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...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

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

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

  • Pacific Breeze Winery

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

  • Red Rooster Winery

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

  • Quail's Gate Estate Winery

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

  • Black Cloud

    Black Cloud is the brand of winemaker Bradley Cooper and his wife Audralee Daum.

  • Cedar Creek Estate Winery

    From the moment you enter the driveway you will appreciate that this is one of the Gold Coast Hin...

  • Black Hills Estate Winery

    Black Hills Estate Winery was established in 1996 and proudly presents wines that have been caref...

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British Columbia on Snooth

  • Tantalus Riesling 2013

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    This latest edition of the reputed Tantalus Riesling has a slightly more dense nose of icing sugar sprinkled over pear, apricot and green apple; the mouth-feel is viscous, Mosel-like with citrus (noted with this producer), honey, peach and apricot mid-palate with more sweetness than in past vintages. Finish is fresh, acidic and lingering. Bett... Read More

    Wine review by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden


  • I looked at the charts you linked.  Very interesting, especially the last ... any kind of quality overseer?British Columbia has what's called the Vintner's Quality Alliance (Ontario also).  It strictly regulates quality and authenticity of origin of the grapes.  This is like the Italian model (DOC).  There is wine here blended from BC and grap... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Big Al has arrived, but...


  • Haha.....I think a lot of people here would be scratching their heads!  ... ... "to Canada"?)British Columbia makes some very good wine, but low volumes and high prices for the better stuff.  There are some decent ones that smarter vineyards have given price reductions (hopefully a trend!), like from $25 to $20 and $27 to $24 for another (bot... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • I refuse to take a backseat to OT on the whole Euro lifestyle thing.  My ... ... in the British Isles and British Columbia has implemented it successfully, although (again) the evidence isn't conclusive.  It doesn't cost someone buying $15 wine anything because that meets the floor price.  (Actually, cheaper wines do, too--the formula takes in... Read More

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  • Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Pinot Noir 2012

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    This wine pours light garnet in the glass and suggests strawberry cupcake, some well-used barnyard straw and a hint of mushroom or truffle on the nose. On the palate, there is (surprisingly) a shift in style to more New World flavours like belt leather and slightly acerbic notes. Similar to better Casablanca PN from (say) Cono Sur but less dee... Read More

    Wine review by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden


  • Hi,I'm in Canada, but have the same problem (in British Columbia) In Alberta, you can have wine shipped.I have a bottle of Angelica Zapata in Boston that a guy brought back from South America and he can't ship it out of MA.  I'll think of something!!! Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine delivery


  • La Frenz Ensemble 2011

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    Had this at their tasting room. The Ensemble is La Frenz's take on a Graves/Bordeaux style blended white. Well balanced with a kind of rich mouthfeel with plenty of lemongrass and citrus notes. I really like how there is just a touch of oak - more supportive than anything else; way in the background. (I found out that it gets barrel aged for a y... Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


  • Another Jen!Well, you're in good hands.  I was just about to tell you ... ... I'm trying several British Columbia Syrahs right now..on the hunt for the best one.  I'm a bit of a weirdo because I don't really drink whites.  I'm sure I will, but for now I prefer red.  BIG reds.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • La Frenz Naramata Bench Vivant 2011

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    A bright, light bodied, balanced wine. Notes of apple, meyer lemon, pear, nectarine. More fresh fruit than plush soft tropical flavours here. Lots of well balanced, soft, mouth watering acidity. Medium bodied. Medium finish. Apparently this does get some oak treatment/aging on the lees, but I don't get any oaky notes from drinking this one. This... Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


  • Speak for yourself EMark!  I'm going down to Tradewater's place ... about.  There's NO British Columbia wine in the States at all (except the occasional ice-wine) due to  bureaucracy.  That said...I'm learning more about California wines and when I get down there, I'll have a better idea of what to look for.  EMark's right...please tell us wha... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! ( and all...


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