Sip and Savour Vancouver Island

Food and drink on the islands is an intoxicating mix of our wild and creative sides. Out here, on the edge of this world, we are the guests of this benevolent host. Our artisan’s imaginations contribute an additional element to the whole experience that has become an exceptional food and drink culture.

Prepare to be surprised. A sample in a winery tasting room will imprint this place on your palate forever – the earth, the salty air, plus the ingenuity of the vintner is in every glass.

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Local here means abundance from the ocean, first and always respected by our native peoples. Local means heritage apples brought by the first European settlers and soft cheese from the milk of goats who really do gambol in pastoral farmlands. Local is beer crafted by curious people who experiment, especially with island grown hops. Like everything grown on the islands, the climate, soil and geography of this place create distinct flavours only known here.

Farmers, chefs, vintners, brew masters, mead and cider makers, butchers, cheese makers, bakers, distillers, chocolatiers, foragers, all work together to bring forward their best. Read on for a quick overview of our culinary specialties and a few suggestions for creating a personal visitor’s food and drink experience.

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Qualicum Beach Inn

2690 Island Hwy. W Qualicum Beach • Qualicum Beach • Central Island
1-800-661-0199
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The Qualicum Beach Inn and C-View Restaurant- the perfect blend of romance, charm and culinary pleasure!

Our restaurant provides awesome ocean views, the finest in West Coast cuisine and an impressive wine cellar. Our Chefs are continually sourcing the freshest local ingredients and seafood is a speciality.

In the warm weather you can take advantage of our full dining experience on our expansive, landscaped patio complete with fireplace and, yes, those ocean views.

Stay for a night or two in our newly renovated boutique hotel that is a reflection of the values and character that make Qualicum Beach such a unique place.

You will find beautifully appointed rooms across from the beach and within walking distance to Qualicum Town Centre.  Rooms have a patio or balcony for relaxing and watching our famous sunsets. They also include complimentary wifi, 50” HD TV,  Nespresso coffee maker, iPod docking station, luxurious bathrobes and parking is free.

The Hotel is complete with a Fitness centre, indoor pool with outdoor sunning terrace, hot tub and sauna.

Host your next Event at the Qualicum Beach Inn!  Our Conference room is the perfect venue for meetings, corporate and special events.  The room opens to a covered terrace and patio with lovely views and the room itself is fitted with the latest wireless audio visual equipment and 90” television.  Food and beverage service is available in the conference room, on the terrace and licensed patio.

Discover what our guests are raving about:  “Qualicum Beach Inn is a gem!”

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The Qualicum Beach Inn and C-View Restaurant- the perfect blend of romance, charm and culinary pleasure! Our restaurant provides awesome ocean views, the finest in West Coast cuisine and an…
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Merridale Cider, Bistro, Orchard Spa, & Distillery

1230 Merridale Road • Cobble Hill • Cowichan
1-800-998-9908
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Merridale is a delicious destination in the Cowichan Valley—an apple orchard, craft cider house, small batch distillery, and wedding and event venue.

Learn about the production of cider and spirits through a tour. Stroll the orchard while the kids search for faeries living amongst the cider apple trees, and then step up to the tasting bar for a guided tasting of our cider, spirits, or fortified ciders. Shop for local artisan items in the farmhouse store. Celebrate a special occasion with family and friends at a unique and beautiful venue. Experience glamping on Vancouver Island with a stay in one of our yurts. Check our website for upcoming special events, like our Sunday Pizza Nights. Pets are welcome!

In our bistro, enjoy local cuisine, a large patio overlooking our orchard, and, of course, apple cider hand-crafted just steps from the bistro’s kitchen. This authentic Vancouver Island restaurant combines cider pairings and seasonal menu items inspired by nearby Cowichan Valley farmers, vintners, and cheese-makers. Bring home delicious baked goods made fresh that morning in our brick oven.

Merridale is located in Cobble Hill, in the Cowichan Valley, on the southeast coast of Vancouver Island, about 40 minutes north of Victoria and 1 hour and 20 minutes south of Nanaimo. Open daily.

Categories: Cowichan, Savour, Sip
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Merridale is a delicious destination in the Cowichan Valley—an apple orchard, craft cider house, small batch distillery, and wedding and event venue. Learn about the production of cider and spirits…
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Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse

2487 Mt. St. Michael Rd • Saanich • South Island
250-544-4824
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Sea Cider is a farm-based cidery located on the Saanich Peninsula just minutes from Victoria, on Vancouver Island. Our ten acre farm is home to over 1,300 apple trees, made up of over 50 varieties of heritage apples.

Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse has also become one of the top agri-tourism attractions in Victoria and Vancouver Island. Relax at our ciderhouse, and drink in the panoramic water views overlooking our orchard across the Haro Straight to James Island. The Ciderhouse is open for tastings and tours year round 11 to 4. Sea Cider is also the perfect venue for large and small weddings and corporate events and family functions. Enjoy a flight of ciders paired with organic cheese and other local delectables. Top off your visit with a tour and browse our selection of hand crafted farm product.

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Sea Cider is a farm-based cidery located on the Saanich Peninsula just minutes from Victoria, on Vancouver Island. Our ten acre farm is home to over 1,300 apple trees, made…
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Tigh-Na-Mara

1155 Resort Drive Parksville, BC V9P 2E3 • Parksville • Central Island
1-800-663-7373
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Reconnect at Tigh-Na-Mara, Vancouver Island’s Natural Choice for your next getaway, retreat or corporate event. Located in picturesque Parksville, BC, Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre provides rustic charm in the heart of nature. Experience the comfort of handcrafted accommodation nested in a 22 acre forest above 3 kms of sandy beach. Enjoy the Grotto Spa voted the #1 Spa in Canada, two unique restaurants, free wifi, indoor pool, fitness facilities, plus the warmest ocean swimming waters in Canada. Our extensive seasonal Recreation Program offers families opportunities to reconnect, discover, explore and enjoy memories to last a lifetime.

Recently named the #1 Spa in Canada – The Grotto Spa at Tigh-Na-Mara believes in offering guest experiences that go beyond the expected. Guests enjoy treatments with a focus on West Coast natural ingredients and all treatments 60 minutes or longer include complimentary access to the Grotto Mineral Pool, invigorating cool-splash
waterfall and whirlpool on the day of their visit. The Grotto Spa is also home to a dining experience unlike any other. The Treetop Tapas & Grill is reserved exclusively for robed spa guests to enjoy tapas samplings from the chef’s menu. Choose to try one or two or indulge in “Endless Tapas, sampling as many items as you wish from the chef’s presentation. With fresh local seafood, spa inspired anti-oxidant cuisine & delectable desserts; the tapas sized portions are perfect for sharing. With 20,000 square feet of spa bliss, we give relaxation a whole new meaning.

All our accommodation units offer unique log construction, a wood or gas fireplace, kitchenette or full kitchen,
and many rooms feature their own jetted tub. Our pet-friendly cottages are perfect for vacationing families, the ocean view condos are ideal for romance seekers or busy business travelers and the spa bungalows can accommodate
groups, girlfriends and couples seeking a one-of-a-kind spa getaway.

At cedars restaurant & lounge, our inspired chefs are creating local, regional and international dishes from the past and present. The seasonal menu showcases the freshness of the season with appetizers and entrées that embrace rustic dishes with a contemporary spin. Enjoy the restaurant and enjoy the city’s best lounge.

Regroup in the heart of nature with over 10,000 square feet of meeting space to accommodate small and large groups. Oour team is committed to providing service excellence that suits your needs while amenities and
banquet facilities ensure a distraction-free experience.

We welcome all our guests to take time to enjoy our 22 forested acres, 3 kms of sandy beach, many resort amenities as well as exploring the abundance of hiking, mountain biking, golf, marine & outdoor attractions only a short drive away. Reconnect here and create lifelong memories together!

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Reconnect at Tigh-Na-Mara, Vancouver Island’s Natural Choice for your next getaway, retreat or corporate event. Located in picturesque Parksville, BC, Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre provides rustic charm…
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Blue Moon Estate Winery

4905 Darcy Road • Courtenay • North Central Island
250-338-9765
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Our award winning fruit wines are crafted from 100% BC organic fruit, picked at the peak of the harvest and created in small batches.  From the orchards and berry patches of our farm and our fellow farmers, come wines crafted from apples, pears, blueberries, blackberries,  raspberries and black currents.

Next time you’re looking for a dry to off-dry table wine to have with your meal, a refresher for the patio, or a dessert/appertif wine to linger with – surprise yourself with a delicious fruit wine from Blue Moon.

The winery and Blue Moon Kitchen, are located at Nature’s Way Farm, a sweet little blueberry farm, 5 minutes from downtown Courtenay or from the Inland Island Highway and 20 minutes from Mount Washington.

Please see the Food page of this site to find out about our special events at the farm.

