B.C. Wine Facts

Backgrounder

April 19, 2018 – Victoria, British Columbia – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the BC Ministry of Agriculture

  • B.C. is home to 929 vineyards, including more than 350 licensed wineries
  • There are 4,130 hectares of wine grapes grown in B.C.
  • More than 60 grape varietals are produced in the province, including Merlot, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gewürztraminer, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Riesling, and Sauvignon Blanc.
  • In 2016, B.C. wine exports increased 4 per cent over the previous year to $9.7 million shipped to 17 international markets.
  • The top international markets for B.C. wine in 2016 were China (54 per cent), Taiwan (23 per cent) and the US (11 per cent).
  • B.C.’s wine industry employs about 12,000 people, and has an economic impact of $2.8 billion annually on our province’s economy.

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