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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Hawthorne Mountain

    The Winery: See Ya later Ranch at Hawthorne Mountain Vineyards Year: Established September 1st, 1...

  • La Frenz Winery

    LA FRENZ produces exceptional wines on the Naramata Bench in the heart of the Okanagan Valley. Pl...

  • Mission Hill Winery

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

  • Nk'Mip Cellars

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

  • Jackson-Triggs Vintners

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

  • Tinhorn Creek Vineyards

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

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British Columbia on Snooth

  • Blue Mountain Pinot Noir 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Very Pinot Noir, very New World, this wine evokes strawberry-cherry confit on the nose and a slightly leathery strawberry entry. There is a slight spice on the nostrils as the wine finishes. Less Burgundian now with the tossing of torch to a younger generation of wine-maker, but still a fine product... just different. 89. Read More

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  • Red Roosters' the Coop 2014

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    Nice ruby/brown coloration with sweet aromas, juicy cherry/plum/field berries and slight spice. The flavors are actually quite sweet, which I'm digging and this is light and fruit forward....cherries, grapes, strawberry, hints of blueberry and slightly tart raspberry. There is mellow spice and chocolate blended in there as well. Light to medi... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Gray Monk Gewurztraminer 2015

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    This wine - from a good and revered Okanagan producer - has all the usual lychee and pear on the nose (if subdued), and on the palate (off-dry), there is a slightly bitter, unripe lychee nut entry. The finish is also slightly bitter, but not obtrusive at this price point. Good value. 85. Read More

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  • Maverick Estate Winery Rubeus 2014

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    This relatively new winery from Oliver BC has produced a fine, if non-traditional, blend of Syrah and Merlot (with a smattering of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon); colour is opaque, dark cherry with a scent of crushed cherry and cedar frond. The palate introduces some Syrah pedigree with deep red fruit, tannic pucker (leather), a hint of smoke, c... Read More

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  • Unsworth Vineyards Petit Milo 2015

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    This aromatic (citrus fruit - lime and grapefruit predominantly) chubby,viscous, off-dry and fruity (sweet pear and a touch of red grapefruit) wine seems to indicate that the obscure Petit Milo hybrid rather likes its new home in Mill Bay BC. Well made to go with seafood - especially bivalve molluscs like clams, oysters and scallops. Recommende... Read More

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  • Vancouver Washington?  It's a hole.  Portland, across the river, ... ... going to and it's in British Columbia.&nbs Read More

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  • DV - wow!!! Just got around to opening the Church & State ... ... ... note:Just an excellent British Columbia red Bordeaux blend. Decanted for 1-2 hours. The nose is loaded with ripe plum, tar and blackberry.  Tons of ripe blackberry, black cherry and a touch of black licorice. The tannins are smooth and well integrated, there's a medium amou... Read More

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  • 8th Generation Syrah 2014

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    8th Generation is a family winery in Summerland BC producing a range of excellent whites and some reds, such as this Syrah, which elicits a few whiffs of coffee and strawberry on the nose, followed by a tart, food-friendly mouth feel and palate effect. Balance is sufficiently absent to say that a bit more work is needed. But great with Tourtie... Read More

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  • DM,No I haven't skinned a deer. I've never shot an animal.  ... ... ... As you know, hunting in British Columbia is huge, but being born and raised in the city doesn't foster those instincts.  I'm glad BLM uses the whole thing! :)&nbs Read More

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  • OK, someone overdid SS this year.  Here's what showed up on my porch, ... delivered.Four bottles from British Columbia, now who could have sent thos Read More

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