Wine Tasting tour for 1 to 6 people in Cowichan Valley - enjoy included tastings, gourmet snacks + city tour en-route!
Wine aficionado? Foodie? True gourmand? Or, do you just like to eat and drink? This tour guides you through Vancouver Island's Cowichan Valley wine region.
The Cowichan People describe the Valley as Quw'utsun' or "warm land". The areas winemakers are flourishing with old-world vinifera grapes such as Pinot Gris, Ortega and Gewürztraminer, as well as reds that prefer a cooler growing climate, such as Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, and Maréchal Foch.
We'll begin the tour in Victoria, and wind through downtown's picturesque streets, with brief photo stops at major landmarks, prior to heading north into the Cowichan Valley. You'll be able to taste wines at 3 wineries on this route, with ample time to savour each tasting. You can enjoy wines by the glass for purchase, as well as breathtaking views from the wineries - and savour the moment over an optional farm-to-table bistro lunch. This may well and truly be "Napa North".
This tour is highly customizable - so please message me for more information!
- Pickup at your specified location (hotel, cruise ship terminal, etc. )
- Scenic overview of downtown Victoria (Parliament Buildings, Fairmont Empress Hotel, Inner Harbour)
- Drive through Chinatown (Canada's oldest!)
- 40 minute drive north to the Cowichan Valley - passing through Goldstream Park, and stopping for a scenic view from the malahat drive
- guided tastings at 3 wineries
- return to Victoria for drop-off
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Pickup for this tour is included within the Victoria area (your hotel/accommodation, transportation terminal, airport, landmark).
End location: Most tours end at the same location they began, however, if you wish to explore Victoria further on your own on foot, I can suggest other drop-off locations that may be of interest.
Duration: 6 hours
This tour is provided in a 2018 Land Rover Discovery SUV. Touring vehicles are impeccably detailed, and offer a luxurious air-conditioned touring experience. Enjoy complimentary in-car wifi en-route.
This tour for 2-6 people includes transportation in a 2018 Land Rover Discovery SUV, tasting fees at 3 wineries, a gourmet snack basket and bottled water. Enjoy complimentary in-car wifi en-route.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50 Canadian Dollars - The tour stops multiple times, with opportunities to purchase souvenir bottles of wine, or supplementary refreshments or a meal.
During your time at the wineries, food and beverage is available for purchase. Depending on your preference, I can make recommendations for meals to suit any budget. You may wish to purchase additional snacks or enjoy a farm-to-table bistro lunch overlooking the vines.
Please contact me with any questions regarding additional costs estimates. I'm happy to assist!
This tour does not include a meal (light snacks in a gourmet snack basket and bottled water are included). Many guests choose to enjoy lunch along the route, and reservations are recommended in advance. Some wineries offer meals available for purchase. I'd be happy to help with suggestions depending on your desired experience and budget.
You may wish to shop along the way, or purchase wine or other products from the vineyards and purveyors visited.