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British Columbia

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Located four hours east from the city of Vancouver and north of the 49° latitude, British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley and Similkameen Valley, where most of British Columbia’s grapes are grown, have a unique combination of extreme heat and cold that result in intense fruit-driven, fresh and structured wines. The wines of British Columbia depend on the heat from the sun to create intense flavors, and the cool nights to preserve the natural acidity that allow the wines to remain fresh and lively.

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Region

1,130 hectares of growing area

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People

280 licensed grape growers

929 vineyards

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Production

21,351,200 liters of wine shipped (2015)

984,948 liters of wine exported (2016)

$1.5 million total sales annually

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Impact

12,000 full time jobs

1 million annual visitors

$600 million economic impact

from tourism

$2.8 billion economic contribution to British Columbia's economy

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Primary Grape Varietals

Merlot

Pinot Noir

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Franc

Syrah/Shiraz

Pinot Gris

Chardonnay Riesling

Sauvignon Blanc

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Unique Fact 
An often-forgotten fact about British Columbia wine regions is that significant altitude is involved. Vineyards range from around 300 metres altitude near Osoyoos up to around 600 metres for some hillside vineyards near the town of Oliver. The Similkameen vineyards range from about 400 to 480 metres. In many countries, these would be considered high-altitude vineyards, yet another extreme in the diversity of British Columbia’s terroir.
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