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British Columbia

Located four hours east from the city of Vancouver and north of the 49° latitude, British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley and Similkameen Valley, where most of British Columbia’s grapes are grown, have a unique combination of extreme heat and cold that result in intense fruit-driven, fresh and structured wines. The wines of British Columbia depend on the heat from the sun to create intense flavors, and the cool nights to preserve the natural acidity that allow the wines to remain fresh and lively.

  • Region

    1,130 hectares/10,200 acresgrowing area
  • Production

    21,351,200 liters of wine shipped (2015)984,948 liters of wine exported (2016)$1.5 million in total sales annually
  • People

    275licensed grape growers
  • Impact

    12,000full time jobs 1 million tourists in 2015$600 millionin economic impact from tourism $1.9 billionin economic business revenue from British Columbia wine and grape industry
  • Primary Grape Varietals

    MerlotPinot NoirCabernet SauvignonCabernet FrancSyrah/ShirazPinot GrisChardonnayRieslingSauvignon Blanc

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