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Domaine de Caberton Langley
Domaine de Chaberton Langley

British Columbia's Fraser Valley

Fraser Valley is the section of the Fraser River basin in southwestern British Columbia downstream of the Fraser Canyon. After descending through the rapids of the Fraser Canyon, the Fraser River emerges almost at sea level at Yale, over 100 kms inland. The river passes through some of the most fertile agricultural land in British Columbia—as well as the heart of the Greater Vancouver region—on its way through the valley to the mouth at Georgia Strait.

During the last ice age, the area that would become the Fraser Valley was covered by a sheet of ice, walled in by the surrounding mountains. As the ice receded, land that had been covered by glaciers became covered by water instead, then slowly rose above the water, forming the basin that exists today. The valley is the largest landform of the Lower Mainland eco region.

This website for reference only refers to the wineries located in the south-west portion of the British Columbia, starting with Hope and the area through which the mighty Fraser River winds its way down to the Sea. The wineries now extend from Delta near the Ocean to Chilliwack near the foothills of the Coastal Mountain range

Our 2014 Valley Tour



Artisan Sakemaker at Granville Island


1339 Railspur Alley,
Vancouver, BC V6H 4G9





This was Canada’s first sake house when it opened in 2007. Even the minority who knew something about sake likely had never seen how this iconic Japanese rice wine is made.  You can watch the entire process in the open kitchen concept. Masa Shiroki, the soft-spoken owner , diminutive evangelist of sake, never tires of explaining the process.*

Their product is Osake. Osake is the first "fresh premium"Junmai Sake [Namazake] of its kind produced in Canada. Fermented from top-quality Japanese sakamai, then hand-pressed and hand-bottled, Osake is left unfiltered to optimize its fresh, delicate, fruit-like aromas and flavours. Unlike premium sakes imported from Japan, which are typically produced once a year in winter, Osake is made in small batches several times a year in cycles roughly corresponding to the changing of the seasons. This departure from tradition allows Masa to explore and produce versatile wines that complement the varied in-season bounty of our local west coast cuisine-from fish and shellfish in spring and summer to heat-warming braises and stews in fall and winter

Products are Osake Junmai Nama, Junmai Nama Nigori, and Junmai Nama Gonshu


Sakemaker: Masa Shiroki




Backyard Vineyards

3033 – 232nd Street
Langley, BC V2Z 3A8



In April 2013 the Neck of the Woods Winery changed their name to Backyard Vineyards Proprietor Ewen Stewart has made a living in real estate development ever since his fourth year at the University of Manitoba. He purchased the former G  Winery in 2007. Ewen also owns Pepin Brook Vineyards (Backyard Vineyards) The large facilities at Neck of the Woods a 20,000-case winery that had been making between 2,500 and 5,000 cases per year allows Ewen to produce his Pepin Brook wines there while  the winery is being built

Backyard Vineyards is excited to have Tom DiBello as their consulting winemaker for Neck of the Woods and Backyard Vineyards wines. Mark Wendenburg has also joined the winemaking team and will spear the sparkling program at Neck of the Woods. Mark Wendenburg is a household name in the Canadian wine making industry for his winemaking role with Sumac Estate Winery for nearly two decades. David Chaisson is the assistant winemaker who works with the wines in the cellar on a daily basis. David brings a host of experience working in several Okanagan wineries and has been a key member of the winemaking team since 2010. David is known for his exceptional pallet and passion for wine

Signature wines Pinot Gris, Nosey Neighbour white, Meritage, Zweigelt,

Winemaker : James Cambridge



Blackwood Lane Vineyards & Winery

25180 8th Avenue
Langley, BC





As wine lovers, they realized that people in the Greater Vancouver area had to travel to the Okanagan Valley in order to acquire the best wines of the province, so they decided to bring the wines to them. Accordingly, they set up their boutique winery in the heart of the Fraser Valley wine corridor, only minutes from Vancouver, on 12.2 acres of the most beautiful south facing slopes in the area.

