Recommended Wineries

Saanich Peninsula

Muse Winery – Owned by Jane & Peter Ellmann since 2008, the winery’s name pays homage to Jane, Peter’s life inspiration. Muse grows their grapes under the warm sun of the Saanich Peninsula, and names them with eclectic and witty charm.

Church & State Wines – Named for the symbolization of balance between the many elements involved in creating fine wines, Church & State has been recognized with awards for the “Best Red Wine in Canada” at the 2009 All-Canadian Wine Championships.

De Vine Vineyards – A family-run vineyard, with breathtaking views from the tasting room of the Strait of Georgia, Gulf Islands and Mount Baker, grapes are handled as little as possible, picked by hand and traditional Burgundian techniques are used to bring out the best in each lot.

Dragonfly Hill Vineyard – Vinter Carol Wallace transformed Dragonfly Hill Vineyard into the first commercial vineyard in Saanich, beginning in 1993. Named for the colourful dragonflies that thrive in the area, Dragonfly Hill produces limited-production wines using sustainable farming methods from some of the oldest vines on Vancouver Island.

Starling Lane Winery – Starling Lane is a partnership of three families founded on the belief that quality wines begin with a commitment to producing high quality grapes from small vineyards. Be sure to try the multiple-award-winning Ortega or Marechal Foch. Production volume is small, with Starling Lane limited production to 1000 cases annually.

Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse – Sea Cider revives the artisan cider tradition, with certified-organic, farm-grown apples pressed in the traditional rack and cloth method, then fermented slowly with champagne yeasts and aged to perfection. Robust to delicate, still to sparkling, each Sea Cider label promises a balance of flavours and aromas.

Victoria Spirits – Handmade in small batches in a gleaming copper pot, Victoria Gin is Canada’s first premium gin. The distillery also produces other spirits including Hemp Vodka, Oaken Gin, Craigdarroch Whisky and a variety of Eau de Vies. Also produced are “Twisted & Bitter”, a range of fine bitters with flavours such as Rosemary Grapefruit and Black Pepper.

Cowichan Valley

Enrico Winery – Enrico completed their first grape harvest in 2009, and is equipped with state-of-the-art winemaking equipment to produce wines from 15 acres of estate production grapes.

Averill Creek Vineyard – A family-run vineyard with 30 acres of vines planted from 118 to 240 meters above sea level. Now producing their 9th vintage of single vineyard wines, Averill Creek serves tastings and wine flights on their adjacent garden patio, where you’re free to enjoy a picnic lunch.

Vignetti Zanatta – Nestled in the Glenora region, 25 acres of vines produce fruit for Zanatta’s wines, inspired by the family’s Italian heritage.

Blue Grouse Estate Winery – On what was once the preferred habitat of the blue grouse, 31 acres of Cowichan’s sunniest slopes produces German varietals in small batches.

Venturi-Schulze Vineyards – Enjoy a variety of sustainably-produced, estate-grown wines from this Cobble Hill Vineyard which also produces a balsamic vinegar, verjus and wine-inspired jellies.

Cherry Point Estate Winery – Cherry Point’s award-winning wines are made simply, using state of the art technology, and allowing the grapes to make the wines, without interfering with nature as much as possible.

Glenterra Vineyards – Glenterra Vineyards maintains 6 acres of sustainably-farmed vineyards to produce award-winning wines in small batches.

Silverside Farm & Winery – Silverside Farm produces its own blueberries which are incorporated into the variety of berry wines and fortified, port-style dessert wines, jams, jellies and syrups made right on the farm.

Unsworth Vineyards

Merridale Estate Cidery – Merridale produces apple ciders from first-press apples, in traditional techniques from England, France and Germany.