If you’re a fan of the grape, National Wine Day is just around the corner. Along with Ontario, British Columbia produces the bulk of Canada’s wine. From Vancouver Island to the Gulf Islands to the Okanagan, there are 370 licensed wineries in B.C. according to Wines of British Columbia—attracting over 1 million visitors annually (in a normal year that is). More than 10,000 acres of vineyards produce over 80 varieties of B.C. grapes.
Explore your local winery and other wine-related businesses, choose a BC wine from the liquor store, and raise a glass to a time when we can travel to B.C. wineries again.
Baillie-Grohman is a small family-owned vineyard and winery. They focus on growing cool climate varieties, such as Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay, and do everything by hand—from the farming to picking and sorting at harvest.
Fort Berens Estate Winery was founded by a group of wine lovers who share a common belief in the incredible winemaking potential of British Columbia’s Fraser Canyon. Their vision is to make Fort Berens one of Canada’s leading producers of fine wine. Try their hand-crafted, award-winning wines to see how they’re doing.
House of Rose is a small, second generation, family-owned winery that grows Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Verdelet, and Riesling. The roses from the name surround the winery’s picnic area on the Belgo Bench in South East Kelowna. There’s even a 20ft high metal rose by a local artist on the grounds.
Grizzli Winery is an active participant in their local community. Not only does this family-centered winery produce international award-winning red and white table wines, fruit wines, and Canadian Icewines. They also host a range of wine, music, and other events for locals and visitors.
40 Knots is on a mission to make clean, ethical wines. A promise to protect the environment runs through everything they do—from farming to cellar management to customer delivery. This family-owned and operated winery makes a range of fruit-forward, juicy, and elegant wines, rooted in the Island’s cool and salt-aired climate.
Just a few minutes from Kamloops, Monte Creek is a family-owned winery with 75 acres of vines. The winery’s distinctive building is old meets new, repurposing authentic elements with the traditional tools and modern technology of winemaking. It’s no surprise it was voted Kamloops’ best Winery and Wedding Venue last year.
Ed and Vicki Collett are wine pioneers. They opened Harper’s Trail Estate Winery (Kamloops’ first winery) with no vineyard or winemaking experience. Today, you can join their Pioneer Wine Club to get two shipments of 100% locally grown and made wine a year—carefully selected by their “Wine Wrangler.”
Like your wine with a bit of spice? Start preparing for winter early with some locally-produced mulled wine. Firevines in Nelson use a premium BC Red Wine from Creston’s Skimmerhorn Winery to make their Cauldron BC Mulled Wine. It’s lightly sweetened and spiced with orange, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and aromatic spices. Why wait for winter for a taste?
Want to celebrate and learn more about B.C. wines? Two Kelowna businesswomen and wine lovers started Liquid Kudos to share their passion for exceptional wines and spirits across Canada. Every month you get an offer from a Canadian Winery or Distillery to tickle your taste buds.
Wineisseur is an online wine lifestyle store in Burnaby. Founder Deanna Lowe puts her years of wine and spirits industry experience to work finding the best in wine products. If you’re a wine enthusiast or connoisseur, find wine accessories, gifts, and activities to get more out of your love for wine at home.
Robertson Estate Vinegar handmakes small-batch, traditional cabernet sauvignon wine vinegar. Aged for a year in French oak barrels, Robertson Estate Cabernet Sauvignon vinegar is a premium, full-bodied wine vinegar that retains the bouquet and flavour of the cabernet sauvignon grape.
Wine bottles can live on long after the last drop is drunk. Merville Botanicals upcycles wine bottles, teacups, and other containers to reduce waste and extend the life of objects that might otherwise end up in a landfill. They offer a range of vintage and modern (ex-)wine bottle candle holders.
Making great wine wasn’t enough for 40 Knots Winery. They also produce their own VinoSpa skincare line. Grapes are believed to offer a range of benefits, including improving blood circulation, reducing wrinkles, and revitalizing skin. They make their products on-site using lees, pips, skins, and—of course—wine.
The West-Kootenay’s oldest wine and beer making store provides all the wine kits, ingredients, and equipment you need to make your own batch. The store is owned and managed by Maarten and Breg Lammers, who arrived in Canada from the Netherlands to share their passion for homemade wine and beer.
Since 2000, Steveston Winemakers has been helping people become vintners and make their own wines from the finest ingredients. You can join a community of local wine makers to make a batch of 30 bottles of wine on their premises, or team up with friends to share the love—and the wine.
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