1. I want to start a winery. Where can I get information on that?

The BC Wine Grape Council has a Best Practices Guide for Grapes that can give you general information (see next question). Licensing information is available through the BC government’s Liquor Control and Licensing Branch.


2. How can I purchase the Best Practices Guide for Grapes?

Call 250-767-2534, or email Kate Durisek at the BC Wine Grape Council to request one.


3. How can I learn about the BC Sustainable Winegrowing Program?

Contact Program Coordinator Kellie Garcia or visit sustainablewinegrowingbc.ca


4. How can I purchase the Health and Safety for Small and Medium Sized Wineries Handbook?

Call 250-767-2534, or email Kate Durisek at the BC Wine Grape Council to request one.


5. I’d like to open a liquor store or wine store. How do I go about obtaining a licence?

For information, contact the BC government’s Liquor Control and Licensing Branch.


6. Where can I get information on wine festivals in the Okanagan?

Go to the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society’s website at www.thewinefestivals.com.


7. Is there a map with directions to BC wineries?

The BCWI publishes the official BC Winery Touring Guide. Get it online here.


8. Where can I buy BC wines?

Visit your nearest BC VQA Wine Store to find the largest selection of BC VQA wines. The wines are also available at BC Liquor Stores and private beer and wine stores around the province. They can also be purchased online from some wineries.


9. Which wineries serve lunch or dinner?

Some wineries serve both, some serve lunch only, and some are open only seasonally. The following wineries do have onsite restaurants, but you must contact the winery for hours of operation.

Okanagan Valley

Blu Saffron Bistro at Volcanic Hills Estate Winery

Chaos Bistro at Ex Nihilo Vineyards

Evolve Cellars

Grapevine Restaurant at Gray Monk Estate Winery

Hillside Winery & Bistro

Liquidity Bistro

Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards

Old Vines Restaurant at Quails’ Gate Winery

Pioneer Country Market at Sperling Vineyards

Picnique at JoieFarm

Smoke & Oak Bistro at Wild Goose Vineyards & Winery

Sunset Bistro at Summerhill Pyramid Winery

Terrafina at Hester Creek Estate Winery

The Barrel Top Grill at Little Straw Vineyards

The Kitchen at Arrowleaf Cellars

The Kitchen at Misconduct Wine Co. 

The Patio at Lake Breeze Vineyards

The Patio at Nk'Mip Cellars

The Pecking Room Patio Grill at Red Rooster Winery

The Restaurant & Wine Lounge at See Ya Later Ranch

The Sonora Room at Burrowing Owl Vineyards

The Terrace at Mission Hill Family Estate Winery

Vanilla Pod Restaurant at Poplar Grove Winery

Vineyard Kitchen at Black Hills Wine Experience Centre

Vineyard Restaurant at Hainle Vineyards & Deep Creek Estate Winery

Vineyard Terrace Restaurant at CedarCreek Family Estate Winery

Vineyard View Bed & Breakfast at D'Angelo Estate Winery

Similkameen Valley

Crowsnest Gasthaus at Crowsnest Vineyards

Fraser Valley

Bacchus Bistro at Chaberton Estate Winery

Country Kitchen at Maan Farms Estate Winery

Vancouver Urban Winery

Vancouver Island / Gulf Islands

Au Resto at Unsworth Vineyards

Bistro at Cherry Point Estate Wines

Bistro Muse at Muse Winery

Bistro Vineyard at The Roost Farm Centre & Highland House Farm Winery

Church & State Wines Brentwood Bay

The Picnic Bistro at Coastal Black Winery

Thistles Café at Glenterra Vineyards

Vinoteca at Zanatta Winery

Emerging Regions

The Burl at Columbia Gardens Vineyard & Winery (Trail)

The Ponderosa Kitchen at Fort Berens Estate Winery (Lillooet)


10. I’d like to pick grapes. Do you know which wineries need pickers?

Visit our job postings page or contact individual wineries for employment information.


11. I have some grapes to sell. Or, I need to buy grapes.

BCWI does not keep a record of who is selling or buying grapes. Contact the BC Grapegrowers' Association at 1-877-762-4652.


12. I’d like to learn more about wine.

Visit the websites for the International Sommelier Guild, Wine & Spirit Education Trust or Okanagan College for information.


13. I'd like to take winemaking or wine related courses.

Visit the Okanagan College website.


14. I’d like a job in the wine industry. Do you know where I can look?

Visit our job postings page or contact individual wineries for employment information.


15. Where can I find regulatory information about BC wines, including the BC VQA program and labelling requirements?

Visit the The Wines of Marked Quality Regulation or contact the BC Wine Authority at 1-877-499-2872.


16. Which wineries are certified organic?


Beaumont Estate Vineyards

Chandra Estates

Clos du Soleil Winery

Covert Farms

DeVine Vineyards

Hainle Vineyards Estate Winery

Rustic Roots Winery

Kalala Organic Vineyards

Little Farm Winery 

Mission Hill Family Estate (not all, but some of their vineyards)

Okanagan Crush Pad Winery

Rollingdale Vineyard & Winery

SummerGate Winery

Summerhill Pyramid Winery (also Biodynamic)

For the full list of certified organic wineries and vineyards, visit the Certified Organic Associations of BC website.

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