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Church and State Winery


1445 Benvenuto Avenue
Brentwood Bay, British Columbia
V8M 1J5

Church and State winery


Opened May 2003 , as Victoria Estates located in the Saanich Peninsula on Vancouver Island. Described by noted author John Schreiner as One of the five best-designed wineries in British Columbia.

The winery was sold in 2005 to Kim Pullen. The winery has 25 acres with views of the valley and ocean; 11 acres are planted with Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris

The name Church & State Wines is intended to be representative of balance – the heart and the mind, traditions and technology, and the cellar and the vineyard. Balance is one of the defining characteristics of making a fine wine, and we feel our name pays homage to that.

The winery's Brentwood Bay location is well located for the many tourists who visit the area, and in one stop they get the best of two wine regions – Vancouver Island and the Okanagan Valley , where the majority of the winery's fruit is sourced. The winery sources Okanagan Valley fruit as Vancouver Island does not produce enough supply or diversity of classic vitis vinifera grapes.

Pullen has revamped the winery which is now a stunning salute to “modern meets rustic sophistication in a grand room that utilizes natural timber and stone as well as gleaming metals and concrete. Large windows overlook the vineyard and invite the outside in, offering a deck with the perfect view of the surrounding landscape. Visitors to the winery seeking a light snack can order a plate of artisan cheeses, complete with fresh crackers and breads made onsite. Church & State Wines also offers a unique wine and chocolate program, where visitors taste four wines paired with chocolate truffles made locally. Pullen and his team invite people to the winery this summer to taste the new wines and have a wonderful winery experience

Church & State Wines has been named "2009 Winery to Watch" by Wine Press Northwest, "Top 25 Wineries in Canada" by Wine Access Magazine, and their 2006 Church & State Quintessential has just been named "Best Red Wine of the Year" at the 2009 All-Canadian Wine Championships.


Winemaker: Barbara Hall



De Vine Vineyards

6181B Old West Saanich Road
Saanichton, BC V8M 1W8

De Vine Vineyards

 

Located on the Saanich Peninsula, just 20 minutes north of Victoria, the winery has magnificent views of the Strait of Georgia, the Gulf Islands and Mount Baker. The winery is owned by John and Cathy Windsor. They have 24 acres of land and have cleared 6.5 acres for their grapes consisting of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and the Island's largest planting of Gruner Veltliner, a luscious Austrian white. Their first release was a 2009 Vancouver Island Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc.

De Vine sits on a south-facing ridge top, with good exposure and a steady ocean breeze. The soil is shallow clay-loam with plenty of rocks for drainage. The Windsor's live on the property and they farm organically, without pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. Farm Manager, John Thomas, can be spotted driving a tractor/forklift, mending a fence or trellis, and assisting with the wine. Sons Chris and Ryan, and their wives Natalie and Helen, soon joined in, making it a true family affair.

The winery features one of the most attractive tasting rooms anywhere.

Winemaker : Natalie



 

Domaine Rochette Winery

 

10555 West Saanich Road
North Saanich , B.C.,
V8L 6A8


NA


Sylvie Rochette founded Epicure Selections, a fine foods company established in 1991. The winery started due to their involvement in Wine Jelly.

The vineyard with 7 acres planted is on a Saanich Peninsula property to which Rochette moved her operations from Victoria several years ago. Pinot Noir, Maréchal Foch, Ortega and Schönburger grow there now and vineyard manager John Brickett is adding several white Blattner hybrids. They produce about 600 cases a year.

They produce a Foch dessert wine - An Enchanted Evening,

 

Winemaker : Paul Troop




 

Dragonfly Hill Vineyard

6130 Old West Saanich Rd.
Victoria, B.C. V9E 2G8



Dragonfly Hill is a small winery in Saanich BC. Carol Wallace has been growing grapes there for 17+ years, mostly Ortega and Auxerrois and has recently planted a section in one of the new Blattner varieties – Labelle  She produces white wines from estate and other Vancouver Island grapes, a Merlot Cabernet blend from a vineyard in Oliver, as well as her Bumbleberry dessert style. The property is ideally suited to grape growing, beautifully situated on a southwest sloping hillside with limestone and glacial alluvial gravel and a spring fed artesian water supply.

The winery’s name is inspired by the dragonflies in the nearby ponds. The insects are featured on the winery’s labels. Dragonfly Hill was this first commercial wine producer on the Saanich Peninsula  and has the world's first planting of the Swiss Blattner cross, an early ripening and disease resistant red which they named La Belle

Signature wines are Ortega Auxerrois, Merlot Cabernet and Bumble Berry

Winemaker: Paul Troop
Philosophy: True to the Garagiste Movement Dragonfly Hill passionately creates fine limited production wines with an intimate, local mindset.  Herbicide and pesticide free, we believe that cultivating exceptional wine is much more than an exacting science. It is a time honoured and evolving art.





