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Island Wine Tour 2014

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Enrico Winery on Telegraph Road is one of six wineries located on the easter side of Cowichan Valley near Cherry Point. Their first harvest was in 2009. The 50 acre property was purchased in 2000 as a mixed farming operation; with a long term vision to one day convert it to a vineyard and winery. The dream was realized by the Smith Family in 2007, when 4 acres of Pinot Gris & 2 acres Pinot Noir were planted. The following year, Ortega (2 acres), Cabernet Libra (2 acres) & Cabernet Foch (1 acre) were added, bringing the total planted area of vineyard to 11 acres.

The winery is equipped with state of the art wine making equipment, including a 2400lt EuroPress which allows us to gently press whole berry clusters without extracting any bitterness or harsh tannins, a glycol refrigeration system that gives us complete control over temperature, and a lab that any winemaker would be eager to work in

We arrived on bright sunny skies and greeted a charming lady offering to be our photographer. As one looked around you notice a large number of golden lines on this magnificent property.

Once inside the tasting room we were greeted by everyone We tasted the wines and had some good laughs. It was a most enjoyable time. The 2011 Pinot Grigio is an award wining wine we can highly recommend. We also enjoyed the 2012 Ortega.

For the red The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is very good. Barbara was impressed with the 2012 Newton Reserve a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon in French Oak

The winemaker is Daniel Cosman. The winery is a supporter of the MS Bike Ride.
Enrico is open seven days a week year round.

It was time for us to head back to Unsworth for lunch and ten on to Victoria

Dragonfly Hill Vineyards

The next day the morning was filled with family business before we made our way to Dragonfly Hill Vineyards Old West Saanich Road. A very beautiful drive Old West Saanich road is a narrow country lane. With the planting of vines in 1993, Dragonfly Hill was transformed into the first commercial vineyard in Saanich

The winery was not open but the gate was so in we went. I decided to take a few pictures. As I snap of a few shots Vintner Carol Wallace appeared. Luck was on my side Carol was busy with her paper work but opened the doors to the winery and provided a few bottle to take home for my homework.

The wines included Rusty Truck Pumpkin Wine. Thanks Carol w will return!

Our next objective was lunch We could thing of no better place than Bistro Muse at Muse Winery in Deep Cove. We arrived at the same time as a tour Limousine who went directly to the tasting bar. The patio restaurant was also busy this gave us time to look around

There have been a number of improvement in the facilities allowing for extra events at the winery, a larger tasting area, bigger gift shop and room for art shows. As we wandered about owner Jane Ellmann spotted us she waved and shortly thereafter we had a glass of their Ortega in our hands. Oh my what an Ortega absolutely the best we have had in years.

Jane & Peter Ellmann bought Chalet Estate Winery in 2008.  Peter's homage to Jane, his life's inspiration, was to rename the winery MUSE. They have put the Saanich Peninsula on the wine map.

It was now time for lunch on the patio next to the vines. Barbara was so impressed with the Ortega she order a second glass. I ordered the Bacchus which I really enjoyed with an amazing meal (Please see my blog).

It was now time to step up to the tasting bar and eperiene the rest of the Muse Cellar. Muse Grande Dame Rouge 2008 Muse Maréchal Foch 2009 where two memorable wines.

In summary one would have to say there are some wonderful wineries on Vancouver Island producing some great wines. Thanks for the memories

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