It’s not every day that I actually say that I am lucky to live in the Fraser Valley, but when it comes to wineries, we certainly have hit the jackpot.
Apparently, the Fraser Valley is one of five main growing regions in BC with over 20 wineries!! Who knew so much goodness lay so close to home?! And since it is a bit of a cooler growing region, grapes such as Bacchus, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay really do well here.
So this past weekend I decided to check out some of the Fraser Valley’s best wineries AND celebrate a lovely friends milestone birthday by surprising the h*ll out of her with an old skool limo tour and tasting tour!
Here’s our crew outside our first stop of the day at Backyard Vineyards. This is when we could all still form coherent sentences….
With me not being a red wine drinker i’m afraid this article will be biased to all things white, and we tasted a couple of lovely whites – the Pinot Gris and Riesling. The Pinot Gris was super smooth, a wine that could pair with just about anything and/or be drunk in large quantities (Note to self for later). The Riesling was crisp and sweet and perfectly delicious. The Rose – well, again I have an anti-red bias here but many of my friends said it was sweet and delicious. I’ll take their word for it.
Second Stop: Chaberton Estate Vineyards – OMG. This had to be my fave stop of the tour for several reasons. One, was that it is set in the most beautiful location, two, it has a really cool history and mostly three, their Dry Bacchus wine is OUT OF THIS WORLD amazing. You can’t find it in the Liquor Stores, only specialty VQA stores or via the Winery itself. So so so good, and I made sure to pick up a bottle or four at the shoppe before we departed.
Third Stop: Township 7 Vineyards – I have to admit at this point I was finding it hard to stand without swaying just a little but we loved the cozy feel of the tasting room and our “tour guide” enthusiastically poured us 4 varieties as our loud (and slightly obnoxious) group of ten did our best to throw him off his game. We tasted a couple of whites that typically aren’t my fave – the first being their Unoaked Chardonnay and the second a Sauvignon Blanc. Typically Chardonnays are way to oaky and Sav Blancs way too dry, but both seemed much more mellow and smooth (and decidedly non oaky) which was a pleasant surprise (or by this point, everything was going down easy!)
So, do yourself a favour and take an afternoon to wind your way around several of the Fraser Valley’s best wineries. Or better yet, kick it old skool and travel in style!