Victoria Winery and Brewery Attractions and Tours
These establishments typically use locally-sourced inputs from their own or very nearby suppliers (some even using certified organic sources). Local barley, grains, grapes, etcetera can have a unique flavour due to the "terroir", imparted from the special soils, ground water, and rains to the crops that grow here.
Also, they are smaller, and apply their education, skills, and experience to create small batches of very special beverages. Because they are not trying to "maintain a brand" (which would require them to be scientifically consistent), they can afford to experiment, and try new and different combinations of materials, different timings, and sometimes non-traditional techniques and technologies to come up with something unusual, interesting, and VERY LOCAL. Consumers should consider themselves fortunate to be able to have the opportunity to enjoy such locally-produced drinks.
Victoria & area has a number of craft breweries and wineries that create unique beverages. Most welcome you to take a tour (bring your I.D.), and visit their shops afterwards (samples may only be served, and alcoholic beverages may only be sold to those of legal drinking age or older).
DISCLAIMERS: (1) you must be of legal drinking age to consume any of these beverages; (2) exercise your own judgement about which drinks may be suitable for you; (3) when sampling, accept the host's judgement of appropriate sample sizes, and (4) drink responsibly, and DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE.
COMPLETE local beverage tours Here is a sampling (pun intended):
Here are some featured local brew pubs, craft breweries, craft distilleries, wineries or vineyard
The wines are produced on perfectly suited grape growing land. They are 100% estate-grown, organically farmed, dry farmed and the vilification is allowed to take place naturally without commercial yeasts and other additives that dictate a recipe.
Traditional meets artisanal winemaking at Unsworth Vineyards, an award-winning, family owned and operated winery committed to handcrafting wines of distinction in Vancouver Island's Cowichan Valley.
Explore and savour our family of wines crafted from grapes organically grown on our Pender Island ocean-side vineyards.
We are a small-batch craft brewery located on the bottom of a medium-sized island on the left coast of a very large country. We have launched a soda company, a distillery, and most recently a malting facility–the only one of its kind in Canada.
Once the preferred habitat of Blue Grouse, the 45 acres of Blue Grouse Estate are tucked away on a sunny slope of Vancouver Island's Cowichan Valley, which is believed to take its name from a First Nation's word meaning "the warm land".
COMPLETE local beverage tours
Wineries, Craft Breweries, Brew Pubs & Craft Distilleries Map