MT St Michael Winery

 

2350 Mount St. Michael Road,
Saanich ton, BC V8M 1T7



NA



Owned by Kerry Spanier a native of Winnipeg. His parents moved to BC in 1967 and later retired to Vancouver Island where Kerry decide to also move to. Kerry and his wife Cindy purchased land acreage on the Saanich Peninsula and planted Gewürztraminer.in 2003

Kerry received training as winemaker at University of California. Working with consultant consulting winemaker Todd Moore the first vintage was produced in 2005

Winemaker: Kerry Spanier

 




Muse Winery

11195 Chalet Road
North Saanich BC
V8L 5M1


closed the Ellmanns have retired

 

Located in Deep Cove on the Saanich Peninsula. Specializing in hand crafted high quality wines. Jane & Peter Ellmann bought 10-year-old Chalet Estate Winery in 2008. With years of hospitality, food & beverage savvy betwixt them, the dynamic duo had found their dream. Peter's homage to Jane, his life's inspiration, was to rename the winery MUSE

Muse grows grapes under the warm sun of the Saanich Peninsula , north of Victoria .  We select grapes from notable vineyards in other regions of Vancouver Island, the Southern Gulf Islands and the Okanagan Valley

The winery features a beautiful tasting room and patio.


Winemaker: Peter Ellmann

Philosophy
: Love what you do. Laugh often. Work hard. Make great wine. Have fun doing it.

 



Rathjen Cellars

334 Walton Place
Saanich, British Columbia


Rathjen Cellars is a farm-based winery located on Saanich Peninsula opening in 2017. 

Mike Rathjen - winegrower and founder of Rathjen Cellars. Mike started making wines in the unfinished basement of their 1906 heritage house in Victoria.

Our goal is to make accessible wines that honestly reflect where they are from and pair beautifully with our local foods.

Winermaker: Mike Rathjen


Roost Farm Centre

9100 East Saanich Road
North Saanich, BC.

 


The winery owned by Dallas and Sarah Bohl is located on the family farm. Sarah's parents Bonnie Yarish and Hamish Crawford own the farm which they purchased in 1989. The winery includes a bakery and Bristol.

Roost Farm Centre opened in 2002 as a bakery, market and garden centre.  The winery was opened in 2011 and the winery bistro was opened in 2012 (complete with wood-fired oven menu). The wines are produced under the Highland House label.

signature wines. Siegerrebe and a red, called Little Red Combine,a blend of Leon Millot, Pinot Noir Precoce, and Marechal Foch.

winemaker: Hamish Crawford
philosophy: We have a passion for locally grown and produced product therefore estate wines are our focus.  We want to preserve the identity of wines produced from grapes that grow well in our region, primarily cold weather varieties

 



Sea Cider House

2487 Mt. St. Michael Rd
Saanich



Sea Cider opened its farm gate for business in 2007 when owner Kristen Needham purchased the property with a vision of creating an organic farm and orchard and producing traditional fermented artisan ciders. Since then, they have grown to an annual cider production of over 7,000 cases. Sea Cide continues to pride themselves on crafting traditionally fermented ciders from organically grown apples, and with their award-winning cider now available throughout B.C., Alberta, Manitoba, Washington State, Illinois and Oregon. 

"Kristen is a sixth generation farmer, having inherited the family orchard in 1986. At the time, she wanted nothing to do with farming. Instead, as a teenager, she went off to boarding school in Wales. "I drank my first cider but never dreamed that one day I would become a cidermaker. Rather, I focused on my studies and began a career in environmental management and international development. I worked mainly on food security projects and spent several years working in rural Ethiopia with farmers. I never thought that one day I would return to farming myself. "

Our Orchard: 
The first Sea Cider orchard was located on the pristine shores of Eagle Bay on Shuswap Lake BC.  In our family for 3 generations, we grew culinary apples.  In 2003 we replanted our Shuswap orchard with bittersweet cider varietals. The next Sea Cider orchard was established that same year on Oldfield Road on Victoria’s Saanich Peninsula, where we had a squash farm.  Then in 2004, we purchased a farm a few miles away on Mt. St. Michael Road for the site of our Ciderhouse and main orchard.

Previously a loganberry farm and sheep pasture. we planted 1,000 cider apple trees on the site that first year. We have since added several hundred more trees, comprising over 60 varietals of cider apples and heritage varietals. Construction of the Ciderhouse began in 2005, and the Tasting Room opened in 2007. The property is 10 acres and consists of the orchard, the forest, the Ciderhouse and gardens.


Sea Cider is a certified organic farm in compliance with Canada’s National Organic Standards through the Pacific Agricultural Certification Societ (PACS). Our organic practices focus on minimal intervention and prevention of disease and insect infestations through soil health and attentive tree maintenance. In particular, we maintain the health of our trees by encouraging and nourishing soil biodiversity and preventing soil erosion.

