Our highly acclaimed wine tour of the Cowichan Valley offers a fully escorted day trip that has received countless rave reviews! Our friendly and knowledgeable guide will whisk you off on an adventure that you wont forget! Passing through an old growth rainforest, then climbing to the top of the Malahat Mountain range, you will experience stunning views before arriving at our first stop. Wine tastings, cider tasting, lunch, and world famous balsamic vinegar are all part of the gorgeous Cowichan Valley. No need to worry about the driving! You can enjoy the scenery, meet friendly locals and learn about the growing wine and cider industries in the area.
All inclusive: Wine tastings, Cider Tastings, Farm to table lunch, Balsamic vinegar tasting (Wed-Sun), luxury A/C vehicles, local guide, water. Plus applicable tax 5%
Wednesday to Sunday all year
plus Monday & Tuesday starts
Please be ready 15 minutes prior
We offer downtown Victoria Hotel pickup. Call our office to confirm (not all locations offered)
Our first location:
Hotel Grand Pacific Lobby 9:45am
463 Belleville Street, Victoria, V8V1X3
Traveling along the quiet back roads, Cowichan’s riches begin to fully reveal themselves in rolling hills and lush fields. Our guide fills us in on the key local players and history of the region’s growing wine scene. The climate is surprisingly maritime Mediterranean, with warm and mild winters, making this a prime spot for producing fantastic Pinot Gris, Ortega, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc. To the surprise of many, the valley is a haven for the more than 19 tasting rooms scattered around town (Second only to Okanagan as British Columbia’s highest wine producing region!).
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2- 3 wineries, with 4 - 7 wine tastings at each stop
Cidery farm with flight of hard cider
Farm to table lunch, you choose
Balsamic Vinegar tasting (Mon & Tuesday closed)
Wine Tour offers sightseeing along route. Departing Victoria daily. Wed - Sunday
Venturi-Schulze Balsamic Vinegar is made from thier own juice, simmered to a luscious concentration over an open fire, and converted to vinegar by the slow, natural ancient process. It is aged in over 100 barrels, from 2,500 litre custom made French oak barrels and 227 litre barriques to small series of barrels custom made for them near Modena, as dictated by tradition. Each of these series ranges from 20 to 50 litres in size in five different varieties of wood: acacia, ash, cherry, oak and chestnut, each adding its own unique character. Unlike commercially available balsamic vinegars made from a blend of wine vinegar, grape juice concentrate, caramel colouring and flavourings, Venturi-Schulze Balsamic Vinegar is a pure and natural expression of one family's commitment and passion from earth to bottle. Venturi-Schulze
East meets west in this deliciousness, by combining the Venturi-Schulze’s balsamic with the rich, organic maple syrup of Quebec. Venturi, notes “it pairs fabulously with salmon or cheesecake.” Equally hard to resist and dubbed the crème de la crème of balsamics by Venturi, is the 1990 Legacy Balsamic. Just thinking of adding a single drop of this dark, syrupy-sweet vinegar on top of a piece of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese or chocolate as Venturi suggests causes my mouth to water. ”
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Ancient method Balsamic vinegar ageing in 5 types of wooden barrels. Join our tour to learn more and taste of course.
Offered Wed to Sunday only. Some days these small family farms may close due to farm emergencies, tastings not offered.
Ageing Balsamic vinegar - tastings available Wed-Sunday
Winter 2019 Lunch options - Guests will pick one from the below (some restrictions apply) Your guide will phone in our order from our first stop. This helps our lunch venue prepare for our visit, have the table set and food on the table for our arrival. We like to use all our time wisely, we have so much to show you and so little time as they say...
menu can change day of tour..farm to table after all
Also, options on Saturday and Sunday Brunch options:
Summer menu will feature wood fired pizza from the outdoor kitchen... yum!
Summer menu includes fire-roasted pizza options
Absolutely! All purchases are in Canadian funds and we like to say to our USA freinds, kind of like free?
Can you ship wine home?
Canadians - yes, each winery knows the drill.
USA guests - NOPE
You are welcome to purchase as much wine as you wish to carry, and we mean carry. You must physically carry wine through customs. We can not ship, no matter how many times you ask nicely, felony as it happens.
Customs allow 2 bottles duty free per person and really the extra bottles are not much anywhere from .50 cents to $1 per bottle, mostly customs is looking for spirits and wine is not a concern... just remember to declare!