Posted by: cherylyoung | March 21, 2010


Galiano Island

The new Gulf Islands appellation currently has 12 vineyards

 and 103 acres of vines scattered across half a dozen islands.

 The mild climate of this maritime region is very conducive

 to grape-growing, although scarcity of water and extreme aridity

 in summer present challenges.

 Like the Okanagan and Fraser valleys, the Gulf Islands region

 had a well-established fruit-growing tradition in the late 1800’s.

 Today, a number of different grape varieties are planted

including Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer,

 Riesling, Chardonnay and others.

With most vineyards only planted within the past decade,

many of the wineries also buy, or have bought, grapes from

 the Okanagan and Similkameen appellations to supplement

 their limited local production from young vineyards.

The Gulf Islands, a northern extension of the

 American San Juan Islands, are situated between

Vancouver Island and the British Columbia mainland in the

 well-sheltered Strait of Georgia.

 The distance, as the crow flies, from Saturna in the south

 to Quadra Island at the likely northern limit of island

 viticulture is about 160 km.

Currently, there are six wineries scattered among the islands

. Saturna Island Family Vineyards, which opened in 1998

 and has a 60-acre vineyard, is the largest and the oldest

 continually operating winery on the islands.

 Garry Oaks Winery and Salt Spring Vineyards opened in 2001

 on Salt Spring Island.

 Thetis Island Vineyards on Thetis Island and Marshwood

Estate Winery on Quadra Island opened in 2004, followed

 by Morning Bay Farm on Pender Island in 2005 and

Carbrea Vineyard on Hornby Island in 2006.

 Galiano Island Winery will open in the summer of 2007.

Gabriola Island Winery is a small family-owned business

 and we hope that you enjoy our wines.

 Please visit our tasting room , which is open to the public.

Our wines are available at the following Gabriola Island


Oceanside Restaurant
Silva Bay Bar & Grill
Surf Pub
Suzy’s Restaurant

Retail Outlets:
Silva Bay Liquor Store
Twin Beaches Liquor Store
Village Liquor Store

Winery Location:

Gabriola Island Winery
575 Balsam Street
Gabriola Island

Middle Mountain Mead is an artisan honey winery

 combining the best of ancient and modern techniques

 to create small lots of premium handcrafted mead.

 As well as being a superb wine, mead has been central to

 rituals of celebration and remembrance down through the ages.

Our winery is set on Middle Mountain Farm,

3505 Euston Road Hornby Island.

This is an eagle on Hornby Island

There are terraced hillsides full of plantings including about

 2,000 lavender plants blooming in June-July.

 We also grow black currants, apples, and grapes, and

 are stewards of some beehives as well.

Our tasting room features woven willow screens

and display areas created by Alastair Heseltine.

All of our wines are mead, or honey wine, and that means

that the base of all our wines is honey and water.

 From there we can be inventive, adding herbs, fruits, spices

 and other botantical elements.

 Mead is delicious on its own or with a variety of foods, including

 various cheeses and we’ve found it especially good with spicy foods.

Many of our meads are the perfect complement to dessert as well.

In the summer months, we’re offering tastings on the deck

 Tuesday-Saturday 1-5pm.

 We hope you drop by and visit.

 Mead is available for sale in the tasting room, as well as

 culinary herb blends and herb teas.

Wine Tasting
Saturdays from 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Location of Winery
Middle Mountain Mead
3505 Euston Road
Hornby Island
V0R 1Z

Morning Bay’s 20 terraces climb 200 feet up the rocky south flank  of

 Mount Menzies on North Pender Island off B.C.’s rugged west coast.

 In the lee of rainshadows projected by both the 12,000-foo

t Olympic Peninsula and Vancouver Island, itself 6,000 feet in altitude,

 Pender basks in a glorious mediterranean summer,

with long stretches of dry, sunny weather.

Over an eight month season, with hand-tending and careful

 applications of water and nutrients, winegrapes ripen slowly and

 develop complex flavours.

 Hand-picked in late fall, grapes retain crisp aromatics

 while developing long, elegant flavours.

