Robert's Report


De Vine is Divine


Vancouver Island's De Vine Winery is indeed divine with its beautiful location on the hills of Saanichton overlooking the Strait of Georgia. Travel along the narrow and beautiful Old West Saanich Road to reach a narrow lane leading to the winery.

We did have our struggles getting the automatic gate to open, turns out we were the only ones who had time to photo the gate and entrance lane.

There is an amazing view from the winery facing west, there was a slight morning haze. On a clear day Washington's Mount Baker is clearly seen. Note the eagle in the photo....

John and Cathy Windsor saw the potential in the 24-acre property back in 2007, when the fields were fallow and overgrown. They soon set about clearing and planting two blocks comprising of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and the Island's largest planting of Gruner Veltliner, a luscious Austrian white.

Sons Chris and Ryan, and their wives Natalie and Helen soon joined in, making it a family project. They have one of the best designed tasting rooms in BC, Helen (pictured here) was our host.

The winery produces some mighty fine wines.

We had a most enjoyable time at the winery enjoying the wines and company of visitors from Kelowna, Virginia and New Jersey. We took home a bottle their 2012 Epiphany a uniquely flavoured desert wine.

Barbara also like their VRM Blend classic Rhone white blend of Viognier, Roussanne and Marsanne. Other enjoyable wines include their Reserved Syrah and Roussanne. Oh yes and a great Riesling with perfect sweetness and long lingering flavours. See Robert's Selection's

also see Church and State

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