Wineries & Vineyards
Grapes on a vine (Andrea Johnson photo)
The Cariboo Chilcotin Coast is an unexpected place for wine, but the region actually has the same long growing seasons and hot, dry summers of BC's Okanagan wine region.
These conditions, combined with the adventurous spirit of Cariboo residents, have led to the region's first commercial winery. Discover the growing future of Cariboo wine at Fort Berens Estate Winery, which is located along the scenic Coast Mountain Circle Route near the Gold Rush town of Lillooet.
Fort Berens Estate Winery
Like the prospectors before them, an entrepreneurial Dutch family chose Lillooet as the perfect location to stake a claim in BC wines. Named for a historic Hudson Bay Company trading post, Fort Berens Estate Winery won silver at the 2010 All Canadian Wine Championships for their 2007 Meritage.
Tour the vineyard perched high above the Fraser River and sample hand-crafted wines that reflect the unique terroir of the Cariboo. Fort Berens Winery is open year-round; hours vary by season. Calling in advance for tours and tastings is recommended.
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1881 Hwy 99 N
Lillooet, British Columbia
Our roots trace back 150 years to when a trading post was established on our property to serve thousands of prospectors who flocked to the Lillooet region in search of gold. Located in the magnificent Fraser Canyon, we have now built Fort Berens Estate Winery. With the same pioneering spirit we are forging a new vineyard region & are creating superb, distinct hand-crafted wines. As a member of the British Columbia Wine Institute, we are held to a high standard. The BC VQA designation is your assurance that the wine you're purchasing is 100% from BC & has met rigorous quality regulations.