Salt Spring Vineyards evokes the character of Salt Spring Island ... the most beautiful, artistic, musical and bucolic Gulf Island in Canada.
When visitors come to the emerald isles scattered in the blue waters of the southern Straight of Georgia, they soon forget the pull of their hurried lives and start living the relaxed, peaceful Gulf Islands existence. Our desire is that you experience this pleasure and that if you must leave, you will return as a friend.
Proprietors & Wine Enthusiasts, Dev & Joanne McIntyre
After 24 years full of work and family life in the Fraser Valley, Dev and Joanne McIntyre made a career change and opted for beautiful Salt Spring Island, British Columbia in October 2008. While owning a winery and vineyard was a new adventure for them, Dev and Jo were familiar with grape growing and the wine world. While living in the Mt. Lehman area in 1984, Dev and Jo began experimenting in a small ‘backyard’ vineyard on a portion of their 5 acre property. They and others, were curious as to what varieties would ripen in the coastal climate. Along with these enthusiastic growers (including the legendary John Harper), careful notes were kept of such things as harvest date, temperatures, brix and acid levels. A lot of wine vinegar and grape jellies were made from the unsuccessful candidates! Eventually, Dev and Jo became aware of several promising grape types.
They followed the development of the Okanagan grape industry, more than a little envious of their warmer, drier climate. Dev and Jo continued to develop their wine palate with holidays in the wine countries of Italy, France and Spain; and also joined several cellar clubs and wine societies. Closer to home they organized a group of friends into a food and blind wine tasting club, which has been meeting 4 times a year for over 25 years! They are dedicated and enthusiastic about producing excellent coastal wines, while advocating sustainability for their environment and their community.
When You Visit Salt Spring Vineyards
Enjoy a complimentary wine tasting of our locally gulf island grown, sustainably produced wines at Salt Spring Vineyards. When you visit beautiful Salt Spring Island, British Columbia come and sample our wines, have a picnic or relax while listening to some of our regularly scheduled live music.
Salt Spring Vineyards is open year round – daily from May 1st until October 9th with limited hours during the off season.
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