Vancouver Island wineries enjoy a warm northern Mediterranean-like climate is well suited to growing a variety of grapes. Wineries are now located from the Saanich Peninsula all the way to Comox as well as wineries in Port Alberni and the Gulf Islands. Most operations have tasting rooms and tours, and a number have restaurants serving local gourmet fare.
If you like wine and wine tasting you will love what Island wineries have to offer. From the pastoral Saanich Peninsula and Cowichan Valley to the beautiful Gulf Islands, the region is home to almost fifty commercial vineyards and wineries. Several distilleries thrown into the mix make it the largest wine producing region in B.C. behind the Okanagan.
What do all Those Wine Competition Medals Mean Anyway? We have all seen wineries proudly proclaim that their wines received a medal at this or that competition, and you will undoubtedly see this during tours of Vancouver Island wineries. While generally it means the wine is better than average, it is helpful to know the basics of wine judging and how medals and rankings are determined. It can also assist with awareness in your own wine sampling during your Vancouver Island wine tour.