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British Columbia's Vancouver Island

 


40 Knots Estate Winery

Vancouver Island is located in the southwestern corner of the province of British Columbia . It is separated from mainland Canada by the Strait of Georgia, Johnstone Strait , and Queen Charlotte Strait, and from the U.S. state of Washington by the Strait of Juan de Fuca . To the west of the island is the Pacific Ocean

The island is roughly divided between a rugged, wet west coast and a drier, more rolling east coast by the Vancouver Island Ranges, which run down most of the length of the island. The highest point in these ranges and on the island is the Golden Hinde, at 2195 m or 7219 ft.

Vancouver Island - Victoria & the Gulf Islands boast the mildest climate in Canada. 
Summertime is reliably warm and sunny, with frequent ocean breezes. Temperatures reach average highs in the mid 20's Celsius (70 to 80 Fahrenheit) but evenings can be cool.  In winter the Vancouver Island region is the most temperate of all British Columbia, with temperatures just below 0 Celsius (32 Fahrenheit). The Gulf Island wineries are listed on their own page. There in now a winery on Quadra Island

Most of Vancouver Island Wineries are located on the Saanich Peninsula or the Cowichan Valley.
The Saanich Peninsula on the southern east tip of the Island (see maps) flanked to the west by Saanich Inlet and Georgia Strait to the east. Looking across the Saanich Inlet you can see the Cowichan Valley. It is a larger area extending from just above Victoria up to the city of Nanaimo. Where to Stay

Coastal Black Estate Winery - Black Creek, BC
Coastal Black Estate Winery - Black Creek, BC



Alderlea Vineyards Ltd


1751 Stamps Road
Duncan BC
V9L 5W2

Alderlea Vineyards Ltd


Roger and Nancy Dosman operate this winery near Duncan on the slopes above Quamichan Lake. Established in 1992 Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir are grown on the slopes of this Cowichan Valley winery. Other quality white wine varieties, Pinot Auxerrois and Bacchus and a dark full-bodied red Clarinet, made from 100% Marechal Foch grapes round out their varietal releases. Alderlea also produces a powerfully aromatic white blend. Angeliquend a very dark rich port style wine Hearth.

Roger often uses a method know as tending to aid in the ripping of the grapes. Polyethylene sheets are draped over the vines in spring to accelerate growth through a green house effect. This is an aid for late maturing grapes.

Signature wines Matrix, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Clarinet. Product is 1,800 cases . Matrix is made from Alderlea's planting of an early-ripening cabernet sauvignon/maréchal foch cross developed by Swiss breeder Valentin Blattner


Winemaker: Roger Dosman
Philosophy: dedicated to growing high quality grapes and producing 100% estate grown wines


Averill Creek Winery


6556 North Road
Duncan BC.

Averill Creek winery


The Averill Creek Vineyard is the result of one man’s 30-year passion for wine. Over the past decade, physician Andy Johnston has been preparing for a dramatic career change by apprenticing in the vineyards of Italy, France, Australia, and New Zealand. Averill Creek is the vineyard of his dreams.

The winery is a 150 ton capacity winery built on the side of Mt Prevost.

Andy was drawn to Vancouver Island, in particular to the Cowichan Valley. This valley in the rain shadow of the Olympic Peninsula and the Malahat has long dry summers and very good grape growing soils; deep, with well-drained sand and gravel. The property has 46 acres on a steep southward slope. Over 1400 vines are currently planted, including Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer and Merlot

The Averill Creek Winery takes its name from the pretty little creek that cuts through the vineyard as it runs down the southern slopes of Mount Prevost into the Cowichan Valley of Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Averill Creek only uses screw tops to seal its wine. The wine maker believes this is the best way to preserve the natural quality of the wine over a long period of time. The winery's most recent launches include Prevost, a barrel-aged blend of maréchal foch, merlot and cabernet foch, and a blackberry dessert wine called Cowichan Black

Signature wines: Pinot Noir and barrel aged Pinot Gris

Winemaker: Daniel Dragert
Philosophy Focus on Estate wines from the Pinot Family


Beaufort Vineyards

5854 Pickering Road
Courtenay, BC
V9J 1T4

Beaufort Vineyard


Located 8km north of Courtenay the winery has a great view of Beaufort mountain range.
The wineries logo is the Moai statues of Easter Island. Owners Susan and Jeff Vandermolen sought out a local carver, Stan Skuse (X-Dream Sculptures) from Campbell River, and commissioned him to carve their Moai

The winery was licensed in 2007 and is the first in the Comox Valley. They produce about 2,000 cases on 3.2 hectares.