Blackwood Lane Vineyards & Winery was the dream of Carlos Lee and that of his oenophile partners. Their goal was simple, to produce wines that lived up to their high standards and expectations. Their philosophy is summarized in the Company's motto: “Bonus Vita et Bonus Amici” (Good Life and Good Friends).Charles' residence is on Blackwood Lane so when he first started the winery, his late best friend Bob suggested "Blackwood Lane" and this name was made permanent when Carlos formed the company

Great wines start with great grapes so they secured the best grapes of the Okanagan Valley in the Oliver-Osoyoos area.  This, combined with old fashioned traditional proven techniques (without chemicals or mechanical pumps) and uncompromising quality (using only brand new barriques), creates wines that are winning accolades and praises from wine lovers and connoisseurs all over.


Winemaker: Carlos Lee
Philosophy: Bonus Vita et Bonus Amici” (Good Life and Good Friends)

Signature wines: Flagship is the Sommelier Series "Alliance", a Bordeaux Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Sommelier Series include a single Vineyard Merlot and traditional Cabernet Franc




Blue Heron Fruit Winery

18539 Dewdney Trunk Rd
Pitt Meadows, BC V3Y 2R9



Blue Heron Winery

The winery is located on the north side of the Fraser River opposite The Fort Winery Company. George and Ragna Flynn started farming his property in 1946 opened the winery in 2003 at the age of 84. The name comes from the large number of Blue Herons found in the area.

His 20 acres originally was composed of cranberries and blueberries. George hired Dominic Rivard at The Fort Winery to produce the initial wines for Blue Heron. The wines include Blueberry, Strawberry and Cranberry, as well as dessert wines including peach/apricot; also a very sweet, very smooth iced apple dessert wine.


Winemaker : Richard Flynn

Philosophy:
I have observed during complimentary tastings at our winery that people are pleasantly surprised with our wines. Our winery offers something that appeals to everyone as our fruit wines are diverse in both flavor and sweetness. Our signature blueberry and cranberry wines seem to be especially popular. Working with the different fruits has certainly been a challenge as they have such varied characteristics. Similar to grapes there are significant differences in color, flavor, sugar content and quantity of juice you obtain when pressing different varieties of blueberries.

The blueberry musts are quite easy to prepare as they typically have sufficient nutrient for yeasts and require only sugar and a little acid to be added.  Cranberry juice is very acidic and requires a significant acid reduction and addition of nutrient before yeasts will flourish in the must.  I avoid using essences to achieve fruit flavor, aroma and color in our wines.  I prefer to use lots of fruit as we have more than enough available from our farm.  I always wait with anticipation to see how each batch turns out and then decide the best way to finish it that will best achieve a top quality wine and meet our production needs
Signature wines:

Cranberry Reserve, Blueberry Reserve, Iced Apple




Constantin-Vasilca Winery

1385 Frost Road
Lindell Beach, BC V2R 4X8



Constantin-Vasilca Winery

Nestled on the hillside of the Columbia valley at the south end of Cultus Lake, John Stuyt founded his winery in 1997. He sold the property to Constantin and Vasilica Nemtanu. They purchased the farm to escape the harsh climate and city life of Montreal where they had settle after arriving in Canada from Romania.

Vasilica recruited consultant Ron Taylor to make the wines for her a leading consultant for fruit wines. Velvet Royal made from a blend of raspberry and red currant is very popular. The farm has 7.5 hectares of hazel nuts from which a fortified wines hazelnut liqueur is made.

winemaker: Ron Taylor




Chaberton Estates Winery

1064-216th St.,
Langley, BC V2Z 1R3

The first of the Fraser Valley wineries, Domaine de Chaberton was opened by founder's Claude and Inge Violet. This very successful winery was named after their vineyard that they had owned in France. The Fraser Valley location was selected for its proximity to Vancouver, the micro climate, south facing slope and quality of soil and low rain fall. The winery was sold in 2005 to Anthony Cheng and Eugene Kwan, business partners In 2014 the name was changed to Chaberton Estate Winery

The 55 acre parcel of land produces a selection of vitis vinifera 'cool climate' grapes including their signature wine grape "Bacchus". The first vines planted, these Bacchus plants are now nearing 30 years old! Joining them are: Siegerrebe, Madeleine Sylvaner, Reichensteiner, Madeleine Angevine, Ortega and Gamay Noir.

