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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  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Ortega

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

  • Marechal Foch

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

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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

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  • 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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  • That is a crazy deal!  Those don't look like tasters!  Maybe ... ... beet salad.  Where on Vancouver Island did you sta Read More

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  • Big Al,I have a PC..nothing Apple.  I live in Victoria, the southernmost point on Vancouver Island.  You've been darn near everywhere!  When are you coming back here?  I have wine for you!  You described exactly the problem I had pasting a link.  No big deal, I still live just fine. :) Read More

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  • DVOGLER - We've been to Vancouver Island a few times as we have relatives living there.  They had some fantastic blackberries in their yard that were the best we ever tasted.  This was before we were interested in wine however.  One thing we did see was the Butchart Gardens - what a beautiful place if you love flowers.  http://www.butchartgarden... Read More

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  • Thanks OT, sorry I'm always a bit lacking in the details you guys probably ... found out today that all of Vancouver Island got one case (in Victoria) and a friend went immediately to buy what is left, hopefully at least eight!  Believe it or not, it gets very hot where the wineries are and they make great stuff.  I'd love to get down there, I... Read More

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  • I'm just glad Vancouver isn't going to be in the final.  The place gets trashed every time.  They're still prosecuting the losers who were causing mayhem.Richard, I don't know Dan, but I lived very close by for the last six years until I bought a new place last summer a couple minutes drive from downtown.  Fifteen years ago! Well, it's time for ... Read More

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  • Mistaken Identity Bianco 2012


    This Saltspring Island wine (Gulf Islands of British Columbia, Canada) is grown in a cool Mediterranean climate and tastes suitably like it; the Madelaine varieties are nicely aromatic with gobs of peach, apricot, mandarin orange and a hint of lychee. The palate has nice soft fruit of the same general kind with a spring water, short finish. Per... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Good conversation came of it though!  Look on the bright side :)  It ... light.Yes Fox...I'm on Vancouver Island.  We actually have the mildest winters in Canada.  Victoria is equidistant between Vancouver and Seattle.  The wine country in BC is the same longitudinally as Washington...similar snowy winters.I know Florida is heavily populated w... 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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