Welcome to the Okanagan's BC VQA Wine Shop
You will find over 700 BC VQA wines from local wineries. We offer something for every taste and budget. With daily tastings you can always discover a new favourite to enjoy and share. Check our Events page for guest wineries who often come in and pour their wines.
The staff at the BC Wine Info Centre offer excellent customer service and knowledge about local wines. Staff love to share their wine passion and are happy to assist in making selections for any event, dinner or occasion. Regardless of your budget and we can offer expertise on putting together a selection to your liking whether you are drinking the wines today, or putting them away to cellar.
Planning a dinner, and not sure what wines to pair it with? Drop in, let's discuss your menu and set you up with perfect pairings.
Going out to tour local wineries? Stop in before you go and we can share a few wine tasting tips with you. Don't' forget to have some snacks with you, we have picnic bags, local cheeses and other gourmet goodies to take along as you tour. Stop in at the end of your day to top up your selections, and grab a chilled bottle from the fridge to take home.
We also have a selection of fortified wines (Port-style) and Late Harvest wines, and don't forget about Canada's specialty - Icewine!
What is BC VQA?
"In short, BC VQA stands for "British Columbia Vintners' Quality Alliance". The BC VQA program is an "appellation of origin" system, similar to the AOC and DOC systems utilized in France and Italy respectively. The BC VQA system guarantees origin and ensures that qualifying wines meet certain minimum quality requirements.
Wines made from 100% BC grapes are submitted to the BCWA [BC Wine Authority] by participating wineries for a taste assessment to determine if the wine meets BC VQA requirements. Assessments are conducted by taste panels comprised of trained taste assessors, independent of the wine and grape growing industries, who assess each wine by smell and taste to ensure the wines are free from those potential faults specified in the Regulation. Our panels assessed well over 1600 BC wines in 2014.