12 wineries. 31 days. 36 unforgettable wines.
New memories are waiting for you at the 2021 Cowichan Valley Wine Festival.
Relax and experience summer in the vineyards, taste award-winning wines, and meet the winemakers just as special as the wine they produce.
All on a self-guided tour of the world-class terroir called Cowichan.
Ticket sales open June 10, 2021
cowichan’s committment to winemaking
Cowichan is home to numerous family-owned and operated wineries that have been part of the valley for generations.
In 2020 the Cowichan Valley was officially recognized as a significant area known for its grape-growing and winemaking, with a new sub-geographical indication. This designation is a protected term under B.C. law, and commits to consumers that Cowichan wine was produced with a minimum of 95% of grapes grown from the region. The Cowichan Valley is the BC’s first sub-GI outside of the Okanagan.
When you drink Cowichan wine, you’re tasting decades of dedication, passion, and hard work from its committed winemakers. Savour it.
discover cowichan – your wine festival passport
Spend 31 hot summer days savouring a bouquet of rosés. Refresh with soft and crisp whites. And let the heavenly-bodied reds lull you into a summer dream while you gaze out over the vineyards. Your passport is your ticket to 12 wine-tasting experiences across Cowichan’s prestigious wine-producing region.
Click on “PURCHASE TICKETS” and follow the directions to complete the transaction. This is the only fee to participate in the festival. There is no cost at any of the wineries.
Download or print your digital ticket from Eventbrite. Check the hours and reservation requirements of each winery before heading out! Your passport is your map to each winery.
Take your proof of purchase to any of the participating wineries to start your personal festival. Remember, only 6 guests per group.
Exchange your proof of purchase for a keepsake tasting glass and your passport. Bring your tasting glass and passport to each winery, and enjoy 3 tastings at each stop.
Enter to win a case of 12 premium Cowichan wines. When your passport is full of stamps (12), submit it at your last tasting for your chance to win.
TOURS & TRANSPORTAtION
Enjoying responsibly means everyone arrives home safely.
Many tour operators offer custom winery tour packages, as well as hourly rates (where applicable). Book your travel with a professional driver and tour guide, and enjoy your tour safely and worry free. See more about Tourism Cowichan’s tour operators here.
We are a Vancouver Island private tour and transportation company located in the Cowichan Valley. We tour wineries, brew pubs, local tourist spots, and provide transportation such as wedding shuttles, and can pick up and drop off anywhere on Vancouver Island. We will customize any tour or transportation required. We service Vancouver Island. Our home base is located in Ladysmith, BC. Our rates are by the hour, not per person (some exceptions apply).
Reservations required 250-732-1120
We are the local experts offering tours all over Vancouver Island: wine tours, cycling the old rail trails, custom tours and more. Borrow one of our Electric Bikes or bring your own, we have bike racks. Tour ideas: Malahat Skywalk, The Raptors, Hand of Man Museum, float down the Cowichan River on an inner tube, Cowichan Bay and more. Small group tours of 6 people this season due to Covid-19 regulations. Save luggage space, we offer local delights in our online shop with shipping across Canada.
Reservations required 250-477-3322 www.IslandTimeTours.com
Canada’s 1st expertly-guided private luxury tours to gardens, vineyards & craft gems in a Signature Tesla S, 3 & X, touring from Victoria around Vancouver Island BC. Visit exquisite gardens, find hidden gems and discover special events, both modern & classic. Eat as local as it gets: visit the growers, producers and purveyors of Vancouver Island’s gourmet fare. Explore the innovative breweries, distilleries and youthful terroirs of Cowichan, Saanich & Sooke.
Reservations required 1-877-789-8752 www.alsettours.com
Know Before You Go
Safety for our guests and employees is paramount, and wineries have been preparing to receive guests in a safe and healthy environment. All provincial health officer’s requirements and restrictions will be followed including protocols to maintain physical distancing, provide sanitized tastings, and limiting the number of people on premises.
Please check with each winery ahead of your arrival for the latest information about reservations and safety precautions. Some wineries require reservations for all tastings.
If you have additional questions that are not answered here, feel free to contact us.