Wine & Cheese Tour
In The Cowichan Valley
Four Stops That Will Melt Your Heart! The awards being won by the vintners and cider makers of Cowichan are too many to list.
Here is your opportunity hop aboard one of Chemainus Tours beautiful bus charters and see where the fruit is grown, learn how it is transformed, meet the vintners and taste their products. A stop at the local cheese makers is a natural match. A scenic relaxing & tasty tour in the country.
|Region: Cowichan Valley, Southern Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada||Enrollment: Minimum 10 – Maximum 24|
|Duration: One day||Activity Level: Easy – A little walking required|
|Price: $120 CAD plus GST||Age: Recommendation: 19+|
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|Departs: Times to be arranged, approx. first pick up 9 am.||Returns: Approx. arrivals between 4:30 – 5:30|
The first stop of the day is the picnic area at Merridale Cider where they pop the cork of their champagne cider for your enjoyment. Learn how to taste, and what to look for in cider before you begin your journey into cider making. Tastings in the beautiful house include all of their ciders, including the newly released winter apple (absolutely delicious) When you finish the tour you will be a cider connoisseur.
Then it’s on to Vigneta Zanata Vineyard where the wine is aged in French oak and you can enjoy scenic valley views. Barrel fermenting and minimal filtration produce their full bodied complex wines, which you will enjoy samples of in the cozy tasting room. This will be followed by a buffet lunch on the vineyard patio.
Save a little room though because next we are off to Hilary’s Fine Cheeses to sample their locally produced cheeses. Hilary & Patty Abbott are the only cheese makers in the Cowichan Valley and they produce some delicious cheese.
Next we’re off to the Blue Grouse Vineyard, a family ‘estate winery’ where ‘infinite small steps are taken with precision and pride, dedicated to creating excellence in a bottle’. Where you will enjoy an in depth guided tour involving a look at grape growing and wine making at a “farm” winery ending up in the tasting room to sample the current Cherry Point wines.
The final stop of the day is Cherry Point Vineyard, where you will enjoy an in depth guided tour involving a look at grape growing and wine making at a “farm” winery ending up in the tasting room to sample the current Cherry Point wines.
Finally, let’s raise a glass to a great day! Cheers!