The name Church & State symbolizes a balance between the many elements involved in creating the highest quality wine we can produce.This concept of balance permeates everything we do, a balance between our head and our heart, between change and tradition. We find balance in the climate of this region, in the growing of our grapes, the aging of our wines in the finest French oak barrels and in the premium vintages we produce.
Domaine Rochette is a boutique winery, located on the Saanich Peninsula, North of Victoria. We enjoy a unique Mediterranean like microclimate, with dry summers and temperatures moderated by the surrounding Pacific Ocean. This allows us to produce food friendly wines with great varietal characteristics. We support environmentally friendly growing techniques, using integrated pest management. We currently grow Pinot Noir, Ortega, Marchel Foch, Schoenberger, Epicure, Petit Milo and one as yet un-named varietal. The wines are ready to drink when released so enjoy them young.
Dragonfly Hill is beautifully situated on the historic wagon trail on Southern Vancouver Island and is named for the myriad species of dragonflies that thrive in the area. True to the “Garagiste Movement”, Dragonfly Hill passionately creates fine limited production wines with an intimate, local mindset. Over a hundred years ago, this exceptionally fertile land was home to flourishing apple orchards and gently rolling strawberry fields. Today, Dragonfly Hill taps into regional wine making expertise and employs sustainable farming methods. Our vineyard was planted in 1993 and has become a prime grower of exciting new varietals to the island including Labelle, a hybrid Blattner Cross. Also grown are Ortega, Pinot Auxerrois and Schoenburger, a wonderfully tasty grape that is winding its way into local gardens. Herbicide and pecticide free, we believe that cultivating exceptional wine is much more than an exacting science; it is a time honored and evolving art. Local dragonfly lore depicts the circling dragonflies as messengers from our ancestors. Inside the dragonfly’s circle is the past, outside the circle is the future and the edge of the circle represents the present moment. This 13 acre vineyard estate currently specializes in unique farm weddings and a private forest cabin rental for those who are seeking the quiet solitude of nature in their getaways. Please visit our website to find out more about these unique experiences and to find the many fine locations where our wine can be found.
Situated in the heart of North Saanich’s pastoral landscape, the focus is on local food and wine, and sustainability. More than just a bakery/café, The Roost roosts on 10 acres of farmland where we grow many items used to produce the food we proudly serve. The wheat grown and milled on-site is used to bake breads fresh daily. The blueberries, sheep, and a unique vineyard, all add to the authentic experience. Our Vineyard Bistro is home to our wood-fired oven, a fabulous Bistro dinner menu and our tasting room. Our winemaker owns our 10 acre farm and offers our own estate wines produced from 2 acres of grapes grown on the farm. Our signature wine is called "The Laird's Ginger Sweetheart" which pares nicely with all Asian foods and all dishes on the lighter side. We also have a Blackberry Bramble that offers just under a pound of fresh local blackberries per bottle. And for the sweeter palate, we offer a speciality wine called "Secret Sweetheart" that tastes like an icewine, but not made in the same way. Our white wine is called Siegerrebbe which is a German grape grown on our farm. Some say it is similar to a Pinot Grigio and others say it's similar to a Chardonnay. Come and try it and see what you think! We invite you to come and enjoy great food, friendly service, local wine, local musicians, local art and the passionate farm experience.