Our winery name, Blue Moon, exemplifies the individuality and uniqueness of our wines. We know that our wines are an expression of the harvest and reflective of the fruit and the place that it is grown.

About Us

The adventure began in 2004 when George slipped a real estate ad for an organic blueberry farm onto my desk. “Are you nuts?” as I crumbled it up and tossed it into the recycle bin. We had just moved from the high Arctic and I had a “little” garden in mind, not 4,000 blueberry plants and a greenhouse operation!  After playing with the idea for about a week in my mind I told George that I wanted to go look at it.  He then said “Are you Nuts” but then he humoured me as men do and we drove to look at the farm.  The rest is history they say.

It has been ten years of learning plant science, learning patience, growing fruit and 5 years since the selling of our first wine.

I am a Landscape Architect, interested in ethnobotany and herbal medicines and George, an Engineer who comes from a Swiss family who made wine out of anything available and who followed this tradition and made all sort of liquid beverages in University, embarked on a path of passion and risk.  George took to the science and chemistry of wine and left me to make things “look pretty.”  We both believe life is really short and once should embrace the opportunity to do what you love to do.

We know how important great fruit is to the finished product.  We are committed to organic and sustainable farming methods.  All of the fruit we use is hand-harvested, allowing us to choose only the very best fruit for our wine.  We love to create unique and exciting wines and we try to let this come through in every bottle we produce.

Leave behind all of your preconceptions about fruit wine as you walk through our  door.  You will be treated to our well crafted fruit wines and a unique experience in our intimate tasting room.

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Our award winning fruit wines are crafted from 100% BC organic fruit, picked at the peak of the harvest and created in small batches.  From the orchards and berry patches…
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Victoria’s Historic Inns

Victoria • South Island
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Add a sense of historic romance to your stay by choosing one of our unique, heritage, bed and breakfast inns where personal touches and extra attention to detail match the magical ambiance of your accommodations.

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Muse Winery

11195 Chalet Road • North Saanich • South Island
250-656-2552
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Muse grows grapes under the warm sun of the Saanich Peninsula, north of Victoria. We select grapes from notable vineyards in other regions of Vancouver Island, the Southern Gulf Island and the Okanagan Valley.  This fine collection of high quality grapes from varying BC appellations blend, sing and dance together to create exceptional varietals with character, poise and vivacity.

The Ellman’s invite you to visit Muse Winery for a taste and tour of the vineyards.  In the summer months enjoy the culinary delights of Bistro Muse, featuring a taste of the Island , while dining al fresco on the terrace in the vineyard.  Keep an eye on the skies for the nearby nesting eagles soaring above.  The Wine & Gift Shop full of original art, gourmet gifts and goodies, tasting baskets, gift certificates and of course… wine.  The Tasting Room is open mid-April to the end of December; just check our website for the current hours of operation.  The winery hosts a number of art and music events throughout the year, so watch our event calendar on the website or follow us on Twitter or Facebook to plan your visit.  Think of Muse for your next private function.  Your guests will be delighted to relax in the Tuscan ambiance of our vineyard setting with gourmet food paired perfectly with our wines.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

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Muse grows grapes under the warm sun of the Saanich Peninsula, north of Victoria. We select grapes from notable vineyards in other regions of Vancouver Island, the Southern Gulf Island…
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Vancouver Island Expeditions Ltd.

Nanaimo • Central Island, Cowichan
250-739-9659
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A visit to Vancouver Island isn’t complete without going on one of our many year-round local food, craft beverage & estate winery tours!

Vancouver Island is rich with fertile land and a mild climate perfect for producing wine, cheese, fruits, vegetables, and much more. Sip by sip & nibble by nibble, we will explore the family owned vineyards, breweries, distilleries and local food producers that make our island such a wonderful place to live.

Let us show you our backyard and help you discover the places that will inspire stories that last a lifetime!