By combining Anthony's expertise, Consulting Winemaker Dr. Elias Phiniotis' history with Domaine de Chaberton and recently appointed Associate Winemaker, Barbara Hall's history in BC winemaking, a great deal of effort is being spent to ensure only the highest quality wines leave the cellar.

While the majority of the white varietals are grown in Langley, specially selected red wine grapes from vineyards in the Okanagan and Similkameen valleys are used in the red wines.

Home to the Zagat rated "Excellent" Bacchus Bistro, (which overlooks the vineyard), guests can relax and enjoy a vast selection of authentic bistro cuisine prepared fresh daily from only the finest local ingredients. A truly enjoyable and relaxing place to visit.

Open year round, 7 days a week, free winery tours are offer daily from the Onsite Tasting Room/Wine Shop (weather permitting).

 

Winemaker: Barbara Hall, Consultant: Dr Elias Phiniotis
Philosophy:  With dedication to traditional grape growing and using the latest technology available, produce award winning, 100% BC wines.




Isabella Winery

11491 River Road
Richmond, BC V6X 1Z6





Perched along the Fraser River In Richmond close to the city of Vancouver. The winery is owned by Tony Ouyang.
Tony was born in Taipei where there are numerous fruit wineries. He spent time at one learning the trade before moving to North America. On a visit to the Okanagan he gained inspiration from House of Rose owner Vern Rose.

Tony agreed to become the House of Rose distributor to Asian markets. He also suggested that Vern make a dessert
wine tailored to the Asian sweet tooth. The result was Winter Wine  one of  House of Roses most popular wines Tony decided to start his own winery near Vancouver not wishing to move his family. He named after spanish ship that sailed into long before there was a settlement here.

They have a wide rang of wines including fruit wines, grape, desert and icewine


winemaker: Tony Ouyang 
Consultant: Charles Herrold

 



Kermode Wild Berry Wines

8457 River Road
Dewdney, BC V0M-1H0


A natural fruit berry winery located in the village of Dewdney (near Mission) along the Fraser River. The winery is owned by Fritz and Bob Sprieszl
The winery name comes from the Kermode or spirit bear which is now the official animal of B.C. The Kermode is an extremely rare white phase of black bear found predominately on BC's north coast, along with several of the winery's signature berries.  The Kermode is now the official animal of BC and might be the mascot for the 2010 olympic games.

This family run winery currently has 8 varieties of wine cellared with 4 more next year. They plan to had up to forty varities. Signature wines include Himalayan blackberry wine, Alpine Blueberry and Himalayan Blackberry port

 

Winemakers: Fritz and Bob Sprieszl
Philosophy: With over 40 kinds of edible wild berries growing in B.C., it is the aim of the brothers to include as many as possible in their rapidly growing selection of unique blends. Whether out in the wilderness picking the berries or at the plant wild crafting the wines, the rewards come at the end of the day. Keeping true to the humble beginnings of the winery, friends and family are always the first to taste the ‘fruits', or shall it be said ‘wines of our labor.' It is their expressions and words of praise after trying each new wine that gives the brothers of Kermode Wild Berry Wines the assurance of a job well done and the motivation to continue to strive for more. For Fritz and Bob Spriezl this is not a job, but a way of life; simply their passion. 
our goal is to make the best  wines, ports and liqueurs from 100% natural wild berries. 

