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Wines of Canada

Since 1992

Urban Wineries of the Fraser Valley

Artisan Sakemaker at Granville Island

1339 Railspur Alley
Vancouver, BC V6H 4G9

It was Canada’s first sake house when opened in 2007, even the minority who knew something about sake likely had never seen how this iconic Japanese rice wine is made.  You can watch the entire process in the open kitchen concept. Masa Shiroki, the soft-spoken owner , diminutive evangelist of sake, never tires of explaining the process.*

Their product is Osake. Osake is the first "fresh premium"Junmai Sake [Namazake] of its kind produced in Canada. Fermented from top-quality Japanese sakamai, then hand-pressed and hand-bottled, Osake is left unfiltered to optimize its fresh, delicate, fruit-like aromas and flavours. Unlike premium sakes imported from Japan, which are typically produced once a year in winter, Osake is made in small batches several times a year in cycles roughly corresponding to the changing of the seasons. This departure from tradition allows Masa to explore and produce versatile wines that complement the varied in-season bounty of our local west coast cuisine-from fish and shellfish in spring and summer to heat-warming braises and stews in fall and winter

Products are Osake Junmai Nama, Junmai Nama Nigori, and Junmai Nama Gonshu

Sakemaker: Masa Shiroki
Philosophy: “Sustainability, all natural and locality.”

Canadian Berries

12791 Blundell Road
Richmond, BC V6W1B4

The Sanduz Estate Winery winery opened in 2006 specializing in fruit wines, owned by Dave and Neeta Sandhu..They use local fruits from their 140 acres of farmland. They produce award wining fruit wines as well as grape wines.

The wineries logo jaguar was selected from a drawing their son did when he was eight.

In 2014 the winery under went a restructure along with a name change to Canadian Berries. The new company will focus on shipping fruit wines to China

Signature wines: Blueberry Table, Dry Blueberry Table, Granny Smith Apple Table,

Winemaker: Ron Taylor
Philosophy: To make excellent wines with quality fruit and as close to perfection as we can.

Canadian Flower Wine

16060 Westminster hwy
Richmond, BC V6V1A8


A urban winery importing grapes. They make icewine.

City Side Winery

328 W 2nd Ave
Vancouver, BC

A metro Vancouver winery bring grapes in from other regions of BC. They opened in Dec of 2015 with a brand of wines called Mystic Pearl. The winery is owned by Homan and Mina Haftbaradaran.

Our vision was to create an extension of our guest's living room where they could enjoy our wine, food, music and European hospitality

The winery, a 5000 sqf building, consists of a production area, a tasting room, a wine lounge and retail space. Guests can enjoy educational wine tasting and cheese pairing sessions with the winemaker offered to groups of 8+ with advance booking or enjoy flights, glasses and bottles of wine in the lounge. Winery has an in-house kitchen and food service consists of a variety of tapas, popular flatbread pizza and shared cheese and charcuterie boards.

winemaker: Homan Haftbaradaran
 Philosophy: “you work with the grapes. Wine is made in the vineyard. I believe in minimal intervention which is a lot more difficult than it sounds; the grapes have to be good.”

Country Vines Winery

12900 Steveston Hwy
Richmond, BC

Located on the grounds of Richmond's Country Farms market a fixture in the community for year. The farm and winery is owned by the Holger Family who has been farming in Richmond for over 60 years They continue to cultivate over 300 acres of mixed crops. They sell their produce directly to the community at their roadside Farm Market, Richmond Country Farms.

In recent years they have increasded their wine portfolio and patio seating. In 2022 they purchased an old vineyard on the Black Sage.

Garden of Granite

228 E Esplanade Ave.
, North Vancouver

The North Vancouver based winery is owned by Andrew Doyle.

The name Garden of Granite is loosely inspired by the controversial vin du garage movement of the 1990s, in which a new breed of winemakers in Bordeaux, France, rebelled against the area’s traditional methods and stuffy old estates. These garagistes took up making their own style of wines, using whatever spaces they could afford, like the garage. In the case of Garden of Granite, the setting is literally a concrete garage that used to house an auto body shop in the designated Brewery District.

Justin Pineau is the winemaker.

Winemaking Philosophy:
Our approach to winemaking that is more intuitive than conventional, producing quaffs that are ultimately meant to be exciting and personal (each individual release comes with its own “Origin Story”), yet also versatile. Our focus is to try to showcase the vineyard names or regions on the label and try our best to express the terroir it is from. It is like a collaboration wine, and we want to make fun wines that you won’t be able to find anywhere else.

Isabella Winery

11491 River Road
Richmond, BC V6X 1Z6

Perched along the Fraser River In Richmond close to the city of Vancouver. The winery is owned by Tony Ouyang.
Tony was born in Taipei where there are numerous fruit wineries. He spent time at one learning the trade before moving to North America. On a visit to the Okanagan he gained inspiration from House of Rose owner Vern Rose.

