April 13, 2018
We’ve been given the best reason to drink BC Wine this month – it’s all part of a province-wide celebration of our fantastic wines!
The BC government proclaimed April as BC Wine Month and Buy BC: EAT DRINK LOCAL is encouraging everyone in BC to make a special effort to support our local vintners by buying, drinking and gifting delicious BC wine. BC wines are being showcased throughout the month at government-run liquor stores and through special dinners. Check it out at http://winebc.com/bc-wine-month/.
There’s a wide spectrum of wines to choose from, with 929 vineyards in the province and over 350 licensed wineries. Over 60 different grape varieties are produced, including Merlot, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc.
But which wines will you try this month?
We’d like to recommend some of the wonderful wineries taking part in the Buy BC: EAT DRINK LOCAL program!
Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery is located on the Black Sage Bench near Oliver, and their desert climate temperatures and terrain combine to produce fabulous wines that include Merlot, Chardonnay, Syrah, Viognier and more.
On Vancouver Island, 40 Knots Vineyard & Estate is the largest winery in the Comox Valley, and their goal is to grow ultra-premium grapes – because great wines come from the vineyard!
La Casa Bianca Winery is a small, family-run winery with a license to produce grape, fruit, nut and herbal wines – as well as some mead!
Intersection Estate Winery specializes in terroir-defined Merlot, Viognier and Riesling. Located in Oliver, the vineyard is cultivated with natural, sustainable and organic farming techniques.
You can find House of Rose Vineyards in Kelowna, where they produce smooth, fruit forward wines ranging from dry to sweet.
Meyer Family Vineyards focuses on small case lots of varietals with an emphasis on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the traditional French burgundy style.
Experience aromatic wines and cool-climate cuisine at The Chase Wines – that’s right, you can eat here at their Garden Bistro too!
Summerhill Pyramid Winery, one of BC’s oldest continuously-producing wineries, grows organic and biodynamic wines that include red, white, Icewine, sparkling and speciality wines.
In Summerland BC, you can find Okanagan Crush Pad Winery – Canada’s first purpose-built custom-crush facility producing their own wines -Haywire and Narrative - as well as several others. Their guest center offers a rare glance into the art of winemaking.
Some of the original vines at 50TH Parallel Winery are almost 10 years old, which now produce some of the estate’s finest fruit that goes into their international award-winning wines.
Squeezed Wines are a family-run, celebration of grapes to wine – producing red, white and ‘pink’!
Meadow Vista Honey Wines produce honey wines made with local produce at their artisan farm winery located amongst the orchards in South East Kelowna.
You can find gold medal wines at Perseus Winery in Penticton.
Pentage Winery is a boutique winery overlooking Skaha Lake in Penticton, offering premium, limited-release, hand-crafted wines.
De Vine Vineyards produce wine with estate-grown grapes, specializing in organically processed wine. And they produce spirits too!
What are some of your favourite BC wines? Let us know on social media!