Signature wines: Carpe Diem (sparkling wine), Panacea (white blend), Chimera ( Bordeaux blend),
Ça Beautage (red estate blend), Black Solera

Famous filmmaker James Cameron is the 'high profile' buyer of Beaufort Vineyard and Estate Winery. 2014

Winemaker: Susan Vandermolen
Philosophy: Focus on high quality handcrafted wines
· Minimal inputs into the wine
· Use of detailed lab analysis to minimize additions and adjustments



Blue Grouse Vineyards


4365 Blue Grouse Road
Duncan, BC
V9L 6M3 Canada

Blue Grouse


Located on Blue Grouse Road in a country forest setting; established in 1989 . The 31 acre winery was build one vine at a time by the Kiltz family. Aug 2012 the winery was sold to New owners Paul, Christina, and daughter Paula Brunner - Possible future plans for Blue Grouse include winery and tasting room renovations, the addition of a boutique inn with a farm-to-table style restaurant, and vineyard updates that would help realize the property's full potential. 

The soil at Blue Grouse Vineyards is mainly a mixture of clay and sand, however there are also areas of gravelly soil. The winery grows only Vitis Vinifera, the real wine grapes introduced from Europe which are primarily cool climate varieties such as Bacchus Ortega, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Müller-Thurgau.


Possible future plans for Blue Grouse include winery and tasting room renovations, the addition of a boutique inn with a farm-to-table style restaurant, and vineyard updates that would help realize the property's full potential. 

Signature Wines : Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Bacchus, Ortega, Black Muscat, Muller-Thurgau.

Winemaker: Bailey Williamson
Philosophy: I try to do everything I can in the vineyard to give the grapes all they need to ripen and develop into luscious fruit, making every attempt to nurture them along and make them into the very best wine I can using as little intervention as possible. I am an artist not a chemist



Blue Moon Estate Winery

4905 Darcy Rd. ,
Courtenay, B.C. V9J 1R5


A fruit winery, which opened in May 2009,owned by George Ehrler and Marla Limousin. It is part of the picturesque Nature's Way Farm, an organic berry farm near Courtenay, that has been operated for several years. Natural Way is a certified Organic farm

They produce fortified dessert wines with blueberries, blackberries and strawberries, and table wine with blueberries and apples

Winemaker:George Ehrler
Philosophy: We use classical wine making traditions and local fruit . We love tradition as much as experimentation, so come and taste what we are doing. Drink to the pure expressions of the fruit! 


Cherry Point Estate Wines

840 Cherry Point Road, RR# 3
Cobble Hill, B.C. Canada V0R 1L3

Cherry point


The vineyard at Cherry Point was established a few miles south of Cowichan Bay in 1990.Wine-growing was still new on Vancouver Island in 1990; consequently the vineyard was planted with several grape varieties in the search for the varietals that would grow best. After the grape trials, Cherry Point Vineyards became one of the first licensed wineries on Vancouver Island in 1994. In 2004 Cherry Point Vineyards was purchased by the Cowichan Tribes making it the forth winery in the world to be aboriginal owned. Today the winery is owned by Xavier and Maria Clara Bonilla

Today the vineyard produces award winning varietal wines from their main
varieties: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer and Siegerrebe. They also produce highly popular blends like Coastal White and Coastal Red. The whites are crisp, and clean, brimming with varietal fruit. The reds have just a whisper of oak, allowing the true varietal flavour of these unique cool climate wines to shine through. The vineyard remains best known for its World Famous Cowichan Blackberry Dessert Wine and recently released a more aged version called Solera.

Winemaker : Dean Canadzichr
Philosophy: the production of hand-crafted premium wines made entirely on our own premises, using 100% British Columbia grapes.


Chase & Warren Estate Winery Vineyards

6253 Drinkwater Road
Port Alberni, BC

Chase and Warren Winery


All by itself off the wine path in the northwest lies this new winery,owned and operated by Vaughan Chase and Ron Crema . The winery started by chance when some decorative Gewürztraminer did extremely well. This led to the planting of other varieties in 1996. Five acres in total. Hard work and difficult conditions plagued the winery for the next few years.

In 2003 the winery opened the its wine shop with only 150 cases but good wine sells and it provided some much need cash for future development.

The winery focus on German style wines that suit the local market of Port Alberni.

The winery currently has 12 acres of vines.



Church and State Winery


1445 Benvenuto Avenue
Brentwood Bay, British Columbia
V8M 1J5

Church and State winery


Opened May 2003 , as Victoria Estates located in the Saanich Peninsula on Vancouver Island. Described by noted author John Schreiner as One of the five best-designed wineries in British Columbia.

