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    Welcome to Rocky Creek Winery

    Sustainable and 100% Locally Grown; Try our “WOW” factor and chocolate!

    Cowichan’s most award-winning winery

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    Our Tasting Room

    Come Visit Us

    -   We are open 11 to 4 pm, Wednesdays through to Mondays.

    -   Think about coming for a glass, bottle or flight of wines outside with a picnic or purchase some local cheese.

    -   Love to see you…take time to enjoy at your pace!

     

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    Flower of the Month

    Cranesbill

    Cranesbill is a full volume flowering plant that is easy to split and fill out garden beds.  I started with one plant and have it in many places.  I started with these purple ones but also have light pink and dark pink.  Some are even in my hanging baskets.  These flowers grow in many climates and just add a long punch of flowers through the season. 

    Recipe of the Month

    Mark's Spicy BBQ Sauce

    Summer is here…think BBQ!  We have a great red blend called On the Mark that would go very well with BBQ items.  So we bring back our spicy BBQ sauce. It has a nice richness to it and a bit of heat.  You can use our Pinot Noir, On the Mark or the Wild Blackberry..our selection for the sauce is Wild Blackberry.

     

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      Current Hours

      May to Sep: Wed-Mon 11 to 4 pm. Visit Us

    ABOUT US

    Vision

    Vision

    Mark is our 3rd generation winemaker so it’s definitely in his blood.  We wanted to create our own heritage winery; yet never had a farm at that time.  So, we thought outside the box and started the first home-based winery in Canada on Rocky Creek and moved now to our existing location with 10 acres and still growing.  Now one of our daughters is wanting to become our 2nd generation winemaker!  Both of us worked in the oil industry in the 1980s and 1990s.  We “went from corporate suits to gumboots“.

    Our mission statement is to create, develop and operate a small family-run business that produces high quality wines that are enjoyable. The key to our success is our passion to make the highest quality wines from grapes grown only on Vancouver Island. We also strive to enter our wines in competitions that promote wines of excellence. Our passion is for quality, not quantity.

     

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    Eco-Tourism

    Eco-Tourism

    When we started planning our estate vineyard in Cowichan Bay, we immediately started thinking about how we could incorporate sustainability into the design. Mark is an environmental engineer and ”going green” is just a part of our normal practices. Key components were the selection of our varietals, layout and design of the vineyard. We also have left as much existing vegetation and landscape as possible to include the existing biodiversity of our acreage. We also incorporated reductions of water and heat in our winery. The winemaking process also involves using as little chemicals as possible. See further into each section of the vineyard and winery to find out specific examples.

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    Our Tasting Room

    Our Tasting Room

    Our tasting room is now open.  We are in full season May to Sep, every day EXCEPT Tuesdays…so Wed to Mon from 11 to 4pm. 

    For those of you interested in what happens here:  Meet us in the tasting room.  If it’s too busy, we have beautiful gardens where you can just enjoy the wines outside.   Go Island video had done a show last year to show you about us.  Have a look!  Bring your picnic OR we do have a cheese  available for sale.  With one day’s notice, we can have sandwiches or cheese/olive box also.  You can enjoy a glass of wine, a bottle or a flight of wines for variety.  All our spaces besides the tastings are outside, so it is weather dependent at our place but great views!  We are south and west views.  The Café is our outdoor patio area with table and chairs or a sectional to relax and listen to some outdoor music from our speakers.  The areas around the gardens have chairs to sit in more relaxed; we do even have a picnic blanket if you want to sit on the grass.  Take some time to relax at your pace! 

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    Group Info

    Group Info

    We can only do a group tour minimum of 15 people.  We need advance notice; there is a $5 fee per person fee.  We require this fee to be non-refundable; however, always allow a chance to waive the fee after the experience.  Your group booking ensures that your group alone is tasting with the owners. You may chose the wines;  we can pre-order picnic lunches from  Hilary’s Cheese with one day’s notice.  Pricing for this is from $10 to $13 pp.  We can also do cheese plates for your group as well; so, stay longer and enjoy food wine and the outdoors!

