White Grapes we grow in our Saanich Vineyards

<strong>Pinot Gris</strong>
Pinot GrisThink lemon, pear and honey
Pinot Gris is one of the largest plantings on Vancouver Island. Our Pinot Gris is fresh and lively with aromas of citrus, honey and pear, and lime, pear and sweet rhubarb on the palate.
GewurztraminerThink lychee and grassy florals
Few vineyards grow Gewurztraminer here on Vancouver Island. It’s a bear to manage in the vineyard and yields are low, however it makes a wonderful aromatic wine every year. Full of tropical notes, citrus, and exotic florals, it makes a distinctive medium bodied wine. We love it in the winery – and it never lasts long in the tasting room!
OrtegaThink white peaches and citrus
Ortega is common on the island as a single varietal. It is a cross between Siegrebbe and Muller-Thurgau – both very aromatic wines. It yields well in our climate and ripens early: usually 2 – 3 weeks before our Pinots. We make our Ortega as a light dry wine and it has wonderful aromatics and flavors of white peaches and lemon lime. Fantastic with our island seafood!

Red Grapes we grow in our Saanich Vineyards

<strong>Pinot Noir</strong>
Pinot NoirThink strawberries, cherries and violets
We have a large planting of Pinot Noir and every year we make a dry French style rosé wine from some of the fruit. The rosé is dry but juicy with crushed strawberries and sour cherry on the palate. We make a light Pinot Noir from our best block of Noir. Our Pinot is fruit forward with a palate of cherries, violets and raspberry, and aged in french barrels for a year. Perfect with our wild sockeye salmon!
MillotThink raspberries and blackberries
Millot is similar in parentage to Marchal Foch; both are believed to be a cross with Goldreisling (itself a cross) and Vitis riparia/rupestris. Our Millot is a light fruit forward red, and is best served slightly chilled, making it a wonderful summer wine. The wine has huge fresh raspberry and blackberry flavors, and light undertones of spice and vanilla from a few months in oak barrels.
<strong>Marechal Foch</strong>
Marechal FochThink plum, cassis, mocha and vanilla
Although similar in parentage to Millot, our Foch spends more time in American and French oak resulting in a medium bodied wine with rich plum and cassis and undertones of cinnamon, mocha, chocolate, and vanilla.