Quick Facts

 


Number of wineries
277 licensed grape wine wineries in British Columbia (346 total licensed wineries). 158 are members of the BCWI. BCWI membership represents 94% of total grape wine sales and 94% of total BC VQA Wine sales in British Columbia. 

Five wine regions (designated viticultural areas / geographical indicators)
Okanagan Valley
Similkameen Valley
Fraser Valley
Vancouver Island
Gulf Islands

Emerging Regions:
Shuswap
North Okanagan
Thompson Nicola
West Kootenays

 

Number of vineyards
929 vineyards with more than 10,260 acres of planted land
(wineries and independent growers)

 

Grape varietals produced
 80+

   

Top ten white varietals (by acreage planted)
Pinot Gris
Chardonnay
Gewürztraminer
Riesling
Sauvignon Blanc
Pinot Blanc
Viognier
Ortega
Ehrenfelser
Blattner Whites

 

Top ten red varietals (by acreage planted)
Merlot
Pinot Noir
Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Franc
Syrah (Shiraz)
Gamay Noir
Marechal Foch
Malbec
Petit Verdot
Zweigelt

   

Ratio of White to Red
49% to 51%

 

Harvest and Estimated Production  

Fiscal Year
Ended (Mar31)
Harvest
(short tons – 2,000 lbs)
Production (litres, est.)
 
 
 
2015
32,848
21,351,200
2014 35,700 23,205,000
2013
31,384
20,399,470
2012
27,257
17,717,200
2011
22,722
14,769,300
2010
17,778
11,555,700
2009
19,879
12,921,350
2008
22,275
15,046,763
2007
19,777
13,394,757
2006
20,369
13,802,563
2005
14,084
8,450,400
2004
16,642
9,985,200
2003
16,897
10,138,200
2002
15,523
9,313,800
2001
14,137
8,482,200
2000
10,022
6,013,200
1999
10,957
6,574,200
1998
10,188
6,112,800
1997
6,603
2,961,800
1996
6,102
3,661,200
1995
8,108
4,864,800

 

Grape Acreage (fiscal year ended Mar31)

2014
10,260
2011
9,866
2008
9,100
2006
6,632
2004
5,462
1999
4,200
1994
2,149
1990
1,476
 
 

Value of 2012 grape crop (Estimated)
$59,375,333.38 Cdn

 

Growth in Number of Grape Wineries (fiscal year ended Mar31)

2016
257
2015
251
2014
232
2013
217
2012
212
2011
201
2010
182
2009
170
2008
154
2007
134
2006
131
2005
119
2004
102
2003
87
2002
74
2001
66
2000
60
1995
32
1990
17
 
 
BC VQA Share of BC Market

BC VQA wine continues to be the second-best selling category in BC, with approximately 17 per cent (litre sales) of the market, ahead of all wine-importing countries, and behind only British Columbia non-VQA wines (including 100% BC wines, and "Bottled in British Columbia – From International and Domestic Wine").  
 

Icewine  

844 tons harvested in 2014, yielding an estimated 253,200 litres. 

960 tons harvested in 2013, yielding an estimated 288,000 litres.

476 tons harvested in 2012, yielding an estimated 142,800 litres.

670 tons harvested in 2011, yielding an estimated 201,000 litres.   

419 tons harvested in 2010, yielding an estimated 125,000 litres.

232 tons harvested in 2009, yielding an estimated 70,000 litres.

420 tons harvested in 2008, yielding an estimated 126,000 litres.

515 tons harvested in 2007, yielding an estimated 155,000 litres.

500 tons harvested in 2006, yielding an estimated 150,000 litres.

253.4 tons harvested in 2005, yielding an estimated 76,020 litres.

525 tons harvested in 2004, yielding an estimated 157,500 litres.

Top varietals are Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Vidal, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Gewürztraminer.

 
Growth in BC VQA Sales in BC (all channels)
Fiscal Year Ended (Mar31)
Dollar Value
Litres
Dollar Increase
in %
Litre Increase
in %
$/Litre
$/750ml *
2016
N/A
10,791,025
N/A
12.5
N/A
N/A
2015
254,511,326 
10,791,025
12.1
12.5
23.59
17.69
2014
227,133,147
9,591,068
11.0
11.9
23.68
17.76
2013
204,636,937 
8,573,988
3.1
3.7
23.87
17.90
2012
198,520,410
8,266,209
1.9
-1.0
24.02
18.01
2011
194,733,472
8,351,947
6.0
6.4
23.32
17.49
2010
183,754,152
7,846,642
12.5
16.5
23.42
17.56
2009
163,331,858
6,733,048
4.2
2.1
24.26
18.19
2008
156,730,109
6,594,213
3.6
-2.8
23.77
17.83
2007
151,220,894
6,783,234
7.0
4.8
22.29
16.72
2006
141,390,804
6,472,816
23
16
21.84
16.38
2005
114,891,745
5,571,100
25
18
20.62
15.47
2004
91,998,375
4,728,612
11
12
19.46
14.59
2003
83,051,239
4,233,458
18
14
19.62
14.71
2002
70,418,708
3,717,452
22
24
18.94
14.21
2001
57,638,465
2,999,807
18
16
19.21
14.41
2000
48,740,017
2,585,217
16
7
18.85
14.14
1999
42,143,199
2,420,599
6
4.2
17.41
13.06
1998
39,758,907
2,324,068
23
11
17.11
12.83
1997
32,397,296
2,093,324
3.4
3
15.48
11.61
1996
31,321,592
2,035,877
32
15
15.38
11.54
1995
23,666,799
1,775,580
55
38
13.33
10.00
1994
15,306,430
1,289,672
45
32
11.87
8.90
1993
10,559,586
977,030
54
31
10.81
8.11
1992
6,846,183
748,196
-
-
9.15
6.86

BC LDB no longer provides sales data in dollars, effective April 01, 2015.

Source: BC Wine Institute from data from the BCLDB

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