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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

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

  • Nk'Mip Cellars

    The winery site is one of the most attractive in the South Okanagan with outstanding views in a s...

  • Rollingdale Winery

    Rollingdale Winery is a small farm gate winery located in Lakeview Heights, in West Kelowna. We a...

  • Chalet Estate Winery

    Muse Winery (formerly Chalet Estate Winery) is located on the picturesque Saanich Peninsula near ...

  • Twisted Tree

    We established Twisted Tree Vineyards and Winery in 2004, when we moved to Osoyoos with hopes of ...

  • Sumac Ridge Estate Winery

    Sumac Ridge Estate Winery, established in the quaint town of Summerland, BC was founded by Harry ...

  • Silver Sage Winery

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

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British Columbia on Snooth

  • 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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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  • Blue Mountain Pinot Noir 2013

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    Very Burgundy in style, the BM PN 2013 is nonetheless lighter in style (especially colour) and more typical of the Okanagan Valley with a strawberry nose with a hint of Rhubarb. On the palate, the flavours are very much reminiscent of "Bourgogne AC" with good balance between sweetness and acidity and gobs of strawberry on the finish which is med... Read More

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  • Blackwood Lane Cabernet Franc 2010

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    There's nothing like a beautiful summer day in the Fraser Valley (did I mention that it was February) - but it's better with Blackwood Lane Cabernet Franc. The 2010 is deep cherry red in colour and redolent of crushed blackberry, menthol and a hint of cardamom. Entry is very pleasing - with a creamy blackberry-cherry core and a touch of spice.... Read More

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  • Welcome Sammy,If you are not looking to spend 10 G's on a vacation just ... ... the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia.  It'll be hot, but near big lakes, great wineries that aren't expensive to taste and the US dollar is worth $1.22 Canadian again!  Depending on where you live in the US, you could even drive ther Read More

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  • Blue Grouse Cowichan Station Estate Pinot Noir 2012

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    This Vancouver Island PN is astoundingly good - apparently less so than the spectacular 2009 vintage - but astounding all the same. The colour is darkly translucent Burgundy in appearance with a wonderful PN nose of strawberry (fraise) and cream with a hint of barnyard straw. The entry is slightly tart with delicious strawberry fruit flan and s... Read More

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