Visit Unique Local Wineries in Vancouver Island’s Cowichan Valley

Dining Sight Seeing
Vancouver Island and the Gulf Island enjoy the mildest temperatures in Canada. With its sunny and warm summers and rolling hills the Cowichan Valley is ideal for growing wine grapes.
From mountains, pastures and ocean views, the landscapes around the vineyards are alone worth the trip. The Cowichan Valley has long dry summers along with ideal grape growing soils which make it just right for vineyards.

The Napa Valley of Canada

The Cowichan Valley in Southern Vancouver Island, known as the Napa Valley of Canada, is a flourishing wine producing area. Vancouver Island’s sun-drenched slopes on the eastern and southern portion are ideal grape growing areas.
Similar to northern Europe, the Cowichan Valley grows some of the best cool-climate grapes. The Valley also has excellent conditions for growing high quality cider apples comparable to the famous cider-growing areas of France and England.
Here are the vineyards and wineries in the local Duncan area – in no particular order. We suggest you confirm the open hours before you begin your vineyard tour adventure.

Venturi-Schulze Winery

The Venturi-Schulze winery, started in 1987, offers estate grown wines, balsamic vinegars and verjus,  a very acidic juice made from unripe grapes.
Hours: Saturdays, Sundays and holiday Mondays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (4:00 pm November & December) and other times by appointment.
Contact Information:
4235 Vineyard Rd, Cobble Hill, British Columbia V0R 1L5
Tel: 250-743-5630   Fax:  250-743-5638   Website: www.venturischulze.com

Zanatta Winery & Restaurant

The Zanatta Winery is part of a 120 acre farm with some 30 acres for wine grapes. Their wines only use the fruit from the farm and have been producing since 1990. Their main varieties are: Pinot Nero, Ortega, Cayuga, Auxerrois, Pinot Grigio, and Madeleine X Sylvaner.  They also have a number of other varieties for specialty wines and for experiment.
The Vinoteca is a vineyard restaurant and wine bar in a restored farm house. It is open for lunch service Wednesday to Sunday starting at noon. The fare is “created on the simplicity of country life, incorporating food which is grown either on the farm or as local as possible”.
Hours: Wine tasting and sales 12 to 4:30pm Wednesday to Sunday
Contact information:
Zanatta Winery
5039 Marshall Rd, Duncan, B.C. V9L 6S3
Telephone: (250) 748-2338 Fax: (250) 748-2347  email Winery@zanatta.ca
Vinoteca Restaurant info and reservations: (250) 709-2279  email:fatima@islandnet.com
Website: www.zanatta.ca

Averill Creek Vineyard

The Averill Creek Winery is named after the creek that runs down from the slopes of Mount Prevost.  However the passion of this Cowichan Valley vineyard comes from physician Andy Johnston, who over a 30 year period honed his wine making skills by apprenticing in vineyards in France, Italy and Australia. They are open daily 11-5 for the 2011 season.
The main floor of the winery and the outdoor Piazza can be tented for events, receptions and parties
Contact information:
Averill Creek Vineyard
6552 North Rd, Duncan BC V9L 6K9 Phone: 250-709-9986   Fax: 250-709-9987
Email: weddingandevents@averillcreek.ca
www.averillcreek.ca

Blue Grouse Winery

The Blue Grouse vineyard and winery was started by the Kiltz family who hail from Germany. It is one of the original Vancouver Island Estate wineries.
Blue Grouse is a family-owned and operated vineyard and winery.  This amazing location, on an all-southern exposure, requires neither irrigation or fertilization.
It is open for tasting and sales on selected days depending on the season. Best to call in advance.
Contact Information:
Blue Grouse Winery
4365 Blue Grouse Road, Duncan, BC V9L 6M3   Tel. (250) 743-3834
Email. info@bluegrousevineyards.com
www.bluegrousevineyards.com

Meridale Ciderworks

Merridale Ciderworks in the heart of Cowichan Valley offers cider from BC’s first estate cidery.  Their products include 7 ciders, 3 fortified dessert wines plus a selection of brandies and spirits. There is a store on location offering gourmet foods, baked goods and their own cider apple vinegar. You can also enjoy the day spa in the piece and quiet of a rural farm. Their location is a also available for weddings.
Contact Information:
Merridale Ciderworks
1230 Merridale Rd, Cobble Hill, British Columbia, V0R 1L0
Tel:  (250) 743-4293 Fax (250) 743-9310 Toll-free 800-998-9908

Rocky Creek Winery

Rocky Creed Winery is an award-winning boutique winery in the heart of Cowichan Bay offering Ortega, Wild Blackberry, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Sparkling and Rose.  In their wine cafe you can enjoy wines with cheese, biscotti and other snacks.
In 2009, Cowichan Bay became North America’s first Cittaslow community, joining over 119 Cittaslow towns in 20 countries. These communities are brought to life by the people who take the time to build community relationship and enjoy a quality of life.
Contact Information:
Rocky Creek Winery
1854 Myhrest Rd, Cowichan Bay, BC V0R 1N1
Phone: (250) 748-5622  Fax: (250) 748-5633  Email: info@rockycreekwinery.ca www.rockycreekwinery.ca
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Publisher of Amazing Vancouver Island. Doug grew up in Kamloops and Vancouver. He is also the President of KIAI Angency, an Internet Marketing and Branding agency in Vancouver. He is an avid photographer and you can see his many pix of Vancouver Island on Flickr.

3 Comments

  1. I do not even understand how I stopped here, however I believe this post was good. I don’t know who you are, but you’re certainly going to be a famous blogger if you are not already. Cheers!

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  2. The title of the article is misleading; it is not winery tours you are proving details on, it is just wineries.

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    • Andy, thanks for the note – I have updated the title to avoid future confusion.

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