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...

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

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

  • Mission Hill Winery

    Mission Hill Family Estate, a modern take on old-world architecture, is one of the most impressiv...

  • Elephant Island Orchard Wines

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

  • Hester Creek Estate Winery

    Our vineyard site on the fabled 'Golden Mile Bench' located in BC's South Okanagan Valley, enjoys...

  • Rollingdale Winery

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

  • Joie

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

  • Tinhorn Creek Vineyards

    On a hillside overlooking vineyards, sagebrush, and the old gold mining creek that is its namesak...

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  • La Frenz Naramata Bench Viognier Probyn-Eastman Vineyard 2012

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    With a wonderfully nuanced nose dominated by mandarin orange, kiwi, and lychee nut, this 2012 Viognier has distinctly correct fruit; on the palate, the juice is sweet but not cloying with just the right acid balance. Finish is medium with a touch of citrus rind. Very juicy and more tropical in flavour than Condrieu. Best Viognier so far from ... Read More

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  • House of Rose Old Vines Marechal Foch 2010

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    This maréchal Foch (Kuhlmann 188) is a holdover from an earlier day when French Hybrids ruled the day in Canada and New York State. However, this wine is a serious effort - inky and tooth-blackening with echos of sloes, plums, day-old coffee grinds on the palate with some acerbic notes on the typically short finish. A good example of the grape.... Read More

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  • Stoneboat Vineyards Chorus 2012

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    This year's edition of the popular white blend "Chorus" has a rich nose of garden flowers, peach and orange marmalade; on entry there is a richer, more unctuous mouth feel with almond bitterness on the finish. Not as refreshing as the more dilute 2011 but there is more punch and some elegance. Should please most palates. 86 points. Read More

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  • Summerhill Pyramid Winery Gewurztraminer 2012

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    Winemaker Eric von Krosigk - in keeping with his roots and training, has produced a very German expression of Gewürztraminer; on the nose the usual spice from warmer climates is absent, but there are coy notes of canned lychee nut , pear and gooseberry. On the palate there is some icing sugar, though just a tad, and a creamy. unctuous, preserved... Read More

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  • Noble Ridge Vineyard & Winery Meritage 2010

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    The south Okanagan Meritage is clearly dominated by Merlot with a bright cherry and plum (damson) nose; on the palate there is more plum and a touch of wild blackberry; the mouth feel is slightly harsh (alcoholic) and the tannin is a bit rough with just a tad too much oak. But... the wine is very Bordelais - better than more than a few Bordeaux... Read More

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  • Summerhill Pyramid Winery Riesling 2010

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    I picked up this earlier vintage to compare with the excellent 2012. The Mosel style remains intact with some heavier "petrol" notes on the nose, but similar exotic honey and candy apple, pear and peach. Very attractive. The entry is equally pleasant with perhaps crisper acidity to offset the fruit sugar. Balanced, delicious and traditional.... Read More

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  • Summerhill Pyramid Winery Riesling 2012

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    Made in a traditional Mosel style, this slightly off-dry, low alcohol wine has a light straw colour with a nose of tropical honey and cube sugar; the mouth-feel is tinged with acidity that is balanced expertly with sweetness and bursting with peach and pear flavours that linger on the palate. This is without a doubt the best white still wine I ... Read More

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  • Nichol Syrah 2010

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    This well known Naramata winery was an early experimenter in the Syrah variety ... a pioneering wine author in British Columbia). The 2010 has wonderful Crozes-Hermitage colour and redolence with many straw and barnyard scents and tart red fruit such as wild cranberry, chokecherry and a hint of spice cake and black pepper. Very correct. On e... Read More

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