While winemakers have been growing grapes in Vancouver Island’s bountiful Cowichan Valley for generations, the region only received its official sub-appellation designation this summer. It’s both a win for local vintners—who can now more precisely label and promote their wines’ unique island terroir—and for tourism in the up-and-coming wine region. Wine enthusiasts will love tracing the quiet country roads that connect wineries with quaint B&Bs, organic farm stands, cheesemakers and other artisanal makers. The Cowichan Valley is a one-hour drive north from Victoria and makes for a pleasant, easy day trip.

This article was originally published in the fall 2020 issue of Canadian Traveller