Wine Regions

British Columbia is the main Geographical Indicator (GI) under the Regulation and can only to be used on certified BC Wines.

The province of British Columbia is home to a number of grape growing regions, producing a wide range of wine styles. Explore each of the regions by clicking the maps below. As more sub-geographical indications (sub-GIs) are identified, they will be noted here.

Geographical indications on wine labels indicate the area where the grapes were sourced, and not the physical location of the winery. For example, a winery in the Fraser Valley may have “Okanagan Valley” on a label if the grapes came from an Okanagan Valley vineyard.   A Sub-GI must always be used with the main GI (other than British Columbia)  More information on labels can be found here.

“British Columbia” it is also a Geographical Indicator (GI) under the Regulation. The GI Britsh Columbia may be used when grapes come from several different main GI’s. British Columbia can only be used on certified BC Wines, otherwise only “Product of Canada” may be used on the label.

Geographical Indications

Sub-Geographical Indications Of The Okanagan Valley

Sub-Geographical Indications Of Vancouver Island




The earliest record of wine grapes being planted in BC is 1907.

Currently about 11,000.

Currently about 200.

BC VQA panels run about every two weeks anywhere from one to four sessions or up to 55 wines/session. For more information please see “What is BC VQA?”

The BCWA sends LDB an approval list of certified BC VQA products about every two weeks on the Friday before noon. Wineries can follow up directly with LDB. For more information please see “Industry Resources – LDB”

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