On Vancouver Island, grape winemaking really began after a provincial government-funded trial – the Duncan Project – identified Pinot Gris, Auxerrois and Ortega as promising varieties for this unique seaside environment.
Vancouver Island is home to a dedicated community of family grapegrowers and winemakers. A tour through the natural beauty of lush green valleys, dense forested mountains, and ocean landscapes provides the opportunity to meet friendly, passionate people crafting products they are proud of and that you will delight in. “The Island” also offers some exceptional food festivals and culinary experiences to pair with your winery visits.
FACT:Vancouver Island’s wine region is located off the west coast of BC and is home to four per cent of BC’s vineyards.
FACT:Vancouver Island’s wine region commonly grows Pinot Noir, Maréchal Foch, Pinot Gris and Ortega.
FACT:A provincial government-funded trial ‘the Duncan Project’ identified Pinot Gris, Auxerrois and Ortega as promising varieties for Vancouver Island’s unique seaside environment and wine region.
900 to 1,200 growing degree days (1,103 in North Cowichan).
Several areas have local climatic conditions conducive to grapegrowing. Wineries in the Cowichan Valley are generally shielded from Pacific Ocean storms by nearby mountains, and have a long growing season with low frost risk.
Members of the BCWI are proud of their wines and are committed to ensuring their wines are promoted and enjoyed responsibly by those adults who choose to consume them for the continued enjoyment and prosperity of the BC wine industry.