Despite 2011 being one of the coolest vintages on record, the 2011BDO BC Wine Grape Crop Report shows that the total tonnage* hasincreased by a whopping 28% over last year, from 17,732 tons in2010, to 22,722 tons in 2011. According to BCWI Director and BC Grapegrowers" AssociationPast-President Manfred Freese of Sun Ridge Vineyard in Osoyoos,"In spite of the large tonnage increase over last year, thecrop levels are actually simply returning to normal industrylevels, yielding approximately 80% of the potential crop." The increase in tonnage over 2010 is certainly good news forconsumers who want to get their hands on more BC wines, but it didcome as a bit of a surprise because of the challenging growingconditions. Valeria Tait, viticulturalist for Poplar Grove Wineryin Naramata noted "I wasn"t confident we would fullyripen all blocks until [October]." Even with the tumultuousstart to the vintage, the hot, dry weather at the end of Augustthrough September accelerated growth and vintners were very happywith the overall grape quality. "Flavour development [was]late to start, but the change in the fruit [was] remarkably fastand we are happy with the flavours," said Tait. |
Many 2011 BC VQA white wines have already hit store shelves to highpraise, and, although winemakers agree that vintage 2011 wasparticularly exceptional for the whites, the 2011 reds (most ofwhich won"t be released until 2013) are also showing greatpromise. Sandra Oldfield, Winemaker and CEO of Tinhorn CreekVineyards in Oliver, noted that the quality of the red wines stemsfrom phenolic ripeness occurring before the grapes reached optimalsugar levels, which allowed for winemakers to pick earlier and atlower sugar levels, which resulted in lower alcohol wines with noloss of flavour development. BCWI Executive Director Miles Prodan notes that local consumerscontinue to show their support for BC VQA wines with their wallets."Despite the fact that BC VQA wine sales are slightly down interms of volume, dollar sales and average purchase prices continueto increase, demonstrating that consumers continue to see theexceptional quality and value of our 100% BC VQA wines." The 2011 BDO BC Wine Grape Crop Report was compiled confidentiallyby BDO Canada LLP from volunteered information collected from 119wineries across the province. "Through compiling the WineGrape Crop Report since 2008, we have been fortunate to be able toexpand our knowledge of industry issues and increase ourappreciation of the determination and efforts of BC"sgrapegrowers, winemakers and proprietors," states KenDavidson, Partner with BDO.
"BDO is proud to support the BCWine Industry." To view the complete report, visit press_room/publications *Tonnage reported in short tons. Participation in this survey isvoluntary and unaudited, therefore the tonnages and prices reportedmay differ from actual industry results and are meant as a guideonly.
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