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...

  • 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

  • Lang Vineyards

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

  • Sumac Ridge Estate Winery

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

  • Willow Hill Vineyards

    In 1997 we purchased five acres of bare land in an area of the Okanagan Valley known as "The Gold...

  • Tinhorn Creek Vineyards

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

  • Calona Vineyards

    Calona Vineyards Private Reserve wines are a rare treat. A relationship among the grower, the win...

  • Namaste Vineyards

    We are having 2 Wine Club Pick-up Parties this month to give everyone a chance to come try some w...

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British Columbia on Snooth

  • C. C. Jentsch the Chase 2015

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    The Chase, which is mostly Merlot, Cab Franc and Cab Sauvignon with some lesser varieties such as Petit Verdot thrown in, is a deep, dark wine of considerable density and extraction for the region. The nose has Kirsch, sweet plum, and raspberry - depending on sniff; entry is viscous, luscious and just off-dry, with almond, vanilla and cassis do... Read More

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  • C. C. Jentsch Cellars Syrah 2014

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    The CC Jentsch Syrah, which is well liked by critics, has the advantage of a wonderful 2014 vintage in the Okanagan Valley of BC. Presentation is quite a deep rich, red. The nose evokes blueberry jam, cake spice (Viognier)... quite a melange of wild red fruit and coniferous needles. Very Cote-Rotie in style. Acidity is good and balanced on e... Read More

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  • Unsworth Vineyards Sauvignette 2018

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    This Valentin Blattner grape (Epicure)was developed in Switzerland and introduced to Vancouver Island (Cowichan Valley) in the late 1990's; Unsworth calls it "Sauvignette". The nose evokes stewed white fruit and some turpene elements such as found in fine pine pitch. Acid is prominent on entry, slightly unbalanced at this stage, but cleansing... Read More

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  • Poplar Grove Pinot Gris 2018

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    The Polar Grove (Penticton, BC) Pinot Gris is a soft, northern expression of the grape, more inline with Germany or Switzerland. Very refreshing - especially if imbibed during summer months; the recent is of spicy white berries (like gooseberry, or perhaps kiwi), while entry (when refrigerated) is slightly spicy (oak) with more acidic white frui... Read More

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  • Sumac Ridge Estate Winery Private Reserve Cabernet Merlot 2017

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    Fairly clear and coloration is of dark cherry juice, with legs slowly forming around the inside of the wine glass. Beefy spices, alongside deep currant, cherry and Earthy blackberry aromas, which lead into the flavor profile. This follows suit to the aromas, with licorice showing itself on the palate, to go with spiced berries, and Earthy oake... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Enrico Winery Jousting Knights NV

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    This charming, light blend of Marechal Foch and Pinot Noir (majority component is the former variety, a venerable and commercially important French hybrid) is almost cherry black in the glass. The nose is vaguely reminiscent of rough Burgundy, plus a healthy dose of coffee, Welch's Grape Juice and smoke (Foch speaking here...). Entry is spare, ... Read More

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  • Kuni Serum The extra famous of these embrace People William Henry Ashley , Jim ... northern Interior Plateau of British Columbia which came to be often called New Caledonia , beginning with Fort McLeod (at this time's neighborhood of McLeod Lake and Fort Fraser , but finally focussed on Stuart Lake Submit (at the moment's Fort St. James ). Ano... Read More

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  • Summerhill Pyramid Winery Ehrenfelser 2014

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    The first Ehrenfelser wine I've ever had. Straw color in the glass makes me suspicious of oxidation. Quite a floral nose. Very fruity on the tip of the tongue--crisp apples. Very similar to Riesling--maybe, even, fruitier. Very light-bodied. Nice acidity. An enjoyable, easy-to-drink wine, Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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