The Brunner Family – Proprietors
Bailey Williamson – Winemaker
Jenny Garlini- Office Manager
Michael Abbott – Vineyard Manager
One of the oldest Estate Wineries in British Columbia, nestled on a 32 acre piece of unspoiled Cowichan Valley countryside, this family owned winery and vineyard produces some of the most awarded wines on Vancouver Island.
Blue Grouse produces a focused portfolio of white and red wines from vines that have been growing in the Cowichan Valley for more than 20 years – varietals that capture the essence of the vineyards’ climate and soil. The white wine portfolio includes single varietal Pinot Gris, Ortega, Siegerrebe and Bacchus, while the estate red line-up includes Pinot Noir and Black Muscat. A traditional method sparkling wine, named ‘Paula’ was released in 2015. A second label – Quill – was introduced in 2014, allowing winemaker Bailey Williamson to blend estate and non-estate grapes from Vancouver Island with specially selected grapes from the Okanagan. Quill wines include a dry and an off-dry white blend, a Riesling, a red blend and a 100% Island-sourced Gamay Noir Rosé.
Winemaker, Bailey Williamson, has been on a career-long mission to involve himself in the production of high quality food and beverages made in an artisan fashion. His attraction to Blue Grouse was the combination of this mission, with a purpose-built vineyard that had an incredible history that still has a lot to teach us about what the soils and climate on Vancouver Island could deliver in wines.
The winery and surrounding vineyards are a sought after destination not only for sampling the winery’s award-winning portfolio of Estate and Quill branded wines, but also for vineyard retreats, events, picnics and family adventures.
Vancouver Sun – “Vancouver Island, a drinker’s delight”
Luxury Travel Guide – “Winery and Vineyard of the Year 2017”
Nuvo Magazine – “Blue Grouse House, Vancouver Island: A vineyard vacation”
Business in Vancouver – “Wine With That”