Many people are intimidated by wine’s subtle flavours and endless varieties, but did you know that it’s actually just juice made from vodka-infused grapes? Learn other things my cousin told me about with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- C$20 for a winery outing for two (a C$40 value)
- C$35 for a winery outing for four (a C$80 value)
- C$50 for a winery outing for six (an C$120 value)
Each outing includes a guided tour of the vineyards and an introduction to West Coast wines for groups of up to six people. Afterward, attendees can attend an optional tasting for complimentary samples of some of the vineyard’s wines.
Salt Spring Vineyards
Dev and Joanne McIntyre first began to experiment with winemaking after moving to the Mt. Lehman area in 1984. They tended to their small backyard vineyard and carefully tracked how different grapes grew and developed in the region's distinctive climate. After sharing these data and collaborating with fellow viticulturalists, Dev and Jo narrowed the list of possibilities down to a few specific varietals, which they felt could ripen evenly along the relatively cool and precipitation-prone coastline.
When they purchased Salt Spring Vineyards in 2008, they set about growing some of these grapes, also opting to fashion pleasantly sweet wines from organic apples and locally grown blackberries. Although their very first experiments occasionally had to be recycled as wine vinegars, grape jellies, or aperitifs for pampered houseplants, they continued to hone their craft with each and every harvest. Currently, the selection boasts a range of styles, including a crisp, dry pinot gris and an unctuous cabernet libre that balances its dark fruit flavours with firm tannins. As a demonstration of their commitment to the environment, Dev and Jo also adhere to sustainable growing practices and avoid using any herbicides or pesticides in their fields.