    We are also getting requests for weddings. We can rent our space for your outdoor wedding and for the evening dinner complete with our wines.  However, all the arrangements must be made by yourself and we have some of the connections you may need.  Contact us if you are interested. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Facts

    Facts

    • Founded 2004
    • Owners:  Linda and Mark Holford
    • Winemaker:  Mark Holford
    • Vineyard 1:  5 acres, grapes planted 2008, mainly Blattner crosses, Marechal Foch, cultivated blackberries
    • Vineyard 2:  2 acres, grapes planted 1995, Pinot Gris, Siegerrebe, Piniot Noir, Kerner, Mueller Thurgau
    • Vineyard 3:  3 acres, grapes planted 2008, mainly Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir

    Grapes are handpicked into small bins, so not to crush the grapes until the destemmer at the winery.  Quality control at the picking level.  Picked that day and also processed that day within hours after finishing picking.  It’s a long day for the winemaker but we think a part of the quality control

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    WINES

    Jubilee

    Jubilee

    Silver MedalTreat yourself!  89 Points  “Nice Brightness Here”.  Great closure that keeps bubbles all week!  Crisp taste like a fresh fruity wine.  It has a creamy palate of fruit and hints of rose petals with a dry, slightly mineral finish…

    PRICE $24

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    BMC_0930

    SUGGESTED FOOD PAIRINGS

    • Popcorn

      Popcorn

    • Brie Cheese

      Brie Cheese

    • Chocolate Covered Berries

      Chocolate Covered Berries

    Pinot Gris

    Pinot Gris

    2013 Vintage released!  “Fantastic example of a well-crafted Pinot Gris”.  Our Best Seller.  Try our liquid sunshine! Enjoy the beautiful salmon color from a  short skin contact to enhance the mouth feel…

    PRICE $18.50

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    BMC_0916

    SUGGESTED FOOD PAIRINGS

    • Sushi

      Sushi

    • Spicy Prawns

      Spicy Prawns

    • Fried Chicken

      Fried Chicken

    Pinot Noir

    Pinot Noir

    “A treat well worth searching for” 89 Points Good aroma and spicyness!  Flavours of fruit, cloves and pepper.  Discover a new flavour with every meal and dive into an adventure.  French oak….

    PRICE $22

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    BMC_0924

    SUGGESTED FOOD PAIRINGS

    • Salmon

      Salmon

    • Pork

      Pork

    • Spaghetti

      Spaghetti

    On the Mark

    On the Mark

    Bronze MedalEasy Drinking and Inviting! Bronze Medal Winner at Fingerlakes International in New York State.  Our patio and BBQ wine named after the winemaker whose passion is to make great reds. It’s our sustainable choice because of grape choices and our vineyard practices….

    PRICE $17.50

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    BMC_0922

    SUGGESTED FOOD PAIRINGS

    • Steak

      Steak

    • Grilled Beef Burgers

      Grilled Beef Burgers

    • Grilled Eggplant

      Grilled Eggplant

    Robin’s Rosé

    Robin’s Rosé

    New release available!  Robin’s Rose is a special wine named after our daughter Robin. Great with a homemade salsa.  When white won’t do and red is too much….

    PRICE $18

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    BMC_0938

    SUGGESTED FOOD PAIRINGS

    • Nachos

      Nachos

    • Westcoast Dungeness Crab

      Westcoast Dungeness Crab

    • Baby Back Ribs

      Baby Back Ribs

    Katherine’s Sparkle

    Katherine’s Sparkle

    Sold Out!  Katherine’s Sparkle is a special wine named after our daughter Katherine. This wine has a crisp, fruity finish — “a real crowd pleaser”. It has traditional bubbles produced in the methode classique. It has the wonderful aroma of the Gewürztraminer and taste of Bacchus…

    PRICE $24

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    SUGGESTED FOOD PAIRINGS

    • Cheese

      Cheese

    • Asian/Spicy

      Asian/Spicy

    • Chocolate

      Chocolate

    José’s Tempranillo

    José’s Tempranillo

    Silver MedalTHE only island-grown Tempranillo red wine made!  In memory of José Rodrigo whose dream was to grow Spanish grapes in the Cowichan Valley.  This is a memory about him and also a fundraiser.  The next vintage is ready!  Taste the sunshine…

