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The BC Wine Trail

Dec 14, 2018

The holiday season — a time when families and friends gather to visit, feast, and celebrate! Many people will be raising a glass to toast the season — the perfect opportunity to try some amazing locally crafted wines. The Fraser Valley abounds with many marvellous wineries to choose from. The mild climate and fertile soil combine to make the perfect conditions to grow lavish crops of plump and juicy grapes, fruits, and berries, all perfect for wine-making!

Let’s take a trip along the Wine Trail on the Circle Farm Tour! Check out these amazing wineries:

MAAN FARMS MARKET & ESTATE WINERY, Abbotsford

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Credits: Maan Farms Country Experience & Estate Winery on Facebook

Owned and operated by the Maan family, Maan Farms ensures product quality by producing their wines entirely in-house. Using the freshest fruit allows them to have very low sulphites compared to industry standard. Pop by their tasting room and try from their selection of Berry Dessert Wines, Berry Table Wines, and Grape Red Wine (Oaked and Unoaked). Their Berry Dessert wines include Strawberry, Blackberry, Blueberry, and Raspberry varieties. Berry Table wines include Blackberry, Raspberry, Blueberry, and a Strawberry/Rhubarb blend.

They offer a unique gift-giving opportunity which is sure to delight and impress! It’s a perfect way to say thank you to friends, family, employees, and clients. Choose from 16 wines, provide them your logo or artwork, and a custom label will be created for you by their design team! You only pay for the wine, they include design and printing costs.

*Min. order 24 bottles.

Check out their winery and sample their award-winning wines in their warm and welcoming Tasting Room at 790 McKenzie Road, Abbotsford.

MT. LEHMAN WINERY, Abbotsford

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At Mt. Lehman Winery, their mission is to produce the best boutique wines in BC. Vern Siemens, owner and head winemaker, has had a lifelong passion for crafting wine. He started trials with dandelion and raspberry wines from a young age. Fast forward to 1991, and he and his family opened a three-acre vineyard growing 50 different grape varietals. Today that has grown to over 15 acres of planted farm. They take pride in making their wines using their own farm grown grapes. In addition, they source grapes from the best vineyards in the Okanagan valley. This allows them to use the best grapes from both regions.

Their award-winning line of wines include a variety of aromatic red and white wines, whose taste and quality can go head to head with wines from around the globe. Their line of red wines includes: 2013 Old Settler (a perfect everyday red wine); 2014 Cabernet Libre (Delicious and refreshing with highlights of red and black fruits); and 2014 Pinot Noir (Burgundian earthy overtones, delicious paired with roast chicken or salmon). White wines include: 2015 Unoaked Chardonnay (fruity aromas of Granny Smith apples, refreshing lemony finish), Suzee Quatro (fresh, crisp, floral, highlighting Gooseberry and Pink Grapefruit), 2016 Viognier (exquisite aromas of peach, tangerine, and apricot, light and fresh). They also offer a line of Reserve Wines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Pinot Noir, and offer a Sparkling Wine as well.

Book a wine tour with stops in their vineyard, barrel room and tasting room. Visit them at 5094 Mt. Lehman Road, Abbotsford

SEASIDE PEARL FARMGATE WINERY, Abbotsford

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Credits: Seaside Pearl Farmgate Winery on Facebook

When you pull up to this hidden gem of a winery, you’ll feel like you stepped out of regular life and into a serene vacation getaway. Be sure to have a camera as you’ll be able to capture some Instagram ready photos at this delightful winery. Seaside Pearl is nestled in the lush Mt. Lehman area, and surrounded by dazzling mountain views. Their unique tasting room is a beautiful copper spired chapel, an amazing place to sample a glass of their alluring and opulent wine.

This family owned and operated winery takes pride in crafting their artisanal wines in small batches for the best taste and quality. Choose from a wide variety of velvety red wines and bright and crisp white wines. Reds include Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Pinot Noir. White wines include their Charlotte Petit Milo (with notes of honey and citrus); their richly textured Fraser Gold Chardonnay; and many more. Their unique wines are named to reflect the area’s rich and fascinating history.

Join their wine club and enjoy their premium wines throughout the year! Visit them at 5290 Olund Road, Abbotsford.

