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Dave Townsend

Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Agriculture
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Facts about winemaking in B.C.
  • Wineries in the Cowichan Valley include Alderlea Vineyards, Averill Creek Vineyard, Blue Grouse Estate Winery and Vineyard, Cherry Point Estate Wines, Damali Lavender and Winery, Deol Estate Winery, Divino Estate Winery, Emandare Vineyard, Enrico Winery, Glenterra Vineyards, Rocky Creek Winery, Saison Market Vineyard, Unsworth Vineyards, Venturi-Schulze Vineyards, and Vigneti Zanatta Winery.
  • The wineries are in Cobble Hill, Cowichan Bay, Duncan, Glenora, Mill Bay and North Cowichan.
  • The British Columbia Wine Authority has the responsibility of managing and enforcing the system of wine standards established under the Province’s Wines of Marked Quality Regulation.
    • The authority oversees the BC Vintners Quality Alliance (BC VQA) program, ensuring that wines produced across B.C. are of marked quality, meet the labelling regulations and use the correct geographical indicators for wines made from grapes in the different regions of the province.
  • Wines must be BC VQA certified in order to display the geographic and sub-geographic indications in B.C.
  • Popular varieties grown in the Cowichan Valley include Ortega, Bacchus, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Marechal Foch and Pinot Noir.
  • British Columbia is home to 929 vineyards, with over 60 different grape varieties grown in the province.
  • There are nine geographical indications and five sub-geographical indications in B.C.
  • The nine geographical indications include Fraser Valley, Gulf Islands, Kootenays, Lillooet, Okanagan Valley, Shuswap, Similkameen Valley, Thompson Valley and Vancouver Island.
  • Economic Development Cowichan, the economic development arm of the Cowichan Valley Regional District, provided a grant for an initial study of the region as a sub-geographical indicator in 2018.