30 Acres Planted Vines
118 - 240 Meters Above Sea Level
Averill Creek Vineyard is located in the heart of Vancouver Island's Cowichan Valley, where the dry, temperate climate lends itself to all the hallmarks of cool climate viticulture. The unique combination of soil and aspect make it an ideal place for growing cool weather varietals.
The soil under Averill Creek is Royston-Qualicum (a blend of glacial sand and gravel). Sloped and well drained, it is perfect for viticulture. A vertical shoot positioning system (Guyot) is used to allow for optimal photosynthesis, air circulation, and ripening.
While the Cowichan Valley is prone to long, dry summers, the southern aspect of the vineyard captures and holds heat making it several degrees warmer than the surrounding valley.
Averill Creek’s small-lot plantings of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Maréchal Foch, Foch Cabernet, Cabernet Libre, Merlot, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier are cared for by hand, and pruned to yield approximately 2.5 tons/acre. While some varietals can produce much more fruit, our yields are kept low to increase the quality of fruit harvested.