We had a fantastic start to our growing season with wonderfully warm days in early May of up to 26C in the vineyard - great for drying out the ground and the new growth. Then the rain brought the weeds! Our summer crew had to move quickly from shoot thinning to hoeing! Meet Connor and Tyger! The early heat seems to have put us ahead of last year and in some varietals we are nearly at the tucking wires. The busiest time in the vineyard will begin soon as we tuck and pin each new cane to the trellising wires
Come by and taste our new releases for 2013 - all made with 100% Saanich fruit. We are about a third of the way through our Gewurz and Pinot Gris inventory .. we are hoping they'll last the summer in the tasting room! The Gewurz is really opening up ...great lychee and florals coming through! Check out the great commentary on some of our new 2012 lineup from John Schreiner - see Wine Writers page. Thanks everyone for coming by to see our new place and thanks for the support of our local wines.
Come for lunch! Grab a picnic basket and a bottle of our wine, load up on great Saltspring and Vancouver Island cheeses, locally sourced charcuterie, and smoked wild Canadian salmon. We've added some local lox to the line up recently - yum! Add our farm made chutneys and wine jellies (did you know our chutney is made with verjus rather than vinegar? - a much better pairing for wine and cheese!) It's foodie heaven - reasonably priced and locally made!
It's 1962 in this picture and winery owner Lamont is learning how to hoe strawberries with his dad. 20 acres of loganberries were later planted on the farm property. Most of the loganberries were sold to Growers Wine Company. Growers, located in Saanich, was established in 1921, and was the first commercial winery in BC. In the mid 60's there were around 250 acres of loganberries grown on the Saanich Peninsula. We still have some loganberries on the farm from the original plantings, you can enjoy them in our jams!