BCWI Media Releases


For Immediate Release:
November 15, 2016
Suggested Tweet: #BCWine shines in Hong Kong w/ @teamdb @WineBCdotcom! #BCVQA
BRITISH COLUMBIA - Last week, the Wines of British Columbia partnered with The Drinks Business Hong Kong to bring 16 BC VQA Wines to Hong Kong in an advanced educational BC VQA Wine Masterclass for the first time, attracting over 40 industry professionals.
On November 9, the BC Wine Institute successfully held a Wines of British...

Explore BC VQA Wine in BC Liquor Stores this holiday season

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November 2, 2016

Suggested Tweet: #ExploreBCWine moves into BC Liquor Stores this holiday season w/ @WineBCdotcom

BRITISH COLUMBIA – Harvest time is wrapping up for what many claim is BC’s best vintage ever. Discover BC’s diverse wine regions in BC Liquor Stores across the province throughout November and see how far we’ve come as a premium wine region.

Each BC Liquor Store has its own style when it comes to its selection of wines and this month liquor...

Trade your Commute for Cabernet this Harvest Season

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October 13, 2016

Suggested Tweet: Trade your Commute for Cabernet! @WineBCdotcom launches #BCWine & culinary tourism campaign #SavourthisPlace WineBC.com

British Columbia – The British Columbia Wine Institute launches its wine and culinary tourism campaign, BC Wine Country: Your Urban Escape, this fall to inspire British Columbia, Alberta and Washington travelers to visit BC’s wine regions this harvest season.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with...

ChefmeetsBCGrape celebrates 12 years pairing BC VQA Wine and food

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September 22, 2016

Suggested Tweet: Congrats @Deserthillswine & @liftbarandgrill awarded Best #BCVQA Pairing at @WineBCdotcom annual #ChefmeetsBCGrape http://ow.ly/8NR8304trqR  

BRITISH COLUMBIA – After 12 years, ChefmeetsBCGrape continued its tradition of success as the largest tasting of BC VQA Wines in Vancouver. On September 15, 84 BC wineries poured more than 320 BC VQA Wines and nine restaurants paired creative dishes that highlighted local...

Wines of British Columbia Launch New Seasonal Campaign Explore BC VQA Wine

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September 19, 2016

Suggested Tweet: Wine to win @WineBCdotcom launches #ExploreBCWine seasonal campaign - Experience & support local #BCVQA this fall! winebc.com/explorebcvqawine

KELOWNA, BC - The British Columbia Wine Institute (BCWI) is launching its new Explore BC VQA Wine campaign to encourage wine consumers to experience BC's premium wine touring regions, support local Wines of British Columbia year-round, and enter for an...

BC wine touring season busier than ever with earliest bud break on record!

For Immediate Release:
July 27, 2016

The early arrival of summer weather and cooler temperatures throughout June and July means BC wineries and vineyards are on track for another great season.

“From April through to July, we have seen a strong increase in winery visitations, and year over year winery sales continue to grow with the number of visitors coming through cellar doors,” says Maggie Anderson, BC Wine Institute marketing director.

Throughout the months of April and May, BC...

BC Wine Institute welcomes new Board of Directors and awards industry leaders at its 2016 AGM

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July 7, 2016
Suggested Tweet: New Board of Directors for @WineBCdotcom & industry leaders recognized!
KELOWNA, BC - Following another successful Annual General Meeting (July 05, 2016 at Manteo Resort, Kelowna), the BC Wine Institute (BCWI) is pleased to announce its new Board of Directors.
Nine voting BCWI Directors represent British Columbia wineries of all sizes, including large wineries (selling more than 700,000 litres annually),...

Freezing temperatures bring early start to BC's Icewine harvest

For Immediate Release:
December 21, 2016

Andy Gebert from St Hubertus Estate Winery in Kelowna, BC checking the grapes prior to picking December 7, 2016. 

Suggested Tweet: BC's #Icewine harvest arrives just before the holidays! Wineriesbrave freezing temps to produce #BCLiquidGold #BCHarvest2016 #BCWine

KELOWNA, BC - BC's annual Icewine harvest has arrived just before the holidays, with the...

The British Columbia Wine Institute receives leveraged funding to drive Wine and Culinary Tourism in BC

For Immediate Release:
June 1, 2016

Kelowna, British Columbia - The British Columbia Wine Institute received funding for its Wine and Culinary Tourism (WCT) strategy this week with the announcement of recipients of Destination British Columbia's Co-op Marketing Partnerships Program, developed to support communities and key provincial tourism sectors in leveraging funding to maximize marketing impact and drive tourism revenues in BC.

For 25 years, the BCWI has played a pivotal role in...

2015 BC Wine Grape Crop Report Shows Steady Crop Levels

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May 19, 2016

(Kelowna, BC) -  Not only was 2015 a stunning vintage, but it also produced a growing crop which will help quench the rising thirst for the Wines of British Columbia national and internationally. 

It has been two years since the last crop report, but this week, the 2015 British Columbia Wine Grape Crop Report was released and shows an increase of 1% (from 31,383 to 31,640 tons) over 2013 in total estimated tonnage. While this may not seem...

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