Sip + Savour
What originally made the Cowichan Valley a prolific agricultural region now defines the terroir of an increasingly acclaimed wine region. Since the first commercial vineyard was planted here in the 1970s, the region has exploded with a plethora of vintners who craft their wines with traditional vinifera grapes such as Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer and Ortega, along with other varietals. Other potables you may discover here include berry, port style and sparkling wines and exquisite balsamic vinegar. There’s even a winery that blends varietals with its own lavender. Mmm…
The Cowichan Valley is also home to a number of excellent craft breweries and distilleries, one of which is also Canada’s first estate cidery. Just north of Duncan is Canada’s only tea farm. How do you experience all of this during a single trip to the Cowichan Valley? Well, if you download this map (and pace yourself), you can visit the lion’s share of these operations in a self-guided tour or, if you prefer, via coach in a guided tour. In all, and depending on the time of your visit, you’ll be able to drop in and experience no less than 20 establishments, many of which offer tours and have their own bistros, gift shops and tasting rooms.
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Riot Brewing Co.
Averill Creek Vineyard
Alderlea Farm and Café
Unsworth Vineyards & Restaurant
Divino Estate Winery
Yellow Point Cranberries
Merridale Cidery & Distillery
Chemainus Murals, Artisan Shops & Galleries
Deol Estate Winery
CV Station Pub @ Best Western Cowichan Valley Inn
Haltwhistle Cheese Co.
Dayliner Club Car Cafe
The Lion Rampant Scottish Pub & Private Liquor Store
Canadian Craft Tours
Pacific Northwest Raptors