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Cowichan Wineries



Alderlea Vineyards Ltd


1751 Stamps Road
Duncan BC
V9L 5W2

Alderlea Vineyards Ltd


Roger and Nancy Dosman operate this winery near Duncan on the slopes above Quamichan Lake. Established in 1992 Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir are grown on the slopes of this Cowichan Valley winery. Other quality white wine varieties, Pinot Auxerrois and Bacchus and 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. Angeliquend a very dark rich port style wine Hearth.

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

Roger often uses a method know as tending to aid in the ripping 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.

Signature wines Matrix, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Clarinet. Product is 1,800 cases . Matrix is made from Alderlea's planting of an early-ripening cabernet sauvignon/maréchal foch cross developed by Swiss breeder Valentin Blattner


Winemaker: Roger Dosman
Philosophy: dedicated to growing high quality grapes and producing 100% estate grown wines


Averill Creek Winery


6556 North Road
Duncan BC.

Averill Creek winery


The Averill Creek Vineyard is the result of one man’s 30-year passion for wine. Over the past decade, physician Andy Johnston has been preparing for a dramatic career change by apprenticing in the vineyards of Italy, France, Australia, and New Zealand. Averill Creek is the vineyard of his dreams.

The winery is a 150 ton capacity winery built on the side of Mt Prevost.

Andy was 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. The property has 46 acres on a steep southward slope. Over 1400 vines are currently planted, including Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer and Merlot

The Averill Creek Winery takes its name from the pretty little creek that cuts through the vineyard as it runs down the southern slopes of Mount Prevost into the Cowichan Valley of Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Averill Creek only uses screw tops to seal its wine. The wine maker believes this is the best way to preserve the natural quality of the wine over a long period of time. The winery's most recent launches include Prevost, a barrel-aged blend of maréchal foch, merlot and cabernet foch, and a blackberry dessert wine called Cowichan Black

Signature wines: Pinot Noir and barrel aged Pinot Gris

Winemaker: Daniel Dragert
Philosophy Focus on Estate wines from the Pinot Family



Blue Grouse Vineyards


4365 Blue Grouse Road
Duncan, BC
V9L 6M3 Canada

Blue Grouse


Located on Blue Grouse Road in a country forest setting; established in 1989 . The 31 acre winery was build one vine at a time by the Kiltz family. Aug 2012 the winery was sold to New owners Paul, Christina, and daughter Paula Brunner - Possible future plans for Blue Grouse include winery and tasting room renovations, the addition of a boutique inn with a farm-to-table style restaurant, and vineyard updates that would help realize the property's full potential. 

The soil at Blue Grouse Vineyards is mainly a mixture of clay and sand, however there are also areas of gravelly soil. The winery grows only Vitis Vinifera, the real wine grapes introduced from Europe which are primarily cool climate varieties such as Bacchus Ortega, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Müller-Thurgau.


Possible future plans for Blue Grouse include winery and tasting room renovations, the addition of a boutique inn with a farm-to-table style restaurant, and vineyard updates that would help realize the property's full potential. 

Signature Wines : Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Bacchus, Ortega, Black Muscat, Muller-Thurgau.

 

Winemaker: Bailey Williamson
Philosophy: I try to do everything I can in the vineyard to give the grapes all they need to ripen and develop into luscious fruit, making every attempt to nurture them along and make them into the very best wine I can using as little intervention as possible. I am an artist not a chemist




Cherry Point Estate Wines

840 Cherry Point Road, RR# 3
Cobble Hill, B.C. Canada V0R 1L3

Cherry point


The vineyard at Cherry Point was established a few miles south of Cowichan Bay in 1990.Wine-growing was still new on Vancouver Island in 1990; consequently the vineyard was planted with several grape varieties in the search for the varietals that would grow best. After the grape trials, Cherry Point Vineyards became one of the first licensed wineries on Vancouver Island in 1994. In 2004 Cherry Point Vineyards was purchased by the Cowichan Tribes making it the forth winery in the world to be aboriginal owned. Today the winery is owned by Xavier and Maria Clara Bonilla

Today the vineyard produces award winning varietal wines from their main
varieties: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer and Siegerrebe. They also produce highly popular blends like Coastal White and Coastal Red. 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. The vineyard remains best known for its World Famous Cowichan Blackberry Dessert Wine and recently released a more aged version called Solera.