Our unique gravily-flow winery uses natural processes to nurture

 wines that bear the stamp of hand-craftsmanship.

 Designed in the style of a barn, the two-floor winery keeps primary

 fermentation upstairs, in the “hayloft,” and barrel and bottle storage

 in the “manger,” where sub-grade construction and concrete

 maintain a perfect wine-aging temperature.

Wines are easily moved using gravity and kept at the ideal

 temperature for fermentation.

 Our winery also features our Barrel Room, where private parties and

 suppers can be held among the barrels, with the soft notes of our

grand piano in the background.

Every Thursday and Saturday beginning in June, join us for a farm,

vine and wine tour of our terraced vineyard, organic garden and

 gravity-flow winery, followed by an exclusive tasting paired with

 tasting plates of foods from our garden and the farms of Pender,

 led by Barbara and Keith.

Make your dream Gulf Island wedding come true:

 An oceanfront vineyard, a sunny summer afternoon, a crowd of friends

 and family sipping bubbly in the shade.

Or perhaps exchanging vows high in the terraced vineyard with the

 distant mountains in view.

Or a romantic candle-lit barrel room, surrounded by casks of wine

 slowly aging as a pianist slowly weaves his magic on our grand piano.

Wine Tasting
Summer: Wednesday to Sunday 10:00am to 5:00pm
Winter: Friday to Sunday 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Or by appointment.

Winery Location:
Morning Bay Estate Winery
6621 Harbour Hill Drive
Pender Island

Salt Spring Vineyards received the first winery license granted on

 Salt Spring Island in the BC Gulf Islands.

They enjoyed that distinction for exactly half an hour,

as their neighbours down the hill received theirs thirty minutes later.

 Two days after licensing, some fabulous Merlot was rushed

 from the Okanagan into their destemmer-crusher.

When visitors come to the emerald isles scattered in the blue waters

of the southern Straight of Georgia, they soon forget the pull of their

 hurried lives and start living the relaxed, peaceful

 Gulf Islands existence

. Our desire is that you experience this pleasure and that if you must leave,

you will return as a friend.

Salt Spring Vineyards Wines include Pinot Gris, Millotage,

 Pinot Noir Reserve VQA, Merlot Bin, Apple Pie Dessert-style wine,

and Blackperry ‘Port’.

Salt Spring Vineyards Winery is located high on Lee Hill overlooking

the Fulford Valley.

Winery Location:

Salt Spring Vineyards
151 Lee Road at the 1700 block Fulford Ganges Road
Salt Spring Island, BC
V8K 2A5

Saturna Island

Situated on a pristine bench of land between soaring sandstone cliffs

 and the Pacific Ocean is a family owned vineyard and winery

on the south facing slope of a small island off the rugged coast

 of British Columbia.

The vineyard enjoys a unique northern Mediterranean style climate

 and is warmed by reflected sunlight from the cliff and moderated

 by ocean breezes.

 Saturna Island enjoys an extended ripening period resulting in grapes

 that produce balanced, elegant, and thoroughly enjoyable wines.

Saturna Island Vineyards is establishing a new and unique

 appellation in the British Columbia wine industry.

 As the only island vineyard and winery in Canada having a resort

 and restaurant facilities, we celebrate our unique status by

 producing wines of exceptional quality in a sylvan location.

The winery also contains a wine and gift shop that is open to the public

 from May through November.

 Visitors are welcome to try our selection of wines in our tasting room

and purchase their favourites on site.

The wine shop is open May through September,

 Thursday to Sunday form 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and

 October through November, Saturday and Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 4:30

Contact details:

Saturna Island Vineyards
Quarry Road
Saturna Island, V0N 2Y0

Telephone: (250) 539-5139
Fax: (250) 539-5157

When I started this blog it was just going to be for 50 days of

things to do and see in British Columiba. 

 Well! it didn’t take me long to realize that this will be a project that

 I can do for the rest of my life. 

No kidding, that’s how much there is to learn about






My one of a kind jewelery will never cease to amaze you


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