Pioneers in Vancouver Island Wine Committed to Sustainable Farming

Zac and Julie took over Alderlea Vineyards in April 2017 from Roger and Nancy Dosman whose strong vision for an island vineyard and skilled winemaking made Alderlea one of the pioneers in Vancouver Island winegrowing.  Zac and Julie have left behind 20-year careers in Health & Safety and Human Resources respectively, with global corporations to pursue a long-held dream of owning a vineyard and making wine professionally.

 Not long after getting married, Zac and Julie began entertaining the idea of retreating from an otherwise successful corporate life and owning their own vineyard one day.  Over the years, they looked at a number of vineyards on Vancouver Island and in the Okanagan, in addition to properties in France, Italy, the US, New Zealand and South America.  In the end, the pull of Vancouver Island was very strong, with Zac having grown up in Port Hardy and having family on the island still. 

When Zac and Julie first visited Alderlea in the fall of 2016, they knew they had found their dream vineyard.  The considerable pride, care and attention with which Roger and Nancy founded and managed the vineyard, winery and Alderlea brand were palpable. Zac and Julie are excited to be part of the history of Alderlea Vineyards and to continue to create unique, high-quality wines that epitomise the character and beauty of the Cowichan Valley.

Motovino Wines Inc

Their goal is to maintain the high quality and consistency of the Alderlea brand wines over time.  Setting up their company as Motovino Wines (doing business as Alderlea Vineyards), has allowed for the development of some other labels and the chance to create some new blends, in addition to the single varietals sold as Alderlea. In the summer of 2017, they created the Plaid label and the two initial offerings, Plaid White and Plaid Red, are easy-drinking fruit-forward blends that are perfect for sipping or pairing with west coast cuisine.  In the spring 2018, they added a Plaid Pink rose wine to the mix.  Plaid wines are sold at the Island Roots Farmers’ Market every Wednesday in Nanaimo and at a few of the Esquimalt Farmers’ Markets in Esquimalt.  They are also available through the Alderlea Vineyards` Wine Shop in Duncan.

The Motovino labels allow Zac and Julie the flexibility to partner with other local growers to create different blends and to explore potential custom crush and bottling opportunities for specific restaurant clients.  In future, there is also the possibility of offering wine education events and mentoring for up and coming winemakers through the Motovino brand.

The Alderlea Vineyards Wine Tasting Experience

Our Tasting Room / Wine Shop is open Friday 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm and Saturday/Sunday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm or by appointment.

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