Two Gold Medals at the National Wine Awards!
We are excited to announce some outstanding recognition at the 2018 National Wine Awards of Canada. Our 2015 Somenos Series Pinot Noir and Charme de L'ile both received gold medals. This year, the awards received 1850 entries from 257 different wineries and seven provinces. Charme de L'ile is currently available in our winery wine shop, online store and at select private liquor stores or Save On Foods BCVQA locations. The 2015 Somenos Pinot Noir is available in our wine shop and online store.
We’re Hiring! Join the Averill Creek Team
We are looking for an outgoing individual to join our tasting room sales team this September. Our tasting room is open 7 days a week and our sales associates are required to work weekends. Hours may vary but are typically 10:00 am to 5:30 pm. Please send resumés to email@example.com
Applicants should meet the following requirements:
- 19+ years of age
- Previous hospitality or sales experience
- Serve it Right certified (or willing to take the course)
- Professional appearance and demeanor
- Excellent customer service skills, excellent presentation skills
- Proficient on the computer (familiar with POS systems, Microsoft Office)
- Able to multitask and manage priorities in a busy service environment
- Able to stand for long periods of time and lift 40lbs repeatedly
- Wine knowledge, WSET or ISG education a definite asset
Join us for the Cowichan Valley Wine Festival
The Cowichan Valley Wine Festival is a tasting and touring event showcasing the best of Vancouver Island wine from 11 local wineries. Join us in Cowichan to enjoy wine tastings, great entertainment and delicious cuisine!
Party at the Pavilion Tasting Event, August 24th: Start the weekend off right and join us for our tasting event at the Shawnigan Lake School Pavilion. Enjoy live music, a beautiful setting and complimentary tastings by all participating wineries from 6 pm to 9 pm. Tickets $35 (includes branded glass and entry to wineries for August 25/26 touring)
Winery Touring, August 25th - 26th: Spend the rest of the weekend self-touring Cowichan's fabulous wineries with map and passport in hand. Visit our wineries and collect stamps to fill the passport. Collect all of the stamps and you can enter the draw for a grand prize! Tickets $15 (includes branded glass)
Tickets can be purchased at www.tourismcowichan.com/wine-festival-2018/
10% Discount to Laketown Shakedown ticket holders
BC Music, BC wine and the great outdoors, you can’t get much better than that! Averill Creek Vineyard is pleased to be the local wine sponsor for the Laketown Ranch summer concert series - Laketown Shakedowns.
Headed out to the Lake Cowichan venue for a great weekend of music and camping? Take a quick detour off Hwy 18 to Averill Creek, show us your Shakedown ticket and receive 10% off your purchase from our wine shop!
Visit our tent at the show on Friday, June 8th and Saturday June 9th to sample some of our summer favourites or purchase a glass of our crisp white Pinot Grigio or red blend Prevost from the Laketown beer garden!
A Recipe for Sangri-Eh
- 1 bottle Averill Creek Foch Eh
- 1 cup Averill Creek Cowichan Black
- 1 cup Orange juice
- 6 Tbsp extra fine granulated sugar
- 1 orange, 1 lemon, 2 limes cut into thin rounds
- Club Soda
In a large pitcher combine the 2 wines, orange juice and sugar. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Add the orange, lemon & lime slices and chill about 1 hour. Pour over ice in a glass to 3/4 full, top with club soda & stir!
Spring Open House - May 6, 2018
Wine, music & food! Our biggest event of the year and your chance to sample all of our products including brand-new releases and premium reserve wines. Visit the winery Sunday, May 6th to enjoy gorgeous ocean & valley views, complimentary wine tastings and winery tours, delicious local cuisine and live music on the patio. No tickets required, admission is free.
View the event details here.
Spring Cellar Club Cases available now
It’s that time of year again! Our Spring Cellar Club cases have now been released. Cellar Club is free to join and members save 15% on select cases. For more information and to view our case selections, click the button below.
Cowichan Blue Cocktails
Blue Lemonade Blueberry Martini Blue Margarita
- 2 oz Cowichan Blue 2 oz Cowichan Blue 2 oz Cowichan Blue
- 1 oz lemon juice 1 oz Vodka 1/2 oz Tequila
- 4 oz water shake with ice and pour 1/4 oz lime juice
- 1/2 cup ice 1 cup ice
- Serve blended or on the rocks Serve blended
Extended Tasting Room Hours
Spring is just around the corner and we're back to extended hours! Starting Thursday, March 1st, the Averill Creek tasting room and wine shop will be open seven days a week from 11 am to 5 pm. Our picnic patio will re-open in April – keep an eye on our website and social media for updates.
Choose Local Wine for your Wedding Celebration
Celebrate saying “I do” with premium local wines from Averill Creek Vineyard. Select from our portfolio of cost-effective, crowd-pleasing wine styles and customize each bottle with a personalized label.
Our garden patio is the perfect spot to host your pre-wedding events, including photos, bridal showers and stagettes.
For more information about case pricing and event options, click here.
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Pizzeria Prima Strada releases "Prima Frizzante"
We are excited to announce that our friends at Pizzeria Prima Strada now feature three Averill Creek wines in their Vino della Casa (house wine) family! The newest member of the family is Prima Frizzante, a Prosecco-style sparking wine.
Read more about this addition to Prima Strada's Vino della Casa offering here.
