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...

  • 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

  • Blasted Church Vineyards

    Perched high on a rolling hillside that cascades into Skaha Lake, this is undoubtedly one of the ...

  • Domaine De Chaberton Estate Winery

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

  • Poplar Grove Winery

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

  • La Frenz Winery

    LA FRENZ produces exceptional wines on the Naramata Bench in the heart of the Okanagan Valley. Pl...

  • Kettle Valley Winery

    Naramata is easily the premier growing region in British Columbia, with it’s moderate temperature...

  • 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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  • Tantalus Riesling 2014


    Aerated at Marquis Wines using the usual skullduggery, this wine was a wonderful Granny Smith Apple on the nose and palate - as expected - with the normal tartness. At home, the wine is muted, but savory - with less forward notes as just described. Very Tantalus with bracing acidity and cleansing Malus Domesticus (apple) flavour. 89 points. Read More

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  • Poplar Grove Chardonnay 2014


    This edition of the PG Chardonnay is redolent of an acidic tropical fruit such as pineapple plus some sweet pear notes. The 2014 vintage was above average shows it with good density and body with just a dollop of sweetness. There is orange rind on the finish which adds a somewhat spicey element, but this might diminish in a year or so, as it i... Read More

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  • Black Hills Estate Winery Alibi 2013


    This edition of Black Hills Alibi opens with a light dandelion wine colour with a scent of musk, melon and mown grass - reflective of the dominant Sauvignon Blanc in the blend (75%). On the palate, there are muted flavours (leaning to neutral) of lemon grass, pomelo, musk and bitters. Clarity and purity is good, however, notwithstanding a some... Read More

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  • 8th Generation Riesling 2013


    8th Generation wines have been a little more difficult to obtain recently so this is the first in a while. The quality remains elevated, however; the wine is a beautiful pale yellow liquid with an evocative apple, lime and peach nose. The acidity is good as well with a touch of residual sugar and more citrus and green apple on the palate. Nicel... Read More

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  • Good for you, Lefty. Looking forward to hearing more from you about whites from ... Washington and maybe even British Columbia (hey it was named after the same tall ship that 'discovered' your river, so it can't be that far away! Read More

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  • Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Pinot Gris 2013


    With a soft nose of tangerine and spice, this wine elicits the promise of integrity and purity. It does not disappoint: the entry is soft, clean and reflective of fleshy, soft fruit such as nectarine with a touch of cake spice and citrus - perhaps tangerine or mandarin orange. The flavours are dense with good acidity - indicative of some aging... Read More

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  • Blackwood Lane Merlot 2010


    Another winner (what's new?) for Blackwood Lane. This Merlot has a nose of red fruit, cherry wood ( such as found in a love chest) which is a marker of Carlos' wines. The palate is more cherry wood and tart red berry, with chocolate in abundance. The finish is long and rich. Better than many Bordeaux "right bank" offerings. 90 points. Read More

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  • Church & State Wines Coyote Bowl Series Petit Verdot Malbec 2010


    Another interesting (and good) experiment with exotic varieties (of a sort). The rusticity of the earth, cedar plank and plum on nose and palate reminds mostly of Malbec and there is a grainy tannin on the finish. Good showing of this variety - at any rate - with the colour of the Petit Verdot also prominent. 86 points. Read More

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  • Church & State Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2013


    This wine has a nose of gooseberry and lemon - not unlike some Entre-Deux-Mers offerings. However, it has more of the very off dry viscosity of a high-end Soave (from Pieropan, say) on the palate with similar lemon-oil flavours. Still, a very pleasant draught and cleanly made - if a bit eccentric. 87 points. Read More

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  • It wasn't long ago, maybe two years, that the Government changed a few of ... ... laws and allowed BYOB in British Columbia.  If it's just Terri and I going for dinner, I just buy a couple of glasses, which is the corkage fee.  She doesn't drink. Al, don't write -off Washington wine though, you'd love the Cabs I'm sur Read More

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