Southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands comprise the warmest growing region in Canada.
The Wine Islands have their origin in fiery volcanic rock, and have been scoured by three ice ages. But the ocean remained, warming the land and creating microclimates which winemakers now exploit for your pleasure.
This terroir is ideal to grow some of the world’s best cool climate grapes, and yields elegant, aromatic wines reminiscent of northern Europe. 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.
Let us know if we can arrange a wine tasting tour during your stay at The Humboldt House – Bed and Breakfast!
Cobble Hill and Cowichan Valley Vineyards
840 Cherry Point Rd Cobble Hill 250-743-1272
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.
5039 Marshall Rd Duncan 250-748-2338
Located on Vancouver Island in the Cowichan Valley. This winery is part of a 120 acre farm. With 30 acres in vines, the remainder of the farm is in pasture, hay fields, forest and old fruit orchards.
1230 Merridale Rd Cobble Hill 250-743-4293
The Cider House is a unique venue nestled in the heart of the orchard, and is home to a cozy bistro, la Pommeraie. The perfect spot to relax, and learn how to pair cider with meals inspired and created from locally sourced ingredients and taste premium small batch wines.
4365 Blue Grouse Rd Duncan 250-743-3834
Blue Grouse is a family owned and operated vineyard and winery established as one of the founding Estates wineries of Vancouver Island. Blue Grouse Vineyards was opened in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island in 1989.
Saanich Peninsula Vineyards
1831D Mount Newton X Rd Saanichton 250-652-8667
Marley Farm Winery is a family owned and operated winery in a little slice of Zion, [heaven] in the tranquil Mount Newton Valley. They had always dreamed of owning a winery and in the spring of 2000 the dream was born.
1445 Benevenuto Ave Brentwood Bay 250-652-2671
At Church & State they balance tradition and change in our wine making: We respect the time-honoured notion that wine is made in the vineyard, yet aren’t afraid to work with new grape varieties. They also age their wines in the finest French oak.
11195 Chalet Road, North Saanich 250-656-2552
Hand Crafted, Specialty Wines – Corporate and Special Events. Located 7 minutes away from Victoria Airport and B.C. Ferries, 20 minutes from Butchart Gardens, yet miles away from the ordinary.