    PRICE $50

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    BMC_0918

    SUGGESTED FOOD PAIRINGS

    • Tapas

      Tapas

    • Paella

      Paella

    • Filet Mignon

      Filet Mignon

    Wild Blackberry

    Wild Blackberry

    Gold MedalOur Gold Medal winner!  Try our “WOW” factor.  “Best dessert wine of 2012″.  Before dinner, after dinner or mix it in cocktails!  This is a sweet wine but has a dry finish…

    PRICE $20

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    BMC_0919

    SUGGESTED FOOD PAIRINGS

    • Chocolate

      Chocolate

    • Cheese

      Cheese

    • Lamb

      Lamb

    Siegerrebe

    Siegerrebe

    New release available! 90 points “here is an exotic wine to enjoy”.  Wonderful floral notes and a great white wine drinker’s wine.  Siegerrebe’s flavour is reminiscent of Gewürztraminer….

    PRICE $20

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    SUGGESTED FOOD PAIRINGS

    • Fish Tacos

      Fish Tacos

    • Asparagus

      Asparagus

    • Crab Cakes

      Crab Cakes

    Salish

    Salish

    This is something that we did as a trial in our tasting room. We are doing this one again this year and for those of you who loved it, please send me an email and you can pre-order the wines. We only have 20 cases. Not ready just yet.  You can always send me an email and can preorder.

    PRICE $25

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    SUGGESTED FOOD PAIRINGS

    • Lemon Meringue Pie

      Lemon Meringue Pie

    • White Chocolate

      White Chocolate

    • Swiss Cheese

      Swiss Cheese

    news & events

    Upcoming Events

    Upcoming Events

    Harvest Pick and Stomp

    Oct 4, 2014

    Have a true harvest experience with the winemaker.  Join the winemaker for a morning harvest in one of our commercial … +MORE

    Feast of Fields

    Sep 14, 2014

    We will be attending this event for the first time.  This is an event to enjoy more culinary experiences in … +MORE

    “An Evening with José”

    Sep 10, 2014

    Who and what is José?  14_CFC_Poster_8.5x14_JOSE  Come learn the story about a unique and rare vintage wine.  The … +MORE

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    Recent News

    Recent News

    Summertime and living is easy…

    Jul 11, 2014

    Well we are now in summer swing.  We have events happening in the vineyard and around the area.  The weather +MORE

    More awards… best year ever at Northwest Wine Summit

    May 27, 2014

    Well, just received (via email) a copy of the results for the 2014 Northwest Wine Competition.  For the first time +MORE

    First Competition results of 2014

    Mar 31, 2014

    You know spring is here when wine competitions start to happen! Our first competition of 2014 was the Finger Lakes International +MORE

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    awards

    2014

    All Canadian Wine Championships

    Wild Blackberry 2013 - Bronze

    Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

    Wild Blackberry 2013 - Silver
    On The Mark 2012 - Bronze

    Northwest Wine Summit

    Jose's Tempranillo 2011 - Silver
    On The Mark 2012 - Silver
    Robin's Rose 2013 - Silver
    Wild Blackberry 2013 - Silver
    Jubilee 2011 - Bronze
    Pinot Noir 2011 - Bronze
    Pinot Gris 2013 - Bronze
    Siegerrebe 2013 - Bronze

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    Award Medol

    2014 Awards

    2013

    Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

    Silver Medal: Wild Blackberry
    Bronze Medal: On the Mark 2011, Jubilee 2011

    All Canadian Wine Championships

    Silver Medal: Wild Blackberry 2012

    Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition

    Bronze Medal: Pinot Gris 2012, Katherine's Sparkle 2011

    Northwest Wine Summit, Oregon

    Gold Medal: Wild Blackberry 2012
    Silver Medal: Jose's Tempranillo 2009, Jubilee 2011, Pinot Gris 2012, Siegerrebe 2012
    Bronze Medal: Katherine's Sparkle 2011, On The Mark 2011

