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The Grapes and Wines of British Columbia

What grapes are grown in British Columbia and what are the top wines coming out of the BC wine country?

The British Columbia wine regions have a diverse macro and microclimates ranging from hot and arid to intercoastal rainforests, which are well suited to all styles of wine from still wine to sparkling wine and fortified and dessert wines.

Of the 80+  grape varietals grown in British Columbia each year, the following list depicts the most popular and most abundantly produced based on the amount of vineyard acreage that is planted. (Source)

The most famous wine produced in Canada is Ice Wine, a sweet wine made from frozen grapes.

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TOP 10 RED VARIETIES

TOP 10 WHITE VARIETIES

  • Pinot Blanc
  • Viognier
  • Ortega
  • Ehrenfelser
  • Blattner Whites

Now, if you’re looking for where to sip BC wines or which BC wines are worth sipping, the BC Wine Institute has helped to narrow it down. Every year, the group asks wine lovers to vote for their favorite British Columbia wineries. Here are some of the top picks!

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Touring BC Wine Country


With countless wineries in British Columbia to sip in, narrowing down which ones to visit can be a challenge. If you’re looking for BC wineries with amazing tours take a peek at these. We’ve also noted a few with stellar tasting rooms that will enhance any BC wine country visit.

BEST BC WINERY TOURS

BEST BC TASTING ROOMS

BC Wine Country
Rose Valley Lake, Central Okanagan G, BC, Canada Photo by GЯΛΞMΞ MOЯЯIS on Unsplash

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Simone is a top-rated university wine lecturer and certified sommelier with 13 advanced wine certifications, a bachelor’s and master’s degree in wine studies, and is pursuing her doctorate studying the socioeconomic and cultural effects of climate change on wine.