Bike to Wines: Wineries of the Saanich Peninsula and Cowichan Valley

SaanichWineTour If you know Vancouver Island for its delicious food and focus on local producers, you must know that the southern part, especially the Saanich Peninsula and the Cowichan Valley, are filled with wineries where you can taste fine, small-lot local wines. Moreover, many of these wineries can be accessed through our biking paths and bike-friendly roads.

Here are a few winery stop suggestions for your next Victoria day or multiple-day trip.

Saanich Peninsula

If you want to stay close to the city, you can easily make it to the Starling Lane Winery on Old West Saanich Road. Simply follow the road to Elk Lake Park and go to the west side of the lake. The winery produces red, white and even port wines.

Riding northward on Old West Saanich, you will meet three more wineries: Dragonfly Hill, de Vine and Church and State. These local Brentwood Bay wineries express the best about Vancouver Island wines: local expertise, care of the land and, of course, delicious products.

Another easily accessible tasting house is the Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse, located in North Saanich along Patricia Bay Highway (which you follow when you ride along the Lochside trail). This local favourite produces ciders that are much loved throughout the region. Their distinctive bottles adorn many restaurant tables! As a cyclist, you even have access to some exclusive specials.

Cowichan Valley

For multiple-day rides, the Cowichan Valley has much to offer when it comes to wineries. Dubbed “Canada’s Provence” because of its very similar climate to the famous French region, it produces excellent wines and ciders.

Bikers visiting Cobble Hill should stop at Merridale Ciderworks, another well-known cider produce here on Vancouver Island. Have a bite at the bistro (lead by a French baker) and taste their delicious apple-based ciders.

Very close to Merridale, you will find Unsworth Wineyards. Known for its fresh, crisp whites, you can also taste bold reds, rosés and even port wines there.

For a beautiful view of the Saanich Inlet, stop by Cherry Point Estate Wines. Guided tours, tastings and even a bistro (open in season) await you there. This winery has won several awards and medals over the years.

With our bike-friendly lanes and roads, it’s easy to access many of the fine wineries and ciderhouses around Victoria. Cycle Treks also has organized tours, including the Saanich Peninsula Wine Tour, to make your ride easy and safe.