The winery was sold in 2005 to Kim Pullen. The winery has 25 acres with views of the valley and ocean; 11 acres are planted with Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris

The name Church & State Wines is intended to be representative of balance – the heart and the mind, traditions and technology, and the cellar and the vineyard. Balance is one of the defining characteristics of making a fine wine, and we feel our name pays homage to that.

The winery's Brentwood Bay location is well located for the many tourists who visit the area, and in one stop they get the best of two wine regions – Vancouver Island and the Okanagan Valley , where the majority of the winery's fruit is sourced. The winery sources Okanagan Valley fruit as Vancouver Island does not produce enough supply or diversity of classic vitis vinifera grapes.

Pullen has revamped the winery which is now a stunning salute to “modern meets rustic sophistication” in a grand room that utilizes natural timber and stone as well as gleaming metals and concrete. Large windows overlook the vineyard and invite the outside in, offering a deck with the perfect view of the surrounding landscape. Visitors to the winery seeking a light snack can order a plate of artisan cheeses, complete with fresh crackers and breads made onsite. Church & State Wines also offers a unique wine and chocolate program, where visitors taste four wines paired with chocolate truffles made locally. Pullen and his team invite people to the winery this summer to taste the new wines and have a wonderful winery experience

Church & State Wines has been named "2009 Winery to Watch" by Wine Press Northwest, "Top 25 Wineries in Canada" by Wine Access Magazine, and their 2006 Church & State Quintessential has just been named "Best Red Wine of the Year" at the 2009 All-Canadian Wine Championships.


Winemaker: Master Winemaker Bill Dyer, Jeff Del Nin



Coastal Black Winery

2186 Endall rd
Black Creek


A fruit winery located in the Comox valley at the base of Mt Washington.

At Coastal Black we have an overwhelming passion for wine that can be enjoyed by any and all people whenever the mood should strike you . They have the island's largest planting 32 hectares of cultivated blackberries They also produce Mead.

Signature wines are Blackberry Table, Blackberry Sparkling and Spiced Mead

winemaker: Abel O'Brennan
Philosophy: If you are truly passionate about what you do and you love making wine then you will produce something everyone else will love.



Damali Lavender Farm Winery

 

3500 Telegraph Road
Cobble Hill B.C., V0R 1L4


 

Damali Lavender Farm, Winery and B&B is a project of three partners, Marsha & Dave Stanley and Alison Philp. The winery opened it's doors to the public in May 2010 with a release of four wines ‘Alba' a Pinot Grigio named after a white lavender, ‘Rosea' a sparkling rose named after a pink lavender and two specialty wines, ‘Lavande' a lavender and white wine blend and ‘Mure Lavande' a dry blackberry dinner wine balanced using lavender syrup. The future promises more interesting fruit, grape and lavender wines that are unique to Damali and are all made from fruit grown at the farm and within the Cowichan region.

winemaker: Dave Stanley



Deol Winery

6645 Somenos Road.
Duncan.

Doel Winery

 

Surgit Deol's family immigrated to Canada from the Punjab in 1980, and spent a few years in the Cowichan Valley In 1999, the family bought a former dairy farm north of Duncan and, starting the following year, developed a 23-acre vineyard (Gamay, Maréchal Foch, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and a few odds and sods). The winery open fall of 2008

Signature wines Blanc de Noirs, Somenos Red

winemaker: Gary Deol

 

 



De Vine Vineyards

6181B Old West Saanich Road
Saanichton, BC V8M 1W8

De Vine Vineyards

 

Located on the Saanich Peninsula, just 20 minutes north of Victoria, the winery has magnificent views of the Strait of Georgia, the Gulf Islands and Mount Baker. The winery is owned by John and Cathy Windsor. They have 24 acres of land and have cleared 6.5 acres for their grapes consisting of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and the Island's largest planting of Gruner Veltliner, a luscious Austrian white. Their first release was a 2009 Vancouver Island Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc.

De Vine sits on a south-facing ridge top, with good exposure and a steady ocean breeze. The soil is shallow clay-loam with plenty of rocks for drainage. The Windsor's live on the property and they farm organically, without pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. Farm Manager, John Thomas, can be spotted driving a tractor/forklift, mending a fence or trellis, and assisting with the wine. Sons Chris and Ryan, and their wives Natalie and Helen, soon joined in, making it a true family affair.

The winery features one of the most attractive tasting rooms anywhere.

Winemaker : Natalie


Divino Estate Winery

1500 Freeman Rd, Cobble Hill,
BC V0R1L0

Joe Busnardo

 

When Joe Busnardo retired from his winery in the Okanagan(which he started in 1980's) he relocated to Vancouver Island and started a new winery in Cobble Hill.

Chardonnay, Trebbiano, Castel, Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio form the core of the mix of varietals on the Busnardo Vineyard

They are located close to the Trans Canada Highway not far from Cowichan Bay. Their wine shop is open only Friday and Saturday afternoons.