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    Award Medol

    2013 Awards

    2012

    Canadian Wine Awards - Wine Access

    Bronze Medal: Jubilee 2011

    All Canadian Wine Championships - Ontario

    Bronze Medal: Wild Blackberry 2011

    Northwest Wine Summit - Oregon

    Silver Medal: Jubilee 2010
    Silver Medal: Robin’s Rose 2010
    Silver Medal: Wild Blackberry 2011
    Bronze Medal: Ortega 2011
    Bronze Medal: Salish 2010*

    *trial blackberry sparkling, only 12 cases

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    Award Medol

    2012 Awards

    2011

    All Canadian Wine Championships - Ontario

    Silver Medal: Wild Blackberry 2010

    Northwest Wine Summit - Oregon

    Silver Medal: Ortega 2010
    Silver Medal: Pinot Noir 2009
    Silver Medal: Pinot Gris 2010
    Bronze Medal: Blackberry 2010

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    Award Medol

    2011 Awards

    2010

    Los Angeles International Competition - California

    Bronze Medal: Pinot Gris 2009

    All Canadian Wine Championships - Ontario

    Gold Medal: Pinot Gris 2009
    Silver Medal: Blackberry 2008
    Bronze Medal: Ortega 2009

    Northwest Wine Summit - Oregon

    Silver Medal: Ortega 2009
    Silver Medal: Katherine’s Sparkle 2008
    Bronze Medal: Pinot Gris 2009
    Bronze Medal: Blackberry 2008

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    Award Medol

    2010 Awards

    Sustainability in the Vineyard

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    What is Rocky Creek Winery doing to make it’s operations sustainable?

    IN THE VINEYARD

    1Design for sustainability

    Our varietal selection was the biggest challenge. Key consideration was given to selecting early ripening, disease resistant varietals. We had already started cuttings of Marechal Foch (an early, disease-resistant red) before moving to Cowichan Bay. For the remainder of the vineyard we chose newly developed hybrids just released from a breeder (Valentin Blattner) in Austria. In addition to 500 Foch cuttings, we planted 1000 hybrids nicknamed “Cab-Foch” after their crossing between Cabernet Sauvignon and Marechal Foch. We also planted 600 white hybrids, still experimental, which are just numbered, not named. So we have “#2?, “75-8?, “75-7?, and “48.05.49?. Why would we plant our vineyard with unproven experimental varieties? Because there are few, if any, white varietals truly disease-resistant. If we can help prove the viability of these new selections, we can help the industry become more sustainable. Disease resistant plants mean less spraying with fugicides; therefore our second vineyard can be organically grown.

    Sustainability in the Winery

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    IN THE WINERY

    What is Rocky Creek Winery doing to make it’s operations sustainable?

    1Design for sustainability

    A key component is in designing sustainability at the beginning. When we moved from Ladysmith to our new location in Cowichan Bay, we had a chance to incorporate some neat ideas into our winery building. We use a tankless water heater, as we use hot water infrequently, but when we use it, we use a lot. We also keep our building heat on only minimally during the winter. During the coldest spells, we kept the heat on at 7 degrees Celcius; but, in milder conditions, we turn it off altogether and let the temperature hover just above freezing. This reduces the energy required to keep the building warm, but also helps with the cold stabilization of the wines. Our energy requirement is kept minimal, and the entire winery building is fed from a tiny 60 amp circuit.

    buy our wine

    Our wines are available for purchase online and through various private liquor stores and restaurants across BC. Take a look below to learn more or give us a call at 250.748.5622 to place an order or book a visit.

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      Purchase online

      Quick and easy - browse from our entire selection of wines and purchase online. We often have special online deals and you can buy in bulk ot join our case club to recieve special discounts.

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      Where to buy our wine

      Looking for a place to purchase our wine? View a compete listing of all private liquor stores and resturants that carry our wines.

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      Case Club

      Join the Case Club to get some great discounts when buying in bulk. This case club is set up only after the first case is purchased.

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    VISIT US

    May to Sept Wed to Mon from 11 to 4 pm.  Every day EXCEPT Tuesdays.  Also stay and enjoy a glass of wine, flight of wines or a bottle with some cheese or bring a picnic.  We’re waiting for you!

    GET IN TOUCH

    Phone: 250.748.5622 or send us a message using the form below.
    1854 Myhrest Rd
    Cowichan Bay, BC, V0R 1N1

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