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...

  • 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...

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

  • Mount Boucherie

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

  • Kettle Valley Winery

    Naramata is easily the premier growing region in British Columbia, with it’s moderate temperature...

  • Tinhorn Creek Vineyards

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

  • Rollingdale Winery

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

  • Twisted Tree

    We established Twisted Tree Vineyards and Winery in 2004, when we moved to Osoyoos with hopes of ...

  • Sumac Ridge Estate Winery

    Sumac Ridge Estate Winery, established in the quaint town of Summerland, BC was founded by Harry ...

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British Columbia on Snooth

  • Nk'Mip Cellars Chardonnay Okanagan Valley Vqa Qwam Qwmt 2006

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    A fantastic chardonnay. Creamy and sweet with some acidity. I had it with smoked salmon and red skin potatoes; It was wonderful. Read More

    Wine review by TateHouston


  • Cedarcreek Estate Winery Platinum "Block 2" Pinot Noir 2012

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    No doubt about it - this Platinum edition wine from Cedar Creek is very good, and for the price you get a very Burgundian influence: on the nose is stewed cherry and strawberry plus freshly brewed Annam tea (at least momentarily - regarding the latter scent). Colour is deep garnet and mouthfeel is good - with lots of preserved strawberry and a ... Read More

    Wine review by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden


  • Copper Moon Chardonnay NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by nadiaho


  • Mission Hill Compendium 2009

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    This wine is an exceptional example of what happens when the climate change paradigm works in favor of the producer. The Compendium is better than the usual Bordeaux (which only excludes the best crus). There is a hill of beans of blackberry, cherry, and wet earth in the flavor. Compare with Premier Cru. 92 points. Read More

    Wine review by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden


  • Moraine Pinot Noir 2013

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    Moraine is located on the esteemed Naramata Bench on Okanagan Lake near Penticton BC Canada producing a host of different wines. This PN is reminiscent of some South American wines from Casablanca, Chile with deep, earthy, coffee and pomegranate scent and flavour. Not Burgundian, but definitely PN. 86 points. Read More

    Wine review by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden


  • Fern Walk Sauvignon Blanc 2014

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    This clean, refreshing wine from the Mark Anthony Group in Vancouver (sourced from the Okanagan Valley) is a lightly scented Sauvignon Blanc with slight grass notes and wet granite on the nose. Flavour tends to pear and kiwi with a certain spring water purity. Not punching with typical NZ Sauvignon Blanc weight, but reflective of the Okanagan ... Read More

    Wine review by 259386zufrieden 259386 zufrieden


  • Welcome, Simon.For the most part participants in Snooth are wine afficionados ... on wines from his region--British Columbia--and Duncan does an equal job of reporting on European wines.While I enjoy Spanish wines you will find there are participants, here, who are truly experts.   Start mentioning some of the Spanish wines that you are enjoyi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • That 'most livable' moniker about Vancouver has always cracked me up. Suicide rates, junky rates, rainy-day rates, affluent 'immigrant' (former 'communist block', etc. over the past 20 years particularly) influx driving up real estate prices beyond local reach, etc., etc. Seems certain statistics are being ignored in that kind of chamber-of-comm... Read More

    Forum post in the topic How ridiculous the British...


  • DM,You can bet that whether or not they've been involved, there's certain groups salivating at the prospect of making money on weed.  There already are "dispensaries" that sell medical marijuana, but it's all a joke.  You don't need a doctor's note at all.  I know people that said they just walked in, listened to a short spiel, signed something ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic How ridiculous the British...


  • Thanks for taking the time to check it out.  I know it's probably dull and irrelevant to most of you guys.Where I was going with this is that it's already effected my local BC Wine shop.  It's about five minutes drive away and loaded with great stuff that you would ordinarily have to go to the wineries to get.  They do great tastings on the week... Read More

    Forum post in the topic How ridiculous the British...


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