Posted by: cherylyoung | February 2, 2012



There are more than 20 wineries and vineyards are located in the

 Vancouver Island region, the majority of which are concentrated

 in three areas: the Cowichan Valley and Saanich Peninsula on

 Vancouver Island, as well as the southern Gulf Islands.

Southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands comprise some of the

 warmest growing regions in Canada.

 Microclimates exist that have enabled several different

 Vancouver Island wineries to produce multiple-award

winning wines.

Many of these wineries are small and family-owned, focused

on creating superlative, low-volume wines available on-site

 or through  select restaurants.

 Most welcome visitors, and offer tours and tastings.

 Some also offer dining or have picnic facilities and host  events.

Some of the world’s best cool-climate grapes are grown here.

 There is a great diversity in vineyards, and each has its own

 unique characteristic. 

Roger and Nancy Dosman operate Alderlea Vineyards near

 Duncan  on the slopes above Quamichan Lake in the

 Cowichan Valley

 (Prior to 1911, the town of Duncan was known as Alderlea).

 Established in 1992, winemaker Roger is dedicated to growing

 high quality grapes and producing 100% estate grown wines.

All products are made from the vineyard’s grapes, including

 superb white wines, red wines and ports.

The beautiful, south sloping 10-acre vineyard overlooking

 Quamichan Lake possesses all the requirements for

 producing quality cool climate grapes.

 From the rocky soil to the grafted vines recommended by a French

research institute, some of Europe’s best known grape varieties

such as Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir flourish in the warm

 Cowichan Valley summer.

Other quality white wine varieties, Pinot Auxerrois and Bacchus, 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

 called “Angelique” and a very dark rich port style wine called “Hearth”.

Roger often uses a method known as tenting to aid in the

 ripening 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.

Hours of Operation:

Open 1 – 5 pm Thursday to Sunday.

Winery Location:

Alderlea Vineyards Ltd
1751 Stamps Road
Duncan BC
V9L 5W2

The first release of Averill Creek wines will be the fruition

 of many years  of  hopes, dreams, and hard work, says

owner Andy Johnston.

The Okanagan was appealing, but with most of the good

 vineyard landalready taken, Andy was next 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.

Our Wines:

Pinot Gris: This wine is a complex fruity mouthful, with

 peach and  citrus overtones. It was barrel fermented and has

 gone through malo/lactic fermentation.

 It was in neutral French oak for eight months.

Hours of Operation:
Summer: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Friday – Sunday.
We welcome appointments as well.

Vineyard Location:
Averill Creek Vineyard
6552 North Road
Duncan, BC

 Blue Grouse Vineyards is a family-operated winery established

in 1989 as the second business of its type on Vancouver Island.

 It is situated on a 31-acre farm in the heart of the Cowichan Valley.

 Dr. Hans Kiltz is the proprietor and winemaker.

Dr. Kiltz and his family experimented with 150 grape varieties to

determine which types would thrive in the particular microclimate

 of their property.

The southern slopes of the vineyards proved to be ideal growing

 conditions for producing premium Germanic-style wines.

 The harvest is done by hand and only the highest quality

 grapes are selected.

 Blue Grouse now produces a dozen cool climate varieties such as

Ortega, Siegerrebe, Bacchus, Muller-Thurgau, Pinot Gris,

 Pinot Noir and Black Muscat, a Blue Grouse exclusive.

 All wines are grown,  produced and bottled at

 Blue Grouse Vineyards.

In the spring of 1993, they opened their charming

 European-style Wine Shop.

 Visitors are invited to share a taste of Vancouver Island’s

 most remarkable wines while enjoying a breathtaking

 view of the Valley

 In summer time, feel free to bring a picnic and enjoy it.

Blue Grouse Wines are available in many resorts and fine

 dining on Vancouver Island and in the city of Vancouver

 Also look for them in cold beer and wine stores in

Duncan and Victoria, we well as in the VQA Shops across

Vancouver Island.

 Blue Grouse winesare not distributed through the Liquor Stores.

Blue Grouse is located 45 km north of Victoria or 7 km south

 of Duncan,  just 1 km west of the Highway.

Hours of Operation:

October through March – Wednesday through Saturday 11am until 5pm
April through September – Wednesday through Sunday 11am until 5pm

Winery Location:

Blue Grouse Vineyards & Winery
4365 Blue Grouse Road
Duncan, V9L 6M3
Vancouver Island
British Columbia


Hidden in Deep Cove, on South Vancouver Island, is

Chalet Winery, a small, family-owned winery operated by

 Michael Betts and Linda Plimley,producing some of the finest,

limited edition wines available.