“Terroir” is also important in Sea Cider’s approach to cidermaking and apple growing.  Our site is well suited for a cider apple orchard. The orchard is protected by forest shelter to the south, and its east-facing aspect provides good air movement off the waters of Haro Strait.  The seas also moderate our micro-climate, preventing dangerous freezes and allowing the apples’ acids and sugars to develop in abundance. The topsoil is rich with organic matter and nutrients, and just under the topsoil layer is three-foot layer of glacial till which provides good soil drainage. Below this, a deeper layer of fine clay holds moisture during our dry summers and provides an exceptional source of nutrients for the trees’ taproots to access.



Cidermaker: Kristen Jordan

Philosophy
: Sociability, sustainability, and community involvement have been the three pillars of Sea Cider's business philosophy and mission.

 



Symphony Vineyard

6409B Oldfield Rd
Saanichton, BC
V8M1X8


 

Symphony vineyard has been farmed by the Brooks family in Central Saanich since the mid 1950's.   Known as the “Tanner farm, Harry Tanner was a founding member of  Growers Wine Company.   During the 1960's, the family grew over 20 acres of loganberries for Growers Winery (then located in Victoria).   Established in 1921, Growers was the first commercial winery in BC and loganberries from the Saanich Peninsula was the first fruit used in BC for wine.  

When asked: Why did you choose the name of your Winery?  We think there are some interesting connections between wine and music. The definition of Symphony, “an elaborate instrumental composition in three or more movements, of grand proportions and varied elements, could almost describe the long process leading to a bottle of wine – springtime in the vineyard, bursting into a long ‘summer movement' as grapes form, a quieter fall ripening phase followed by the flurry of harvest and fermentations, and a final slow aging when the sensory character of the wine develops.      

signature wines are Gewürztraminer and Pinot Gris. Their wines are made in an aromatic style.   They experiment with yeasts and fermentation methodologies creating wines with different flavour profiles from the same farm fruit, and bottled separately. They have 2.2 acres and produce 300 cases with plans to reach 600 cases.

Locally made cheeses, and meats and other local specialty food items will be available for picnic lunches in the barrel room or picnic grounds along with farm made jams and chutneys.

The vineyards were planted in 2004 with the winery opening June 2012

Winemaker: Pat George
Philosophy
: Making wines true to our island harvest, and in carefully hand crafted small volumes, using different yeasts and fermentation techniques to bring out uniqueness in the wines. 



Tod Creek Craft Cider

273 Prospect Lake Road
Victoria, BC V9E 1J7


Named after the creek that runs through the orchard grounds, Tod Creek Craft Cider is a new beginning for this property. Formerly a working dairy for the 50’s to 70’s, it has now become Vancouver Island’s third commercial cidery. The cidery uses only BC apples.

Long, slow fermentation brings about great flavours in the traditional way. We typically ferment each batch for about four months. If you want the super-sweet, watered-down canned stuff, we can’t help you. Our ciders are all-juice blends to bring a clean, crisp, enjoyable drink that goes great with dinner, friends, or all by itself

Brand label Bamfield Bound

The project began in 2012 by Chris Schmidt cider production has begun as they work on establishing visitor facilities.

Cidermaker: Chris Schmidt






Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery

8750 West Coast Rd.
Sooke, BC V0S1N0

Tel: 250-642-1956

info@tugwellcreekfarm.com


Located in the small community of Sooke on the south west side of Vancouver Island. Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery was licensed as British Columbia's first Meadery in 2003. Owned and operated by Bob Liptrot and Dana LeComte. The combination of Bob Liptrot's 43 years of beekeeping experience and over 25 years of mead making experience bring a unique and educational culinary experience to their meadery. Their award winning Meads (honey wines) reflect harmony and balance by blending varietal honeys and berries from our local region.

The winery was named after the Tugwell Family which originally settled this land. There is a nearby creek named Tugwell Creek as well. The site was selected due to its beautiful location near the Ocean. They were the first Meadery in Western Canada.

Tugwell Creek will become the third Economusee in BC this summer.  That is like becoming the Museum of Beekeeping and Mead making. Very Exciting!  Here is a link to check out what Economusee is all about.  http://www.economusee.com/en

Melomel, Metheglin, Vintage Mead, and Sack Mead are their signature wines. Sack Mead is like a late harvest wine on the sweetness scale. Also produced an Apple Quince Cyser called Original Sin , and an Acerglyn. As well as mead the farm offers a wide range of honey and bee related products

Winemaker: Robert Liptrot
Philosophy: To reintroduce the ancient beverage mead

Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery is the first business in Sooke to be certified by the Vancouver Island Green Business Certification (VIGBC). The tasting room at Tugwell Creek will be receiving Green Level Certification (the highest level) for their initiatives to reduce waste, water consumption and energy usage. Owners, Bob and Dana are passionate about improving the local environment and go above and beyond to ensure a healthy ecosystem on their property. Sustainability at Tugwell Creek Farm and Meadery is fully integrated into the operations, our product and how we do business. This certification gives our customers an understanding of what we do behind the counter to be an environmentally-friendly company. - Dana LeComte.

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