Symphony Vineyard is located a few minutes away from downtown Sidney in the Saanich Peninsula. This is a purely family owned outfit, the farm was established in the 1950’s. It was initially a strawberry farm and then a supplier of loganberries for the Grower’s Winery. Symphony delved into wine-making in the early 2000s, and the first vines were planted in 2004. Today, the vineyard prides itself on being the only winery producing wines solely from grapes grown in the Saanich Peninsula and churns out aromatic whites, crispy roses and fruity barrel aged reds. It is an ideal place for a wine tasting experience in Sidney.
The Saanich Peninsula is ideal for growing Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Gewurztraminer, Ortega and Marechal Foch grape varietals which lend themselves well to the production of crisp aromatic whites and roses and medium bodied reds. All of the reds are aged in oak barrels in order to infuse a rich, woody taste. All wines can be sampled at the recycled timber tasting room or enjoyed on the picnic grounds with a view of the vineyard. You can bring along your own picnic basket or enjoy meals from the onsite deli.
The deli is open from May to October and offers you the opportunity to create your own picnic platter from the cheeses, charcuterie, salmon, hummus, breads and other items available. You can then enjoy your platter on the grass patio overlooking the vineyard accompanied by your favourite glass of wine. Birthday cakes, wine jellies and other desserts are also available to order. The deli and winery are also available for special events and can house up to 30 people per booking. You can choose to bring your own caterer or pack your own picnic for an afternoon on the grounds. You get to visit all the stores and a guide to direct you while in the yard. You also get to familiarize yourself with the brewing process as part of the tour benefits. Finally, the deli also has several chutneys, jams, preserves and wine jellies available for sale in addition to your favourite wine.
The Symphony Vineyard is the ideal stop for anyone looking for a small, boutique winery with a personal touch and family feeling. Offering up great wines grown from 100% locally produced grapes, the winery should be a must stop for anyone who loves to drink wine in simple but elegant surroundings.
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