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					British Columbia Wine Association


          Andy Johnston
WHAT IT IS

 A not-for-profit society
 Mandate to administer the “Wines of Marked Quality
 Program”
CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS
Four Goals:
1. All member wineries have a voice in the choice of
   both the Board of Directors and the Advisory
   Committee
2. Board of Directors to be independent of the wine and
   grape industry
3. Industry has a defined vehicle for putting forward
   proposals for regulation and governance
4. The governance structure reflects all wine regions
   and sizes of wineries.
WHAT IT IS NOT

 It is not a controlling body in the manner of
  Appellation Contrôlée and D O C G

 It does not tell you which grapes to plant or where and
  it does not tell you how to make your wine or how
  much alcohol you can have in your wine.

 There is an allowed varieties list; this is extensive and
  is amenable to change.
MEMBERSHIP

 All wineries meeting the standards of practice
  guidelines are entitled to join.
 The guidelines are available in the regulations, see
  later
 Membership allows the wineries to make, and label as
  such “Wines of Distinction in BC”
 If you are not a member you cannot use any of the
  geographic identities on your label, such as “Vancouver
  Island”
BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 There were 5 directors originally appointed who got
 the BCWA and its Regulations up and running. Their
 term expired Sept 30th 2008.

 There is now a board of 3 , none of which have any
 connection to the wine industry, thus avoiding any
 chance of conflict of interest
BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 The current Board consists of
   Jeffrey Thomas, Chairman
   Hugh Gordon
   Dr. Layne Marshall


 This board directs the General Manager who currently
 looks after the day-to-day operations; he is John H
 Nixon.
THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE:
WIAC

The role of the WIAC is to:

 Recruit and recommend the members of the Board


 Recommend changes to the regulations as necessary


 Liaise between the industry and the Board.
SELECTION OF THE WIAC

   This committee has 5 members each representing
    different areas and factions within the wine industry
         Large wineries                [ over 1250 tons annually]
         Medium sized wineries         [ 250 to 1250 tons]
         Okanagan and Similkameen
         Fraser Valley and other wine areas
         Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.


   Members of the committee to be elected at the AGM
    with a term of 3 years.
CURRENT MEMBERS WIAC
 Tyler Galts, Quails Gate       (Medium sized wineries)

 Eugene Kwan, Domain de Chaberton (Fraser Valley)


 Jeff Martin, La Frenz      (Okanagan-Similkameen)

 Derek Kontkanen, Jackson-Triggs       (Large wineries)

 Andy Johnston, Averill Creek            (Wine islands)
THE REGULATION

 The Wines of Marked Quality Regulation came into
 force August 2005.

 The BCWA was formed to implement this regulation
OVERVIEW

 A BC wine of distinction is a wine made from 100%
  grapes from one of 6 areas.
 Must be completely processed in BC
 The producer must have a practice standards
  certificate and a wine quality certificate
 This wine can be designated as “Made in BC”
CERTIFICATION

Practice standards certificate is issued when

   A winery is licensed by the LBD


   Complies with the standards and keeps records that can
    be audited by the BCWA
WINE QUALITY CERTIFICATE

This is BC VQA. This wine meets the following
standards and shows evidence of:

      Alcohol strength
      Acid level as TA
      Volatile acidity
      Total so2
      Residual sugar
TASTE PANEL

 This is currently the major role of the BCWA.
 It organises and runs the VQA panels
 There are 6 judges on each panel
 They are trained by the BCWA to conduct blind
  tastings and do a subjective sensory evaluation of the
  wines.
 These judges cannot have any connection to any
  wineries or wine producers to avoid conflict of interest
TERMS FOR A WINE

 Table wines


 Sparkling wines, many types


 Fortified Wine
ALLOWABLE TERMS FOR A WINERY

 Vintage year may be used if 95% were grown in that
 year

 Name of the winery may be used if the name is
 registered with the BCWA and 100% of the grapes used
 were grown in that vineyard

 Estate may be used if the bottler holds a practice
 standard certificate and has completed all the steps
 from growing to bottling on land the bottler controls.
GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATIONS
 GI’s can only be used on BC wines of distinction
 produced by a winery in BC that has applied for a
 licence prior to Dec 31 2006

 Wineries registering after that date can only use GI’s
 on wines that meet the requirements for a BC VQA
 designation.

 After Dec 31 2020 ALL wineries can only use GI’s on BC
 VQA wines
FEES
 Practice Standards
 Certificate           $10.00 per short ton per year

 Wine quality
 Certificate           $25.00 per production unit

 BC VQA test          $100.00 per sample

 Audit                To be decided
STANDARDS AND REGULATIONS
LABELLING AND PACKAGING

 See website, etc
ADDITIONAL DUTIES OF THE BCWA
THE FUTURE

 The development of the BC VQA as a marketing tool
  with integrity and transparency
 The role of the BCWI and its control of the VQA wine
  shop licenses
 The role of the audit
 Penalties for wineries who are deemed to be in
  contravention of the regulations
British Columbia Wine Association


           Andy Johnston

				
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