SINGLETREE WINERY, Abbotsford

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Credits: Singletree Winery on Facebook

Another amazing Mt. Lehman area winery is Singletree. With their extensive background in farming, the Etsell family works hard to show the world the incredible wines the Fraser Valley is capable of producing. Their vineyard and tasting room are located on a sweeping and lush 67-acre farm, with 14 acres dedicated to growing their delicious grapes. At last year’s All Canadian Wine Championship, their 2016 Rosé, and 2014 Harness (a Bordeaux blend) won gold and their 2016 Gruner Vetliner took home a silver.

They have a special events area in the heart of their vineyard where you can host a wedding, corporate event, birthday, or any kind of special occasion. Come in and browse from their extensive and varied collection of red and white wines. Join their wine club to get two cases of their wine delivered right to your door twice a year. Visit them at 5782 Mt. Lehman Road, Abbotsford.

RIPPLES WINERY & WOODBRIDGE PONDS, Abbotsford

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Credits: Ripples Estate Winery on Facebook

Nestled in the beautiful gardens of Woodbridge ponds, is family owned and operated Ripples Winery. The Mosterman family handcrafts and bottles their wine on-site, using their own bountiful blueberries. Their blueberries are grown without the use of any chemicals or pesticides, so you can be assured you are getting an all-natural product.

Try one of their beautifully named wines, such as Radiance (subtle aroma, sweet & refreshing flavours), Antheia (port style fortified wine, deep dark colour, intense aroma, complex flavours) or their popular Veracious (refreshing flavours and drinkable for all occasions, deep dark colour, subtle aroma).

A unique addition to the winery, is gorgeous Woodbridge Ponds, where, during the spring and summer, they sell everything you need to create and maintain a beautiful backyard pond or water feature (including koi fish)! They have a huge selection of water plants including winter hard pond plants and tropicals.

Planning a wedding? They have a stunning backdrop called the Secret Garden. Wine, weddings, and water plants, what a unique combination! Check them out at 3387 Tolmie Road, Abbotsford.

CAMPBELL'S GOLD HONEY FARM & MEADERY, Abbotsford

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Credits: Campbell's Gold Honey Farm & Meadery on Facebook

Located in southwest Abbotsford, Campbell’s Gold is a family owned farm and apiary that specializes in producing a unique range of exquisite honey wines. Husband and wife team Mike and Judy Campbell, along with daughter Jenny, take great pride in producing over 30 styles of honey wine each year, all made right on-site at the family store! Visit their tasting tan of apples); and metheglin (addition of zest and spices).

Join their Mead Club and purchase one case of wine annually. Select 12 bottles of your choice (or they can help you choose from their delicious selection). As well, reap the other benefits such as 15% off 1 case of wine, 10% off all other wine purchases (in addition to the case), advance notice of new honey wine releases, and free delivery in the Fraser Valley and Greater Vancouver Area.

Campbell’s is everything “bee”, so you can also find beekeeping supplies and clothing, Queens and bee stock, beeswax candles, beehive products such as lotions, scrubs, and balms; bee-themed crafted items, artisan products, and seasonal gifts!

Come by and explore their store at 2595 Lefeuvre Road, Abbotsford.

KRAUSE BERRY FARMS & ESTATE WINERY, Langley

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Credits: Krause Berry Farms & Estate Winery on Facebook

If you have a long list of gifts to buy, you’ll want to stop in at Krause Berry Farms & Estate Winery; this destination has so much to offer! Located in the centre of 200 lush acres, is their farm, estate winery, bakery and marketplace. In the summer you can visit their restaurant and family play area. Not only that, it serves as a beautiful venue with catering services for your special event. Truly a one-stop shopping destination with something for every taste.

The list of awards they’ve received is too long to mention in its entirety, but you’ll want to check out their Cassis (Black Currant) Wine which won double gold and a trophy for best fruit wine in all of Canada at the All Canadian Wine Championships (2017). Come on in and browse from their extensive collection of Table Wines, and Port, Dessert, and Sparkling Wines. Their award-winning wines include their blackberry wine, oaked apple wine, Tayberry wine and Eureka (Blueberry Reserve wine). They’ve also won awards for their Blackberry Portoe, Raspberry Dessert Wine, and Sparkling Raspberry wine, among many others! You’ll be sure to find something for every wine drinker on your Christmas list, as well as a bottle or two to treat yourself. They also offer a wide selection of gift baskets, or you can customize one to your specifications! You can also pre-order pies and baking for your holiday gathering.