Winemaker : Dean Canadzichr
Philosophy: the production of hand-crafted premium wines made entirely on our own premises, using 100% British Columbia grapes.



Damali Lavender Farm Winery

 

3500 Telegraph Road
Cobble Hill B.C., V0R 1L4


 

Damali Lavender Farm, Winery and B&B is a project of three partners, Marsha & Dave Stanley and Alison Philp. The winery opened it's doors to the public in May 2010 with a release of four wines ‘Alba' a Pinot Grigio named after a white lavender, ‘Rosea' a sparkling rose named after a pink lavender and two specialty wines, ‘Lavande' a lavender and white wine blend and ‘Mure Lavande' a dry blackberry dinner wine balanced using lavender syrup. The future promises more interesting fruit, grape and lavender wines that are unique to Damali and are all made from fruit grown at the farm and within the Cowichan region.

winemaker: Dave Stanley



Deol Winery

6645 Somenos Road.
Duncan.

Doel Winery

 

Surgit Deol's family immigrated to Canada from the Punjab in 1980, and spent a few years in the Cowichan Valley In 1999, the family bought a former dairy farm north of Duncan and, starting the following year, developed a 23-acre vineyard (Gamay, Maréchal Foch, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and a few odds and sods). The winery open fall of 2008

Signature wines Blanc de Noirs, Somenos Red

winemaker: Gary Deol

 

 



Divino Estate Winery

1500 Freeman Rd, Cobble Hill,
BC V0R1L0

Joe Busnardo

 

When Joe Busnardo retired from his winery in the Okanagan(which he started in 1980's) he relocated to Vancouver Island and started a new winery in Cobble Hill.

Chardonnay, Trebbiano, Castel, Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio form the core of the mix of varietals on the Busnardo Vineyard

They are located close to the Trans Canada Highway not far from Cowichan Bay. Their wine shop is open only Friday and Saturday afternoons.

There are only two types of wines.  The ones you like and the ones you don't
Joe Busnardo, Owner and Winemaker

Winemaker: Joe Busnardo


Emandare Vineyards


6798 Norcross Rd.
Duncan, BC
V9L 6M3 Canada

 

Mike and Robin Nierychlo moved from Vancouver to the Island to start their winery. A dream and passion coming true. The adventure started n 2013.

They have 8.5 acre property / 6.3 acre vineyard. They practise only organic and natural vineyard practises. We believe in being good stewards of our land

How they Chose their name We wanted something completely unique, just like our vineyard. The goal is that when people think of the word Emandare, they associate it with this place or this wine. ( It’s also our initials, Mike & Robin = M and R = Em-and-are) Pronounced Em/and/air

they also produce cider from their estate apples

visits by appointment

Winemaker: Mike Nierychlo
Philosophy: Farm the grapes organically and in balance in the vineyard. Then harvest by hand and gently process the fruit in the winery and let nature take care of the rest. All wild yeast (no commercial yeasts have been in our building) Making sure to pay close attention to observing the science of what is happening but only intervening if absolutely necessary. In summary or philosophy is old world and natural. 





Enrico Winery


3280 Telegraph Road,
Mill Bay B.C. Canada


Located just south of the Malahat Drive in Mill Bay (Cowichan valley) Enrico opened in 2010.

Enrico Winery is a family-run business. The 50 acre farm was acquired by the Smith Family in 2000. Harry “Enrico Smith and his family lived on a vineyard in Switzerland while he was coaching hockey. It was there that the family first became interested in Wine. At the urging of his brother Newt, the family converted the farm into a vineyard, planting their first 8 acres of Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir in 2007. Since then they have expanded to 15 acres of grapes with Ortega, Cabernet Libre, and Cabernet Foch. Production around 2000 cases.

The first bottles of Wine were produced in 2009, on brand new state of the art equipment, by winemaker Daniel Cosman.  The original sheep barn was converted and our Cantina-tasting room was opened in 2011.


