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
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.
We offer fresh hand-crafted brews, local house-made food and top-notch customer service. The Craig Street Brew Pub has the setting and the beer to fit your every mood, so come on down and enjoy!
The wines that we can craft from Comox-grown grapes are delicate, aromatic and fresh. Also, a lineup of wines from the Okanagan is to allow for some bolder reds (and Icewine that we cannot achieve locally)
All Damali wines are made with fruit grown within the Cowichan region and our signature wines are fruit and lavender blends. We are also growing blackberries, raspberries, rhubarb and black currants for the purpose of wine making.
Each year, de Vine Vineyards makes approximately 2000 cases, specializing in organically processed wine, avoiding the use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. Come visit us in the Tasting Room for a flight of five wines, chosen daily
COMPLETE local beverage tours
Wineries, Craft Breweries, Brew Pubs & Craft Distilleries Map