made in a subdued, French style with less bright acidity, spice and white fruit on the nose and the front-end of the palate. There is some peach and stone fruit generally with a somewhat neutral impression and relatively short finish. Good - if you prefer this style. 86 points. Read More

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  • Intrigue Riesling 2013

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    This is a first Intrigue Wine for me, and I am very pleased to say that this Riesling has a wonderful green apple peel nose that fits some Nahe wines to a tee. The entry is mouth-filling with Granny Smith apple, sprinkled with canned pear and plenty of bracing acidity. Finish is medium and your tongue keeps calling for more. Superb effort; sup... Read More

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  • Church & State Wines Viognier 2013

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    Another fine Church and State Wines offering... with a fine domestic flower scent (Wisteria, petunia, for example) with some spice such as nutmeg. The palate receives a princely flow of cake spice, peach, vanilla (light oak) and tropical fruit with good viscosity, creaminess and no bitterness - almost like petit Chateau Grillet. 14.3% alcohol a... Read More

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  • DM,I meant it's so irrelevant, it's Forum terrorism.JD, actually ... ... ... 1858 when the Colony of British Columbia was declared as a result of the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush and fears of re-asserted American expansionist intentions. The two British colonies were amalgamated in 1866 as the United Colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columb... Read More

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  • Township 7 Merlot Okanagan Valley Vqa NV

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  • Church and State Wines Trebella 2013

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    Again, with these white Rhone-style whites from British Columbia Canada, there is intriguing Camomile Tea and peach with hints of pear, kiwi and other soft fruit. Good viscosity (mouth feel) with peach and some almond-like bitterness on the finish. Lacking only a bit of purity. Excellent value. 89 points Read More

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  • Church and State Wines Coyote Bowl Series Chardonnay 2012

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    The nose of this wine is a,an intriguing vanilla, filbert and spiced apple - appropriate for the season. On the palate, there is a soft vanilla (oak), slightly tart apple and ginger flavour bundle. The finish is warm and the warmth lingers - along with soft, spicy tannin. Elegant but slightly heady. Good value. 89 points. Tasted at Kensingt... Read More

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  • Saskatchewan, British Columbia?  I do not have many links to Canada, and the ones that I do have are pretty remote, but that doesn't sound right.  There's a city in British Columbia named Saskatchewan?  There very well may be. For all I know there may be a Colorado in California. Did anybody besides me have a problem with Snooth yesterday?  Star... Read More

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  • VinoVino - you have Canadian history?  Me too.  My dad was ... born in Saskatchewan, British Columbia. &nbs Read More

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  • La Frenz Naramata Bench Chardonnay Reserve 2012

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    The talented Jeff Martin makes this delicious Chard in a (rather) Cali style - with prominent oak (but not too, too prominent), a sweet entry with ample vanilla, butterscotch, apple and tropical fruit such as mango. This is a fine wine for the price, the only distraction being the gentle northern Chardonnay being a teeny bit overpowered by the ... Read More

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