Find this amazing place at 6179 248 Street, Langley.

BACKYARD VINEYARDS, Langley

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Credits: Backyard Vineyards on Facebook

Since 2009, Backyard Vineyards has been blending exceptional, award winning BC VQA wines from BC grapes grown on-site and complemented with fruit from the South Okanagan.

Visit Backyard Vineyards’ warm and welcoming Tasting Room, open seven days a week, year-round. They offer a Tasting Menu including a Five Cheese Platter, Cheese & Charcuterie Classic, or Deluxe Whole Roasted Nuts, perfect for enjoying with their delicious wines. The Tasting Room is available for private events, seating up to 50 people with room left to mingle.

Check out their wine shop featuring their line of premium, expertly crafted wines. Try their latest product, the 2017 Chardonnay: well balanced, flavourful and intense, with a divine mosaic of aromas and flavours. Try their 2014 Reserve Cabernet Franc: a rich blend of black fruit: black cherries, blackberries, and plums. These are only a few from their delicious collection, stop in and find yourself the perfect bottle. You can also select from their expertly curated gift boxes — there are seven to choose from!

You’ll be sure to impress the next dinner party you attend with a bottle of premium wine from Backyard Vineyards, located at 3033 232 Street, Langley.

CHABERTON ESTATE WINERY & BACCHUS BISTRO, Langley

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Credits: Chaberton Estate Winery on Facebook

Located in South Langley, Chaberton Estate Winery features a wide selection of enticing, 100% BC VQA red and white wines. They use a combination of grapes from their own vineyard, along with grapes from select vineyards in the South Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys. Try a brilliant, crisp white like their 2017 Chaberton White BC VQA, a dry wine with a zesty citrus aroma, and hints of green apple, gooseberry, and lemon. Their velvety smooth house Red is a blend of BC grapes from the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys, with aromas of cherries, spices and a hint of vanilla and flavours of cherries, plums, and sweet spices. They also offer Dessert Wines and a lovely Rosé. There’s a huge selection, so go in and check it out for yourself! If you’re hungry, step into the inviting Bacchus Bistro, which overlooks 55 glorious green acres of vineyard. Divine French Bistro cuisines are served (and reservations are recommended). Executive Chef Ashley Chisham’s culinary skills, combined with Chaberton’s opulent wines, make for a perfect pairing and a most enjoyable meal.

Stop in for a visit at 1064 216 Street, Langley. You’ll be glad you did!

TOWNSHIP 7 VINEYARDS & WINERY, Langley

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Credits: Township 7 Vineyards and Winery on Facebook

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of life to discover this picturesque winery.

Township 7 derived its name from where it all started back in 2001 - the 7th Township of Langley. Township 7 grows Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes and crafts them into flavourful sparkling wine. If you are browsing their huge selection of red, white, and sparkling wines and have no idea what wine to select, don’t worry! Their friendly, fun, and knowledgeable staff are happy to help. If you’re searching for that very special gift to make someone’s spirits bright, consider their 12 Days of Christmas Wine Gift Package! It includes 12 bottles of wine that have been selected by their winemaker. Each wine is individually gift wrapped and they’re all packaged together in a beautiful wooden crate. They also offer a half-case option.

Subscribe to their clubSEVEN Wine Club (makes a great gift too!) and receive three annual shipments of 8 bottles, in rich reds, delightful whites, or a mixed selection. Come on by and try some wine in their tasting room before you decide on your perfect wine! Find Township 7 at 21152 16 Avenue, Langley.

