Vancouver Island Wine

British Columbia’s most recent DVA is Vancouver Island, a 250-mile-long isle which hosts a fast growing number of wineries, and distinctly different growing conditions from the province’s main region, the Okanagan Valley. Just a short ferry ride from the hustle and bustle of downtown Vancouver and about an hour’s drive north of the capital city Victoria, lie the island’s hillside vineyards. Most of the wineries are located in the Cowichan Valley on the island’s eastern side, along with a number of other wineries found on some of the smaller Gulf Islands, and technically outside the DVA. Rainfall is minimal during the growing season, with moderate summer temperatures (usually between 75-80°F) and winters which are notably mild. So mild are the winters that Vancouver Island is one the few places in Canada where it is not possible to make Icewine within the VQA regulations. The valley area wineries, near the town of Duncan, are 50 miles from the extreme weather of the Pacific. They are protected Read more »

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  • Ortega

    Ortega’s winter-hardy character has allowed this grape to be successfully grown in British Columbia, and with limited...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Marechal Foch

    Marechal Foch (aka. Foch, Kuhlmann 188-2) is a vigorous, early-ripening variety, with good winter hardiness. It is we...

  • Pinot Blanc

    History of the grape: Pinot Blanc was first grown in Burgundy and Champagne, France, and can be traced by some source...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • O2, Although I think the gloating is cruel, people always have the choice ... a little bit more room on Vancouver Island!  I'll have to send you a list of wineries to check out.  I was there two years ago and blasted through 22 wineries in two days.  I recommend several days.  One in Peniticton and Naramata Bench, another for OK Falls and Simi... Read More

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  • Listen, I'm not talking "depending on traffic" or prevailing ... ... ... like I think the ones on Vancouver Island that canopy their stuff to get it ripen (red grapes that need more heat)'s doping.  If you can't grow grapes naturally, don't bothe Read More

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  • Blue Grouse Cowichan Station Estate Pinot Noir 2012


    This Vancouver Island PN is astoundingly good - apparently less so than the spectacular 2009 vintage - but astounding all the same. The colour is darkly translucent Burgundy in appearance with a wonderful PN nose of strawberry (fraise) and cream with a hint of barnyard straw. The entry is slightly tart with delicious strawberry fruit flan and s... Read More

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  • DM,I meant it's so irrelevant, it's Forum terrorism.JD, actually ... ... ... The southern part of Vancouver Island (where Victoria is) is below the Canada/US border (the 49th parallel). The Oregon Treaty set the U.S. and British North American border at the 49th parallel with the exception of Vancouver Island, which was retained in its entire... Read More

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  • Thanks for the map to illustrate what I was pointing towards, Fox. If Clos du ... du ... there isn't any Vancouver Island or Gulf Island wine."Would be very interested to hear actual tasting notes, DV, if that's something you and Chester might want to take on over time. Of course it would mean you'd have to let some white cross your palate fr... Read More

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  • DM,As far as I'm concerned, there isn't any Vancouver Island or Gulf Island wine.  My friend Chester would say there ARE a few Pinot's that are good, but I'm not a Pinot fan at the best of times.  So, when I say BC wine, I mean Okanagan. I had a 2003 Clos Du Bois Marlstone (meritage) a couple years ago and it was good, not stellar.To further emp... Read More

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  • It's not just the year, but the year for specific locations and ... wines ... ... wines that come out of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands don't have the same 'vintages' as those over in the Okanagan, much less further east on the Niagara bench.Just as in Canada, so as in CA, WA, OR, France, Italy, etc., especially over larger geographica... Read More

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  • DV - You're right about us needing to get out that way.  I should go ... I should go see my aunt on Vancouver Island sometime next year since her husband passed a few years ago.  She is a very nice person.  Currently we have a nice vacation scheduled in April 2015 to do a Viking cruise down the Rhone, focused on the Burgundy region of France (... Read More

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  • Averill Creek Vineyard Red Blend Vancouver Island Prevost 2009


    OK, so here we have a sentimental favourite for someone who lived on Vancouver Island (you should go there). This wine from Duncan BC has the added interest component of Cabernet Foch in the blend (experimental); the nose is muted but has obvious French roast coffee and cherry - which is pleasant. The entry is light with coffee acerbity and bit... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • The Flights and Flats deal doesn't include the lobster tail - in case you ... dish once.  Regarding Vancouver Island, we stayed with our relatives on Arbutus Road.  I know we dined on the waterfront at least once, but it's been more than ten years since that trip.  My uncle Alex passed away a few years ago, leaving my Aunt Mabel there on her o... Read More

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  • Get 50% off Amarone or Cabernet-Merlot by Cellar Craft International at the Art of Brewing on Vancouver Island, just outside of Nanaimo. The spanish style brewery in the country side is breath taking! Only $118.50, regular $237.00. Check out to try this great wine, at a great price!

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