Relaxed accommodation in the Cowichan wine region.
Our relaxed Cowichan wine region accommodation is located on a forested acreage with a creek, central
to many wineries, and just around the corner from Merridale Cidery. The countryside of the Cowichan
region is an area of rolling hills, farms, forests, lakes and ocean, with warm temperatures and good soil
conditions for certain varieties of grapes. The number of Cowichan Valley wineries is growing yearly and
many have produced award winning wines or ciders, and several feature restaurants where you can enjoy
a lovely lunch. Small food producers of specialty products also abound and local restaurants feature
many Cowichan grown or harvested food products.
There is also a wide variety of outdoor activities available in the area, and we would be happy to assist
you with information and advice to make the most of your visit to our part of Vancouver Island.
The Cowichan region is the heart of the 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.
Enhancing the wine experience are a wide variety of fresh local products, available for sale at Farmer's Markets in Duncan and in Cobble Hill, 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 and an incentive to return!
The Cowichan Valley is home to several of Vancouver Island's award-winning restaurants, all of
which are no more than a 15 minutes drive away from our Cobble Hill Bed & Breakfast.
recommends the following fine-dining establishments: