BC Wine Regions


Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys:

  • Huge latitudinal stretch (49th – 50th parallels) showcasing distinct sub-regions running almost 200 km north to south.
  • Wide range of terroirs and multiple grape varieties.
  • Young industry with new players continually entering the market.
  • Small production levels, but further growth potential through increased investment and conversion of orchard land.
  • Climatology aspects: Future potential for late ripening and heat loving grapes.

Other Regions:

  • British Columbia has 7 other geographical indications (GI): Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, Thompson Valley, Lillooet, Shuswap and Kootenays.
  • The Okanagan Valley has the majority of the vineyard acres and production volumes, but there’s been increased attention to regions like the Fraser Valley and our coastal “Wine Islands”.
  • These tend to be smaller producers, but there’s activity from an agri-tourism perspective and consumer trends to support local.
  • Climatology aspects: Future potential for Pinot Noir on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

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