Day Trip Seven
Less than an hour’s drive from Nanaimo is the gently rolling countryside of the South Cowichan Valley. Award-winning wineries and one cidery are found on country roads through the region’s lush hills offering winery tours and wine tastings. Enjoy driving through the coastal and countryside communities of Mill Bay, Shawnigan Lake, Cobble Hill and Cowichan Bay.
Averill Creek Vineyard
6552 North Road, Duncan (250 709-9986). Handcrafted estate-grown quality wines from the Cowichan Valley.
Blue Grouse Estate Winery
4365 Blue Grouse Road, Duncan (250 743-3834). One of the founding estate wineries of Vancouver Island.
Cherry Point Vineyards
840 Cherry Point Road, Cobble Hill. (250) 743-1272. One of the first licensed wineries on Vancouver Island. Bistro on site.
Godfrey Brownell Vineyards
4911 Marshall Road, Duncan. (250) 715-0504. Two organic vineyards.
4235 Trans Canada Hwy, Cobble Hill (250 743-5630). Venturi-Schulze fine wines and balsamic vinegar.
And do consider touring a cidery:
Merridale Estate Winery
1230 Merridale Road, Cobble Hill (1-800 998-9908). Several ciders produced from their apple orchards. Bistro restaurant on site. South Cowichan area.
Crush Wine Tours
(250) 888-5748. Conducted tours.
British Columbia – Wine & Food Events Calendar
A listing of events of interest to wine and food enthusiasts, across BC. Plus, an excellent wine and food pairing guide…and more!
Wine tasting tips
Fwines may not be available elsewhere. If you like a BC wine, buy it there. Keep it cool, so do not place in the trunk of your car in the summer. Alternatively, you may find them at BC Liquor Stores or at stores selling estate wines including those designated VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance).
The winery may be a good setting for lunch to enjoy the local wine in the vineyard setting. Some have a restaurant or bistro, others a picnic area so relax and enjoy the view.
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