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...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • 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

  • Dirty Laundry Vineyard

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

  • Mount Boucherie

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

  • Red Rooster Winery

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

  • Seven Stones Winery

    The name Seven Stones comes from the legend of the seven individual rock formations throughout th...

  • Quail's Gate Estate Winery

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

  • Willow Hill Vineyards

    In 1997 we purchased five acres of bare land in an area of the Okanagan Valley known as "The Gold...

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British Columbia on Snooth

  • Township 7 Cabernet Sauvignon Blue Terrace Vineyard 2010

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    This 2010 entry from Township 7 (originally headquartered at Langley BC Canada - but with vineyards in Naramata) is a nice, medium-bodied, sound Cab with a hint of acidity, precipitated tannin, coffee and tasty blackberry notes; the balance is good and nose is leather plus black fruit such as mentioned. Very good value, but drink now. 87 points. Read More

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  • Orofino Beleza 2007

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    This Bordeaux style blend rounding out nicely with just a whiff of oak upon uncorking; there is then a good supply of blackberry, plum, and vanilla both on the nose and on entry. Like some Washington and BC Merlot-Cabernet blends, there is some lack of depth (core), but this is the nature of the beast. A decent wine, but drink up. 87 points Read More

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  • Silver Sage Winery Pinot Blanc Dessert Wine 2005

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    Awesome!!!! Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • One wonders.  Many of you would know my own particular taste, but so much ... ... industry (Washington and British Columbia, Canada) was very, very primitive 30 years back so France, Italy, Oz, Cali - well, these were the only viable choices.French wines - particularly those of the Bordeaux - will continue to change with the climate change (lo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The France Show by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden


  • Terravista Vineyards Fandango 2013

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    This wine is the colour of many Rías Baixas wines I've enjoyed over the years and is quite redolent of that familiar peach and ginger I remember - notwithstanding the credit-worthy Verdejo component. Good acidity and more peach on the palate with a fruity, lingering finish. Some bitterness on the follow-through, but this is a most elegant wine... Read More

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  • It's not my Ferrari.  I have a chopper instead. That tri-trip ... sounds like a good one from British Columbia.  I know what you mean about just smelling the wine for a while.&nbs Read More

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  • 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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