Local, Sustainable Wineries With Island Flare
The tale of Vancouver Island Wine is a hardscrabble one. It also goes to show that impressive results can arise from a mixture of ingenuity, determination and luck.
Regarding wine growing climate, Vancouver Island sits at the fringe of the grape-growing map. Short are the summers, but long are the days. Noble varietals like pinot gris and pinot noir can yield elegant, fresh wines – especially in dry, sunny years.
This 40-acre estate with 30 acres of planted vines, sitting 118-240 meters above sea level is located in the heart of Vancouver Island’s Cowichan Valley.
The unique combination of soil and aspect, make it an ideal place for growing cool weather varietals. Includes, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Maréchal Foch, Foch Cabernet, Cabernet Libre, Merlot, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier
Cherry Point Vineyards
Planted on a glacial moraine, gravel, stony slope, rich in minerals on top of the surrounding clay countryside.
This 24-acre vineyard is the second largest on Vancouver Island. Ten main varieties and eight limited varieties.
Damali Lavender & Vineyard
Damali vineyard was originally planted in 2006. After converting the original barn into a winery, their first wines were released in the Spring of 2011.
The vineyard contains varietals such as Cabernet Libre, Castel, Siegerrebe, and Pinot Noir. In the orchard they are grow blackberries, raspberries, rhubarb and black currants for the purpose of wine making.
Picnics – You are encouraged to bring your own picnic which you can enjoy in their licensed picnic area.
Deol Estate Winery
They’ve been growing vines since 1984, first in the Okanagan Valley and now in North Cowichan.
Have brought brought experience and passion for grapes to the Cowichan Valley in 1999, when the family purchased an old 32 acre dairy farm.
8 varieties of grapes; the main varities ranging from Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Marechal Foch and Gamay Noir.
Nestled in the beautiful Cowichan Valley, you’ll find this picturesque 50 acre Estate Winery.
The amazing micro-climate allows them to grow 7 different varietals, ranging from fruity whites, to full bodied reds that are unique to Vancouver Island.
Winning medals across Canada and the United States and being the first Vancouver Island recipient of the prestigious Lieutenant Governors Award for Excellence in B.C. wines.
Five acres of sustainable dry-farmed vineyards in Cowichan Valley.
Sustainable farming practices (use of beneficial insects and sticky tape for insect control).
Rocky Creek Winery
A true passion for making this a heritage winery and passing it on for generations.
The owners Mark and Linda Holford left their corporate job to fulfilled their dream of running a winery someday.
Traditional meets artisanal winemaking at Unsworth Vineyards, an award-winning, family owned and operated winery committed to handcrafting wines of distinction in Vancouver Island’s Cowichan Valley.
They’ve embraced the idea of taking viticulture beyond organic.
Committed to pure standards these vineyards use no pesticides or herbicides. No compromise in the vineyard or winery.
Just a commitment to producing wines uniquely expressive of our site and our personalities.
The original farmhouse (and family home, built around 1893) was extensively expanded and renovated to accommodate special winery events and our new tasting room featuring the work of Cowichan Valley artisans using local woods opened in the summer of 2011.
Dennis Zanatta began to experiment with growing grapes in the Cowichan Valley over 30 years ago; he helped pioneer the regions thriving wine trade.
First winery on Vancouver Island to specialize in Champagne-style wines (‘méthode champanoise.) This process is intensive: all bottles are hand riddled and disgorged.
- Warm, dry summers and mild, moist winters.
- Ideal growing conditions for many grape varietals.
- Most closely associated with areas around the Mediterranean basin.
- A place where winemaking first flourished.
- Resulting from the Greeks, Romans, and Phoenician influence in the ancient world.