The best of British Columbia juxtaposed with select Old World wines from areas around the Alps.

As the culmination of efforts from numerous local vintners and winemakers, the scenic valleys of lower British Columbia now boast a remarkable and spirited array of vintages on par with those produced in the more famous growing regions across the globe.

We are proud to champion this grand movement and introduce our guests to the best of B.C. by cultivating a wine list that features some of the more obscure bottles from the Okanagan Valley and Similkameen Valley, along with a few favourites from the Cowichan Valley here on Vancouver Island.

Selection Criteria

To build this highly distinctive wine list, a team of sommeliers was invited to liaise with over 70 wineries in the province to source the most flavorful wines as well as those that would celebrate the true beauty of British Columbian winemaking.

Bottles were chosen not only for taste but also for their rarity, with two strict criteria being that each must be the best depiction of its respective winery and that none could also be sold through traditional liquor outlets. Complementing this is an assortment of wines from the subalpine regions of Austria, France, Italy and Germany so that patrons can properly compare the New World with the Old.

The final list comprises over 120 local vintages with roughly 40 available by the glass, representing one of the most extensive offerings of BC wines on Vancouver Island, if not the entire world.

Okanagan & Similkameen

Nowhere is the maturation of the British Columbian wine industry better illustrated than in the Okanagan Valley and its southernly neighboring Similkameen Valley where most every wine style is on display, offering incredible value at all price points.

Carved out of the Rocky Mountains and fjord lakes after thousands of years of glacial erosion, the diverse terrain of the province’s Interior Plateau has created a wide range of continental microclimates and soil types to give each vineyard its own extraordinary characteristics.

With wine production dating as far back as the 1850s, the grafting of international varietals began in earnest in the 1970s with Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Merlot, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir and Riesling. Now there are more than 60 grapes grown including the recent and esoteric plantings of Arneis, Ehrenfelser, Kerner, Malbec, Syrah, Trebbiano and Zweigelt to bestow the area with a whole spectrum of still, sparkling, fortified and dessert wines.

Vancouver Island

Footsteps away from Villa Eyrie is the tranquil Cowichan Valley where rolling pastures are framed by ocean and mountain views. Shielded from the brunt of the Pacific Ocean to the west, this charming region along the Salish Coast is home to a dedicated community of family growers and vintners, all of whom have honed their fruit to embody the milder, coastal conditions.

A relative newcomer to the scene with the first winery established in 1992, there are now 32 licensed producers spread across over 400 acres of south-facing, sun-drenched slopes, making the Cowichan Valley the second largest wine region in British Columbia.

With its seaside Mediterranean microclimate, the Cowichan Valley is suitable for some mysterious varietals such as Auxerrois, Bacchus, Black Muscat, Maréchal Foch, Ortega and Siegerrebe along with mainstays like Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir.