Wineries & Wine Tours
Grapes on a vine (Andrea Johnson photo)
A cluster of Vancouver Island wineries are just a short drive north of Victoria along the Saanich Peninsula. Idyllic farms, dramatic ocean views and arbutus trees provide the backdrop for wineries here.
Many wineries are small and family-owned and welcome visitors for tours and tastings. The peninsula is also home to a cidery as well as parks and organic farms. Take a day to sip and sample on the way to beautiful Butchart Gardens. Guided wine tours of this region are available.
The Saanich Peninsula’s mild temperatures and fertile land produces fruity whites such as Pinot Gris and medium-bodied reds such as Marechal Foch. Pair wine with cheese from Salt Spring Island, Qualicum Beach and the Comox Valley or try locally caught Vancouver Island seafood.
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