Canada's Most Western Province
Little Straw Vineyards
Gray Monk Estate Winey ~ Okanagan Centre British Columbia
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.
Recent years have seen the development of other areas besides
the now famous Okanagan. These include the Similkameen Valley, Vancouver
and the Gulf Islands, along with the Fraser Valley in the Lower Mainland
of the Vancouver area.
Enjoy the wines of British Columbia. For additional information
about BC Wine Standards
BC Wine Industry at a Glance (2009) Number of wineries
- 164 grape wine wineries
- Five wine regions (designated viticultural
areas) - Okanagan Valley, Similkameen Valley,
- Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island and Gulf
- Number of vineyards - 720 (wineries and
- Grape varietals produced - 60+
- Top ten varietals (by acreage planted) - Cabernet Franc, Cabernet
Gewürztraminer, Merlot, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris,
Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah (Shiraz)
- Ratio of White to Red - 49% to 51%
- 2007 wine production - 13,394,757 litres (estimated)
Please see Grape Varietal
For more information about British Columbia's Wine standards please click here
History: In 1931, Calona Vineyards opened as the first
commercial winery in the Okanagan. For more on history of BC click here
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