Wineries & Wine Tours
Grapes on a vine (Andrea Johnson photo)
Flanked by the fertile soil and benign climate of the Saanich Peninsula, Sidney lies within easy reach of four wineries and a ciderhouse.
A self-guided ramble through the vineyards, wineries and tasting counters makes for a day of exhilarating, Epicurean discovery. In all cases, be sure to check opening hours in advance.
Church & State Wines
The 2009 All-Canadian Wine Championships awarded Best Red Wine of the Year to Church & State Wines. Its 2006 Quintessential was the champion wine. This was a towering national victory for the largest and most awarded - 80 awards from internationally recognized wine competitions - of Vancouver Island's 30 or so wineries.
Drop into the Saanich Peninsula Winery and discovery what makes judges and critics so happy. Work through the vineyard's award-winning varietals - from Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay to Syrah, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Merlots - at the tasting bar. Fri to Sun, come by for lunch overlooking the vineyards.
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