Perfect Pairings for the Month of Love
Take a read through Tourism Cowichan's 10 Delicious Pairings for Romance in honour of the month of love. Keep an eye out for the "Pizza and Wine" pairing for tips on coupling Averill Creek's wine with authentic, wood-fired pizza from our friends at Pizzeria Prima Strada!
Winter Tasting Room Hours
Happy New Year! The Averill Creek tasting room and wine shop will be open weekends from 11 am to 5 pm throughout January and February. Wine sales are available Monday through Friday by appointment.
Holiday Hours at Averill Creek
Happy Holidays from the team at Averill Creek Vineyard and a big thank you to all who visited the winery or enjoyed our wines in 2017!
The winery will be closed December 24, 25, 26 and 31 as we take some time to celebrate the season with family and friends. If you are hoping to squeeze in one last tasting before 2018 or purchase your favourite wines to ring in the New Year, our tasting bar and wine shop will be open from 11 am to 5 pm, December 27th to 30th.
Holiday Cases available now
Treat yourself or send as a gift! Our Holiday 12 Pack includes an assortment of top wine picks for the season and a personalized holiday card.
- Residential delivery is available across Canada.
- Free shipping in BC and discounts are available to AJ’s Case Club members. Please login to the AJ’s Case Club online store to order. Not a Case Club member? Join now for exclusive savings.
Holiday 12 Pack contents:
- Gewürztraminer x 2
- Somenos Pinot Gris x 2
- Rosé x 2
- Pinot Noir x 2
- Prevost x 2
- Cowichan Black
- Cowichan Blue
Price: $264.60 AJ’s Case Club price: $238.84
New Releases at Averill Creek
On our shelves today! The 2015 Pinot Noir, 2016 Gewürztraminer and a limited amount of Charme de L'ile are now available to purchase in the tasting room and online store. Pick up or order your bottles today!
Corporate Holiday Gift Promotions
Treat your clients, staff and corporate partners to Averill Creek wines this holiday season! Choose from a variety of case sizes and selections to suit your company's needs. Take advantage of exclusive business discounts and personalize bottles to reflect your brand. View our holiday offers for more details or contact us to order 250-709-9986.
Get to know our Somenos Series Premium Collection Wines
Our 30 acre estate vineyard lies within British Columbia’s Somenos Land District on the sun-drenched mid-slope of Mount Prevost. Here, the moderate climate and warm, well drained soils provide exceptional conditions for viticulture. Our Somenos Series of premium wines celebrates the distinctive terroir and signature style that is Averill Creek Vineyard; each carefully hand crafted in small batches from our best vines, our finest barrels and our most expressive blends.
2015 SOMENOS PINOT GRIS | 100% Pinot Gris
Our Pinot Gris is barrel fermented and aged sur lie 12 months in French oak. Fragrant & floral on the nose with delicate aromas of sweet pear, almond & biscuity lees. The palate is medium bodied and dry with flavours of pineapple, starfruit & tangy citrus. Discover this wines affinity for seafood such as Dungeness crab, halibut or oysters. $22
2014 SOMENOS PINOT NOIR | 100% Pinot Noir
A bold, masculine Pinot layered with earthy aromas of leather and tobacco, caramel and spice. Medium bodied with depth and richness, revealing flavours of black cherry, plum chutney and hints of tangerine peel. An ideal complement to venison, chanterelles or seared duck breast. $38
2014 SOMENOS FOCH CAB | 55% Marechal Foch,35% Cabernet Foch,10% Merlot
This premium blend tempts with opulent aromas of sweet black fruits, mocha and mint. Full bodied and velvety with rich, luscious flavours of blackberry and cassis, chocolate and cherry, aniseed and caramel. A bold and elegant accompaniment to prime rib or rack of lamb. $32
NV SOMENOS TAWNY | 100% Vancouver Island Blackberries, Coming Soon!
A fine cask-aged blackberry dessert wine displaying aromas of dried fruits, toffee, nuts & orange liqueur. Rich and velvety with sweet concentrated flavours of raisins and spice, apricots and marzipan. Savour alongside desserts featuring cooked fruit, nuts and caramel or with meaty pâtés and hard aged cheeses. $26
GOW: Top 10 Pinot Noir Under $40
Averill Creek Pinot is in good company this week! Thank you to Anthony Gismondi (GOW) and Treve Ring for including our 2014 Somenos Pinot Noir in their Top 10 - Next World Pinot Noir, under $40!
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A Delicious Combination
Averill Creek Vineyard is thrilled to be collaborating with Pizzeria Prima Strada to create private label house wines for their 3 Vancouver Island restaurants. Be sure to try the Prima Grigio or Prima Prevost the next time you stop in for some authentic Neapolitan style pizza at their Cobble Hill, Cook St. or Fort St. locations.
Global Pinot Noir Masters
Our 2014 Somenos Pinot Noir recently won a silver medal at the Global Pinot Noir Masters in London, England. Averill Creek Vineyard was the only Canadian Winery to receive a medal in this international competition. This follows the bronze medal that our 2012 Pinot Noir received at the same event in 2016.
Averill Creek Vineyard Archives
Acquiring, preserving, and making available records that tell our story - these records are preserved for our own use, for future research, and so that anyone interested in the story of Averill Creek Vineyard can access these sources.