BC Wine Institute


The British Columbia Wine Institute (BCWI) was created by an act of the provincial legislature, the BC Wine Act, in 1990. It was conceived as a component of a strategic plan of industry and government to create an internationally competitive wine industry. The strategy included the removal of labrusca and hybrid grape varieties and replanting vineyards to vinifera varietals, establishing an industry based on premium wine production.

Until the introduction of the BCWA, the BCWI oversaw the development of the VQA program and conducted research and development (R&D) on behalf of the industry.

In 2006 the BCWI members voted to become a voluntary trade association with member fees to be based on BC wine sales with the mandate to establish the Wines of British Columbia (BC VQA) as the preferred premium wine brand; create a business climate that encourages investment in the quality of BC wines; and assist members to realize their full potential and provide leadership on key industry issues. The VQA program and the regulatory oversight was transferred to the BC Wine Authority and the Research & Development and Health & Safety committees moved to the BC Wine Grape Council, a nonā€profit industry body with the mandate to conduct research to advance the local wine industry.