BCWI Media Releases

"Buy Local" program raises a glass to BC Wine Institute

VICTORIA (April 3, 2013)  - A consumer campaign led by the British Columbia Wine Institute (BCWI) is receiving $100,000 from the B.C. government's Buy Local Program.

The initiative will feature B.C. Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) wine and showcase foods that are locally grown, raised and caught in British Columbia.

The BCWI campaign will transcend traditional media platforms through the use of social media and establish a virtual meeting place where consumers can discuss...

Canadian Wine and Grape Industry Contributes $6.8 Billion in Economic Impact to Canadian Economy


-- Most comprehensive examination ever conducted in Canadian wine industry history --

Ottawa, Ontario – (March 5, 2013) – The findings of the largest research study ever conducted on the Canadian wine and grape industry reveal a prosperous and expanding $6.8 billion dollar industry.

Commissioned by the Canadian Vintners Association, the Winery & Grower Alliance of Ontario, the British Columbia Wine Institute and the Winery Association of Nova Scotia, the report titled Canada’s...

Icewine Harvest Returns to BC

January 18, 2013 (Kelowna, BC) 

The Icewine harvest has returned to British Columbia! 

After last vintage's second-earliest start on record on November 19 and 20, 2011 the majority of the Icewine harvest in the Okanagan was on January 11 and 12, 2013. Harvested at minus 8°Celsius or below, the wine made from these frozen grapes must reach quality standards including 35 brix of sugar to be...

Vinos Wine Film Festival comes to Whistler's Cornucopia

October 17, 2012 (Kelowna, BC)  -  The successful Vinos Wine Film Festival is coming to Whistler's 16th annual celebration of food and wine, Cornucopia, from November 7 to 11, 2012.

Inspired by the Sundance Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival, the annual Vinos Wine Film Festival features films made by amateur and professional filmmakers alike, all about BC wine. Compiled from the most exciting videos of the festival over the years, Cornucopia will host The Best of the Vinos at...

2012 Grape Harvest Begins in British Columbia

October 5, 2012, (Kelowna, BC) - Despite a wet spring, the 2012 BC grape harvest has begun and it promises to be a banner vintage for the Wines of British Columbia.

At the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre, Dr. Pat Bowen has been closely watching the vintage. With the heavy rainfall in June in Summerland at 79.8 mm, more than double the norm of 36.2 mm, Bowen says that the cloud cover and rainfall created more vigour in the vines and that irrigation often wasn’t needed. An even bud...

ChefmeetsBCGrape Raises more than $2,100 for Vancouver Aquarium's Ocean Wise Program

The eighth annual ChefmeetsBCGrape event, held September 20 in Vancouver, raised more than $2,100 for the Vancouver Aquarium's Ocean Wise Program, a national sustainable seafood program that identifies ocean-friendly consumer choices from coast to coast. The largest annual celebration of the Wines of British Columbia and local food in Vancouver, ChefmeetsBCGrape showcased 75 BC wineries and 13 top Ocean Wise partner restaurants to a crowd of 500 at the Vancouver Convention...

Eighth Annual ChefmeetsBCGrape Celebrates Regionality with BC Food Designed for BC Wine

August 14, 2012, (Kelowna, BC) - ChefmeetsBCGrape, the largest annual celebration of BC VQA wines and local food, is once again coming to Vancouver! On Thursday, September 20, 75 BC wineries will be sharing more than 300 BC VQA wines, perfectly paired with regional dishes from top Ocean Wise partner restaurants, and showcasing why BC food is designed for BC wine.

This year, guests will enjoy 100% BC wines from across the province and sample dishes from top chefs in Vancouver,...

BC Wine Institute and Visa Infinite Launch BC Wine Country Experiences Program

(Kelowna, BC) The BC Wine Institute (BCWI) has teamed up with Visa Infinite to create the ultimate wine touring program for cardholders. Giving special benefits at 19 BC wineries, including complimentary tastings, exclusive winery experiences, discounts and more, the program also features two winery dinners with award winning chefs at Okanagan wineries Mission Hill Family Estate and Tinhorn Creek Vineyards.

19 BC wineries have partnered with the BCWI and Visa Infinite to offer the...

BC Wine Institute Announces New Board of Directors

(Kelowna, BC) Following a successful annual general meeting, the BC Wine Institute (BCWI) is pleased to announce its new board of directors. The seven voting BCWI board members represent British Columbia wineries of all sizes, including large wineries (selling more than 700,000 litres annually), medium wineries (selling more than 90,000 litres annually), and the many small wineries.

Ingo Grady of Mission Hill Family Estate Winery (large winery), Shaun Everest of Tinhorn Creek...

BC Wine Institute and Tourism BC Release Comprehensive 2012 British Columbia Winery Touring Guide

May 16, 2012, (Kelowna, BC) - The BC Wine Institute (BCWI) and Tourism BC, as part of the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, have partnered to release the definitive British Columbia Winery Touring Guide, just in time for your wine country vacation planning!

Unlike the majority of wine touring maps in the market, the 2012 BC Winery Touring Guide offers the complete list of wineries, including grape, fruit, cider, etc. around the province. “Prior to the release of the 2012 BC...

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