B.C. government provides $30,000 in funding for provincial wine industry guide

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      A new guide about B.C. wine is being created to help new vineyard and winery operators throughout the province.

      The B.C. government announced on October 26 that it will be providing the B.C. Wine Grape Council with $30,000 in funding for the development of an industry resource guide.

      “As a vineyard co-founder myself, I know this diverse industry is more than a career. It’s a lifestyle, and you have to wear many hats to be successful,” B.C. Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham stated in a news release. “The industry can be complicated for new growers and people wanting to be part of the wine industry. The information in this guide will help new grape farmers and vintners develop a path from quality grapes to award-winning B.C. wines.”

      The guide will include information and links to agency, organizations, and associations related to the B.C. grape and wine industries; supplier and service resources; business information and tips, including considerations about entering the industry; and regulatory agency information, including links to forms, licensing, and contracts.

      The guide will be available on the B.C. Wine Grape Council website in 2020.

      According to the provincial government, B.C. produces over 50 different grape varieties and B.C. wineries garnered over 2,000 medals in national and international competitions in 2017.

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