The signature wines are Pinot Grigio, Ortega, Cabernet Libre and Cabernet Foch

Winemaker: Daniel Cosman
Philosophy : Making the best wine we can, putting down roots and building for the next generations



Glenterra Vineyard


Box 411, 3897 Cobble Hill Rd,
Cobble Hill, BC V0R 1L0

photo by Bob


May 20th 2000 marked the official opening of John Kelly and Ruth Luxton's Winery. Glenterra Vineyard is located on Cobble Hill Road. They started out in almost perfect fashion winning a Silver Medal at the All Canadian Wine Championships for their Pinot Gris.

Winemaker : John Kelly


Godfrey-Brownell Vineyards


closed

 


Located in the Cowichan Valley near Duncan. The owner is Dave Godfrey. "The valley is clearly a cool climate area, with all the advantages (and dangers) that designation implies. With a very short history (and global warming), nobody can really say what varieties will triumph, but our early choices indicate how we've placed our bets on the roulette table: Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Gamay Noir, Chardonnay, Bacchus and Marachél Foch."




Merridale Estate Cidery


1230 Merridale Road, RR 1
Cobble Hill, B.C. V0R 1L0
T. (250) 743-4293
F. (250) 743-9310
1-800-998-9908


Merridale, nestled in the mouth of Vancouver Island's Cowichan Valley, is a destination the whole family can enjoy. Located in Cobble Hill, just 40 minutes from Victoria The cider house provides a unique venue, surrounded by the orchards.

Merridale is said to be BC's first estate cidery. Founded by Albert Piggott in 1987 and is now owned by Janet Docherty and Rick Pipes who took over the cider house in 2000.  They wanted the business to be something they would be passionate about and provide a healthy lifestyle for their family

Some of the varieties of apples grown include Dabinett, Tremlett's Bitter, Frequin Rouge, Hauxapfel, Chisel Jersey and Bulmer Norman, to name a few.

Signature Ciders: Scrumpy, Somerset

In 2007 the Brandihouse was opened to produce fortified wines - Brandy. Aging is an important factor in producing fine quality brandy. The process of aging in oak enhances many of the characteristics of the brandy and slowly adds a distinctive caramel colour. The choice of barrel is important in the end product. Some of their brandies will be aged in French Oak, others in American Oak. Merridale will also be the first to age some brandies in Canadian Oak. They will call the brandies Oh de Vies a play
on eau de vie or water of life.

Cider Master: Rick Pipes
Philosophy: Merridale Ciders are handcrafted, all natural and made from 100% undiluted juice.


Rocky Creek Winery

1854 Myhrest Road
Cowichan Bay, BC 
V0R 1N1

 

 

This beautiful 10 acre winery located in the Cowichan Valley is owned by Holford Family. Linda is the general manger and Mark is the winemaker.

Mark is a third-generation winemaker. After making amateur wines for over 20 years, Holfords decided to establish a winery due to the many requests from people who wanted Mark's wine and winemaking experience. The winery is currently producing 1500 cases of wine.

Rocky Creek is an innovative winery trying new things such as experimental grapes from the Blattner crosses and training the vineyard differently than anyone else on Vancouver Island. Mark is an environmental engineer and going green is just a part of Rocky Creek normal practices.

They are the first in Western Canada to use the Zork closure for still wines and now also for the sparkling wines, which reseals itself and keeps bubbles fresh for days.  Zorks are recyclable, reusable and also have air permeability

signature wines : Pinot Noir, Blackberry Port , Ortega, Pinot Gris, Katherine's Sparkle
The Holfords dream is to pass their very successful winery on to their children.

Winemaker: Mark Holford
Philosophy. True to the region, estate grown and quality.  Sustainable and eco-friendly.  The best wines made from the region. 




