One of the most prominent wine regions in Canada, Fraser valley is a region in the south west area of British Columbia. It is located downstream of the Fraser canyon and it is also close to the Fraser river basin. Which has been an important means of transport and lifeline for the people of Fraser for a long time. Fraser valley is also home to a number of wineries that produce high quality wines of different varieties. These wineries are perfect for those who are interested in taking day wine trips where you can tour their farms and bistros as it is quite close to a lot of households and just one hour drive from Vancouver.
A brief history of wine in Fraser Valley
The Fraser Valley has only recently begun to grow wine grapes as the region was more popular for its dairy farms and berries. The cool and rainy climate was seen as not being favorable and with the thriving Okanagan Valley just close by, it seemed like vineyards and wineries would simply never take off in Fraser Valley. However, due to recent climate changes, more vineyards have been established and now produce some high-quality wines. In the late ’90,s a winery called Domaine de Chaberton was established and is believed to be what made more people recognize Fraser valley as a veritable wine growing region
Grape varieties are grown in Fraser Valley
Grapes usually thrive in dry, mild weather and Fraser Valley has a cool and humid climate, this means that for some time it was seen as not very conducive for growing wine grapes.However, there are some grapes varieties like siegerrebe that flourish in the cool weather of the Fraser Valley. Grape varieties grown in Fraser valley include
- Pinot Gris
- Sauvignon Blanc
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Pinot Noir
White wine grape varieties appear to thrive more in the Fraser Valley and are the dominant variety in their blended wines and varietals. Fraser Valley produces different styles of wines including dry table wines, sparkling wines, and ice wines.
Vineyards in Fraser Valley
Though the wine industry in Fraser Valley is young and still on the rise, the region proudly boasts of about 40 vineyards and wineries. A lot of these vineyards practice eco-friendly farming methods and boast of organically grown grapes. They are run by families and have a unique vineyard, bistro dining and farm tours with experiences such as sitting in saddles during a wine tasting. By the year 2015, there were roughly 200 acres (80.94 hectares) of grapes planted in Fraser Valley vineyards.
The wine industry in Fraser valley continues to grow with no signs of slowing down anytime soon. With some of its grape varieties brought in from the Okanagan Valley( especially reds) wines produced in this region are usually fresh and aromatic. Examples of wines from this region include Singletree Chardonnay, and Glass House Rosè des Pinots.