There are only two types of wines.  The ones you like and the ones you don't
Joe Busnardo, Owner and Winemaker

Winemaker: Joe Busnardo


 

Domaine Rochette Winery

 

10555 West Saanich Road
North Saanich , B.C.,
V8L 6A8



Sylvie Rochette founded Epicure Selections, a fine foods company established in 1991. The winery started due to their involvement in Wine Jelly.

The vineyard with7 acres planted is on a Saanich Peninsula property to which Rochette moved her operations from Victoria several years ago. Pinot Noir, Maréchal Foch, Ortega and Schönburger grow there now and vineyard manager John Brickett is adding several white Blattner hybrids. They produce about 600 cases a year.

They produce a Foch dessert wine - An Enchanted Evening,

 

Winemaker : Paul Troop




 

Dragonfly Hill Vineyard

6130 Old West Saanich Rd.
Victoria, B.C. V9E 2G8



Dragonfly Hill is a small winery in Saanich BC. Carol Wallace has been growing grapes there for 17+ years, mostly Ortega and Auxerrois and has recently planted a section in one of the new Blattner varieties – Labelle  She produces white wines from estate and other Vancouver Island grapes, a Merlot Cabernet blend from a vineyard in Oliver, as well as her Bumbleberry dessert style. The property is ideally suited to grape growing, beautifully situated on a southwest sloping hillside with limestone and glacial alluvial gravel and a spring fed artesian water supply.

The winery’s name is inspired by the dragonflies in the nearby ponds. The insects are featured on the winery’s labels. Dragonfly Hill was this first commercial wine producer on the Saanich Peninsula  and has the world's first planting of the Swiss Blattner cross, an early ripening and disease resistant red which they named La Belle

Signature wines are Ortega Auxerrois, Merlot Cabernet and Bumble Berry

Winemaker: Paul Troop
Philosophy: True to the “Garagiste Movement”, Dragonfly Hill passionately creates fine limited production wines with an intimate, local mindset.  Herbicide and pecticide free, we believe that cultivating exceptional wine is much more than an exacting science. It is a time honored and evolving art.




Emerald Coast Vineyards


2787 Alberni Highway
Port Alberni , BC V9Y 8R2


Emerald Coast Vineyards


The winery owned by Evan and Adam McLellan began planting in 1999.They grow a wide selection of cool-climate varieties including Madeleine Angevine, Schönburger, Reichensteiner, Siegerrebe, Pinot Gris, Gamay, Dornfelder and Maréchal Foch.

Winemaker: Evan and Adam McLellan



Enrico Winery


3280 Telegraph Road,
Mill Bay B.C. Canada


Located just south of the Malahat Drive in Mill Bay (Cowichan valley) Enrico opened in 2010.

Enrico Winery is a family-run business. The 50 acre farm was acquired by the Smith Family in 2000. Harry “Enrico” Smith and his family lived on a vineyard in Switzerland while he was coaching hockey. It was there that the family first became interested in Wine. At the urging of his brother Newt, the family converted the farm into a vineyard, planting their first 8 acres of Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir in 2007. Since then they have expanded to 15 acres of grapes with Ortega, Cabernet Libre, and Cabernet Foch. Production around 2000 cases.

The first bottles of Wine were produced in 2009, on brand new state of the art equipment, by winemaker Daniel Cosman.  The original sheep barn was converted and our Cantina-tasting room was opened in 2011.


The signature wines are Pinot Grigio, Ortega, Cabernet Libre and Cabernet Foch

Winemaker: Daniel Cosman
Philosophy : Making the best wine we can, putting down roots and building for the next generations



Glenterra Vineyard


Box 411, 3897 Cobble Hill Rd,
Cobble Hill, BC V0R 1L0

photo by Bob


May 20th 2000 marked the official opening of John Kelly and Ruth Luxton's Winery. Glenterra Vineyard is located on Cobble Hill Road. They started out in almost perfect fashion winning a Silver Medal at the All Canadian Wine Championships for their Pinot Gris.

Winemaker : John Kelly


Godfrey-Brownell Vineyards

4911 Marshall Road
Duncan BC


Located in the Cowichan Valley near Duncan. The owner is Dave Godfrey. "The valley is clearly a cool climate area, with all the advantages (and dangers) that designation implies. With a very short history (and global warming), nobody can really say what varieties will triumph, but our early choices indicate how we've placed our bets on the roulette table: Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Gamay Noir, Chardonnay, Bacchus and Marachél Foch."

