40 Knots Estate Winery was established in 2005 on 24 lush coastal acres in the heart of the Comox Valley. The winery was purchased by Brenda Hetman-Craig and Layne Craig in July 2014
The name comes from the 40 Knots winds from the Strait of Georgia. These winds help keep the grapes dry in the vineyard. The wineries founder was a tugboat captain, 40 knots at sea, is a time to come in to land and enjoy a nice bottle of wine. 40 Knots' logo has swallows which are seen in the vineyard and they depict homecoming to a sailor
The vineyard's glacier till soil is perfect for vines from France. The location also offers a beautiful setting along with a well designed tasting room and wine shop. There is also a patio overlooking the vines.
Their portfolio includes the Stall Speed label which was created from the airspeed indicator of Layne's airplane to distinguish wines made from grapes purchased from other BC vineyards.
Signature wines : Spindrift Brut, Whitecaps (blend of Pinot Gris and Schoenberger, Rose, Pinot Noir and Safe Haven
They produce a Merlot icewine
Winemaker: Matt Dumayne
Philosophy: Good wine starts in the vineyard ...the idea of what the French call terroir ( or sense of place) has imparted on us the belief that the soil properties and unique microclimate here at 40 Knots is capable of not only growing grapes, but of creating and growing great wine! A hands on approach in the vineyard leads to a connection with the vines and it is most satisfying to take something that you`ve grown and turn it into something people love!