What’s your BC Wine Country Story? #Visit and #Vote #BestofBC18

What’s your BC Wine Country Story?

VANCOUVER ISLAND

BC Is a Province rich in spectacular views, extraordinary flavours and memorable stories.

On Vancouver Island, grape winemaking really began after a provincial government-funded trial – the Duncan Project – identified Pinot Gris, Auxerrois and Ortega as promising varieties for this unique seaside environment.

Vancouver Island is home to a dedicated community of family grapegrowers and winemakers. A tour through the natural beauty of lush green valleys, dense forested mountains, and ocean landscapes provides the opportunity to meet friendly, passionate people crafting products they are proud of and that you will delight in. “The Island” also offers some exceptional food festivals and culinary experiences to pair with your winery visits.

Which is your favourite BC Wine Country Region? We love discovering all the regions! Here is some information to help you discover the wineries and wines of Vancouver Island.

Common Varietals

Pinot Noir

Maréchal Foch

Pinot Gris

Ortega

Siegerrebe

 

Here are the Vancouver Island wineries to visit:

40 Knots Estate Winery

Rosé, Meritage, Sparkling Wine, Fortified Wine, Red Wine Blend, White Wine Blend

Alderlea Vineyards

Red Wine Blend, White Wine Blend

Averill Creek Vineyard

Rosé, Fruit Wine, Sparkling Wine, Red Wine Blend, White Wine Blend

Beaufort Vineyard & Estate Winery
Blue Grouse Estate Winery
Blue Moon Estate Winery & Cider Worx

Fruit Wine, Cider

Chateau Wolff Estates

White Wine Blend

Cherry Point Estate Wines

Rosé, Red Wine Blend, White Wine Blend

Church & State Wines (Victoria)

Meritage, Sparkling Wine, Red Wine Blend, White Wine Blend

Coastal Black Estate Winery

Fruit Wine, Sparkling Wine

Damali Lavender & Winery

Fruit Wine

De Vine Vineyards & Spirits
Deol Estate Winery

Red Wine Blend, White Wine Blend

Divino Estate Winery

Rosé, Fruit Wine, Sparkling Wine, Late Harvest, Fortified Wine, Red Wine Blend, Vin de Curé, White Wine Blend

Domaine Rochette Winery

Rosé, Sparkling Wine, Red Wine Blend, White Wine Blend

Dragonfly Hill Vineyard

Fruit Wine, Red Wine Blend

Emandare Vineyard And Winery
Emerald Coast Vineyards

Rosé, Fruit Wine, Fortified Wine, Red Wine Blend, White Wine Blend

Enrico Winery
Glenterra Vineyards
Merridale Cidery & Distillery

Cider

Millstone Estate Winery
Mooberry Winery & Little Qualicum Cheeseworks
Rocky Creek Winery

Rosé, Fruit Wine

Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse

Cider

Stones Throw Vineyard And Estate Winery
Symphony Vineyard
The Roost Farm Centre & Highland House Farm Winery

Fruit Wine

Tod Creek Craft Ciders

Cider

Tugwell Creek Honey Farm & Meadery

Honey Wine

Unsworth Vineyards

Rosé, Sparkling Wine, Red Wine Blend, White Wine Blend

Venturi-Schulze Vineyards

Rosé, Sparkling Wine, Red Wine Blend, White Wine Blend

Zanatta Winery

Rosé, Red Wine Blend

Like the landscape, each bottle of BC wine delivers a diverse sensory experience that is as extraordinary as the province itself. Every sip is a genuine reflection of the people that created it and the land from which it is crafted.

We invite you to discover BC Wine Country and encourage you to visit some of the lesser travelled regions.

BC’s thriving wine industry attracts talented winemakers from around the world. Each of these trained professionals has brought his or her knowledge, passion and fresh ideas to our wine communities helping to shape an identity and style unique to British Columbia.

In 2017, BC wineries won more than 2,000 medals in national and international competition. With each new accolade, our wine regions continue to expand their reputation for quality and solidify their place amongst the best in the world.

#Visit and #Vote and you could be a winner!!

Cast your vote in the following categories!

 

Best BC Sparkling

Best BC Rosé

Best BC White Wine

Best BC Red Wine

Best Overall Culinary Experience

Best Local Food Product

Best Restaurant Showcasing Local Foods

Best Winery Restaurant

Best Architecture

Best Winery Pet

 Best View

Best Tasting Room

Best Patio

Best Winery Experience Overall

Best Winery Tour

Best Place to Bring Out-of-Towners

Best Kept Secret

Best Winery Accommodation

 

Vote* for your Best of BC Wine Country and enter to win #BestofBC18 here: www.surveymonkey.com/r/bestofBCwine18

 

Remember, all you need to do is vote and post! Voting ends at midnight, August 17 PST. Thank you for supporting the BC Wine Industry and BC wine country.

Please click here to see the official rules and regulations for “The Best of BC Wine Country 2018”

When visiting BC Wine Country before you go: Do your homework and a bit of research about the wineries you wish to visit. Check the winery website to find out their months, days and hours that their Tasting Room is open. Know if you need to book your tasting in advance of your visit. Many wineries are now so busy there may be times that they are unable to accommodate you. It will be a much better visit if you have a confirmed appointment. Be on time. Expect to pay for your tasting, some, but not all wineries refund all or a portion of the fee if you purchase wine. Plan ahead for a designated driver or use the services of a wine tour company. Limit the number of wineries you visit in a day. A more leisurely timeline will increase your enjoyment. For the best overall experience, I like to limit my daily visits to three, maximum two wineries if a winery lunch is on the agenda.

About British Columbia Wine Institute

Since 1990, the BC Wine Institute has played a pivotal role in taking BC’s wine industry from a vision to an internationally recognized niche region producing premium wines and providing exceptional wine tourism experiences. The BC Wine Institute markets the wine and regions of BC; delivers quality trade, media and consumer tastings; and acts as the voice of BC’s wine industry by advocating to government on behalf of industry that contributes $2.8 billion in provincial economic growth annually.

The BC Wine Institute represents all wineries in British Columbia to grow the premium market share for the Wines of British Columbia, while driving awareness of our world-class wines and tourism product – currently drawing 1,000,000 visitors with $600 million in tourism and tourism employment related economic impact every year. For more information about BC Wine Institute’s programs and services, please visit: WineBC.com.

* Be sure to check the winebc.com website to be sure your choice is on the eligible list.

The Province of British Columbia announced in July, 2018 that all four regions have been approved as Geographical Indications, meaning soon you will see confirmation on labels that your certified BC wine is from one of these regions: Thompson Valley, Shuswap, Lillooet, Kootenays.

For details on BC VQA Wine and the Wines of British Columbia, go to WineBC.com, like the Wines of British Columbia Facebook page and follow  @WineBCdotcom on Twitter.

Stats and images courtesy of Wines of British Columbia, WineBC.com

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