Canada's most western province, its coastline bordering on the Pacific Ocean.
A land of diversity ranging from coastal beaches to the mountain ranges of
the Rockies and Coastal Mountains. From big cities (Vancouver, Victoria) to
the small charming towns of Vancouver Island coastal inlets and the interior.
The province is known for tourism, ski resorts, fishing, orchards, natural
wildlife, spectacular forests, and wine.
BC's total land and freshwater area is 95 million hectares, larger than France
and Germany combined. Only 30 countries are larger. British Columbia occupies
about 10 per cent of Canada's land surface. The Okanagan Valley in central
British Columbia is the largest and oldest grape growing region in BC. The
region has seen a dramatic increase in its production of red wine. The top 10 grapes in the vineyard in order are: merlot, pinot gris, pinot noir, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, gewürztraminer, cabernet franc, syrah, riesling, sauvignon blanc.
Recent years have seen the development of other areas besides
the now famous Okanagan. These include the Similkameen Valley, Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, along with the Fraser Valley in the Lower Mainland
of the Vancouver area.
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BC Wine Industry at a Glance (Nov 2014)
There are 254 licensed grape wineries in B.C. (11 have ‘commercial’ licenses
with the ability to source grapes anywhere in the world; the rest are ‘land-based’
wineries producing wine from 100% BC grapes).
There are at least 17 ‘Virtual’ wineries in B.C. (not licensed but produce wine
under another winery’s license. They may or may not own land, can source
grapes anywhere, and sell the wine under their own name)
- There are 929 vineyards in B.C. (both winery and independently owned), with
acreage distributed as follows:
84.1 % in the Okanagan Valley
6.4 % in the Similkameen Valley
6.6 % in the Coastal Areas
2.9 % in Other Interior areas of B.C
British Columbia VQA
History: In 1931, Calona Vineyards opened as the first
commercial winery in the Okanagan. For more on history of BC click here