BCFG Releases Vineyard Stats for 2014 Growing Season


Things are going slow but steady in British Columbia. 
The region's agricultural body, the British Columbia Fruit Growers' Association, analyzed the region's vineyards and grape production in their Winter 2014-2015 edition of British Columbia Fruit Growers Magazine.
“Merlot is still the most-planted grape variety in B.C. Followed by Pinto Gris, but Pinot Noir has replaced Chardonnay as the third most planted,” reported Judie Steeves wrote in the article. “And although grape acreage is increasing still, that growth has slowed.”
According to Steeves' article, British Columbia's wine region boasted 10,260 acres (4,152 ha) of wine grapes. The number is an encouraging sign, she wrote, because it represents a 4.1 percent increase from the region's 2011 numbers. 
Though the figures from this past year show a continued increase in acreage, Steeves noted the rate growth has slowed since 2008. Up until 2008, acreage totals grew by double digits for six consecutive years.
The British Columbia Fruit Growers story also covered the region's number of wineries, which totaled 929 in 2014. Nearly 70 percent of those vineyards were winery-owned or leased, the story said.
“There are 254 grape wineries in the province, up 21 percent from 210 in 2011,” Steeves wrote.
In terms of British Columbia's wine regions and its vineyards, the Okanagan Valley takes the top prize for B.C.'s most prolific wine region – 84 percent of B.C.'s vineyards are located in Okanagan.
When it comes to which grapes are found in the area's vineyards, Merlot, as Steeves pointed out earlier in the story, takes the proverbial cake. 
“The top 10 wine grape varieties in that total acreage are: Merlot, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gewurztraminer, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Riesling and Suavignon Blanc,” she wrote.
The numbers indicate not much has changed in B.C.'s top-grape numbers, save for the modest rise of pinot noir and cabernet franc.
As for the white wines the region produces – pinot gris, chardonnay and gerwuztraminer rule the region's roost while riesling, sauvignon blanc, pinot blanc and viognier follow behind. 
“More than 31 other varietals make up the rest, but 98 percent in total are viniferas,” Steeves wrote.
The article also provided projections of wine production this year. 
“With current planted acreage, the potential wine production is forecast to increase from 20,855,450 liters to 21,557,800 liters in 2015,” Steeves wrote. 

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  • WE may be small, but damn some of the wines are amazing.

    Mar 01, 2015 at 8:15 PM

  • Snooth User: James Duren
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    One of the joys of these stories is we get to peer inside parts of the world we many not otherwise know....in this case, BC wines! Okanagan Valley is showing some real promise.

    Mar 02, 2015 at 9:51 AM

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