VISTA D'ORO FARMS & WINERY, Langley

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Credits: Vista D'oro Farms & Winery on Facebook

Located on 10 beautiful acres that overlook Campbell Valley Park and Golden Ears Mountain Range, is Vista D’oro. At the farm they grow their own grapes, heirloom tomatoes and heritage orchard fruits. You’ll find all of these products in one form or another at their Farmgate Shop and Tasting Room, whether in a wine or a preserve. Their wine is crafted in small batches, right on the farm. Looking for a gift that’s delightfully different? Their flagship wine fits the bill: 2008 D’oro is a fortified walnut wine that’s a blend of Marechal Foch, Merlot, Vista D’oro Green Walnuts, and BC Brandy! Their current lineup of wines includes: 2008 D'oro, 2013 Pinot Noir, 2014 Foch, 2013 Cabernet Franc, and NV Homesteader Cider. Not only can you get amazing artisanal wines, their Preservatory carries a seasonal line of specially hand-crafted, unique preserves. Using traditional cooking methods and unique flavour pairings, they create delicious and versatile preserves. Their versatility comes from the addition of wine, alcohol, and spices, which makes them terrific with cheeses, as part of a charcuterie, or used in making vinaigrettes, sauces, and glazes. Try them as a topping for ice cream or cheesecake.

Visit their Farmgate Market & Tasting Room, which is located in the original farmhouse, right on the farm! 346 208 Street, Langley.

FESTINA LENTE ESTATE WINERY, Langley

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Credits: Festina Lente Estate Winery on Facebook

The words "Festina Lente” mean "Make Haste Slowly". This reflects their belief in taking time, care, and attention to detail to create a premium product. Husband and wife team Bill & Teresa Townsley are beekeepers and winemakers, so it was only natural to combine their skills and craft the finest and most sophisticated honey wines. Be sure to try “Flora”, their light and fresh lavender infused honey wine, or “Sacramentum”, an unusual (but delightful) combination of green tomatoes and honey. This dry mead has herbal notes of lemon balm, citrus, and pineapple. They have many more varieties of wine, stop in and check them out! Join their wine club to get exclusive benefits.

This holiday season, they’re excited to feature a Mead Advent Calendar for $99 which includes four 375 ml bottles of their most popular wines, one 750 ml special (and surprise) wine perfect for drinking on Christmas Day; and one extra special gift to be opened Christmas Day! Get yours soon as there are limited quantities available. Give them a visit at 21113 16 Avenue, Langley.

THE FORT WINE COMPANY, Langley

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Credits: The Fort Wine Co on Facebook

Founded in 2001 by Tugboat Captain/Cranberry Farmer Wade Bauck, an abundance of cranberries drove him to create a delicious cranberry wine. Spurred on by the positive reviews, the varieties expanded to include other local berries, such as raspberries and blueberries. Nowadays, they are proud to call themselves one of British Columbia's Premier Fruit Wineries! With 10 fruit wines in their portfolio, there is sure to be a favourite flavour for everyone. Their wines are 100% grape-free and use only local BC fruit. Their old-fashioned, fruit crate style labels are a fun and artful addition to the wine’s bottles. Be sure to check out their Table Wines, such as The Mighty Fraser Cranberry Wine, or Valley Girl Blueberry Wine, among many others. Their Dessert Line includes Isle Queen Blackberry Wine, and Cold Snap, the “apple pie” of their dessert wine, made with 5 different types of apples.

Visit their winery store at 26151 84 Avenue, Langley.

BLUE HERON FRUIT WINERY, Pitt Meadows

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The Flynn family has farmed cranberries and blueberries for over 50 years! Their fruit winery provides their customers another delicious way to enjoy the fruits of their labour. Stop by for a tour to see how their cranberries and blueberries are grown and harvested. They are very proud of their signature wine: a deep red, robust, and delicious cranberry wine. Their other table wines include a White Cranberry Wine, Strawberry Wine, and Blueberry Wine. For a tasty end to a perfect meal, try their dessert wines, such as blueberry, peach/apricot and cranberry. They also have an iced apple dessert wine — a sweet, smooth, full-bodied wine which perfectly pairs with ice cream.

Winery tours are available by appointment. Before you leave, make sure to stop in to their gift shop, which features wine accessories, glassware, seasonal produce, and gourmet food products. They also make a wide range of gift baskets sure to please everyone on your Christmas shopping list! Visit them at 18539 Dewdney Trunk Road, Pitt Meadows.

If you would like to learn more about these wine stops along the Circle Farm Tour or are interested in learning about other local attractions, please contact us through our website.

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