As one of Vancouver Island’s oldest estate vineyards and a long-time family-owned winery, Blue Grouse produces exceptional Cowichan Valley wines which express their place of origin – and a lot of personality, to boot! Elegant, fresh, cool-climate style, rich in balanced acidity, and intense in flavor, Blue Grouse wines are meant to be enjoyed and sure to be remembered. Once the preferred habitat of Blue Grouse, the 45 acres of Blue Grouse Estate are tucked away on a sunny slope of Vancouver Island’s Cowichan Valley, which is believed to take its name from a First Nation's word meaning "the warm land". A fitting name, as the valley enjoys Canada’s warmest mean temperature. The terroir encompasses wind protection by evergreen trees, an all-Southern exposure, a combination of clay and gravelly soil, and the nurturing of pure air and spring water. Our Estate wines come entirely from our own vineyards where we have the most control over the quality of our grapes. Some of these are the original vines that the Kiltz family discovered after buying the Blue Grouse property in the late 1980’s, some are plantings from the 1990’s, when Hans Kiltz transplanted French vines, and as our newest vineyards mature, those grapes will find their way into our Estate wines too.
For the harmony of sustainable winemaking, farm fresh ingredients and protecting the honey bees we have designed an award winning line up of honey wines, otherwise known as mead. Join us for a wine or honey tasting in our new modern artisan farm winery where we also have a beautiful gift shop and U-pick thornless blackberries in season.
At Merridale, we take great pride in our authentic, all-natural craft cider. Our popular and award-winning line of ciders are made from real cider apples, handcrafted at our farm, and always gluten free. With our many unique varieties, from summer Merri Berri to the bold, dry taste of Scrumpy, even the most discerning palate is sure to find a favorite! We use cider apple varieties that have been proven for centuries in England, France, and Germany to make the cider we are famous for. All of our ciders are made from 100% pure juice, and only the first pressing is used. We do not add water or re-press the apples to increase the yield because we believe this compromises the flavour. Being purists, we do not use concentrates, chemicals at bottling, or fine filtration of juice. We ferment our juice slowly and naturally, to delicately bring out all of the flavour the fruit has to offer. Recently granted British Columbia’s very first craft distiller’s license, Merridale is now well on its way to becoming a leader in artisan spirits. Our custom hand-hammered, wood-burning copper still slowly transforms locally grown organic ingredients into our exquisite brandies, vodka and eau de vies. Why not spend a day at the cidery and find out what we're all about? Open daily for tours, tastings, and lunch in our gourmet bistro. And, don’t forget to look for our products on tap at your favorite pubs or restaurants, and in the bottle at fine liquor stores.
Simply put, Emandare Vineyard is our home and we are privileged to work alongside nature to capture a glimpse of this place in every bottle. Emandare sits on a unique, south-facing hillside in the rain shadow of Mount Prevost overlooking Somenos Lake. This combination creates a unique piece of land ideal for wine growing. All of the wines from Emandare are 100% estate grown and dry farmed organically on our 8.5-acre North Cowichan vineyard. We are not certified organic but choose to farm this way because working along side nature is at the core of our wine growing philosophy. The vineyard is full of life and our goal is to capture a glimpse of this place in every bottle through old world, low intervention, natural wine making methods. At the end of the day, what`s in your glass is not as important as who you are sharing it with.
Enrico winery is a 50 acre estate winery nestled in beautiful Millbay BC Growing 5 varietals and producing award winning wines, Enrico winery is a must visit. Enrico Winery is the first winery on Vancouver Island to win the prestigious Lieutenant Governor's Award of Excellence for British Columbia Wines. With our large tasting room and beautiful grounds we are capable handling events of all sizes. So come visit, meet our friendly staff and sample some award winning wines.