Himalayan Blackberry Port named the best Fortified Fruit Wine at the 2006 All Canadian Championship



Krause Estate Winery

6179 248th
Langley, V4W C3

After many successful years as a berry farm with family attraction Krause Berry Farm released their first fruit wines in 2013.

The owners are Alf & Sandee Krause They have 200 acres . They started farming here over forty years ago and have developed it into a destination where you can fine great berries and berry related products, including baked goods and fruit wines.              

signature wines are The Sparkling Strawberry, Raspberry (table wine)  and our Blackberry Port-toe (dessert wine)

      

Resident winemaker:   Sandra Lee Harcourt , Senior Winemaker / Consultant:  Paul Troop



Lotusland Vineyards

28450 King Road
Abbotsford BC V4X 1B1




A family owned winery located just west of Abbotsford. Nestled in the Fraser Valley surrounded by snow topped mountains and just 27 kilometers from the Pacific Ocean, Lotusland's three and one half hectare vineyard offers not only spectacular views, but also the perfect coastal climate for growing some of the world's finest wine grapes.

The original name A'Very winery; the name plays on the surnames of the Owners David and Liesbeth (Liz)Avery. The winery name was changed in November of 2003. They began planting in 1998 after two years of preparing the land for the vineyard. All of their wines will be made exclusively from organically grown grapes David the winemaker implements the strict organic guidelines. A tasting room and picnic area awaits visitors where you may sample their exceptional cool climate wines or purchase a glass of wine and light fare in the picnic area over looking the vineyard.

Winemaker: David Avery:
Philosophy: I let the grapes speak for themselves through my wine. I don't manipulate but instead guide them in style fairly unique to our terroir.




Lulu Island WInery

16880 Westminster Highway
Richmond, BC


Lulu Island WInery

John Chang and Allison Lu  have successfully operated Blossum winery since 2001.  Since Blossom was located in a strip mall and visitors wanted a greater experience they opened Lulu Island Winery a few miles away. The facility is situated on 14 acres of land. It has multiple tasting rooms and a restaurant will be opening soon. The grape vines were planted more than a year before the completion of the new facility.

The winery focuses on exports Signature wines: Merlot, Icewine



Mann Farms

790 McKenzie Road, Abbotsford,
BC, Canada, V2S 7N4




Maan Farms has a long and proud history of providing quality local produce to the citizens of Abbotsford, the Fraser Valley and Greater BC.  Started in 1977 by Jawahar and Gurbachan (Grandpa and Grandma) Maan with the help of their three children.

In 2013 Mann Farms began producing fruit wines

winemaker:




Montagu Cellars

29-1350 St.
Vancouver, BC

Montagu


A virtual winery owned by Thomas Doughty a Vancouver restaurant owner. He calims to be Canada's smallest winery making only 4 barrels a year.

he was named the city's sommelier of the year in 2005.

 


Mt Lehman Winery

5094 Mt . Lehman
Abbotsford , BC V4X 1V5



Located near the city of Abbotsford in the Mt Lehman area which the winery is named after. Mount Lehman is situated on an area of upraised land (hence, where the "Mount" comes into the name), that lies between the flat plains of Matsqui Prairie to the east and Glenn Valley to the west . The winery started in 2000 by Vern and Charleen Siemens, converting the family dairy farm into a winery.

Their signature wines are Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio, Cabernet, and Merlot. In only a short time the winery has collect over 20 awards for their wines. Current production 1500 cases from 15 Acres. The plan is to ad two or more Acres per year

In 2014 they received the prestigious B.C. Lieutenant Governor Award for the 2010 Viognier Reserve

Winemaker: Vern Siemens
Philosophy: Employing organic growing principles in the vineyard and incorporating non interventionist and natural winemaking highlighting the local terroir and climate in the winery.                    




