Looking for a relaxing, yet pleasurable getaway with friends and guests this season? Then, head north to Cowichan Valley wine country! Cowichan Valley is often referred to as the “Napa of the North”. The word Cowichan means ‘land warmed by the sun’ or ‘the warm land’ in the First Nations Coast Salish language. It’s Canada’s only maritime Mediterranean climatic zone. The warmest average year-round temperatures and longest growing season in the country, abundant sunshine, consistent rainfall and rich soils has, in recent years, made Cowichan Valley one of the best wine producing regions in British Columbia, second only to the Okanagan Valley.
Most Cowichan wineries are open all year round to meander, sip and enjoy, not just in the summer when the sun is shining. The countryside is always glorious and wine tasting is an indoor experience. No need to drive yourself! Let someone else do the driving by booking a guided tour around the region’s wineries. Safe transport and custom, value-added tours are available for any size group. The more the merrier! Cowichan tours are family and pet-friendly—as are all the wineries, too. So, whether you’re a wine connoisseur or still developing your palette, this region’s unique wineries are a not-to-be-missed destination on Vancouver Island.