In 2003, B.C. was home to just 81 wineries. Now, the province has 273 wineries and over 900 vineyards, creating about 10,000 jobs in the wine and grape industry, and contributing around $2 billion dollars per year to B.C.’s economy.
Maggie Anderson, marketing director at the British Columbia Wine Institute said the wine industry is successful because they make a high quality product.
Recent changes in liquor laws that allow some grocery stores to carry BC VQA wines have also given a push to the industry. In late April, grocery stores will bid for the opportunity to apply for a licence to sell alcohol that will be auctioned off through BC Auction. These grocery stores will be required to pay a $25,000 deposit per licence.