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Starling Lane Winery
If you’re looking to make new friends in Vancouver Island’s wine country, Starling Lane Winery is just the place. Host to several vineyards, this winery sits on the Saanich Peninsula – just under a 30-minute drive from Victoria. Four close-knit families run the Starling Lane Winery on Heritage Farm along Old West Saanich Road.
Tulips great you at the entrance to Heritage Farm. Established in the early 90s, the Starling Lane Winery consists of three vineyards: Heritage Farm Vineyard cared for by the Wrinch family, Hummingbird Vineyard run by the Houston family, and Mussio Vineyard operated by the Mussio family.
Starling Lane Winery is also associated with the Fleurie Vineyard run by – you guessed it – the Flueries up in North Cowichan. Make your way to the Starling Tasting Room for some Ortega 2010, Maréchal Foch 2009, or the always-appropriate Célébration Brut.
Take advantage of the beautiful Vancouver Island weather as you meet your new friends at the Starling Lane Winery. Your time at Heritage Farm won't soon be forgotten.
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Averill Creek Vineyard
A beautiful spot in the Cowichan Valley is the Averill Creek Vineyard. The largest estate grown vineyard on Vancouver Island, Averill Creek was named after the creek cutting through the winery on the slope of Mount Prevost.
Make your way to the Olympic Peninsula and visit all 46 acres of Averill Creek Vineyard – obtained by owner and winemaker Andy Johnston in 2001. The first Averill Creek vintage was created in 2004, and released in the spring of 2006 during the grand opening.
Get a mouthful of this impressive wine from the Cowichan Valley – found less than four kilometers from the Best Western hotel in Duncan.
Averill Creek Vineyard welcomes visitors to its tasting room every weekend throughout the spring and summer. The vineyard itself, however, invites those who’d like to take a tour on a daily basis from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tour groups are welcome as well, so feel free to call and set up an appointment.
Work up a hunger during your tour of Averill Creek Vineyard, and settle in for a picnic on the patio. Lunch guests are encouraged to order Averill Creek Wine by the glass or bottle while they eat and enjoy the view of the Cowichan Bay and Saanich Inlet.
Whether walking the grounds of the vineyards on a beautiful spring day or lunching on the patio during a summer in the Cowichan Valley, Averill Creek is a must-see during your vineyard adventures.
Marley Farm Winery
Family fun is closer than you think on Vancouver Island. Good times are found at the Marley Farm Winery set in the Mount Newton Valley – a 10-minute drive from the Best Western hotel in Sidney. Join the Marley family on the Saanich Peninsula north of Victoria at their friendly boutique winery. Owners Mike and Beverly Marley, along with winemaker Eric von Krosigk, create the perfect atmosphere for your visit to the Marley Farm Winery.
Since 2004, the pride of the Marley family also happens to be Vancouver Island’s sole fruit winery. Visit this five-acre vineyard throughout the year and meet the sheep, geese, chickens, turkeys, ducks and horses of Marley Farm.
Saddle up for a horse-drawn carriage ride, or enjoy outdoor British Columbia with a walk through the vineyards. Stop by during winter hours – January to April – on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or visit the vineyard during the summer – each day from May to December from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Be certain to sample the big island’s best fruit wines during your visit. Choose from kiwi, blackberry, strawberry rhubarb and the exceptional Rastaberry fruit wine. Bring home a handmade gift, or some traditional grape wines. Thanks to the sheep and Pinot Grigio, you won’t want to leave Marley Farm.
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Divino Estate Winery
Set in the beautiful community of Cobble Hill is the Divino Estate Winery, another pride of Vancouver Island.
Nestled in the Cowichan Valley, the Busnardo Vineyard sits on 40 acres – and is obviously the star of the Divino Estate Winery. Found near the Cowichan Bay, and 15 kilometers south of Duncan, this Cobble Hill winery is 60 kilometers south of Nanaimo and 50 kilometers north of Victoria.
Take a scenic trip along the beautiful Island Highway running up the eastern coast of Vancouver Island and introduce yourself to Joe Busnardo, owner and winemaker for Divino Estate Wines.
This Cobble Hill vineyard was founded in 1996, although Divino wines actually began in the Okanagan Valley in the early 80s. He closed up shop and resettled on Vancouver Island – deciding upon the picturesque Cobble Hill community for his new Busnardo Vineyard.
As a result, visitors may head to the winery and sip on Busnardo’s 2006 wines, such as Gamay Cabernet and Pinot Noir. Step into the tasting room on Fridays and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. any time of year, and be sure to take something home from the wine shop.
Combine the stunning sights of the Island Highway with the taste of Busnardo Vineyard. You’ll be glad you made the trip to the Divino Estate Winery.
Enjoy a Vineyard Tour on Vancouver Island
Don’t miss this chance to visit the beautiful Glenora vineyards of the Zanatta Winery. Settled in the Cowichan Valley of Vancouver Island, this winery is but a 20-minute drive from Duncan.
Make your way to this 120-acre farm – consisting not inly of 30 acres of vineyards, but fruit orchards, hay fields and woodlands. Get acquainted with winemaker Loretta Zanatta and her husband Jim Moody at Zanatta Winery.
The 120-acre Zanatta Winery is an expansion of the original five acres constructed in 1986. The fruit from these Glenora vineyards have been generating since 1990, resulting in a number of unforgettable Zanatta Wines.
Feel free to sample these flavors Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 4:30 p.m. Hungry? Don’t feel like you need to leave for lunch. Stick around and check out the menu at Vinoteca On the Vineyard – the onsite eatery and wine bar established in the spring of 1996 to resemble the Zanatta’s 1903 farmhouse. Vinoteca is open for lunch from Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 4:30 p.m.
See how much Zanatta wine you can carry home with you. Wine sales are offered Wednesday through Sunday, from noon to 4:30 p.m. Pick up some Glenora Fantasia Brut sparkling wine, or some Ortega – the first wine sold at Zanatta Winery.
Whether enjoying the atmosphere of the Vinoteca wine bar or strolling through the vineyards, the Zanatta Winery is sure to never disappoint.
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