One of British Columbia's most beloved gastronomic products is its distinct, delicious wine. Dating back to the mid-1850s, wine production was historically centralized in the lush Okanagan Valley. However, the vines have spread to various other areas of the southern province and islands in recent years. This Vancouver wine tour, in the company of a passionate Canadian sommelier, will explore these traditions and current trends through tasting some of the province's best wines.
Vancouver Wine Tour
Our experience will begin at the city's gastronomic hub: Granville Island. Here we'll visit a local wine shop with a diverse selection of local wines, where we'll learn some of the foundations and history of winemaking in British Columbia and the outlying wine regions. We'll also discuss what makes the wines of the province so unique, some of the best produced on the continent.
We'll then jump on the bus for a short trip to English Bay, where we'll settle into a trendy new restaurant and wine bar with a comprehensive regional wine list. We'll get comfortable at a reserved table on the beautiful patio with a fabulous view of the ocean and sunset, offering us a lovely setting to further our oenologic exploration. Then, we'll sample a few wines from smaller boutique wineries, with a flight of 3-5 wines including 1 white, 1 rosé, and 1-2 reds. The restaurant could be the perfect place to carrying on the evening after our tasting, or our docent can make some recommendations for other hotspots in the area.
This insider look at British Columbia wines will teach us about the region's winemaking traditions and allow us to discover some top large and lesser-known producers.
Feel free to indicate any special requests in the trip notes. We can organize a range of exclusive events
around wine in addition to winery visits, please contact us for further details.
What is the drinking age in British Columbia?
The legal drinking age in British Columbia is 19.
What is included in the tasting fee?
We will include tastings of various wines as well as light food pairings. Please note that BC wines are among the most expensive to produce; a shorter growing season in a challenging climate results in small batches of grapes and smaller quantities of production.