40 Acre Estate
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, and its unique combination of soil and aspect makes it an ideal place for growing cool weather varietals.
The soil under Averill Creek is Royston-Qualicum (a blend of glacial sand and gravel) which is sloped and well drained, and with a little preparation - 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. Mt. Prevost is also a prime site for Vancouver Island paragliders, who take advantage of the warm currents of air rising from the mountainside.
Averill Creek’s small-lot plantings of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Maréchal Foch, Foch Cabernet, Cabernet Libre, and Merlot are cared for by hand, and pruned to yield approximately 2.5 tons/acre. While some varietals are capable of producing much more fruit, our yields are kept low to increase the quality of fruit harvested.