Vancouver Island Wineries
Victoria wineries on Vancouver Island have become one of the most popular places to visit by guests staying at our Victoria B&B accommodations.
From small beginnings wine-making has become a significant part of British Columbia’s viniculture. In 1921, with the end of four years Prohibition, a winery on Quadra Street in downtown Victoria filled the demand for wine using local succulent loganberries. Their juice, with the addition of pure cane sugar, produced a “port class” wine. 1988 saw the inception of the VQA program: the Vintners Quality Assurance seal assures consumers of quality production, content, varietal percentage, appellation and vintage. The Vancouver Island Grape Growers Association was formed in 1997 and has seen more than 20 wineries open here since then with many more anticipated. The seduction of wine growing in a “marginal” grape growing area only adds to the romance of the industry.
While some stay true to their own vines, others create mixed varieties from several BC growing areas, and there is even resurgence in the berry wines.
Whether you create your own tour or take a van tour you will enjoy the quality of our BC wines. Many of the estate wineries are small family businesses whose wines are only available at the winery and at a few select local restaurants.
Hand-crafted wines since 2001 on the north of the Saanich Peninsula. They use strict organic farming practices and never add sulphates.
Marley Farm Winery
A family-run boutique winery since 2000.
Starling Lane Winery
Handcrafted small lots of award winning wines from three neighbouring vineyards.
De Vine Vineyards
A great name and wines to match. Savour the taste and the panoramic view.
The newest winery on the Saanich Peninsula. A good place for lunch with a view.
Church & State Wines
The largest of the Victoria wineries. With 11 acres in Saanich and 60 acres in Oliver BC they create unique blends aged in French oak barrels. The tasting room offers tapas snacks too.
See the fascinating still which produces Victoria gin. Also vodka, whisky and bitters.
Ciders made from over 40 varieties of organic apples grown on the farm. The ciderhouse offers light meals too.
Tugwell Creek Meadery
In Sooke you can even taste mead, a popular drink in Elizabethan times.
Ask your Victoria B&B accommodations hosts for more information about these Victoria wineries.
Cowichan Valley wineries
Less than an hour's drive north from Victoria you will find the gently rolling countryside of the South Cowichan Valley of southern Vancouver Island. There are many award-winning wineries and one cidery to discover as you enjoy a leisurely drive through the region’s lush hills. Head for the vineyards and enjoy some complimentary tours and tastings. The bonus is the sights of our coastal and countryside communities of Mill Bay, Shawnigan Lake, Cobble Hill and Cowichan Bay. Take a Cowichan Valley wine route map or enjoy a guided tour.
Watch for the annual “Wines of the Island” festival in the first week in September.
Gulf Islands wineries
Salt Spring Island
Visit two wineries while experiencing this well-known enclave for artists, musicians, and writers. Pick up a map of craft and art studios from the Visitor Services in Ganges and spend the day wandering the countryside and visiting artists’ studios and two wineries: Salt Spring Vineyards and Garry Oaks Winery.
Saturna Island Vineyards is situated at the side of a soaring ocean cliff with sixty acres of vines under cultivation in four designated vineyards.
Check BC Ferries schedule for these islands. You may wish to visit Saltspring Island on the latter part of your day trip up the East coast of Vancouver Island.
Tour Victoria wineries and enjoy our Vancouver Island BC wines