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
Ours is a Cool Climate, where short, unpredictable seasons occur, calling for experimentation. Quck vines, and methods favourable to reipening, are desirable:
Our winemaking emphasizes a minimalist & natural approach, no enzymes used at crush,
indigenous yeast fermentation, no animal based fining products. (vegan friendly) Thistles Café is available for private functions & catering. thistlescatering.com
Our tasting room is closed until spring, but you can find us at several winter farmer's markets including the Duncan Farmers Market. Come taste our hand-crafted island grown grapes made from Cowichan's most awarded winemaker.
Explore and savour our family of wines crafted from grapes organically grown on our Pender Island ocean-side vineyards.
We are committed to creating delicious bottled elixirs that are made right here on Hornby using only local BC fruits.
COMPLETE local beverage tours
Wineries, Craft Breweries, Brew Pubs & Craft Distilleries Map