When wine lovers think about wines from British Columbia, their minds usually travel straight to the Okanagan Valley. It’s true, the Okanagan is home to many incredible wines, but the Fraser Valley isn’t without its fair share of excellent wineries that deserve your attention. The Fraser Valley GI covers the entire Lower Mainland, from the city of Vancouver all the way out into the rural farmlands of Abbotsford and Chilliwack. This ever growing wine region not only produces some great wines, it also makes it incredibly convenient to visit a winery or take a tour without needing to travel far or plan for an overnight stay.
Due to the soil and climate conditions in this region, you’re going to see mostly whites coming out of the Fraser Valley. Thanks to the mild climate of the Fraser Valley and Metro Vancouver, there is little risk of frost damage. While not historically a huge wine region, growers can now be found cultivating their grapes in 200 acres of Lower Mainland terrain, operating out of over 40 different licensed wineries. Here are some of the best wineries in the Fraser Valley that are definitely worth a visit.
Chaberton Estate Winery
The Chaberton Estate Winery is located in South Langley, growing and harvesting their grapes within their 55 acres of vineyard. Not only is this the largest estate winery in British Columbia, it’s also the oldest, with a history dating back to 1975. Here you can enjoy daily tastings, winery tours, and french cuisine from their Bacchus Bistro.
Township 7 Vineyards & Winery
Glass House Estate Winery
Another South Langley vineyard, the Glass House Estate Winery is a family run, boutique winery. Visit the Glass House to sample some hand selected artisan wines made in small, low yield batches. They also offer a menu of scrumptious share plates to snack on during your tasting.
Single Tree Winery
The Single Tree Winery is a small, family operated winery located on Mt. Lehman Road in Abbotsford. The 14 acre vineyard and tasting room is located on the family’s 67 acre farm. You can also visit their licensed picnic area and try their locally smoked meats, cheeses, and other goodies, or feel free to bring your own snacks to enjoy.
Seaside Pearl Winery
The Seaside Pearl Winery is a small estate winery that can be found tucked away in the gorgeous country landscape of the Mount Lehman area. They produce small batches of artisanal wines that can be tasted in their copper spired chapel tasting room and retail space. Pull up a seat on their patio if you’d like to enjoy your newly purchased wine while gazing out into the estate’s picturesque vineyard.
Mt Lehman Winery
Another Abbotsford winery worth checking out is the Mt Lehman Winery. This family run boutique winery crafts their wines from the 50 different grape varietals grown on their 3 acre vineyard. They offer a fully immersive 45 minute tour of their operation, starting out in the vineyard to see where it all begins, then into the barrel room to sample some wines as they age, finishing up in the tasting room to try some of their completed wines.
Country Vines Winery
Less than 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver you’ll find Country Vines Winery in Richmond. This family owned and operated farm creates small lots of handcrafted wines from grapes grown on their 300 acres of mixed crop farmland. Visit the tasting room, located at the heart of their farm, for complimentary tastings of any of their wines, or purchase a glass to sip on their patio.
Whispering Horse Winery
As you venture further away from the city and out deeper into the Fraser Valley towards Chilliwack, you’ll find the Whispering Horse Winery. Their sparkling wines, whites, and rosés are all handcrafted on the family run farm and made entirely from their own estate grown grapes. Their tasting room can be visited on Saturdays by giving them a call and setting up an appointment.
Backyard Vineyards in Langley is a full production winery that offers wine tastings, public tours, and private tours. On the tour you’ll learn about their production process, after which you’ll be invited to sample a flight of their wines. Cheese & charcuterie platters can be added to make the experience even more enjoyable, or you can arrange for a customized private tour or other special event.
Vista D'oro Farms & Winery
Vista D’oro Farms & Winery is a South Langley farm and vineyard that grows orchard fruits, grapes, and heirloom tomatoes. Their wines are handcrafted in small batches and can be tasted with a visit to their Farmgate Shop & Tasting Room. Settle down under their walnut tree for a picnic of sweet and savoury treats served out of their Pizzam Trailer.
Planning your own visit to a winery is always fun, but booking a wine tour with all the details already handled for you can be a dream. When you don’t have to worry about transportation or planning an itinerary, you can simply sit back and enjoy the experience.
Lawrence Tours offers a 5 hour tour that will pick you up from downtown Vancouver and provide you and your party with a narrated ride to the Fraser Valley. You’ll visit 3 different wineries with the option to check out a couple more if time allows.
Canadian Craft Tours takes care of your transportation from downtown Vancouver, covers your tasting fees, and provides a cheese and charcuterie lunch. Their 5 hour public tours depart from West Cordova Street and will take you to 3 different wineries. Private tours can also be arranged, providing you and your party with a pickup from the location of your choice and adding a tour of an additional winery.
With Vancouver Wine Tours you’ll have your choice between 4.5 hour, 6 hour, and 8 hour wine tours. The tours will visit anywhere from 3-6 wineries, depending on the time you choose to remain at each location. Wineries that can be visited on your tour may include Backyard Vineyards, Glass House Estate Winery, Vista D’oro Farms & Winery, as well as many others.
Fraser Valley Wine Region
Fraser Valley wines and wineries are becoming more and more prominent in the lands surrounding the city of Vancouver. Wine connoisseurs can now enjoy a trip to their favorite locals wineries much more easily than they ever could in the past. Some of these wineries have actually been around for quite awhile, but the Fraser Valley is always seeing new growers and winemakers popping up and showing us what they have to offer.