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    10 Years of Passion

    “Enjoy the very bestMark Holford, Cowichan’s most-award winning winemaker,

    • -  100% Locally Grown, sustainable and eco-friendly
    • -  Heritage winery for our next generation
    • -  Try our “WOW” factor and chocolate

     

     

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    Our Tasting Room

    10 Years of Passion

    • -   Come visit us until Dec 20, we will be open Fridays and Saturdays 11 to 4 pm.  See our Christmas specials and take a free wine charm for you.
    • -   If the weather is good, stay for a glass of wine.  Blankets are available.  Relax at your own pace.

     

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    10 Years of Passion

    Free Shipping for Vancouver Island via Ace Courier as our local gift to you.

    As we move into entertaining, we have specials both for the tasting room and online. Come by to shop or order online.  

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    Flower of the Month

    Heather

    Heather is so great on the island.  It lasts through the year but also adds just that sutle color of whites and red when you need it.  It transplants easy and fills in many spaces such as garden beds, container pots and also rock gardens.   

    Recipe of the Month

    Rocky Creek's Beef Burgundy Stew

    Cooler nights make you think again of great stews.  The Recipe this month is one that has been published in “Winefeast, Eat, Drink & Discover BC Wine” by Troy and Cheryl-Lynn Townsin.  It has been on here so long because it really is a great recipe now to warm you up. 

     

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      Current Hours

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    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

    We are open until Dec 20 Fri/Sat from 11 to 4 pm.  Otherwise, closed until spring.  Sales by Appt.

    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 video on us for you to view.  If it’s sunny you can still sit outside with a blanket and 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.   The Café is our outdoor patio area with table and chairs, as the season is winding down.  The summer season has more places to enjoy, even a sectional and some outdoor music playing. Take some time to relax at your pace. 

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    Group Info

    Group Info

    We can do group tours with advance notice from 10 to 40 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 also have done different events at our location.  If you are planning anything that you would like to use our outdoor space for hosting an occasion or event, we have a set fee for renting the space.  If you are interested, contact us.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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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, Pinot 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

    3 Medals won.  Silver and 2 Bronze Treat yourself after a hard day’s work.  89 Points  “Nice Brightness Here”.  Our closure will reseal and keep bubbles at least all week.  Crisp fruity taste without yeast flavour.  Very refreshing and has a creamy palate with hints of rose petals. 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

    Bronze Medal Northwest Wine Summit.  “Fantastic example of a well-crafted Pinot Gris”.  Our Best Seller and signature blush color.  Skin contact for “a red wine drinker’s white wine”.  .  Try our liquid sunshine!

    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 Bronze Medal Northwest Wine Summit  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

    2 Medals.  Silver Northwest Wine Summit.  Bronze Medal Fingerlakes International Competition, New York State.  Easy Drinking and Inviting!  It’s the easy choice everything red named after the winemaker whose passion is to make great reds.  Unique blend of 6 red grapes, some special grapes such as experimental hybrid and tempranillo.

    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

    Sold out.  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….Silver Medal:  Northwest Wine Summit

    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

    THE only island-grown Tempranillo red wine made!  In memory of José Rodrigo, and also a fundraiser.  RARE.   Taste the sunshine…Silver Medal:  Northwest Wine Summit

    PRICE $50

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    BMC_0918

    SUGGESTED FOOD PAIRINGS

    • Tapas

      Tapas

    • Paella

      Paella

    • Filet Mignon

      Filet Mignon

    Wild Blackberry

    Wild Blackberry

    Gold Medal Winner.  4 Medals in total for this vintage.  Try our “WOW” factor.  90 pts  Unique and versatile.   Tastes like summer picking in the patch.  Replace your sherry, liqueur or port with this.  You won’t be disappointed.

    PRICE $20.50

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    BMC_0919

    SUGGESTED FOOD PAIRINGS

    • Chocolate

      Chocolate

    • Cheese

      Cheese

    • Lamb

      Lamb

    Blackberry Xmas Special

    Blackberry Xmas Special

    Christmas Promotion on 6 bottles minimum  Gold Medal Winner.  4 Medals in total for this vintage.  Try our “WOW” factor.  90 pts  Unique and versatile.   Tastes like summer picking in the patch.  Replace your sherry, liqueur or port with this.  You won’t be disappointed.

    PRICE $20.50 $16.66

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    BMC_0919

    SUGGESTED FOOD PAIRINGS

    • Chocolate

      Chocolate

    • Cheese

      Cheese

    • Lamb

      Lamb

    Siegerrebe

    Siegerrebe

    Sold out.  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….Bronze Medal:  Northwest Wine Summit

    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

    Recent News

    Recent News

    Making Canada’s Best Pinot Gris – Day 61

    Dec 5, 2014

    Well, it’s been a little quiet the past month – at the end of October, once the wine had been +MORE

    Making Canada’s Best Pinot Gris – Day 14

    Oct 21, 2014

    October 18 So, been a quiet week (not).  Nothing to post as the Pinot Gris has been fermenting happily away in +MORE

    Making Canada’s Best Pinot Gris – Day 6

    Oct 10, 2014

    Whew. Today was a little less crazy.  Racked some more wine into tanks, pitched more yeast and did a pile of +MORE

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    Upcoming Events

    Upcoming Events

    10 Years of Passion

    Dec 9, 2014

    Getting ready for our 10th year releases in early spring.  The main event for us now is that we are … +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.

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    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

    Come visit us until Dec 20 Fri and Sat from 11 to 4 pm.  Christmas specials.  Buy local.  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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