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Millstone Winery

2300 East Wellington Road • Nanaimo • Central Island
250-716-3549
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Millstone Winery is located just on the edge of Nanaimo, along the Millstone River.  The winery boasts an old plantation style home, and a production facility built from re-claimed timbers.  With a love of wine, music and food you can enjoy our wines with thin crust wood-fired pizzas, and live music on the patio (weekends from May-Oct) www.millstonewinery.ca for a schedule of guests

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Millstone Winery is located just on the edge of Nanaimo, along the Millstone River.  The winery boasts an old plantation style home, and a production facility built from re-claimed timbers. …
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Tourism Tofino

Fished, foraged or plucked, eat fresh and eat well year-round in Tofino. Our flourishing food scene, with eclectic eateries, cafés and award-winning restaurants, is best enjoyed with a side of ocean mist.
Tofino • Pacific Rim
1-888-720-3414 or 250.725.3414
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Little Qualicum Cheeseworks

Using the highest quality milk from our own herd of grass fed dairy cows, we have an artisan cheese to suit any occasion or meal. Come visit us at the farm and watch the cheese makers in action. Take a self-guided tour and enjoy a stroll along the walking trails.  Stop by the Farmgate Store for samples of our cheeses, stay for a picnic, and you just can’t leave without visiting with our cows, calves, sheep, goats, pigs, horses, bunnies and April & Andrew (the donkeys)! We are open every day 9am-5pm
403 Lowry’s Road, Parksville, BC • Parksville • Central Island
250-954-3931
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McLean’s Specialty Foods

Located in Nanaimo’s Old City Quarter. Voted Vancouver Island’s best specialty foods store by Victoria’s Times Colonist. Our fabulous selection includes exotic cheeses to complement the Island’s finest wines. Open daily. Lunch weekdays only. Find us on Facebook.
426 Fitzwilliam Street • Nanaimo • Central Island
250-754-0100
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The Roost Farm Centre LTD

The bakery serves up farm fresh breakfast, lunch, breads and sweet treats. The Bistro patio pairs estate wines with pizzas and unique food from an outdoor woodfired oven. Enjoy “the Passionate Farm Experience”.
9100 East Saanich Road, North Saanich • Victoria • South Island
250-655-0009 (Bistro/Winery) 250.655.0075 (Bakery)
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Comox Valley Farmers Market

More than 50 fabulous food and farm vendors make this Market a staple source for local food in a fun, festive family setting. All offerings are grown here in the Valley including: Bison, beef, lamb and poultry, fish and seafood, cheese, yogurt and gelato, honey and spices, healthy body products, local sea salt, dressings and preserves, fabulous baked goods and take home and ready to eat meals as well as a huge variety of vegetables and fruits. All set to the backdrop of our favorite local musicians. Open Saturday mornings year round plus Wednesdays during the summer season.
Comox • North Central Island
250-218-0321
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Hazelwood Herb Farm

Discover distinctive culinary products made from herbs grown on the farm. Enjoy the display gardens and treat yourself to something special in the boutique. Call ahead for guided tours. Open daily from 11 am – 5 pm April 1 to Dec 24.
13576 Adshead Road • Ladysmith • Cowichan
250.245.8007
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Parksville Qualicum Beach Tourism

Trade the malls and big box food stores for our small town charm. Here you’ll find all sorts of markets that run at least weekly year round and almost every day during the summer months. Savour our food culture and meet local coffee roasters, cheese makers, and organic farmers. And don’t miss the eclectic mix of local and imported delicacies in Coombs, home of the famous “Goats on the Roof” market.
Parksville, Qualicum Beach • Central Island
1-888-799-3222
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Westwood Lake Bistro

We offer local and organic products in a peaceful lake side setting.  The dining room is elegant and our patio overlooks the lake and Mt. Benson.  The wine list offers local and global picks and is tightly edited to reflect value and accessibility.
Nanaimo • Central Island
250-753-2866
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SandBar Bistro @ Long Beach Lodge Resort

Tofino’s ultimate beachside outdoor patio, offering casual table or to-go food service and licensed beverage service with incredible sunsets. Open June through September, 2pm to sunset.
1441 Pacific Rim Highway • Tofino • Pacific Rim
250.725.2442 or 1.877.844.7873
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Shelter Restaurant

Our unique restaurant in Tofino offers the basics – food, wine, shelter – at their best. Shelter combines a sophisticated seasonal menu with a relaxed attitude and panoramic view.
601 Campbell Street • Tofino •
250.725.3353
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Tourism Nanaimo

#ExploreNanaimo! Stop in at our Visitor Centre for directions to Nanaimo’s culinary experiences. twitter: @TourismNanaimo | facebook.com/TourismNanaimo
2450 Northfield Road • Nanaimo • Central Island
250-751-1556
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Feast of Fields by FarmFolk CityFolk

Experience the harvest, gourmet style. Feast of Fields is Vancouver Island’s original local food celebration, highlighting connections between farmers and chefs, field and table, farm folks and city folks.  Sun. Aug. 28th, 2016.
Refer to website for this year's location •
1-888-730-0452
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The Great Room @ Long Beach Lodge Resort

