Discover Vancouver Island’s wine region of Cowichan Valley on this half-day guided tour. Traveling in a small group limited to 14 people, get to know several family-owned wineries and enjoy tastings of both local wines and hard cider. Meet the owners and winemakers along the way, and stop to savor a farm-to-table lunch. Enjoy drives through a temperate rain forest, mountain vistas, and farmland. Hotel transport included.
Winery tour of Cowichan Valley with farm-to-table lunch
Visit three local wineries that do not use pesticides in their products
Enjoy tastings at each winery plus a flight of organic hard ciders
Explore quaint shops in a seaside village
Round-trip hotel transport available from Victoria
Located just outside of Victoria, Cowichan Valley is Vancouver Island’s thriving wine region. This half-day tour takes you to several family-owned wineries and through scenic landscapes along the way. While wine is the focus, the day also features a farm-to-table lunch of your choice paired with a flight of local, organic hard ciders. After pickup from your downtown Victoria hotel (reservation needed), hit the road by late morning. The Cowichan Valley wine region uses no pesticides or insecticides. At each winery that you visit, grapes are grown on the same lands where the vintage owners live and work. Savor different varietals of wines you're introduced to at each winery. Purchase along the way as you like. (Wine cannot be shipped to the US, only Canada. US guests may buy as much as they like with little duty due.) Have the opportunity to stop at a nearby seaside village and check out the charming stores. The village shop serves local delights, such as cheese and charcuterie. Don’t miss the delicious offerings at the organic bakery. Please note: This tour is available Wednesdays through Sundays all year except in January. You must be at least 19 years old to participate. If you wish to book the tour as a private one for your family, there are no age restrictions to join, but you must be at least 19 years old to taste wine.
Reviews by Viator travelers
A great way to spend a day!
, Aug 2019
A wonderful and relaxing day- beautiful scenery, great narration/history of Victoria, Vancouver Island and the wine industry in Victoria and BC. The winery stops were interesting, especially the trip to Venturi-Schulze, a small family- owned vineyard. The Cidery is a lovely property, and we enjoyed flights of hard cider with a tasty meal- we tried the pot pie and the apple-brie melt, both of which were satisfying and delicious. Our guide, Pamela, was a certified sommelier, which made for interesting conversation and perspective on what we were drinking. She could compare and contrast the grapes and wine characteristics of Victoria with other regions of the world.
I can’t recommend this tour enough - led by the brilliant Don
We were driven around to 3 vineyards and 1 Cidery to sample the products and learn a little about each respectively. Each were very interesting in their own way and the whole experience was very enjoyable.
We also got a lovely lunch at the cidery.
The whole thing was brilliant, Don was excellent and it felt like good value for money.
I would highly recommend
We loved this tour! Our guide was informative, funny and engaging. Unfortunately I have forgotten her name, but she is the owner of the company. The tour was everything described in the listing and more. The people at the wineries were attentive and educational.
We had a good trip, visited 3 wineries and a lavender farm. We liked the diversity of the wineries and our tour guide actually the owner of the company was our guide. She provided a light lunch and wine for us. Being picked up at our hotel was also a big plus. Having her as our guide was a bonus because she had so many stories to tell. She has definitely built a bond with the wineries as the interaction with her and the winery hosts was very noticeable. We are from California and it was great to taste and learn about the wine region in British Columbia. I would definitely recommend this tour.
We had a great tour to 3 Cowichan Valley wineries. David, our tour operator, carefully selected the wineries to visit, each one unique. From the moment he picked us up at our hotel, we had an entertaining experience, stopping at memorable spots for the incredible views. Each winery that we visited was unique. The first was a small family winery that prides itself on making wines because they like the particular winery. The second was a larger winery with good wines and at that one, David prepared us a picnic lunch which we enjoyed on picnic tables next to the vines. The final winery was medium sized with unusual varieties of grapes. We highly recommend this trip.
I've been on several wine tours in Napa and Sonoma. They all had nothing on this tour. I enjoyed the small group we had 5 total, which meant we weren't waiting around for drifters to get on to the next place and actually got to hit 4 wineries and stop for some scenic views. The lunch provided was delicious and our tour guide Don was an amazing guide. He even dropped us off right in front of our Air BnB apartment versus the selected hotel point. Would definitely recommend this to anyone traveling to Victoria that wants to get out of town for the day.