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Wineries of Southern BC, Vancouver and The Island

Explore the Ripe Valleys of British Columbia’s Wine Country

Canada has many reasons to be proud, and the vineyards of British Columbia are certainly at the top of the list. The breath-taking valleys of BC are known to produce some of the world’s best wine. Explore the vineyards of Okanagan Valley of southeastern BC, the Fraser Valley just east of Vancouver, and the Cowichan Valley north of the capital city of Victoria.

In British Columbia’s vineyard country, wine is about family. Visit family operated wineries such as Marley Farm Winery in Saanichton on Vancouver Island, or the Blue Heron Fruit Winery located in Pitt Meadows in Fraser Valley. Many winemakers and vineyard owners run their operation with the help of friends and family, creating an exceptional environment for your visit to British Columbia wineries.

Southern BC

World famous wines start in the Okanagan Valley. Framed by Okanagan Lake and the Okanagan River, this valley was once a hub for fruit orchards, now a cozy home for miles of vineyards. Major cities include Kelowna and Penticton, as well as dreamlike places such as Peachland and Summerland. Take a break in the beautiful picnic area at the House of Rose Winery, or hear the Bells of Mission Hill ring out over West Kelowna. Step inside the tasting room of the Township 7 Winery, or have lunch at the Barrel Top Grill at Little Straw Vineyards.

Keep the Okanagan Valley wine tasting tours going strong when you visit even more exceptional wineries. Don't miss the 3 Mile Estate Winery, another Penticton favorite, the 8th Generation Vineyard in Summerland, or the Arrowleaf Cellars in Lake Country. In West Kelowna you'll want to explore the Beaumont Family Estate Winery, while any visit to Osoyoos should yield a visit to the Adega on 45th Estate Winery. An adventure awaits you in the Okanagan Valley – where the awards are found.

Cedar Creek Lake fishing.

Vancouver

Fraser Valley neighbors the Vancouver metropolitan area – another valley producing 100% BC, VQA. Following the Fraser River in the Coast Mountains, the Fraser Valley is known for its production of Chardonnay, Gewürtztraminer, Bacchus, and Pinot Noir. This might be the place to celebrate Global Chardonnay Day in late May, thanks to vineyards like the Glenugie Winery and River’s Bend Winery. Stop by Blue Heron Fruit Winery for fabulous dessert and table wines, or spend the entire day at Domaine de Chaberton Estates – the oldest and largest winery in the valley.

The Isabella Winery should be on any to-do list when staying in Richmond. The Kermode Wild Berry Winery is popular in Dewdney, while the Abbotsford-Aldergrove area is home to the Lotusland Vineyards. When your Vancouver area visit has you in New Westminster, be sure to tour and taste your way through the Pacific Breeze Winery. Another Landley hot-spot for wine lovers is the Vista D'oro Farms & Winery. Stay in Vancouver and surf the wine bars – where the taste of the vineyards come to you – or hit the road for a trek through British Columbia’s Fraser Valley.

Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island is home to the Cowichan Valley – a beautiful piece of the coast decorated by remarkable vineyards and some lively flavors. You'll have a chance to tour nearly 40 different wineries in the region – take a drive along the Island Highway skirting the eastern edge of the island and explore major cities like Duncan, Nanaimo and, of course, the capital city of Victoria. This area cradles a number of welcoming wineries, such as the Starling Lane Winery on Heritage Farm, or the quaint Averill Creek Vineyard at the base of Mount Prevost.

The Alderlea Vineyards is a popular – and fruitful – destination in the Cowchian Valley, as is 22 Oaks Winery. Explore the Black Creek-Courtenay area and enjoy a tour of the Blue Moon Estate Winery. When you stay in Port Alberni, be sure taste your way around the Chase & Warren Estate Winery. Take advantage of the beautiful coastal weather as you journey through the wine trails of the Cowichan Valley – and be sure to bring an extra piece of luggage for all the bottles of “souvenirs.”

 

Featured Wine Valleys in British Columbia:

Southern BC: Wineries of Okanagan Valley

Vancouver: Wineries of Fraser Valley

Vancouver Island: Wineries of Cowichan Valley

 

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