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DISCOVER

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 home to 12 wineries.   A vibrant community of wine producing islands – Salt Spring, Pender, Saturna, Quadra, Gabriola, Hornby, Denman – offer a glimpse into an easygoing lifestyle that allows time to savour the quiet moments with a fitting variety of unpretentious wines.


FACT: The Gulf Islands wine region of BC is a cluster of five small islands which produce grape wine.

FACT: The Gulf Islands wine region is located between Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia.

FACT: The mild climate in the Georgia Straight makes the position of the Gulf Islands very conducive to growing grapes.


Terroir

Average 1,015 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

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FIRST WINERY

SATURNA ISLAND

– 1995 –

ACRES PLANTED IN REGION

94

LICENSED WINERIES

12