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Michelle pruning
2010 Winter Hours and Activities

While our wine shop is not open for drop-in tastings until spring, we welcome those wanting to come by to purchase any time by appointment. If at all possible, phone a day or two ahead, as we are unable to answer the phone when we are outside pruning.

If you would like to arrange a private group tasting over the winter, we can accommodate this for the cost of the wines you would like opened. We can welcome you in our "big room" with a cozy fire and you can spend an hour or...

December Hours

We welcome you for wine, vinegar and verjus tastings from 10 am to 4 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday until December 19th. Open other days by chance or with an advance phone call to 250-743-5630 for sales and vinegar and verjus tastings. Take advantage of case lot holiday specials on vinegar and verjus!

Jay Friedman
Jay Friedman's Visit

There is much to see and do in the Cowichan Valley, as Jan Friedman discovered. "As the afternoon came to a close, I had time for one last stop. While there are many wineries in the region, I needed to visit Venturi Schulze Vineyards, producers of the balsamic vinegar I so covet. All of the wines are grown, produced, and bottled on the premises without use of any pesticides or herbicides. While the tasting room is modest, the...

Rare December Tastings at the Vineyard

Come to the vineyard for a rare comparative tasting of two vintages of Schönburger and Pinot Noir on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until December 19. Drop by between 10 am and 4 pm to compare the cool vintage 2007 Schönburger with the hot vintage 2009 Indigo (...

New Releases for December 2010!

Come by to taste the new releases on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm until Christmas:

  • 2006 Pinot Noir Reserve - big red from our 20+ year old vines in the hot 2006 vintage - $60.10
  • 2008 Brut Naturel KS Cuvée - delicious new traditional method sparkling wine cuvée - $34.10
  • 2008 Brut Naturel 2008 in half bottles - $18.90
  • 2009 Indigo - beguiling, tantalizing white Schönburger - $26.10

Finish your Holiday Shopping early!

If gift giving is part of your holiday tradition and you want to avoid crowded stores and driving in winter conditions, consider having us take care of the special people on your list. Whether a $12 bottle of Venturi-Schulze verjus, a stunning $64 bottle, hand painted and fired by local artist Terry Harrison then filled with our ancient method balsamic vinegar, or a selection of our wines, we can gift wrap them and mail them direct to your distant special friends and relatives. And...

Venturi-Schulze Verjus Thrills

Have you ever had one of those moments at the dinner table when you realize that you are experiencing something extraordinary? Pam Freir wrote about our verjus in her October 20 column in the Times Colonist, wherein she described making, with partner Chris Bayliss, various tantalizing dishes and beverages with our verjus, including a "chicken broth and verjuice gravy of such exquisite subtlety and refinement that we still, days later, shake our heads in wonderment and ask whether life...

Harvest 2010 is Complete

Harvest 2010 is over and the overhead bird netting is pushed back and wrapped. 2010 was the most challenging season we have experienced to date, with spring frost, cooler than normal temperatures and a wet fall. Our harvest was much smaller than normal, but through perseverance and extraordinary effort, we have some outstanding wines happily fermenting and perfect juice for the balsamic vinegar and verjus. In spite of the weather challenges, the vines were disease free and able to go into...

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