Posted by: cherylyoung | February 24, 2013

ON YOUR TOUR OF THE WINERIES ON VANCOUVER ISLAND, YOU MIGHT ENCOUNTER JUST ABOUT ANYONE OR ANYTHING

We invite you to discover B.C.’s fastest

growing Wine Country.

Enjoy our wineries and cideries, taste the latest vintage, picnic

in a vineyard or orchard – all with a backdrop of verdant hills

and scenic landscapes.

No two vineyards are alike; each has its own special favourites,

as popular as Chardonnay or as rare as Agria.

The region also boasts near-perfect conditions for growing premium

quality cider apples.

The Cowichan Valley mirrors the climate and soil conditions of the

famous cider-growing regions of England and France.

Located in the lee of Vancouver Island, between the island and the

mainland of British Columbia, are the Gulf Islands, and their near

Mediterranean climate.

The Gulf Islands are currently home to 12 wineries, many

Gulf Island wineries supplement their production with grapes

grown in the Okanagan Valley.

Each of the Gulf Islands seems to be a world unto itself; travelling

between the Southern Gulf Islands and Northern Gulf Islands

can be accomplished in small hops – each island deserves at

least a day or two for exploring.

 

Just a short drive from downtown Victoria, this 25 acre winery

is located on a hillside overlooking the farmland of the

Saanich Peninsula With one of the mildest climates in Canada

it offers the perfect growing environment for predominantly

Germanic style white wines.

The 25 acre estate with views of the valley and ocean beyond

offers the perfect setting for 11 acres of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.

The 11 acre of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, in combination with an

additional 80 acres in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia

ensures that Church & State will continue to create an enticing

portfolio of premium and super premium wines.

Industrial meets sophistication in this exquisitely designed

building utilizing the perfect combination of natural fibres

and timbers, metals and concrete.

Large windows and doorways lead you to a wrap-around

deck overlooking the vineyard and the perfect spot to enjoy

a light lunch or bottle of wine

The main floor of The Winery with its open concept floorplan

bring the experience of the winery to fruition.

From the marketplace filled with boutique souvenirs and

giftware to the 50 person tasting bar with a 30 foot barrel wall as

a backdrop you will feel the energy of a busy working winery.

Take a stroll through the market garden, feast on a picnic

lunch beside the pond or fritter away the afternoon

with a game of croquet.

Winery Location:

Church & State Wines
1445 Benvenuto Avenue
Brentwood Bay
V8M

Echo Valley Vineyards is a wine growing estate, nestled in the

evergreen forests of the Cowichan Valley.

Here, on the foot of the Koksilah Ridge mountains, grape vines

have been planted on sun catching slopes and on the bottom

plains of the valley.

On this truly virgin land, the young plants are raised organically

and irrigated with clear mountain water from our own wells.

Soon we will be able to harvest our organically grown grapes

and produce a wine with the flavours of this unique location.

In the meantime we have bought grapes from other B.C. vineyards

and have made wine thereof in our own way.

In wine making, we follow the traditions of the countries of origin

for each particular grape variety. Come and taste European style wines:

our Chardonnay, a Beaujolais Blanc style white wine, fruity and

without a taste of oak; or the noble Gamay Noir, a true

Beaujolais Rouge style red wine.

Also, try our white Alsace and German style wines:

Pinot Gris and Kerner; and last but not least our red party wine,

the low priced Nouveau Gamay, an exquisite Beaujolais Nouveau

style wine, crisp and fruity as no other red wine.

Hours of Operation:

Summer Season: Open 1 – 5pm Thursday to Sunday
Shoulder Season: Open 1 – 5pm Saturday to Sunday
Winter Season: By Appointment

Winery Location:

Echo Valley Vineyards
4651 Waters Road
Glenora, Duncan

Glenterra Vineyards is the garage winery of the Cowichan Valley.

Tastings, with a hands on view of the winery, are a cozy experience

here with owners John Kelly and Ruth Luxton.

It is located on a knoll in Cobble Hill,Vancouver Island,

with great views of the valley.

Our goal is to create premium wines with concentrated flavours.

This is accomplished by careful attention to gentle pressing,

minimal filtration and the use of French and American oak barrels

for both ageing and fermentation.

John’s passion for the finely crafted wines is reflected in the quality

and character of Glenterra’s wines. Since opening in May ’99,

the pinot gris and meritage have won medals at the

All Canada Wine Championships.

Varieties available are pinot gris, chardonnay, pinot noir,

cabernet franc, meritage and Glenterra’s unique blend – Vivace.

Guests can take a self-guided vineyard tour, viewing the 10-year-old

”Harper’ vineyard with forty varieties, the newly planted slope of

merlot and our three-year-old block of pinot gris, pinot blanc,

pinot noir and gewurztraminer.

Glenterra is easily accessible – situated about one minute east

off the Trans Canada Highway stoplight at Valley View Centre on

Cobble Hill Road, just 10 km south of Duncan.

Winery Hours:

Tasting Room/Wine Shop are open daily 11 am – 6 pm

from March to the end of October.
Winter Hours: November 1 – March 1 are 12 – 5, or by chance.
Watch for Sunday BBQs in Summer.

Winery Location:

Glenterra Vineyards
3897 Cobble Hill Road
PO Box 411
Cobble Hill
V0R 1L0
Vancouver Island

Come visit the vineyard, taste the wines, sit on the patio and

enjoy the view.

In our tasting room, you can taste the vintages available for purchase:

our 1999 Chardonnays, Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir.

Tastings from noon to twilight.

Wine Tours

We offer tours of the winery and of our vineyard.

