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THE GULF ISLANDS

The Gulf Islands

Nestled in the Georgia Strait which separates Vancouver Island from the mainland, and connected by a network of small ferries, the Gulf Islands are BC’s newest geographical indication (GI).  The islands – Salt Spring, Pender, Saturna, Quadra, Hornby, Denman, Thetis –  are home to 13 wineries, each offering a glimpse into an easygoing lifestyle that allows time to savour the quiet moments with a fitting variety of unpretentious wines.

Terroir

Average 1,050 growing degree days.

The mild climate of the Georgia Strait is very conducive to grapegrowing, although scarcity of water and extreme aridity in summer can present challenges.

Common Varietals

PINOT NOIR

MARÉCHAL FOCH

PINOT GRIS

ORTEGA

FIRST WINERY

SATURNA ISLAND

– 1995 –

ACRES PLANTED IN REGION

94

LICENSED WINERIES

12