Only a hour out of both Victoria and Nanaimo there is a little gem you need to start at on your Victoria wine tour.
Unsworth was rated "Top wine list overall" as voted by 150 guests of Canadian Craft Tours from both Victoria and Nanaimo wine tours. Risling, Gewurztraminer, Rosé, Pinot Gris. Unsworth Vineyards pretty much everything you would hope a Cowichan Valley winery would have. Even a few you havn't heard of will round out the line up.
If you only have enough time for two wineries in the Cowichan Valley on your next Victoria or Nanaimo wine tour you will want to try Unsworth and Enrico.
Tip: When you love the sparkling, buy it. Top regret by travelers after their Victoria Wine tour is that they did not pick up a bottle when they had the chance.
Out for a Birthday party or Bachlorette party? This is one of the stops you can not miss. If you buy a few too many bottles here - not problem, there are plenty of empty boxes for you to stock up on.
The wine will lure you here but the staff will keep you coming back. Feel free to try out their putting green after you drink a glass of wine. Have fun!
Don't want to drive? Jump on a tour with Canadian Craft Tours and leave the driving to your guide.
Expect at least one hour each way to the wineries within the valley. If leaving from Victoria or Nanaimo allow 5.5 hours for a round trip tour. There are few coffee shops and stores on the roads accross the valley so grab a coffee at Unsworth's bistro.
Travelers to the Cowichan from Victoria and Nanaimo voted the top two wineries to visit were Unsworth & Enrico.
Take a look at the menu at the bistro at Unsworth. When you decide it's possibly where you are planning to go for lunch, call ahead for reservations. Closed Monday.
Besides the two listed above we suggest Cherry Point as well as Divino estate (Call ahead).
Pointers to get ready for your next wine tasting event.
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Hey Calgary! There is a tasty new product released just in time for summer which appears to have finally arrived !
Founded in 2018 by business partners Faye Warrington and Marty Lastiwka Skunkworks began distilling their moonshine in 2019 with sugar beets from just down the street in Taber, Alberta. Moonshine, which is responsible for the creation of Nascar, is called Moonshine because it used to be made illegally at night and the moon would shine on the liquid, however, Skunkworks is 100% legal and their new canned Moonshine Mule is 100% delicious. It is a powerfully-gingery-spicy mule by design and the dominant tasting note would be the spice from the kilograms of fresh ginger infused in their own ginger simple syrup, along with an undertone of caramel …and of course lime.
Although the Moonshine Mule is not currently found on store shelves, it will be soon. In the meantime, you can always request a Canadian Craft Distillery tour to stop by and visit Faye and Marty at their distillery (SW Calgary near the Barley Belt), which houses a tasting room, and a jam/rehearsal/recording space for musicians.