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...

  • Pinot Grigio

    History of the grape: Pinot Gris was planted in Burgundy, France as far back as the 1300s. It then spread through Eur...

  • 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

  • Tinhorn Creek Vineyards

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

  • Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

    Balance is a time-honored goal in the making of premium wines and working toward balance is a way...

  • Jackson-Triggs Vintners

    Jackson-Triggs has a long history of supporting vital, community-based organizations with part...

  • Mount Boucherie

    Located in Westbank, BC (across from Kelowna), this family owned and operated winery creates some...

  • Joie

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

  • Elephant Island Orchard Wines

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

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British Columbia on Snooth

  • Tantalus Riesling 2012


    Finally, a truly balanced Tantalus Riesling. The gentle pear and MacIntosh ... and viscosity. The wine is British Columbia for sure but has cross elements of Rheingau and Alsace on the finish. The best Tantalus yet. 90 point Read More

    Wine review by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden

  • So we have some interest in having a West Coast meet-up (or you can call it a ... or our friends from up in British Columbia.  Or we can go partway and do it in Carmel if folks from down south want to drive.My suggestion for a time would be around Veteran's Day in case anyone gets that time off.  I'm open to other times as well. I can't do Col... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pinot Throw Down for West...

  • Moon Curser Afraid of the Dark 2012


    Although there are many British Columbia Whites to taste from the 2012 vintage, this number comes off the best so far; the nose is dominated by what appear to be Viognier-nuanced scents such as tropical honey, stone fruit (peach) with a touch of tisane (turpene-rich). On the palate, there is ginger, pear, chamomile and herb tea. Mouth--feel is... Read More

    Wine review by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden

  • Joie Farm a Noble Blend 2012


    Being rudely interrupted by a power outage and tasting largely in the darkness, my nose detected a lot of sweet pear and delicious apple with perhaps some lychee nut ... more a sense of preserve than freshly picked fruit. On the palate, the wine is thick, viscous and slightly cloying (off-dry) but still balanced. Very tropical with the mouth-f... Read More

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  • La Frenz Naramata Bench Chardonnay Sonoran Vineyard 2012


    Jeff Martin, the Australian-born winemaker at La Frenz has produced a ... from ... ... from the 2012 vintage in British Columbia. You need to like "rich" here. 88 point Read More

    Wine review by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden

  • So Emark, it's kind of interesting. Eric Asimov wrote about Chardonnay ... ... ... Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and that's just up the Pacific Coast!  I can't think of a wine-producing country, and very few regions, that don't have some Chardonnay somewhere.I don't know that Napa is really the best place for it, although the examples... Read More

    Forum post in the topic I'm Liking Napa Chardonnays

  • La Frenz Naramata Bench Riesling Andrew Vineyard 2012


    Comparing German and Canadian Rieslings may have pitfalls, but the youthful ... ... richness of high-end British Columbia examples are charting an interesting course for the variety. The nose is slightly minty with pear, delicious apple and lime notes; on the palate, there is more lime, sweet delicious apple and muted citrus acidity. Fair ba... Read More

    Wine review by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden

  • Stoneboat Piano Brut NV


    This type of wine is difficult to score being Prosecco in style (cuvée close method) but vinified with Pinot Blanc rather than Glera grapes. Good effervescence and bubbles continue for up to 10 minutes with a powerful nose of ripe apricots. The mousse is soft on the palate with more apricot and a creme soda short finish. Interesting, juicy fruit... Read More

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  • Mission Hill Winery Oculus 2008


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    Wine review by mikechil

  • Copper Moon-Malbec


    I love the initial berry taste. Read More

    Wine review by gromund

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