We specialize in making crisp wines from Saanich Peninsula grapes

 renowned for their aroma and citrus flavours.

 Contracts with select vineyards in the Oliver region of BC

 allow us to obtain the highest quality red grape varieties for

 our robust and much sought after Cabernets and Merlots.

 Our wines are only available through our Farm Gate Winery

 and quality restaurants.

Chalet Estate offers an exclusive, private venue designed to

 accommodate wedding receptions and special events.

 Set in a quiet, rural area, Chalet Estate is ideal for those

who wish privacy,  and excellence for a memorable event.

The perfect location for Weddings, Receptions, Staff Dinners

 and Client Appreciation events.

Hours of Operation:

Summer: Tuesday to Sunday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Winter: Thursday to Saturday 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
and Sunday

Vineyard Location:

Chalet Estate Vineyard
11195 Chalet Road
North Saanich
V8L 5M1

 Chase and Warren Estate Winery in Port Alberni is situated on a

southwest-facing slope that lends itself admirably to the growing

 of grapes, along with strikingly beautiful views of the mountains

 and the Alberni Valley.

 Chase Warren is the first winery in Port Alberni, with the first

vines planted in 1996.

Chase and Warren wines include Beaufort Blush, Chardonnay,

Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

 They plan to have a minimum of 25 acres of pinot noir,

 pinot gris, muscat,

 bacchus, gamay noir and Gewurztraminer.

Due to present limits in production, the winery does not offer

their wines outside of British Columbia.

 Those wishing to savour wines of Chase and Warren Estate Winery

 will have to come to Vancouver or Vancouver Island, where

 they are sold  in restaurants and liquor stores.

Chase and Warren Estate Winery offers wine tours of their estate.

 Catch the Steam Train that runs on Fridays from the train station

 or the mill to visit the only Vancouver Island winery visited by a train!

 The Alberni Pacific Railway stops at the winery at the request of anyone

 on their way to or from the McLean’s Mill National Historic site.

 You will need to buy a ticket at the steam train office and request a

stop at the winery.

Hours of Operation:

Daily 12 noon to 5 pm
Summer: 12 noon to 6 pm

Winery Location:

Chase and Warren Estate Winery
6253 Drinkwater Road
Port Alberni, BC

Phone: (250) 724-4909
Fax: (250) 724-4909

The vineyard at Cherry Point was established in 1990 when

 founders and wine trailblazers Wayne and Helena Ulrich purchased

 34 acres on a  former mink ranch a few miles south of Cowichan Bay.

 Since wine-growing was still new on Vancouver Island, they planted

 the vineyard with several grape varieties, for nobody really knew

which grapes suited the island’s soil and climate.

After the grape trials, Cherry Point Vineyards became one of the

 first licensed wineries on Vancouver Island, in 1994, and a

 decade later was purchased by the Quw’utsun’ Vineyard

Development Corporation, a subsidiary of the

 Cowichan Tribes of Duncan, BC.

The vineyard is planted on a glacial moraine, gravel and stony hill

 rich in minerals on top of the surrounding clay countryside.

White round stones that lay exposed under the vines retain and

reflect  the sun’s heat and help to ripen the fruit long after the sun sets.

The grapevines thrive in the gravel and sandy soil, an open soil they

can get  their roots down deep into, searching for water and nutrients.

A large pond nearby catches the winter rain as it runs down the vineyard’s

sloping hill and the mineral enriched water is judiciously irrigated back

 onto the vines when they need it in the summer

 Today the 24-acre vineyard is the second largest on Vancouver Island

 and consists of grapevines that flourish in Cherry Point’s microclimate.

 Ten main varieties and eight limited varieties are planted including

 Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Auxerrois, Pinot Noir, Agria,

Ortega, Seigerrebe and Castel.

These are honest, straightforward and approachable Island wines

 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.

We welcome visitors to our tasting room, bistro, picnic grounds

 and conduct guided vineyard tours.

The Wine Shop is open everyday from 10am – 5pm
Free guided tours at 11am, 1pm & 3pm

The Bistro is open Monday through Saturday 11am – 4pm
On Sunday 10am – 3pm for Brunch.

Vineyard Location:

Cherry Point Vineyards
840 Cherry Point Road
Cobble Hill, V0R 1L3
Vancouver Island
British Columbia






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