During the winery tour, you’ll get an introduction to wine-making,

learn the history of the wines now aging in oak or steel, and,

depending upon the time of your visit, you may even see the

winemaker at work or have the chance to taste the wine from the barrels.

If you join the vineyard tour, you’ll first see the historical roses

and variety of herbs in our patio gardens.

Then on to the vineyards where you’ll learn about canopy management

and the importance of ‘terroir’ to the growing of grapes.

Tours are available on weekends every hour,

and by appointment during the week.

Godfrey-Brownell Vineyard has joined with the Oak Bay Beach Hotel,

located in Victoria, to host gourmet Cowichan Valley cycling tour

s and mushroom hunts.

On the cycling tours, guests visit a bakery, a cheese company

and then arrive at the vineyard for a picnic with GBV wines.

The hotel van takes you to and from the Cowichan Valley.

Winery Location:

Godfrey-Brownell Vineyards
4911 Marshall Road
Duncan, BC
V9L 6T3

Merridale Ciderworks is a family-run business.

They have been making the island’s finest cider for over 10 years

and have the largest cider apple orchard in BC dedicated

to cider production.

Take the self-guided tour through the cidery and learn some fun facts

about cider making. Stroll through the orchard and see

if you can spot the apple blossom fairies that are rumoured

to live there.

And when the fresh air has piqued your appetite, finish your tour

at the Cider House, with a delicious meal and a

complimentary cider tasting.

The Cider House is a unique venue in a stunning orchard setting,

located in Cobble Hill, just 40 minutes from Victoria.

Hours of Operation:

Daily from 10:30am to 5:30pm

Cider Tours

Self-Guided Tours: For those that just want to drop in,

we offer self guided tours.

Grab a map in the store and then follow the numbered signs.

Afterwards, join us for a tasting and we will be happy to answer

any questions you have.

Guided Tours: Take a personal guided tours and have all your

questions answered along the way. For people arriving at merridale

as a group, this option ensures your reserved space at the ciderhouse

and that extra special attention.

Self-Guided Orchard Walk: An orchard walk that enchants and

educates all at the same time.

Learn about the cider apples planted in Canada’s largest

cider apple orchard, and understand the noble beginning of cider.

Read about Cowichan Valley history.

Marvel at the local plant and flora, indigenous rock and wildlife.

The Barrel Vault: We are under production in our barrel vault.

Soon you will be able to book a tour that will unlock the vault door

to our barrel room.

You will be invited in our private tasting area to savour sneak previews

of our new releases.

Bring your own picnic, or purchase a taste of the Cowichan Valley

local wares from our Farm House Store, and enjoy your lunch

in our new picnic area in the orchard.

Winery Location:

Merridale Ciderworks Corp.
1230 Merridale Road, RR 1
Cobble Hill, B.C.
V0R 1L0

Rocky Creek Winery is a small boutique winery in Cowichan Bay on

Vancouver Island, offering high quality wines from grapes grown on

Vancouver Island.

Rocky Creek Winery is a family business.

Linda Holford is the General Manager and Mark Holford (Winemaker)

is a third-generation winemaker with over 20 years experience.

Since our first product release in November 2005, our Blackberry Port

has already received a silver award at the Northwest Wine Summit,

and our Pinot Noir has received VQA status.

We have a limited selection, and expect to produce 500 cases of

Port and 750 cases of Wine per year.

We believe in marketing to select areas between Qualicum Beach

and Victoria, and choosing locations so that we are not spreading

ourselves too thin across too broad an area.

We also offer direct sales from our location in Cowichan Bay,

by appointment only, and our wines can be found in private

Liquor Stores and some select restaurants on Vancouver Island.

Cowichan Bay is located just south of Duncan. Rocky Creek Winery

is accessed off the Trans Canada Highway via Koksilah Road and

Parker Road to Myhrest Road.

Rocky Creek Winery’s summer Hours: May 1 to September 15,

Thursday to Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm.

Otherwise, the winery is open to the public year round

by appointment only.

Tours – Winery Tasting – Direct Sales

Winery location:

Rocky Creek Winery
1854 Myhrest Road
Cowichan Bay, BC
V0R 1N1

Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery was licensed as

British Columbia’s first Meadery in 2003.

Our distinctive Meads (honey wines) reflect harmony and

balance by blending varietal honeys and berries from our local region.

Mead (Honey Wine) is the oldest art of fermentation. Consumed

by all, from kings to peasants, mead has gained a reputation

as a giver of life, wisdom, courage and strength down through the ages.

At Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery in Sooke,

50 kilometres west of Victoria, the mixtures are placed in four oak barrels,

which were imported from France, each one holding 230 litres,

or in stainless steel tanks.

The mead then “ferments out” for as little as two months

or as long as two years.

The shorter the duration, the sweeter the mead because the sugar

in the honey causes the fermentation.

Each year, the farm’s 7.5 million bees produce abou

t 2,500 kilograms of honey, with 60 per cent dedicated to mead-making

and the rest sold as pure honey.

Tugwell Creek Honey Farm is proud to offer a broad range personalized

courses in the art and science of beekeeping. Ranging from novice to

advanced we emphasize a hands on approach while providing the

most up to date materials and handouts on topics covered.

Courses are offered year round at our farm and are taught by a

master beekeeper with over 30 years of experience.

Tugwell Creek Meadery is open for tastings and self guided tours.

April 1st through October 31st
Wednesday through Sunday from 12:00pm – 5:00pm

November through March (Closed January)
Saturday and Sunday from 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Location:

Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery
8750 West Coast Road
Sooke
V0S 1N0

CHERYL C YOUNG, REALTOR

SAANICH PENINSULA REALTY

SIDNEY B.C

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