Winemaker: Dave Godfrey
Philosophy: We want to make wines of fundamental quality that people enjoy.
We attempt to keep the whole process, from vineyard to bottle, as natural as possible. Organic, biodynamic, eco-agro, whatever term you want to apply, there seems to be clear evidence that the healthier the terroir, the better the wine potential. The warm winters of the valley make it very easy to ferment and age without artificial intervention.

The gods made the land; the land makes the grapes; the grapes make the wine: the winemaker's task is to make sure he's as invisible as possible.


Merridale Estate Cidery


1230 Merridale Road, RR 1
Cobble Hill, B.C. V0R 1L0
T. (250) 743-4293
F. (250) 743-9310
1-800-998-9908


Merridale, nestled in the mouth of Vancouver Island's Cowichan Valley, is a destination the whole family can enjoy. Located in Cobble Hill, just 40 minutes from Victoria The cider house provides a unique venue, surrounded by the orchards.

Merridale is said to be BC's first estate cidery. Founded by Albert Piggott in 1987 and is now owned by Janet Docherty and Rick Pipes who took over the cider house in 2000.  They wanted the business to be something they would be passionate about and provide a healthy lifestyle for their family

Some of the varieties of apples grown include Dabinett, Tremlett's Bitter, Frequin Rouge, Hauxapfel, Chisel Jersey and Bulmer Norman, to name a few.

Signature Ciders: Scrumpy, Somerset

In 2007 the Brandihouse was opened to produce fortified wines - Brandy. Aging is an important factor in producing fine quality brandy. The process of aging in oak enhances many of the characteristics of the brandy and slowly adds a distinctive caramel colour. The choice of barrel is important in the end product. Some of their brandies will be aged in French Oak, others in American Oak. Merridale will also be the first to age some brandies in Canadian Oak. They will call the brandies Oh de Vies a play
on eau de vie or water of life.

Cider Master: Rick Pipes
Philosophy: Merridale Ciders are handcrafted, all natural and made from 100% undiluted juice.



Millstone Estate Winery


2300 East Wellington Road
Nanaimo, BC



A new winery for 2011 located on the banks of the Millstone River.The owner and winemaker is Dale Shortt . Dale obtained the property in 2001

Signature wines are Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris They also produce Blackberry Port Unfortified



Winemaker: Dale Shortt
Philosophy : To make the best wine possible







MooBerry Winery

 

403 Lowry’s Road
Parksville, BC
V9P 2B5




Located on Morningstar Farm alongside Little Qualicum Cheeseworks, MooBerry Winery produces a selection of high-quality fruit wines. MooBerry Winery is owned by Phil & Laura Charlebois and Clarke & Nancy Gourlay. Morningstar Farm and Little Qualicum Cheeseworks is owned by Clarke & Nancy Gourlay. The Gourlays’ and their 3 boys live on the farm They decided to add the winery to their business as an additional income. After all wine and cheese go together. The winery was originally called Morning Star Creek.

They produce fruit wines with Blackberry as their signature wine

Winemaker: Phil Charlebois
Philosophy: you should be able to tell what fruit it is by tasting


Morning Bay Wine Company,

1466 Mitchell Street,
Oak Bay, BC V8R 4S2





After a decade of gowning and producing wines on Pender Island, Morning Bay moved to Victoria in 2012. The winery is owned by Keith Watt, a former radio personality from Winnipeg, and his wife Barbara Reid

The grapes will be harvest and crushed in the Okanagan before making there way to Oak Bay

Winemaker: Keith Watt
Philosophy: We make hand-made wines that are bold and expressive stylistically. We produce single-vineyard releases from prime growers in the Okanagan Valley



MT St Michael Winery

 

2350 Mount St. Michael Road,
Saanich ton, BC V8M 1T7



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Owned by Kerry Spanier a native of Winnipeg. His parents moved to BC in 1967 and later retired to Vancouver Island where Kerry decide to also move to. Kerry and his wife Cindy purchased land acreage on the Saanich Peninsula and planted Gewürztraminer.in 2003

Kerry received training as winemaker at University of California. Working with consultant consulting winemaker Todd Moore the first vintage was produced in 2005

Winemaker: Kerry Spanier

 




Muse Winery

11195 Chalet Road
North Saanich BC
V8L 5M1


Located in Deep Cove on the Saanich Peninsula. Specializing in hand crafted high quality wines. Jane & Peter Ellmann bought 10-year-old Chalet Estate Winery in 2008. With years of hospitality, food & beverage savvy betwixt them, the dynamic duo had found their dream. Peter's homage to Jane, his life's inspiration, was to rename the winery MUSE

Muse grows grapes under the warm sun of the Saanich Peninsula , north of Victoria .  We select grapes from notable vineyards in other regions of Vancouver Island, the Southern Gulf Islands and the Okanagan Valley

The winery features a beautiful tasting room and patio.