Tony agreed to become the House of Rose distributor to Asian markets. He also suggested that Vern make a dessert
wine tailored to the Asian sweet tooth. The result was Winter Wine  one of  House of Roses most popular wines Tony decided to start his own winery near Vancouver not wishing to move his family. He named after Spanish ship that sailed into long before there was a settlement here.

They have a wide rang of wines including fruit wines, grape, desert and icewine

winemaker: Tony Ouyang 

La Fabrique St George Urban Winery

7 E 7th Ave

A quevri based winery, market & lounge in Mt Pleasant, Vancouver. The wine bar opened in July 2020 Pascal Roy is a co-owner. Pascal is an enthuast of the ancient winemking process from the Caucasus region of Georgia. THis involves the use of Qverri. The winery and lounge are home to the largest collection of qvevri in the world outside of Georgia. 

Kvevri or Qvevri  - also known as Tchuri  in Western Georgia - are large earthenware vessels used for the fermentation, storage and ageing of traditional Georgian wine. Resembling large, egg-shaped amphorae without handles, they are either buried below ground or set into the floors of large wine cellars. Kvevris vary in size: volumes range from 20 litres to around 10,000; 800 is typical.

Archaeological excavations in the southern Georgian region of Kvemo Kartli (notably at Dangreuli Gora, Gadachrili Gora and in the village of Imiri) uncovered evidence of grape pips and kvevris dating back to the 6th millennium B.C.

The winery sources grapes from the Okanagan.

In Georgia, they say, ‘We don’t make wine, we let grapes turn into wine.’ There’s very, very little intervention. But you need top-quality grapes to do this.”

In the future the winery wants to produce mead using its own bees.

Maple Creek Winery

16055 Fraser Hwy,
Surrey, BC 

A Urban winery located in Surrey BC.

Montagu Cellars

29-1350 St.
Vancouver, BC


A virtual winery owned by Thomas Doughty a Vancouver restaurant owner. He claims to be Canada's smallest winery making only 4 barrels a year.

Thomas was named the city's sommelier of the year in 2005.


Pacific Breeze Winery

6-320 Stewardson Way
New Westminster BC V3M 6C3

The first "Garagiste" (Garage Winery) in Canada. Family ( Steward) owned and operated. They have a well designed tasting room near the New Westminster Quay.

The winery operates without owning a vineyard bringing in grapes from California, Washington and British Columbia. Their goal is to craft Bold, Powerful, Intense food friendly styled wines

Since their first release March 2007, they have won over 50 International Medals including 5 “BEST OF CLASS” Awards: 2005 Syrah, 2006 GSM & 2006 aCure Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.

Winemakers: David Saysomsack
Philosophy: Pacific Breeze¹s style of winemaking reflects our commitment to quality and excellence. Our goal is to produce a perfectly balanced wine expressing the true characteristics of each grape varietal in its finest form. By carefully selecting the best fruit from premium vineyards in Washington and California we produce distinctive and exceptional wines. We fuss over every small lot and barrel

Paradise Ranch Wines Corp.

#901-525 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 3H7

Dedicated to make the world's finest icewines. Owned by James Stewart who selected the name because he believed the family property in Naramata was so beautiful.

Paradise Ranch is the largest icewine producer in British Columbia and the world's only winery specializing exclusively in icewines. Paradise Ranch has a long list of awards presented to it for icewines and late harvest wines.

Paradise Ranch has exported wine to over 20 countries and currently offers the following wines: Chardonnay Icewine, Riesling Icewine, Pinot Noir Icewine, Chardonnay/Riesling Late Harvest, Pinot Noir Late Harvest and Merlot Late Harvest. Signature wines: Merlot Icewine and Chardonnay Icewine

They produce Paradise Ranch Icewines, Paradise Ranch Late Harvest Wines, Whistler Icewines, Whistler Late Harvest Wines

Winemaker: Jeff Martin
Philosophy: To make the world's finest icewines

Snowgoose Brewery

203B-1546 Derwent Way

Located on Annacis Island a producer of Rice Wines and Mead. They also produce a blueberry wine.

1st R.O.W. Estate Winery

104-2762 190th Street
Surrey, BC Canada V3Z 3W6

The latest winery to open in greater Vancouver. Located in an industrial park. They produce VQA wines. The winery is owned by three partners, Matthew Ruan, Mr Wang and Mr. O'Connell

1st R.O.W. Estate Winery 2016 Malbec won a bronze at 2018 Lt Gov awards

YK3 Sake Producer Inc

23-1115 Horseshoe Way

Producing Sake made from rice.

Their Yu - junmai sake won bronze at the 2015 Los Angeles International Wine Competition


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