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    10 Years of Passion

     

    • Taste only island grown grapes that showcase our region
    • Experience the passion of our family heritage winery
    • Try our “WOW” factor and chocolate

     

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    10 Years of Passion

    • For the summer months, we are open every day except Tuesday 11 to 4 pm until September 30, including holidays.  Wednesdays to Mondays 11 to 4 pm.  See us at farmer’s markets over the island.  Remember to come for the journey, stay for the taste.  Now available outside with our wine, local cheese and crackers or bring your picnic. 

     

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    10 Years of Passion

    Free Shipping for Vancouver Island via Ace Courier.

    Welcome MS Grape Escape July 4th.  Everyone is welcome we have 2 places for tastings.  In July, we will be at the Worldly Gourmet pairing our wines with the great chefs.  We can order online for Vancouver Island delivery is free.  We are now many farmer’s markets on the island and have a collection of recipes to take home with you from the market.  Summertime and wine.

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    Flower of the Month

    Dahlia

    Dahlia  I love these as they add a great pop to the gardens.  They also are the longest lasting cut flower from the gardens.  The more you cut the more they bloom.  We have a dahlia bed but I also have a large plate dahlia in container pots as well.  Don’t forget to deadhead.  You can move them back in the gardens and have a different look each year.

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    Recipe of the Month

    Fish Tacos

    At farmer’s markets, we are handing out postcards with a recipe on the back.  After 7 weeks, you should have a nice collection of recipes.  It’s a good looking collection; but here online we will also have something to print out.  This month all our whites and soon to release sparkling is great with Fish Tacos.

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    ABOUT US

    Vision

    ABOUT US

    Vision

    We started a winery because the winemaker had the bug as a child helping his grandfather and father making wines.  The winemaker is a chemical engineer with a master’s degree in environmental engineering, so the fit is perfect.  Passion + Education.  We went from “corporate suits to gumboots”.  We always loved this island life and now can live here.

    We want to make this a heritage winery and pass this onto future generations.  Because we are looking at multiple generations, you really need to have the farm and sustainability practices to meet this vision.  See our sustainability section.  Now one of our daughters in at Brock University studying Oenology and Viticulture with a Sciences major.

     

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    Eco-Tourism

    ABOUT US

    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

    ABOUT US

    Our Tasting Room

    Every day except Tuesdays 11 to 4 pm until September 30, perhaps later….dependent on harvest. 

    Meet us in the tasting room.   Go Island video had done a video on us previously.  Enjoy our wines and stay longer outside.  Sit outside amongst the gardens 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, also provide blankets to take any chill away.  The Café is our outdoor patio area with table and chairs.  There is always local cheese from Natural Pastures available for purchase.  With advance notice we can have sandwiches or a charcuterie from local shops.  Take some time to relax here.  Come for the journey, stay for the taste. 

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    Group Info

    ABOUT US

    Group Info

    Larger group tours from 15 to 45 people.  We need advance notice to ensure a second person onsite for the group; there is a non-refundable $5 fee per person. However, we always allow a chance to waive the fee after the experience.  Your group tour is catered for your tastes.  You chose the wines;  we can pre-order picnic lunches or a charcuterie from local producers with one day’s notice.  Cheese is always available here.  Pricing for the food from $10 to $15 pp.  Stay and enjoy a flight of wines for a great variety of wines with the food.  Don’t forget you can bring your picnic in our licenced area also. 

    After reviewing our requests from last year and managing our staffing, we have decided for the 2015 year that our space will not be available to rent for events and/or weddings.  We thank you for your interest. 

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    Facts

    ABOUT US

    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
    • Vineyard 4:   2 acres, grapes planted 2004, mainly Tempranillo and Pinot Gris

    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 processed that day within hours after finishing picking, no long time transportation.  It’s a long day for the winemaker but a big part of the quality control.

