The Cowichan Valley is the heart of a growing Vancouver Island wine region. Sometimes called “Canada’s Provence” or “Napa of the North” , the region has Canada’s only Maritime Mediterranean climate zone and has the highest mean temperature in all of Canada. In fact, “Cowichan” means “land warmed by the sun” in the First Nations Coast Salish language. The combination of warm weather, just enough rain, and the right kind of soil offer a great environment for cool-climate grape varieties.
The wine industry is only part of the Cowichan agri-tourism picture. The region is also home to a natural organic bakery, artisan cheeses, Canada’s only water-buffalo dairy, lavender farms, alpacas and emus, herb farms, big-leaf maple syrup producers and several heritage farms, and a growing Slow Food movement.
The Savour Cowichan Festival showcasing island wineries, local farms, music and art, is being held from September 25 through October 4, 2015.
Why not stay the weekend and enjoy all the special events around the region?
The closest Cowichan Valley wineries to our Cobble Hill Bed & Breakfast are:
- Merridale Ciderworks & La Pommeraie Bistro
- Unsworth Vineyards
- Glenterra Vineyards & Thistles Cafe
- Venturi-Schulze Vineyards and balsamic vinegary
- Blue Grouse Estate Winery
- Cherry Point Vineyards & bistro
- Vigneti Zanatta & Vinoteca
- Rocky Creek Winery
- Averill Creek Vineyard
- Enrico Winery
Enhancing the wine experience are a wide variety of fresh local products, available for sale at farmers markets in Duncan and South Cowichan, as well as several others in the area, or directly at the farms. You will also find many local products featured in our world-class restaurants.
Spend a weekend wandering our country roads, sipping a glass on a sunny patio, or picking up some award winning wine, cheese or other farm fresh products to take home with you as a reminder of your visit to the Cowichan Valley and an incentive to return!