Showcasing BC’s rich bounty, the Great Room offers inspired cuisine and expansive Pacific vistas. Open 7:30am to 10pm daily, serving Breakfast, Lunch, Après Surf and Dinner.
1441 Pacific Rim Hwy • Tofino • Pacific Rim
1.877.844.7873 or 250.725.2442
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Tourism Cowichan

Discover inspired wine, cider, spirits and beer crafters. Cheese, vinegar, bread & chocolate producers. Lavender growers and seafood harvesters. Coffee roasters and tea blenders. Find your favourites at our tasting rooms, farm markets & culinary festivals. From tapas on the dock in Ladysmith, the Salmon & Mushroom Festival in Lake Cowichan, the freshest seafood and award winning chowder in Cowichan Bay, outdoor kitchens and bistros in South Cowichan, traditional First Nations fare in Duncan or authentic global cuisine in Chemainus, the entire region appeals to the palate. Be sure to take in the Savour Cowichan Festival! Come and taste the spectacular beauty of Cowichan. Contact us today for your free […]
Cowichan
1-888-303-3337
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Cedar Farmers Market

Join us from 10 until 2 every Sunday from Mothers Day to the end of October.  Live music, farmers, butchers, fisherman, bakers, cooks and craftspeople.  Over 70 full time vendors circle a grassy field beside the Crow and Gate Pub.
Yellow Point Road • Nanaimo •
250-248-7871
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Discover Comox Valley

Perched on the eastern edge of Vancouver Island, the Comox Valley is more than just a location, it’s a lifestyle. With the backdrop of stunning mountains, the Comox Valley provides the visitor with many options to explore.  Award winning wineries and a wide range of culinary options from outstanding dining, Aqua marine boat tours, factory farm tours and guided culinary   outings.  Combine this with beach walks, golfing, skiing, fossil hunting or visiting one of our many art galleries and artisan’s.  The Comox Valley offers many festivals throughout the year: WinterJam, Dine Around, BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival, Flavour Gourmet Picnic, Alpine Wine Festival and more!
Comox Valley • North Central Island
1-855-400-2882
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MooBerry Winery

Located in beautiful Parksville alongside Little Qualicum Cheeseworks on Morningstar Farm, we create a variety of flavourful fruit wines using only the highest quality BC fruits. Tastings are offered daily in our Farmgate Store.  Stay for a picnic, take a self-guided tour and enjoy a stroll along the walking trail. We are open every day 9am-5pm
403 Lowry’s Road • Parksville • Central Island
250-954-3931
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Silverside Farm & Winery

Welcome to our unique winery, producing wines from raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and tayberries. Tasting room, art gallery, and gift shop. Tours welcome – please call ahead. June-Aug open daily 11am-6pm; Sept-May open Saturdays 12pm-5 pm or by appointment.
Cobble Hill • Cowichan
250-743-9149
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Symphony Vineyard

100% Saanich grown wines. We are a small family owned winery 15 minutes north of Victoria near Butchart Gardens, specializing in dry, aromatic white wines and lively, lightly oaked reds including Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Ortega, Pinot Noir Rosé, Pinot Noir, Millot and Foch. Enjoy our historic family farm with timber tasting room, and large patios overlooking the vineyard. Savor the quiet with a glass of wine and a 100% locally sourced lunch from the deli. Open 11-5 Fri & wkends May–Sep & 12–5 Mon to Thurs June–Aug. Check the website for off season hours.
Victoria • South Island
250-208-8784
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Cheers Cowichan Tours

Daily guided tours to all Cowichan area destinations: Wineries, Breweries, Farms, Festivals. Private chartered day trips or corporate events, Weddings, Special Events, get home safe service for events.  Half or Full day wine/brewery tours year round! Create your own day or add onto an existing tour. Pickups at: hotel, B&B, marina or residence. Shuttle seats up to 18. Private cars and larger buses available. Call for group rates. Professional drivers and knowledgeable. Transport elsewhere on the island or to Vancouver available by charter.
Cowichan
250.710.7391
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de Vine Vineyards & Distillery

Sip & savour our award-winning wines and craft spirits while enjoying breathtaking views of the coast and mountains. De Vine is available for private bookings and site tours can be made with reservation. Open seven days a week year round. Please see our website for operating hours and Whisky School registration.
6181-B Old West Saanich Road • Saanich • South Island
250-665-6983