Winemaker: Peter Ellmann

Philosophy
: Love what you do. Laugh often. Work hard. Make great wine. Have fun doing it.

 


Noble Beast

Nanaimo


Nanaimo-based Noble Beast Wines is a virtual winery. The winery/brand is owned by Julian and Lisa Bakker, a young couple who were drawn to wine during a 2003 honeymoon in the Okanagan. The wines are made by MArk Simpson at BC Wine Studios in Okanagan Falls

The couple are dedicated island residents. Their ambition, once Noble Beast is established, is to buy a small farm somewhere on Vancouver Island and plant a vineyard.

The dog on the label represents one aspect of the Noble Beast (and Julian and Lisa's favorite Boston Terrier, Basil).


Winemaker: Mark Simpson

Philosophy
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Rocky Creek Winery

1854 Myhrest Road
Cowichan Bay, BC 
V0R 1N1

 

 

This beautiful 10 acre winery located in the Cowichan Valley is owned by Holford Family. Linda is the general manger and Mark is the winemaker.

Mark is a third-generation winemaker. After making amateur wines for over 20 years, Holfords decided to establish a winery due to the many requests from people who wanted Mark's wine and winemaking experience. The winery is currently producing 1500 cases of wine.

Rocky Creek is an innovative winery trying new things such as experimental grapes from the Blattner crosses and training the vineyard differently than anyone else on Vancouver Island. Mark is an environmental engineer and ”going green” is just a part of Rocky Creek normal practices.

They are the first in Western Canada to use the Zork closure for still wines and now also for the sparkling wines, which reseals itself and keeps bubbles fresh for days.  Zorks are recyclable, reusable and also have air permeability

signature wines : Pinot Noir, Blackberry Port , Ortega, Pinot Gris, Katherine's Sparkle
The Holfords dream is to pass their very successful winery on to their children.

Winemaker: Mark Holford
Philosophy. True to the region, estate grown and quality.  Sustainable and eco-friendly.  The best wines made from the region. 



Roost Farm Centre

9100 East Saanich Road
North Saanich, BC.

 


The winery owned by Dallas and Sarah Bohl is located on the family farm. Sarah's parents Bonnie Yarish and Hamish Crawford own the farm which they purchased in 1989. The winery includes a bakery and Bristol.

Roost Farm Centre opened in 2002 as a bakery, market and garden centre.  The winery was opened in 2011 and the winery bistro was opened in 2012 (complete with wood-fired oven menu). The wines are produced under the Highland House label.

signature wines. Siegerrebe and a red, called Little Red Combine,a blend of Leon Millot, Pinot Noir Precoce, and Marechal Foch.

winemaker: Hamish Crawford
philosophy: We have a passion for locally grown and produced product therefore estate wines are our focus.  We want to preserve the identity of wines produced from grapes that grow well in our region, primarily cold weather varieties

 



South Island Wines

1245 Fisher Rd.
Cobble Hill, BC

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Gordon Graziano began by planting vines in his backyard. Success lead him to establish a winery

Winemaker: Gord Graziano
Philosophy:




Silverside Farm Winery

3810 Cobble Hill Road
Cobble Hill , BC , V0R 1L5


A unique winery in Cobble Hill  producing Raspberry, Blueberry & Blackberry wines. Bill & Jeanne Aten bought the farm to operate as a mixed farm in 1982 and it has seen many changes from raising animals to producing raspberries and blueberries and now fruit wines. The plan is to keep the winery small scale and manage the quality of our product.

They also make jams, jellies, syrups and vinegars. The tasting room is also an art gallery featuring work by local artist Jean Aten as well as gifts made by local craftspeople.

signature wines: Blueberry Port

Winemaker: Bill Aten
Philosophy: To make the most tasty product available




 

Starling Lane Winery


5271 Old West Saanich Road,
Victoria, British Columbia
V9E 2A9      

 


Starling Lane is a partnership of three families all vineyard owners,founded on the belief that quality wines begin with a commitment to produce high quality grapes in their small vineyards locate in Saanich just outside BC's Capital Victoria. The owners are Jerry and Sherry Mussio; John and Jacqueline Wrinch; Ken and Sue Houston.


The winery is located at the site of Heritage Farm The historical background of this piece of land dates back to the days of the infamous “Hanging” Judge Begbie who acquired this parcel of land in 1859.  

