It’s wine month in B.C., and Richmond is home to three wineries, each boasting unique, local drinks to sample.
First up, Lulu Island Winery, on Westminster Highway,is the largest winery in Metro Vancouver and is known for its ice wine, a dessert wine made from grapes that were frozen while on the vine.
On Richmond’s agricultural land, the winery has 15 acres of grapes and multiple tasting rooms. In addition to its ice wine, Lulu Island Winery has several red wine blends, white wines and even fruit wines, including a blueberry and a raspberry wine.
The winery has a tasting room that is open from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. every day.
Richmond’s Canada Berries, near Blundell Road and Highway 99, is renowned for its fruit wines and makes good use of Richmond’s local blueberry crops. However, it’s not just blueberry wine that they offer, but blackberry, blackcurrant, cranberry, raspberry and gooseberry wines as well.
Canada Berries also has some ice wines to offer, including a merlot, a Riesling and blueberry merlot blend.
The winery’s tasting room is open every day from 11 a.m .to 6 p.m.
Finally, Richmond Country Farms on Steveston Highway has its own winery, Country Vines Winery, boasting “small lot wines.”
Country Vines has only been open since 2016, but offers a range of wines including reds, whites, rosés, sparkling and dessert wines.
Here, the tasting room is open Thursday to Sunday and on holiday Mondays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
April became B.C. Wine Month in 2018 in response to Alberta’s boycott of B.C. wine during last year’s inter-provincial dispute over the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline.
“B.C. wineries enrich our communities, attracting tourism to our province and opening up employment opportunities,” said Premier John Horgan when B.C. Wine Month was established last year.
“B.C. Wine Month is our chance to raise a glass in celebration of our delicious local wines, and the hardworking people who make them.”