The Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in British Columbia Wines were established in 2003 to recognize excellence in the province’s wine industry. All wineries in British Columbia are welcome to submit up to four of their wines for blind judging by a panel of wine industry professionals. The wines submitted must be made from 100% British Columbian grown grapes and produced in province to be eligible. Since its inception, the program has grown steadily each year. In 2016, 504 wines were submitted from 135 wineries in British Columbia.
Each year, the call for entries goes out in early March. Wineries have until late May to submit their entry form and send the wine to Government House for judging. Judging by respected professionals takes place in mid-June and the winners are announced shortly thereafter. The Lieutenant Governor later visits the winning wineries and presents the awards. The list of previous winners is available here.
The Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards are supported by the Government House Foundation.