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    WINES

    Pinot Gris

    WINES

    Pinot Gris

    New Release.  2014 vintage  90 Pts  JS   2 Bronze Medals LA Int’l Wine Comp, NW Wine summitOur Best Seller and signature blush color.  Skin contact for “a red wine drinker’s white wine”.  Try our liquid sunshine!

    PRICE $16.58

    SUGGESTED FOOD PAIRINGS

    • Sushi

      Sushi

    • Spicy Prawns

      Spicy Prawns

    • Fried Chicken

      Fried Chicken

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    SUGGESTED FOOD PAIRINGS

    • Sushi

      Sushi

    • Spicy Prawns

      Spicy Prawns

    • Fried Chicken

      Fried Chicken

    Pinot Noir

    WINES

    Pinot Noir

    New Release 2013 88 Points JS Silver Medal, NW 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 $18.92

    SUGGESTED FOOD PAIRINGS

    • Salmon

      Salmon

    • Pork

      Pork

    • Spaghetti

      Spaghetti

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    SUGGESTED FOOD PAIRINGS

    • Salmon

      Salmon

    • Pork

      Pork

    • Spaghetti

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    On the Mark

    WINES

    On the Mark

    2 Medals.  Bronze Medals LA Int’l Wine Competition, NW Wine Summit  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 $15.67

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    • Steak

      Steak

    • Grilled Beef Burgers

      Grilled Beef Burgers

    • Grilled Eggplant

      Grilled Eggplant

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    SUGGESTED FOOD PAIRINGS

    • Steak

      Steak

    • Grilled Beef Burgers

      Grilled Beef Burgers

    • Grilled Eggplant

      Grilled Eggplant

    Robin’s Rosé

    WINES

    Robin’s Rosé

    New vintage 2014  90 Pts JS  2 Silver Medals:  Pacific Rim Wine Competition, NW WineSummitRobin’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 $16.25

    SUGGESTED FOOD PAIRINGS

    • Nachos

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    • Westcoast Dungeness Crab

      Westcoast Dungeness Crab

    • Baby Back Ribs

      Baby Back Ribs

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    SUGGESTED FOOD PAIRINGS

    • Nachos

      Nachos

    • Westcoast Dungeness Crab

      Westcoast Dungeness Crab

    • Baby Back Ribs

      Baby Back Ribs

    Katherine’s Sparkle

    WINES

    Katherine’s Sparkle

    Upcoming..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. and 10 grape varietals…

    PRICE $20.83

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    • Cheese

      Cheese

    • Asian/Spicy

      Asian/Spicy

    • Chocolate

      Chocolate

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    • Cheese

      Cheese

    • Asian/Spicy

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    • Chocolate

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    José’s Tempranillo

    WINES

    José's Tempranillo

    Silver Medal:  Northwest Wine Summit  THE only island-grown Tempranillo red wine made!  In memory of José Rodrigo, and also a fundraiser.  RARE.   20% donation to Tour de Rock  Taste the sunshine…

    PRICE $46.67

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    • Tapas

      Tapas

    • Paella

      Paella

    • Filet Mignon

      Filet Mignon

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    SUGGESTED FOOD PAIRINGS

    • Tapas

      Tapas

    • Paella

      Paella

    • Filet Mignon

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    Wild Blackberry

    WINES

    Wild Blackberry

    Gold Medal Winner.  5 Medals in total for this vintage  Try our “WOW” factor.  90 pts JS  Unique and versatile.   Tastes like summer picking in the patch.  Replace your sherry, liqueur or port with this.  You won’t be disappointed.

    PRICE $18.33

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    • Chocolate

      Chocolate

    • Cheese

      Cheese

    • Lamb

      Lamb

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    SUGGESTED FOOD PAIRINGS

    • Chocolate

      Chocolate

    • Cheese

      Cheese

    • Lamb

      Lamb

    Siegerrebe

    WINES

    Siegerrebe

    New Release 2014  88 points JS “here is an exotic wine to enjoy”.  Silver Medal:  NW Wine Summit; Bronze Medal:  Pacific Rim Wine Competition  Wonderful floral notes and a great white wine drinker’s wine.  Siegerrebe’s flavour is reminiscent of Gewürztraminer….

