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A column by the BC Wine Institute which represents 119 winery members and 17 grape growing partners.The partners represent 95% of the province’s total wine production and produce 88% of wine production made from 100% B.C. grapes.

Inside this issue we continue to Celebrate 60 Years of Innovation from Orchard & Vine Magazine, with some historic Innovations from the 1960s. We also feature new Innovative products, ideas and methods. We visit Rhonda Driediger at Driediger Farms an Read more

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Spring is here and with it brings the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society’s Spring Wine Festival, taking place across the Okanagan from May 1 – May 12, 2019. The Spring Wine Festival will feature over 90 wine-centric events, including five signature even Read more

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Following another successful BC Wine Industry Insight Conference (March 12, 2019 at the Penticton Lakeside Resort, Penticton), the BC Wine Institute is pleased to announce the launch of the WineBC2030 long-term strategic plan. Read more

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Wineries are in the hospitality business, and the words “hospitality”, “welcome” and “services” are sometimes used synonymously. Read more

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Ask Dick Cleave, one of the South Okanagan’s leading vineyard managers for over 44 years, to recommend a white grape variety, he answers without hesitation: Sauvignon Blanc. Read more

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Summerland’s Bottleneck Drives 24 tasting rooms will open for the 2019 season on April 20, 21 and 22; and visitors will be the first to taste their newest releases of wine, cider, beer and spirits. Read more

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The BC Wine Institute (BCWI) welcomes the return of April BC Wine Month with a series of wine tastings, educational seminars, promotions and events province-wide to celebrate the quality and diversity of BC wine! Read more

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On November 15, the BC Wine Institute held its 12th Annual Winemakers & Viticulturalists' Forum at Walnut Beach Resort in Osoyoos. Led by Master of Wine Rhys Pender, 85 winemakers and viticulturalists from around the province gathered to discuss the Read more

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Start your New Year off right with 15% savings on tickets to Wines of British Columbia's legendary Chef Meets BC Grape events. Relish premium dishes prepared by award-winning Chefs and world-class BC VQA Wine pairings from across British Columbia’s d Read more

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Harvest

Photo by Lionel Trudel

Wine grape growers had to stay on top of their vine management in order to have a solid season according to the experience of Val Tait, general manager and winemaker with Bench 1775 on the Naramata Bench. She knows full well there are no two identica Read more

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The Wines of British Columbia were put to the ultimate test at the fourth annual Judgment of BC on October 24, pitting 12 BC Wines against 12 acknowledged global benchmarks. Read more

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Inside the Fall 2018 issue of Orchard & Vine Magazine we have stories about people who have taken big leaps, they’ve had dreams and taken action. Industry veteran Harry McWatters and his new Time Winery, Ian MacDonald, President of Liquidity Wines an Read more

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It was about learning first hand from winery-goers what keeps bringing them back. This was the passion behind the BC Wine Institute’s second annual Best of BC Wine Country Awards, which called on the public to vote on their top picks from the Wines o Read more

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Across the South Thompson River from the aptly named Lion’s Head Bench sits a winery with distinctive (or perhaps dubious) origins. It’s not so much the roots of Kamloops-based Monte Creek Ranch Winery that raise an eyebrow or two, but the link the l Read more

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On a dare by a friend at UBC, Gene Covert planted two acres of Zinfandel in 2007-8 with a line-up of other varieties in Coyote vineyard, a 30 acre block on a plateau directly south of McIntyre Bluff. Covert Farm’s 600 acre property which also include Read more

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Growing Zinfandel in the Okanagan can be challenging, according to James. “Because the clusters are so big and tightly packed, they are prone to rot, especially with overhead irrigation,” he says. “They do much better with drip irrigation. Because of Read more

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Soon after Stephen Wyse, co-owner of Young & Wyse, planted two acres of Zinfandel sourced from Vintage Nursery in California in 2008. Read more

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A new rendition of Rustico Farm & Cellars, this quirky boutique winery includes a 12-acre vineyard called South Rock, the most southerly in the Golden Mile Bench sub-appellation. Read more

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The annual Canada trade tasting has become one of the most anticipated tastings in the UK wine trade calendar. Over the last few years it has grown to include a broad spread of wineries from British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec. Read more

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The Summer issue features the Berry field battle against weevils & larvae, the new Martin's Lane Winery and Mission Hill Family Estate transitioning to Organic. Get the latest on both the BCFGA and the BCWI. Read more

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With several 2015 wines now on shelves, we know that the quality is excellent, but how much of it is there to go around? It has been two years since the BC Wine Industry had a crop report, but finally the 2015 BC Wine Grape Crop Report was released. Read more

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A very hot, dry summer brought an early harvest across the province and, despite the challenges that the extreme heat brought, the 2015 vintage has resulted in exceptional wines in all of British Columbia’s wine regions. Read more

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Miradoro Restaurant at Tinhorn Creek Winery Charcuterie Plate

Photo by Kirsten Walkal

Wine tourism in BC is on the rise, reporting a record high in visitors and sales this year, and gaining accolades as a world-class wine destination from publications and wine critics around the world. Read more

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Wine Industry Maturing - Growing Quality Rather than Acreage is the Focus in BC's Vineyards. The 2014 Wine Grape Acreage Report has been released and it shows signs of maturity for British Columbia's burgeoning wine industry. Read more

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After several arduous years fraught with challenging vintages, hard winters and overall reduced crops, it is a pleasure to see that harvest levels are returning to normal. Read more

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After a few years of harrowing vintages, the 2012 vintage was a return to a more normal growing season. Growers across British Columbia welcomed warmer temperatures and good growing conditions, ideal for BC VQA wines. Read more

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December 2012: The successful Vinos Wine Film Festival was featured at Whistler’s 16th annual celebration of food and wine, Cornucopia, held November 7 to 11, 2012. Read more

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Fall 2012: With summer over, the B.C. wine industry is preparing a great vintage. To celebrate the excellent 2012 growing year, wineries throughout the province have been preparing for wine festivals to celebrate the fall red wine release. Read more

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Summer 2012: With several 2011 wines now on shelves, we know that the quality is excellent, but how much of it is there to go around? Read more

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If you experienced the 2011 vintage, you may have a few more gray hairs than you did at the beginning of the growing season. 2011 was one of the coolest vintages on record, reminiscent of the harrowing 1999 vintage. Read more

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Nearly two months after the second-earliest start on record for the Icewine harvest, Mother Nature has once again provided us with the sub-zero temperatures required to produce the “liquid gold.” Read more

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