Look for their Wild Blackberry Port-style dessert wine.

signature wines : Ortega, Marechal Foch, Pinot Noir

The owners plan to retire in 2013

Winemaker: John Wrinch
Philosophy:good wines are produced in the vineyard





Symphony Vineyard

6409B Oldfield Rd
Saanichton, BC
V8M1X8


 

Symphony vineyard has been farmed by the Brooks family in Central Saanich since the mid 1950's.   Known as the “Tanner” farm, Harry Tanner was a founding member of  Growers Wine Company.   During the 1960's, the family grew over 20 acres of loganberries for Growers Winery (then located in Victoria).   Established in 1921, Growers was the first commercial winery in BC and loganberries from the Saanich Peninsula was the first fruit used in BC for wine.  

When asked: Why did you choose the name of your Winery?  We think there are some interesting connections between wine and music. The definition of Symphony, “an elaborate instrumental composition in three or more movements, of grand proportions and varied elements”, could almost describe the long process leading to a bottle of wine – springtime in the vineyard, bursting into a long ‘summer movement' as grapes form, a quieter fall ripening phase followed by the flurry of harvest and fermentations, and a final slow aging when the sensory character of the wine develops.      

signature wines are Gewürztraminer and Pinot Gris. Their wines are made in an aromatic style.   They experiment with yeasts and fermentation methodologies creating wines with different flavor profiles from the same farm fruit, and bottled separately. They have 2.2 acres and produce 300 cases with plans to reach 600 cases.

Locally made cheeses, and meats and other local specialty food items will be available for picnic lunches in the barrel room or picnic grounds along with farm made jams and chutneys.

The vineyards were planted in 2004 with the winery opening June 2012

Winemaker: Pat George
Philosophy
: Making wines true to our island harvest, and in carefully hand crafted small volumes, using different yeasts and fermentation techniques to bring out uniqueness in the wines. 






Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery

8750 West Coast Rd.
Sooke, BC V0S1N0

Tel: 250-642-1956

info@tugwellcreekfarm.com


Located in the small community of Sooke on the south west side of Vancouver Island. Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery was licensed as British Columbia's first Meadery in 2003. Owned and operated by Bob Liptrot and Dana LeComte. The combination of Bob Liptrot's 43 years of beekeeping experience and over 25 years of mead making experience bring a unique and educational culinary experience to their meadery.. Their award winning Meads (honey wines) reflect harmony and balance by blending varietal honeys and berries from our local region.

The winery was named after the Tugwell Family which originally settled this land. There is a nearby creek named Tugwell Creek as well. The site was selected due to its beautiful location near the Ocean.
They were the first Meadery in Western Canada.

Tugwell Creek will become the third Economusee in BC this summer.  That is like becoming the Museum of Beekeeping and Mead making. Very Exciting!  Here is a link to check out what Economusee is all about.  http://www.economusee.com/en

Melomel, Metheglin, Vintage Mead, and Sack Mead are their signature wines. Sack Mead is like a late harvest wine on the sweetness scale. Also produced an Apple Quince Cyser called Original Sin , and an Acerglyn. As well as mead the farm offers a wide range of honey and bee related products

Winemaker: Robert Liptrot
Philosophy: To reintroduce the ancient beverage mead

Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery is the first business in Sooke to be certified by the Vancouver Island Green Business Certification (VIGBC). The tasting room at Tugwell Creek will be receiving Green Level Certification (the highest level) for their initiatives to reduce waste, water consumption and energy usage. Owners, Bob and Dana are passionate about improving the local environment and go above and beyond to ensure a healthy ecosystem on their property. Sustainability at Tugwell Creek Farm and Meadery is fully integrated into the operations, our product and how we do business. This certification gives our customers an understanding of what we do behind the counter to be an environmentally-friendly company. - Dana LeComte.



Unsworthy Vineyards

2915 Cameron-Taggart Road ,
Cobble Hill, B.C., V0R 1Lo



Nestled in the foothills of Mill Bay, surrounded by pasture and minutes away from the Pacific Ocean lies Unsworth Vineyards. Vistas, ambiance and entertainment coupled with the perfect coastal climate for growing some of the world's most unique and finest of wine grapes. Owned By Tim and Colleen Turyk who own Bell a Coola Fisheries Ltd. . The winery is under development. They have 30 acres with 12 acres planted in Foch and Blattner.

The historic 115-year-old heritage farmhouse has been turned into a winemaker’s residence along with
Amusé on the Vineyard restaurant.

Blattner wines are their signature product. Their product will be about 3000 cases including a port style wine


Winemaker: Tim Turyk Daniel Cosman
Philosophy
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Venturi-Schulze Vineyards

 

4235 Vineyard Road
Cobble Hill, BC
V0R 1L5 Canada

Venturi Schulze


Located in Cobble Hill, Giordano Venturi and Marilyn Schulze-Venturi are committed to growing the highest quality grapes without pesticides or herbicides, and are crafting world class wines. Michelle, Marilyn's daughter also plays an important role at the winery.
The family also produces balsamic vinegar. The vinegary, or acetaia, was expanded by 2,000 sq. ft. in 1999. It houses dozens of large "nursery" barrels and 108 ageing barrels custom made in Italy from chestnut, cherry, acacia, ash and oak.