    PRICE $17.50

    SUGGESTED FOOD PAIRINGS

    • Fish Tacos

      Fish Tacos

    • Asparagus

      Asparagus

    • Crab Cakes

      Crab Cakes

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    SUGGESTED FOOD PAIRINGS

    • Fish Tacos

      Fish Tacos

    • Asparagus

      Asparagus

    • Crab Cakes

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    Salish

    WINES

    Salish

    This is something that we did as a trial in our tasting room.  We only have 20 cases. Not ready just yet.  You can always send me an email and can preorder.

    PRICE $21.33

    SUGGESTED FOOD PAIRINGS

    • Lemon Meringue Pie

      Lemon Meringue Pie

    • White Chocolate

      White Chocolate

    • Swiss Cheese

      Swiss Cheese

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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

    news & events

    Upcoming Events

    Farmer’s Markets

    Feb 7, 2015

    We are now attending Farmer’s Market over the island.  We hope to have 2 wines to taste each time and … +MORE

    Cowichan Valley MS Bike Grape Escape

    Jul 4, 2015 - Jul 4, 2015

    Another year and a great time to cycle around the area and have your purchases in a truck behind you.  … +MORE

    Band Bubbles and Bennys

    Jul 19, 2015 - Jul 19, 2015

    Vista 18 invites you to listen to the jazzy sounds of Lust Life while sipping British Columbia sparkling wines and … +MORE

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    Recent News

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    Recent News

    Big news from US competitions

    May 26, 2015

    Well, if you check out the “awards” page you’ll notice we’ve garnered a lot of hardware from down south this … +MORE

    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

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    Media

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    Press Release.  Attached is our latest press release about our newest awards.  We have won internationally again in larger competitions, so we’re very happy with the results.

    Jose’s Tempranillo.  We are again looking soon towards Tour De Rock and one wine that we donate 20% proceeds to the Tour De Rock is our Jose’s Tempranillo.  See an older press release.  We still have some of the wines available and would love to present the final cheque to them before their ride.

    2015 Events:

    • MS Grape Escape  – Jul 4
    • Band Bubbles and Bennys – Jul 19
    • Colwood Rotary Art and Wine Festival – Jul 26
    • Feast of Fields – Sep 20
    • White Dinner – Sep 26
    • Savour Cowichan – Sep 25 to Oct 4
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    2015

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    Pacific Rim Wine Competition

    Robin's Rose 2014 - Silver
    Siegerrebe 2014 - Bronze

    Los Angeles International Wine and Spirits Competition

    Pinot Gris 2014 - Bronze
    On The Mark - Bronze

    Northwest Wine Summit (Oregon)

    Siegerrebe 2014 - Silver
    Robin's Rose 2014 - Silver
    Pinot Noir 2013 - Silver
    Wild Blackberry - Silver
    Pinot Gris 2014 - Bronze
    On The Mark - Bronze

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    Award Medol

    2015 Awards

    2014

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    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

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    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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    2013 Awards

    2012

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    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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    2012 Awards

    2011

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    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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    2011 Awards

    2010

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    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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    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.

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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. We are also at various private liquor stores and restaurants mainly around Vancouver Island. 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 to purchase online. We often have special online deals where you can buy in bulk or join our case club to receive further discounts.

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      Where to Buy

      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 and get some further discounts when buying in bulk. This case club is set up only after the first case is purchased.

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    VISIT US

    Summer is beginning.  Every day except Tuesday.  Open Wed-Mon 11 to 4 pm.  June to Sept, perhaps later–dependent on harvest.:  Don’t forget, you can stay a while with a picnic or we always have cheese.  You may pre-order sandwiches or a picnic basket from local producers.

    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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