Pacific Breeze Winery

6-320 Stewardson Way
New Westminster BC V3M 6C3



The first "Garagiste" (Garage Winery) in Canada. Family owned and operated.

The winery operates without owning a vineyard bringing in grapes from California, Washington and British columbia. Their goal is to craft Bold, Powerful, Intense food friendly styled wines

Winemakers:David Saysomsack
Philosophy: Pacific Breeze¹s style of winemaking reflects our commitment to quality and excellence. Our goal is to produce a perfectly balanced wine expressing the true characteristics of each grape varietal in its finest form. By carefully selecting the best fruit from premium vineyards in Washington and California we produce distinctive and exceptional wines. We fuss over every small lot and barrel





Paradise Ranch Wines Corp.

#901-525 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 3H7



Dedicated to make the world's finest icewines. Owned by James Stewart who selected the name because he believed the family property in Naramata was so beautiful.

Paradise Ranch is the largest icewine producer in British Columbia and the world's only winery specializing exclusively in icewines. Paradise Ranch has a long list of awards presented to it for icewines and late harvest wines.

Paradise Ranch has exported wine to over 20 countries and currently offers the following wines: Chardonnay Icewine, Riesling Icewine, Pinot Noir Icewine, Chardonnay/Riesling Late Harvest, Pinot Noir Late Harvest and Merlot Late Harvest. Signature wines: Merlot Icewine and Chardonnay Icewine

They produce Paradise Ranch Icewines, Paradise Ranch Late Harvest Wines, Whistler Icewines, Whistler Late Harvest Wines

Winemaker: Jeff Martin
Philosophy: To make the world's finest icewines




Redstone Winery

5701 Granville St.
Vancouver, BC



Redstone Winery has operations in Canada's two wine regions: the Niagara Peninsula in Ontario, and the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. With over 60 varieties of grapes grown in superb growing conditions, Redstone produces red wines , Late Harvest icewines and fruit wines.

Philosophy: We've never believed that our task consists simply of growing grapes in a certain environment. There are ways of making wine that reflect the character of the local terroir. We have developed extensive expertise within a environment, and we have a variety of ideas

 


River's Bend Winery

15560 Colebrook Road
Surrey, BC V3S 0L2



Located in south end of Surrey between the Fraser River and the USA border. A number of smaller rivers run by the vineyards including the Serpentine River. The winery is located where the river bends as it turns towards the coast. It is the first and only winery in Surrey.

Court Faessler is applying his fifteen years experience of growing grapes at this location to establish wine production, including both red and white wines that excel in variety and characteristics. The winery produces it own grapes growing Chardonnay and PInot Gris

The winery was sold in 2013

Winemaker: Ron Taylor



Canadian Berries

 

12791 Blundell Road
Richmond, BC V6W1B4


The Sanduz Estate Winery winery opened in 2006 specializing in fruit wines, owned by Dave and Neeta Sandhu..They use local fruits from their 140 acres of farmland. They produce award wining fruit wines as well as grape wines.

The wineries logo jaguar was selected from a drawing their son did when he was eight.

In 2014 the winery under went a restructure along with a name change to Canadian Berries. The new company will focus on shipping fruit wines to China

Signature wines: Blueberry Table, Dry Blueberry Table, Granny Smith Apple Table,

Winemaker: Ron Taylor
Philosophy: To make excellent wines with quality fruit and as close to perfection as we can.



St. Urban Winery

47189 Bailey Road
Chilliwack, BC V2R4S8


Named for the Patron Saint of vine growers and winemakers Wines are made in the traditional European Style

Owned by Paul Kompauer


 


