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Wine Tasting Near Victoria

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Wine Tasting Near Victoria

My husband and I are planning a trip to Victoria (hopefully staying in the James Bay area) for late September. We won't be renting a car but wanted to try and visit one or two wineries while we were there. We were thinking of either taking a cab there or seeing if there were any wine tours worth taking. Any suggestions on wineries to check out and transportation to them?

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1. Re: Wine Tasting Near Victoria

For these wineries between Victoria and Duncan, you would need a car. ~30 min highway driving.


Edited: 03 March 2011, 20:52
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2. Re: Wine Tasting Near Victoria

here are a couple:

http://www.islandnet.com/~daimler/ (3 tours)

http://www.grandwinetours.com/winetours.php (note that this one gets poor reviews on TripAdvisor)


Edited: 04 March 2011, 07:20
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To be perfectly honest, if it is possible, it would be worth your while to rent a car. Wine tours in Victoria are ridiculously expensive and you would be able to cover a lot more ground and get much more bang for your buck with a rental car.

You could easily do both the Cowichan Valley and Saanich Peninsula Wineries in a day if you wanted to. Take a look at this website for a listing of wineries on Vancouver Island.


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Depending on the time of year you are visiting Victoria, it's wise to plan your visits to the wineries ahead. You'll find that many are not open for regular hours until at least April and some are only open on weekends. There is a new book, "Island Wineries of British Columbia", that can tell you exactly how to go about touring on your own.

I would spend an afternoon on the Sannich Peninsula being sure to visit Starling Lane Winery plus Victoria Spirits for their fabulous gin and Sea Cider for intriguing apple cider like you've never tried before.

In the Cowichan Valley, I would start at True Grain Bread in the old fishing village of Cowichan Bay then visit Cherry Point, Blue Grouse, Rocky Creek, and Venturi Schulze vineyards. It's challenging to do more than 4 wineries in a day. You can lunch back in "the bay" at Hilary's Cheese where they have incredible home made soups and baguette sandwiches.

If you come in July you can taste many island wines at the annual Taste, Victoria's Festival of Food and Wine, July 21-24, 2011. The island wineries are also doing a spring tasting in April, but the date hasn't yet been announced.

If you go to Butchart Gardens, they have the most extensive island wine list in the Dining Room Restaurant. Their staff can tell you a bit about some of the wines and you can try them there...

Enjoy your visit!

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