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Salt Spring Wine

Salt Spring Island makes up part of the Wine Islands region of British Columbia; a region that includes Southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Being part of the warmest growing region in Canada, the island wineries are reputed for their aromatic west coast scents and fruity tastes.

The Salt Spring Island terroir is well suited for growing cool-climate grapes. Our young vineyards enjoy warm temperate days of long sunshine intermittent with the cool shifts in weather, producing aromatic wines of higher acidity.

We also enjoy a micro-climate that affords for the long fermentation process required to produce those lighter, fruitier wines recognized in today’s global wine markets.

For more information about the Wine Island of British Columbia, please visit the Wine Islands Vintners Association.

Salt Spring Island Wineries

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  • Garry Oaks Winery - situated just downhill of Salt Spring Vineyards on Lees Hill on the Fulford Ganges Road. Wine tastings available.
  • Salt Spring Vineyards - situated on Lees Hill just off the Fulford-Ganges Road. Take a wine tasting (paired with local cheese and chocolate!). Sit in the vineyard with your picnic and a glass of wine next to the pond complete with ducks for company!
  • Mistaken Identity Vineyards - near "Upper Ganges" just outside of Ganges Village is the certified organic oasis of Mistaken Identity Vineyards. Bring your picnic and while away the afternoon with a glass of wine in the vineyard! Maybe you'll even take home a case of Mistaken Identity...

 

SS-Ales-Tasting-Room-InsideSalt Spring Island Ales

Salt Spring Island Ale is fast becoming synonomous with innovative, quality craft beer-making. Did you know that beer and cheese pairings is the new 'in-thing'? Ask for Becky at Salt Spring Island ales and she'll give you the lowdown.

  • Salt Spring Island Ales is an up and coming craft brewery with an ale for every palate! Using hops grown on Salt Spring Island, visit their tasting room and buy some beer to enjoy later on!
    Tip: Pick up some local organic sausages for the barbecue from the Blue Moon farm stand on the way back down!

 

Cheese, cheese glorious Salt Spring Cheese!

Martina-at-Salt-Spring-CheeSalt Spring Island has two cheesemakers (or cheeseries as I like to call them) crafting delicious award-winning cow, goat and sheep's cheeses.

SS-Cheese-PicnicSalt Spring Island Cheese makes delicious hard and soft goat and sheep's cheeses - including camembert, feta, blue and manchego styles. We recommend a visit to the cheesemaker's studio to view the cheesemaking process, taste all their cheeses (and there's a lot!), view the farm animals including chickens and working sheepdogs, have a nice sit down and free coffee or even have a cheesey picnic in their beautiful flower garden.

Moonstruck-Cheese-smallMoonstruck Cheese is certified organic and run by two sisters Julia and Susan Grace. All cheese is made from cows milk and includes an ash-ripened camembert, blackberry port stilton (my favourite!), Blossom's Blue and many more. They are always at the Saturday Market and you can visit the farm to pick up some cheese too using an honour-based system.

Tip: And while you're at Moonstruck, do check out Sean Goddard's amazing mixed glass and metalwork gallery right next door.

Where to buy Salt Spring Island Cheese?

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Buster, a working sheepdog at Salt Spring Cheese

Salt Spring Island and Moonstruck Cheese are available on island at (although selections may be limited):

  • The Salt Spring Saturday Market
  • Natureworks
  • Salt Spring Mercantile in Fulford
  • Country Grocer
  • Thriftys

For the best choice of cheese and pricing, visit the Salt Spring Saturday Market or the Cheesemaker's Studios.