Visiting Victoria wineries has been one of the great success stories for tourism on southern Vancouver Island. A few years ago there were very few vineyards on the island but now, for example, one of our member bed and breakfasts has four on their road alone.
Our local Saanich Peninsula vineyards are typically small family affairs who are rightly proud of their craft and are pleased to share stories with you as you sample their wines. Your bed and breakfast hosts can help you plan a Victoria wine tours itinerary to visit the local vineyards.
Imagine the setting: driving around the rolling countryside of the peninsula (north of Victoria, south of Sidney) through its farmland and small communities. Every ten minutes or so you pull into a winery or perhaps a fruit stand for some sustaining fresh fruit for your travels. You are then greeted at a tasting room, probably by the family winery operators. With pride, they tell you about their vineyard: its soils and setting, its grapes and, most importantly, its wines.
Do not think that these small wine-making operations produce inferior wines compared to the large wineries; they often win awards internationally. Most BC wines are white, light and fruity.
Visiting Victoria wineries is always a delight. You can also tour local cideries, two distilleries and even a meadery all in the Greater Victoria area.
So plan a few hours to tour them all and sample their wares. Buy a bottle to enjoy in the evening at your bed and breakfast and take a few souvenirs home. Bear in mind that some of these wineries are only open on summer weekends so plan accordingly ask your Victoria bed and breakfast hosts about this.
If Victoria wineries are not to your taste, there are many craft breweries with a large selection of beers, in Victoria and on the Saanich Peninsula.