Economic Impact of BC Wine Industry

The BC Wine Industry contributes $2.8 billion annually to British Columbia’s economy.

Each year, BC’s wineries welcome more than 1,000,000 visitors.
BC VQA Wine continues to be the second-best selling category in BC, with greater than 17% of the market (litre sales), behind only British Columbia non-VQA wine (i.e. includes 100% BC wines, and International Blend from Imported and Domestic Wines).


NUMBER OF WINERIES:

  • 277 licensed grape wine wineries in British Columbia (total 359 licensed wineries)
  • 167 are members of the BCWI
  • BCWI membership represents 94% of BC VQA Wine sales in British Columbia

OFFICIAL WINE REGIONS (Geographical Indications):


EMERGING GRAPE WINE REGIONS:


NUMBER OF VINEYARDS:

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


GRAPE VARIETIES PRODUCED:

80+


TOP 10 WHITE VARIETIES (by acreage planted):

  • Pinot Gris
  • Chardonnay
  • Gewürztraminer
  • Riesling
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Pinot Blanc
  • Viognier
  • Ortega
  • Ehrenfelser
  • Blattner Whites

TOP 10 RED VARIETIES (by acreage planted):

  • Merlot
  • Pinot Noir
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Syrah (Shiraz)
  • Gamay Noir
  • Maréchal Foch
  • Malbec
  • Petit Verdot
  • Zweigelt

RATIO OF WHITE TO RED

49% to 51%