Blue Grouse Estate Winery and Vineyard

DETAILS

Hours

February to December: Open Wednesday to Sunday from 11am-5pm
January: Closed
Please call to make off-hour reservations.
Days open are subject to change – please check our website for the most up to date information.

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THE PEOPLE

The Brunner Family – Proprietors
Bailey Williamson – Winemaker
Jenny Garlini- Office Manager
Michael Abbott – Vineyard Manager

ABOUT Blue Grouse Estate Winery

One of the oldest estate wineries in British Columbia, situated on a 65-acre piece of unspoiled Cowichan Valley countryside, this family-owned winery and sustainably farmed vineyard produces some of the most awarded wines on Vancouver Island.

Named Best Island Winery two years running, Blue Grouse produces a focused portfolio of white and red wines from vines that have been growing in the Cowichan Valley for more than 30 years – varietals that capture the essence of the vineyards’ climate and soil, in the heart of Cowichan Valley wine country, the province’s newest sub GI. The Cowichan Valley was recognized in spring 2020 as a new sub-geographical indication, an official and protected term under BC law used to help consumers identify BC wines’ origins.?

The white wine portfolio at Blue Grouse winery 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’ named for the winery’s second generation was launched in 2015. A second label – Quill – allows 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, Pinot Noir, a red blend and a 100% Island-sourced 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 with 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. Reservations are recommended, as the winery has only a certain capacity. Learn more at bluegrouse.ca.

Accolades

Vancouver Sun – “Vancouver Island, a drinker’s delight

Luxury Travel Guide – “Winery and Vineyard of the Year 2017”

Forbes – “Pacific Island Winemaking: so near us, yet unknown to most

Nuvo Magazine – “Blue Grouse House, Vancouver Island: A vineyard vacation

Business in Vancouver – “Wine With That”