The Fort Wine Co. Estate Winery

26151 84th Avenue,
Fort Langley, BC V1M 3M6


Located just minutes from the charming and historic town of Fort Langley, BC, this winery was founded by Wade and Erinn Bauck. The Baucks, their business partners, winemaker and staff share a passion for producing the highest quality innovative fruit wines and fortified dessert wines in Canada. Fort Wine Co. fruit table and dessert wines have been winning many noteworthy awards for their innovation and taste, including Best Dessert Wine in Show (Iced Apple) at the Northwest Wine Summit in 2004 (competing against all BC, Washington and Oregon Ice Wines!) and Best Dry/Off-Dry 100% Varietal Tree Fruit Wine (Peach Apricot) at the Canadian Wine Awards in 2003

Winemaker:Toby Bowman
Consultant: Christine LeRoux
Philosophy: We are makers of premium, healthy fruit wines. We believe that fruit wines have arrived and that our wines deserve the high praise that they have been receiving. We strive to make our high quality wines accessible to all. Our wines are the true expression of the finest quality British Columbia grown fresh fruit from which they began.

 


Township 7 Vineyards and Winery

21152 16th Ave.
Langley, BC V2Z 1K3





The South Langley countryside is home to this rapidly gowning winery that goes by the name of Township 7 Vineyards and Winery. The winery was originally opened in 1999 with a five-acre piece of property in Langley Township which today houses a tasting room and vineyards. A few years later having achieved success they opened a second location in Naramata. (2001). The winery was sold to Mike Raffan in June 2006

Winemaker:
Philosophy: Committed to handcrafting limited quantities of wines that are complex, flavorful and well-balanced




Vista D'oro Farm

20856 4th Avenue
Langley, BC V2Z 1T6




A small fruit winery owned by Lee and Patrick Murphy that opened in 2007. They have produced one wine, using unique family recipe for the walnut wine. The farm has been operating for many years. We have personally tasted this wine and highly recommend it.

Dedicated to providing an ultimate agritourism experience, Vista D'oro Farms grows heirloom tomatoes, heritage orchard fruits and culinary herbs all of which can be found in the Farmgate Shop in some form – whether it be a Green Tomato Garam Masala Preserve, a fresh baked Almond Pear Tart or Purple Basil Pesto.

Their vineyard was planted in 2008 with Schonberger, Pinot Gris, Marechal Foch, Ortega and Siegerrebe grapes

Find the shortest, simplest way between the earth, the hands and the mouth

Winemaker: Patrick Murphy




Westham Island Estate Winery

2170 Westham Island Road
Delta BC V4K 3N2



Westham Island

The idea for a winery on Westham Island was that of fruit grower Andy Bissett. Unfortunately in 2002 just before his dream was realized Andy suddenly passed away. His wife Lorraine has taken her husband's dream to completion.

When Andy Bissett suddenly passed away in 2002, winemaker Ron Taylor generously worked with the Bissett family through the difficult transition. Ron shares in the Bissett family philosophy, with his high standards and commitment to perfecting his trade. Ron's tremendous efforts have won awards and acknowledgement from his peers, as well as praise from visitors to the winery. Ron has crafted wines that draw attention to detail, to produce a wide range of varietals that are distinctive and exemplary

Winemaker: Ron Taylor




Wellbrook Winery

4626 88th Street
Delta, BC V4K 3N3


wellbrook winery

Terry Bremner's fruit winery opened June 2004 in Delta.  As a young boy Terry use to deliver newspapers to the  Wellbrook farm. For over 30 years the name Bremner's has been synonymous with the provision of the highest quality farm produce in BC. terry purchased the property then spent 2 years carefully restoring the buildings of Wellbrook using reclaimed wood and materials. An old granery was redesigned for the wine shop.

There is always something happening at Wellbrook, operas and plays performed in the old barn, christmas light displays, cooking classes, summer festivals, local artist exhibitions, classic car show. the goal is to become a destination where people can come, relax and enjoy themselves


The wine selections include cranberry peach and fortified wines such as Ice Apple produced from 90 acres Signature wines: Blueberry, BlueCran and WhiteCran Apple

Philosophy: We will make no compromise when it comes to our wines, we use only the best selection of fruit  and methods to produce Wellbrook wines.



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