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Beaufort Vineyards

5854 Pickering Road
Courtenay, BC
V9J 1T4

Beaufort Vineyard


Located 8km north of Courtenay the winery has a great view of Beaufort mountain range.
The wineries logo is the Moai statues of Easter Island. Owners Susan and Jeff Vandermolen sought out a local carver, Stan Skuse (X-Dream Sculptures) from Campbell River, and commissioned him to carve their Moai

The winery was licensed in 2007 and is the first in the Comox Valley. They produce about 2,000 cases on 3.2 hectares.

Signature wines: Carpe Diem (sparkling wine), Panacea (white blend), Chimera ( Bordeaux blend),
Ça Beautage (red estate blend), Black Solera

Famous filmmaker James Cameron is the 'high profile' buyer of Beaufort Vineyard and Estate Winery. 2014

Winemaker: Susan Vandermolen
Philosophy: Focus on high quality handcrafted wines
· Minimal inputs into the wine
· Use of detailed lab analysis to minimize additions and adjustments



Blue Moon Estate Winery

4905 Darcy Rd. ,
Courtenay, B.C. V9J 1R5


A fruit winery, which opened in May 2009,owned by George Ehrler and Marla Limousin. It is part of the picturesque Nature's Way Farm, an organic berry farm near Courtenay, that has been operated for several years. Natural Way is a certified Organic farm

They produce fortified dessert wines with blueberries, blackberries and strawberries, and table wine with blueberries and apples.
Also launched recently Harvest Moon Cider

Winemaker: George Ehrler
Philosophy: We use classical wine making traditions and local fruit . We love tradition as much as experimentation, so come and taste what we are doing. Drink to the pure expressions of the fruit! 

 

Chase & Warren Estate Winery Vineyards

6253 Drinkwater Road
Port Alberni, BC

Chase and Warren Winery


All by itself off the wine path in the northwest lies this new winery,owned and operated by Vaughan Chase and Ron Crema . The winery started by chance when some decorative Gewürztraminer did extremely well. This led to the planting of other varieties in 1996. Five acres in total. Hard work and difficult conditions plagued the winery for the next few years.

In 2003 the winery opened the its wine shop with only 150 cases but good wine sells and it provided some much need cash for future development.

The winery focus on German style wines that suit the local market of Port Alberni.

The winery currently has 12 acres of vines.




Coastal Black Winery

2186 Endall rd
Black Creek


A fruit winery located in the Comox valley at the base of Mt Washington.

At Coastal Black we have an overwhelming passion for wine that can be enjoyed by any and all people whenever the mood should strike you . They have the island's largest planting 32 hectares of cultivated blackberries They also produce Mead.

Signature wines are Blackberry Table, Blackberry Sparkling and Spiced Mead

winemaker: Abel O'Brennan
Philosophy: If you are truly passionate about what you do and you love making wine then you will produce something everyone else will love.


Emerald Coast Vineyards


2787 Alberni Hwy,

 Port Alberni

Emerald Coast Vineyards


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40 Knots Estate Winery Winery


2400 Anderton Road
Comox, BC V9M 4E5

 


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!




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