South Island Wines

1245 Fisher Rd.
Cobble Hill, BC

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Gordon Graziano began by planting vines in his backyard. Success lead him to establish a winery

Winemaker: Gord Graziano
Philosophy:




Silverside Farm Winery

3810 Cobble Hill Road
Cobble Hill , BC , V0R 1L5


A unique winery in Cobble Hill  producing Raspberry, Blueberry & Blackberry wines. Bill & Jeanne Aten bought the farm to operate as a mixed farm in 1982 and it has seen many changes from raising animals to producing raspberries and blueberries and now fruit wines. The plan is to keep the winery small scale and manage the quality of our product.

They also make jams, jellies, syrups and vinegars. The tasting room is also an art gallery featuring work by local artist Jean Aten as well as gifts made by local craftspeople.

signature wines: Blueberry Port

Winemaker: Bill Aten
Philosophy: To make the most tasty product available






Unsworth Vineyards

2915 Cameron-Taggart Road
Cobble Hill, B.C., V0R 1L0



Nestled in the foothills of Mill Bay, surrounded by pasture and minutes away from the Pacific Ocean lies Unsworth Vineyards. Vistas, ambiance and entertainment coupled with the perfect coastal climate for growing some of the world's most unique and finest of wine grapes. Owned By Tim and Colleen Turyk who own Bell a Coola Fisheries Ltd. . The winery is under development. They have 30 acres with 12 acres planted in Foch and Blattner.

The historic 115-year-old heritage farmhouse has been turned into a winemaker’s residence along with a restaurant.

Blattner wines are their signature product. Their product will be about 3000 cases including a port style wine


Winemaker: Tim Turyk Daniel Cosman
Philosophy
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Venturi-Schulze Vineyards

 

4235 Vineyard Road
Cobble Hill, BC
V0R 1L5 Canada

Venturi Schulze


Located in Cobble Hill, Giordano Venturi and Marilyn Schulze-Venturi are committed to growing the highest quality grapes without pesticides or herbicides, and are crafting world class wines. Michelle, Marilyn's daughter also plays an important role at the winery.
The family also produces balsamic vinegar. The vinegary, or acetaia, was expanded by 2,000 sq. ft. in 1999. It houses dozens of large "nursery" barrels and 108 ageing barrels custom made in Italy from chestnut, cherry, acacia, ash and oak.

A new picnic patio area was completed in 2011 and a beautiful new tasting room featuring solid local arbutus and maple bar tops and local fir flooring

Their wines are now renowned and served in some of the finest restaurants from Vancouver Island to Montreal and Washington and Oregon. Their balsamic vinegar is described by such luminaries as Adrienne Clarkson, former Governor General of Canada, as the best in the world

The winery now use high quality screw caps on our still wines

Winemaker: Giordano Venturi
Philosophy: Each wine is an adventure woven around the season, the soil and the personalities of the varieties and winemakers. We add minimal amounts of sulphide at bottling to some of our wines. None is added to our Brut or dessert wine. To retain as much of the character of the grapes as possible, we neither fine nor sterile-filter, so storage temperatures become important: we recommend 10° to 12°C (50° to 55°F). After so much effort in the vineyard and winery, we are not willing to compromise on quality by putting an unpredictable piece of bark in the neck of the bottle.


Vigneti Zanatta
winery and vineyards

5039 Marshall Rd, Duncan
B.C. V9L 6S3


The Zanatta family operates a 25 acre vineyard in the northwest corner of the valley. Their historic family home was built in 1903. The 120 acre farm was originally the site of a dairy farm when the Zanatta's purchased it in 1958. Since then 30 acres have been planted in vines, including Ortega, Cayuga, Auxerrois, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Nero, Muscat, Merlot, and Madeleine X Sylvaner. The remainder of the farm is in pasture, hay fields, forest and old fruit orchards.

Vinoteca, food and wine bar was established in May of 1996. This new venture for Vigneti Zanatta allows us to explore the fascinating art of pairing simple country cuisine the wines. Vinoteca was Ileana Zanatta's creation. She took the family's 1903 farm house, restored it as closely as possible to its original character, added her own unique style and created an eclectic place to dine or sip your afternoon away.

Winemaker Jim Moody, Lorrete Zanatta
Philosophy:Our goal is to produce quality wines with exceptional regional character. We achieve this by using only Vancouver Island grapes and unrushed winemaking techniques which allows for complete expression of the wines.


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