September 15th, 2018- Cowichan Valley Wine Festival 2018

Cowichan Valley Wine Festival 2018!


There are a lot of great places in Vancouver Island’s Cowichan Valley to hold a wine festival.

For several years it was called Savour and was on a dock over the water in Mill Bay.

The valley is located halfway between Victoria and Nanaimo with the closest town being Duncan.

The 2018 Festival may have found the perfect home at Shawnigan Lake School.

It’s like holding a wine festival at Yale… except greener!

We gathered at the Field House between Rugby Fields… you couldn’t help but feel relaxed and eager at the same time.

My job was to start the interviews as they gathered at 5PM because when 6PM rolled around it was Game On.

Two questions I wanted to ask were

“What are you pouring?”


“If The Cowichan Valley had to be known for just two wines – a red and a white – what would they be?”

 Lots of different answers but as we went along it became apparent that the red would be Pinot Noir.  The white?  Have a listen.

We also talked about the culinary side of the valley and how it’s growing.

Are you ready to meet 11 of the principals behind The Cowichan Valley?  They are a  diverse and very interesting  group, much like their wines.

Isn’t it time you visited The Cowichan Valley?

FYI – If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind accommodation location, you couldn’t do better than The MoonWater Lodge ! The views are truly west-coast spectacular!



On the newly paved stretch of the Malahat Highway, it overlooks “everything”.  Ocean, islands, forest in most directions and has its own restaurant.

Contact Lori Strandlund [email protected]


Here’s your Guest List:

 Miranda Thorne   (Tourism Cowichan)  Executive Director

 Unsworth  ( Tim Turyk ) Proprietor

 Enrico  ( Lorin Inglis ) General Manager

 Venturi-Schulze ( Marilyn Venturi)   Proprietor

  Zanatta  ( Loretta Zanatta ) Proprietor

 Cherry Point Estate Wines   ( Xavier Bonilla ) Proprietor

 Damali ( Kennedy Saville ) Proprietor

Emandare  ( Mike Nierychlo ) Tractor driver/co-owner. winemaker

Averill Creek (Andy Johnston ) Proprietor

Deol ( Gary Deol ) Proprietor

 Blue Grouse   ( Bailey Williamson ) Wine Maker

 Rocky Creek  (Linda Holford ) Proprietor 




Back to The Okanagan (Desert Hills, Roche, Fairview Cellars)

Food. Friends. Fishing & Fluids  with Rhys Pender (Little Farm and Wine Plus, John Weber (Orofino) Chef Mark Filatow (Waterfront Bistro Kelowna)

Heading for Gowlland Harbour Resort, Quadra Island, Campbell River!!