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

  • Lang Vineyards

    Lang Vineyards opened its doors in 1990 and has grown from its humble beginning into one of 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...

  • Summerhill Pyramid Winery

    Summerhill ages barrels and finished wines in a geometrically precise Pyramid. Built with no ferr...

  • Rollingdale Winery

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

  • Pacific Breeze Winery

    We are an International Award winning "Garage" winery producing hand crafted small lot wines. We ...

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British Columbia on Snooth

  • I am drinking something that most of you have never tasted but certainly ... ... in Bordelais style red from British Columbia (for my palette at least).  This is the 2007 Osoyoos-Larose 2007 which sold for 45 dollars Canadian - a steal at prices we see from France.My only concern right now is that I did not buy more of this wine (although I ha... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight? by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden


  • Blackwood Lane Pinot Noir 2009

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    Blackwood Lane produces wines of quality in Southwestern British Columbia and this PN is no exception; there is a nose typical of the region with wet earth, strawberry preserve, celery, cucumber and a hint of sugar. On the palate, we receive a melange of strawberry, a touch of white pepper, black tea and white cream. This hybrid new/old world ... Read More

    Wine review by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden


  • Niche Wine Co. Foch 2012

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    Perhaps the most inviting Foch I've sniffed at in years, there is a wet earth, chocolate, caramel, acidic strawberry and plum on the nose. Tarry red in colour, the wine is inviting in the glass; indeed, on the palate there are some Pinot elements (especially strawberry), but the finish is quite acidic and warm - not so Burgundian here. Full, r... Read More

    Wine review by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden


  • Mt. Boucherie Family Estate Winery Summit Reserve Merlot 2008

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    This Merlot from West Kelowna BC CA has aged well, with a color of red brick (slightly deeper, perhaps) with a bouquet of Western Red Cedar bark, plum and shoe leather. On the palate the plum is affected by a certain raw element - a result, perhaps, of just a bit too much oak. Fairly smooth finish with just a hint of acerbity. Needs a bit more... Read More

    Wine review by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden


  • Blasted Church Syrah Okanagan Valley Vqa 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by jloria


  • Lariana Cellars Viognier 2012

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    This new winery in British Columbia has come forth with a very credit-worthy Viognier; scented with ginger, a dry pine forest in mid-summer topped off with peach (which dominates in the end). On the palate, there is more ginger, lots of peach and a touch of almond-like acerbity and camp-fire smoke. Interesting wine which I purchased just before... Read More

    Wine review by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden


  • Stoneboat Vineyards Pinot Gris 2011

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    A great pinot gris! A delicate nose of pear and marzipan, with more pear on palate along with some bitter almond. Slight notes of white peach as well. This wine also has a kind of salty minerality along with great well integrated acid. An interesting, well balanced pinot gris. Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


  • Gray Monk Riesling 2011

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    Don't let the price fool you; Gray Monk is an old hand in the BC Okanagan Valley... especially with the principal white varieties of Germany. Showing some of its age now, this wine has an inviting bouquet of apple, pear, a touch of petrol and star anise. On the palate we have apple pie and ginger with a smooth, balanced acidity and medium fini... Read More

    Wine review by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden


  • Enjoying the read here.  In BC, we haven't got any old vines to worry ... ... The wine country in the British Columbia interior is extremely beautiful, as most of it runs north/south on either side of Lake Okanagan and several connected lakes (about 70 miles).I don't know if the land is able to be developed.  There are probably limits to sub-... Read More

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  • Exnihilo Merlot 2006

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    A beautiful wine. Great fruit (cherry/berry) along with some more developed fruit notes (stewed or dried) and slight notes of candy, dark chocolate and cigar on the nose. Tannins are wonderfully supple and soft, perhaps due to the age (I didn't peg this as a merlot in blind tasting). However the long length that made me realize there's more tann... Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


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