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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Copper Moon

    Copper Moon is a wine produced in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. The wine is available in r...

  • Domaine De Chaberton Estate Winery

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

  • Gray Monk Estate Winery

    The roots of Gray Monk Estate Winery began in the family. For generations, the Heiss family worke...

  • Black Cloud

    Black Cloud is the brand of winemaker Bradley Cooper and his wife Audralee Daum.

  • Dirty Laundry Vineyard

    We are a boutique producer of premium quality wines. Our annual production is preciously limited,...

  • Joie

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

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British Columbia on Snooth

  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Welcome Louise,This forum hopefully will give you some less formal interaction, ... like work!  I'm in British Columbia and have access to plenty of French wine, but typically I buy local.  I know nothing of Languedoc wine, so I will have to do some researc Read More

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  • Valley Girl Blueberries Blueberry 190 NV

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    This off-dry Fraser Valley BC Canada fruit wine made entirely from blueberries (a local crop well-known for high quality fruit) is very good; it is deep cherry red in colour with blueberry jam notes and garden flowers (who knows which) on the nose and sweet, clean, balanced blueberry flavours on entry. The finish is medium. Chill well. 84 poi... Read More

    Wine review by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden


  • Averill Creek Vineyard Red Blend Vancouver Island Prevost 2009

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    OK, so here we have a sentimental favourite for someone who lived on Vancouver Island (you should go there). This wine from Duncan BC has the added interest component of Cabernet Foch in the blend (experimental); the nose is muted but has obvious French roast coffee and cherry - which is pleasant. The entry is light with coffee acerbity and bit... Read More

    Wine review by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden


  • Welcome, Melissa.  We look forward to hearing about your wine adventures. ... California, Washington and British Columbia.  So, it will be refreshing to hear reports from America's east coast.  Actually, there is one very respected contributor who recently moved out here from NYC.  While that sounds like a perfectly reasonble move to me, I sus... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth


  • I'm guessing that as more and more people are drinking wine, the wine ... ... show your location), but in British Columbia I can find plenty of Spanish wine.  We have a store (like Total Wine in the US) called Everything Wine and they have a huge Spanish section and then more in the vintage room. How can you separate yourself from the thousand... Read More

    Forum post in the topic importing Spanish Wine


  • Spierhead Pinot Noir Rose 2013

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    Those who appreciate the soft flavours of Loire Valley Rose wines (against the more serious nature of Provence pink) will like this BC wine; there is wild honey and strawberry trifle on the nose with a soft strawberry on the palate - though quite muted. Can pair with light meats and appetizers or picnic fare and should be loved by all on its own... Read More

    Wine review by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden


  • Cipes Rosé NV

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    Lots of mousse here with a lovely Tavel-like deep pink tone to the wine; kiwi, strawberry and assorted refrigerated fruit greet the nose, and entry is soft, gentle and full of small bubbles. The flavour is also soft and delicate with fresh strawberry predominating. Effervescence continues for many minutes. Elegant and a great bargain. Better ... Read More

    Wine review by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden


  • Silver Sage Winery Merlot 2005

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    Wine review by BlackMarlin


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