Gioradano and his wife Marilyn founded in Venturi-Schulze Vineyards 1987. One of Vancouver Islands first wineries. We set about farming in a natural and sustainable manner to preserve it for agriculture for future generations. Our commitment was to produce pure and natural wines uniquely expressive of our site and of our personalities. We were not just growing grapes, but we were making wine and balsamic vinegar from them. Since then the winery is know for producing quality wines.
Marilyn's daughter Michelle joined the winery 1995, soon after graduating from high school. She assistas in all aspects of the winery including winemaking.
Giordano was born and raised in Spilamberto, n Italy, the centre of Traditional Balsamic Vinegar production, and emigrated to Canada in 1967.He worked for CP Rail as a diesel electrical maintainer, then earned a degree in education from UBC. While teaching electronics and computers at Vancouver Technical School for 14 years, he also ran a small business designing application oriented hardware and software systems.His interests include music and languages, the latter leading him to the University of Montreal in 1986, where he met Marilyn.
One of his oyther major interests was wine. . In 1987, after teaching a summer session at BCIT, he and Marilyn spent three days in the Cowichan Valley, 45 minutes north of Victoria, to unwind.They fell in love with the area for its beauty and potential for grapegrowing and within two months they had bought their farm, planned the vineyard and given notice to their bosses. Giordano is known for being a skilled, uncompromising and innovative winemaker.
All wines are 100% estate-grown in their Cobble Hill vineyard
Venturi-Schulze Vineyards was named one of Canada’s top 20 food artisans in 2013 by the ACE Bakery Artisan Incubator panel of leading Canadian chefs.
Brandenburg No.3 a nice sweet dessert wine is a favourite..