In Vancouver Island’s Cowichan Valley, wineries nestle along twisting country roads among forests, farms and quaint little villages. Visit Averill Creek Vineyard near Duncan, to savour the stunning view from the slopes of Mount Prevost and the award-winning Pinots. Bring an appetite to the Bistro at Merridale Ciderworks in Cobble Hill, where you can sample some of their seven varieties of cider, and linger over a decadent lunch prepared with locally sourced ingredients.
Also in charming Cobble Hill, try the blackberry port-style wine at Cherry Point Estate Wines. Don’t miss Venturi-Schulze Vineyards, which is as well-known for its authentic balsamic vinegar as its blended wines like the aromatic white Millefiori.
Visit the funky coastal village of Cowichan Bay for some shopping and snacking – try the chewy ginger cookies at True Grain Bread and the island cheeses at Hilary’s Artisan Cheese. Feeling energetic? Kayak in the harbour or hike through the hills. It’s a good way for you to work off a feast of local seafood, foraged mushrooms and just-picked greens at Amusé on the Vineyard located at Unsworth Vineyards in Mill Bay.