A new picnic patio area was completed in 2011 and a beautiful new tasting room featuring solid local arbutus and maple bar tops and local fir flooring

Their wines are now renowned and served in some of the finest restaurants from Vancouver Island to Montreal and Washington and Oregon. Their balsamic vinegar is described by such luminaries as Adrienne Clarkson, former Governor General of Canada, as the best in the world

The winery now use high quality screw caps on our still wines

Winemaker: Giordano Venturi
Philosophy: Each wine is an adventure woven around the season, the soil and the personalities of the varieties and winemakers. We add minimal amounts of sulphide at bottling to some of our wines. None is added to our Brut or dessert wine. To retain as much of the character of the grapes as possible, we neither fine nor sterile-filter, so storage temperatures become important: we recommend 10° to 12°C (50° to 55°F). After so much effort in the vineyard and winery, we are not willing to compromise on quality by putting an unpredictable piece of bark in the neck of the bottle.


Vigneti Zanatta
winery and vineyards

5039 Marshall Rd, Duncan
B.C. V9L 6S3


The Zanatta family operates a 25 acre vineyard in the northwest corner of the valley. Their historic family home was built in 1903. The 120 acre farm was originally the site of a dairy farm when the Zanatta's purchased it in 1958. Since then 30 acres have been planted in vines, including Ortega, Cayuga, Auxerrois, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Nero, Muscat, Merlot, and Madeleine X Sylvaner. The remainder of the farm is in pasture, hay fields, forest and old fruit orchards.

Vinoteca, food and wine bar was established in May of 1996. This new venture for Vigneti Zanatta allows us to explore the fascinating art of pairing simple country cuisine the wines. Vinoteca was Ileana Zanatta's creation. She took the family's 1903 farm house, restored it as closely as possible to its original character, added her own unique style and created an eclectic place to dine or sip your afternoon away.

Winemaker Jim Moody, Lorrete Zanatta
Philosophy:Our goal is to produce quality wines with exceptional regional character. We achieve this by using only Vancouver Island grapes and unrushed winemaking techniques which allows for complete expression of the wines.




 

22 Oaks Winery


1 – 6380 Lakes Road,
Duncan, BC V9L 5V6

 

22 Oaks Winery


22 is the lucky number for the owners of the winery Jeff MacLeod and his wife Lisa are one of four couples behind the winery. They own the property where the winery is located. When the land was cleared for the vines  22 OAk tress were still standing. Another owner has a birthday on this date another owner a pro hockey players number is 22,Greg and Judy Adams. the third couple is third couple is Doug and Tracey Bodger. Doug also played pro hockey . The forth couple is Jerry and Ronnie Doman


Planting began in both vineyards in 2007. Jerry has just over two hectares (five acres), with three clones of Pinot Noir on a sun-drenched knoll and a little room left over for white varieties, likely Ortega. Jeff’s 1.4-hectare (3½-acre) vineyard is planted primarily with Cabernet Foch and Maréchal Foch, with small blocks of Merlot and
Sauvignon Blanc. As well Jeff planted 120 Tempranillo vines, a variety in which he has taken a special interest.


Scheduled opening summer 2009
The tasting room and the winery’s patio have views across the vineyard, which
slopes toward Quamichan Lake, a shallow but picturesque lake just east of Duncan.

Winemaker: Jeff MacLeod
Winemaking philosophy.


 

40 Knots Estate Winery Winery


2400 Anderton Road
Comox, BC V9M 4E5

 


40 Knots Estate Winery was established in 2005 on 24 lush coastal acres in the heart of the Comox Valley. Proprietor Bill Montgomery and his team are passionate about producing 100% Vancouver Island wines...everything is done by hand, including the harvest and they respectfully select only the finest fruit for their signature wines.

Signature wines : Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Rose. Additional varieties including Siegerrebe, Auxerrois, Schoenberger, and Gamay Noir

40 Knots Estate Winery is named for it`s unique seaside atmosphere and now the location also offers a beautiful tasting room and wine shop as well as tours and a patio overlooking the vines.

Winemaker: Natasha Ponich
Philosophy: Good wine starts in the vineyard ...the idea of what the French call terroir ( or sense of place) has imparted on us the belief that the soil properties and unique microclimate here at 40 Knots is capable of not only growing grapes, but of creating and growing great wine!  A hands on approach in the vineyard leads to a connection with the vines and it is most satisfying to take something that you`ve grown and turn it into something people love!



 

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