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

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • 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

  • Black Hills Estate Winery

    Black Hills Estate Winery was established in 1996 and proudly presents wines that have been caref...

  • Antelope Ridge

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

  • Elephant Island Orchard Wines

    Miranda and Del Halladay founded the winery at Elephant Island in 1999 in partnership with Mirand...

  • Mount Boucherie

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

  • Joie

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

  • Echo Valley Vineyards

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

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British Columbia on Snooth

  • Blue Mountain Brut 2011

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    This sparkler from the Okanagan Valley, Canada is a very affordable alternative to European exemplars. It has a Champagne-like nose of toasty vanilla coupled with a hint of lime. On entry, there is good acidity and citrus flavour enveloped by more brioche and vanilla. Good, persistent mousse. Elegant and mouth-cleansing, it only lacks a littl... Read More

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  • Painted Rock Syrah 2009

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    After sitting for about 25 minutes, this moderately powerful Syrah releases a wonderful scent of crushed cherries, meaty sausage and cola extract (Pepsi rather than Coke, perhaps). The entry is rather Côte-Rôtie - with considerable power and expression on the palate through cherry, cola and a slight tannic finish promising further aging potent... Read More

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  • I just read an interesting article about some wine makers in BC trying wine made strictly from grapes with nothing added, in clay amphoras.  Is this nothing new in California?http://www.winealign.com/blog/2014/10/22/the-british-columbia-wine-report-october/?utm_source=Vintages+Newsletters&utm_campaign=5d8b674693-BC_Wine_Oct&utm_medium=email&utm_... Read More

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  • Blue Mountain Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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    Wine is a matter of style, and Blue Mountain makes a Sauvignon Blanc with great verve that defies easy generalizing with competitors. On the nose, there is a sharp sour lemon, apple, grass and fresh compote. Entry is brisk and cleansing with considerable citrus and less musk than European and Kiwi offerings. More subtle flavours but more acid t... Read More

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  • Church & State Wines Syrah Okanagan Valley Vqa Coyote Bowl 2006

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    No written review

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  • Summerhill Pyramid Winery Organic Gewurztraminer 2013

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    This off-dry (German-style) Gewurztraminer has an enticing straw colour topped by a brilliantly pure candied lychee nut scent - almost to the exclusion of all else. The palate gets more canned peach and a hint of ginger spice. A decent aperitif or accompaniment for sushi (sans wasabi). 86 points. A little dull compared to last year. Read More

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  • Summerhill Pyramid Winery Organic Riesling 2013

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    Pale yellow in colour, this wine has a perfumed scent of lime, green apple, and a hint of apple vinegar and cinnamon; on the palate there is refreshing acidity with lime and generic citrus notes with some cake spice and apple. Mosel-like balance with a hint of sugar. Slightly more density and this wine punches with the very best. Delicious and ... Read More

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  • Blue Mountain Pinot Blanc 2013

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    The ripening period of the 2013 summer was hot and sunny leading in part to a hefty sugar content in Pinot Blanc. This wine is complex, with a nose of sweet vanilla, and spritely apple; the palate receives pie spice (allspice, e. g.) and a good dose of citrus and malic acids to balance the sweetness. About as good as it gets for this variety. ... Read More

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  • Call me old fashioned, but my phone is for talking to people.  I have an ... wine cannot be shipped to British Columbia to individuals.  Good luc Read More

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  • Nice segue from Baja California to British Columbia, OT!  Probably the only thing they have in common besides their initials is orcas and proper whales...  ;-)Me, it's clean out the wine rack time time here, and the choices facing me right now are a Bulgarian pinot noir (!),  or a Chilean carmanere which I know to be crap. Perhaps I'll punt and ... Read More

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