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Cheers! The Fraser Valley is the second largest wine producing region in British Columbia.
How Far? The Fraser Valley is less than 100 km from Downtown Vancouver.
STEWARDS OF THE VALLEY
SEASONS & VARIETALS
CIRCLE FARM TOUR
MAP & DIRECTORY
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YXX Visitor Centre 30440 Liberator Ave Abbotsford, BC
Chilliwack Visitor Centre 44150 Luckakuck Way Chilliwack, BC
#langleyfresh @tourismlangley tourism-langley.ca 604.371.1477
#exploreabbotsford @tourismabbotsford tourismabbotsford.ca 1.888.332.2229
#sharechilliwack @tourismchilliwack tourismchilliwack.com 604.858.8121
Harrison Visitor Information Centre 499 Hot Springs Road Harrison Hot Springs, BC #justuptheroad @tourismharrison tourismharrison.com 604.796.5581
Whispering Horse Winery The Fraser Valley WINE GUIDE
The Fraser Valley is situated in the southwestern region of British Columbia, less than 100 kilometres east of Downtown Vancouver. Known for being one of the most agriculturally productive parts of BC, The Fraser Valley is responsible for more than half of BC’s annual agriculture revenue. Here you will find rich fertile alluvial soils and a cooler climate than the neighbouring Okanagan Valley. The mild coastal climate, which prevails with breezes from the Pacific Coast, extends the growing season. The moderate temperatures help for a steady ripening of the grapes allowing them to develop and maintain a bright acidity fantastic for the varietals planted in the Fraser Valley. With the low risk of frost and winter damage and the lack of irrigation needed, the over 200 acres of many varietals is made into beautiful wines.
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LANGLEY For countless generations, the Kwantlen People lived in villages along the Lower Fraser River that shaped a vibrant cultural landscape. The Kwantlen People were very early adaptors of agriculture, utilizing all of their surrounding resources. The lower floodplain landscape was predominantly herbaceous vegetation. Though these villages are now primarily urbanized, Kwantlen maintains a strong, sacred connection to each of these places. ABBOTSFORD Abbotsford is home to the territories of the Semá:th and the Matheqwi. What is now known as Sumas Prairie, a fertile area with some of the best farmland in BC, was once Sumas Lake, a rich and diverse ecosystem which was stewarded by the Semá:th people. Later, the arrival of European settlers, including a large Mennonite population, brought new ways of farming and a diversity of crops. The South Asian community has also been
instrumental in helping develop Abbotsford’s thriving agricultural community, farming berries that are also used in wine production.
Stó:lō Welcome Figures, Chilliwack Western Red Cedar Height: 10'10" (5.43 m) Designed & Carved by: Siyemches (Terry Horne), assisted by Francis Horne Jr. Completed: September 2017.
CHILLIWACK Chilliwack’s modern history saw humble beginnings with the first farmers arriving around 1860. Elements such as the grasslands, scrub forests, ever-changing creeks, ancient cedars, as well as fir and hemlock forests inspired these farmers to take root. Chilliwack is now home to a thriving agricultural community, growing and producing world class corn, hops, dairy products, and more. HARRISON Our region is a collective of communities spanning Agassiz, Harrison Hot Springs, Harrison Mills. We share the land of the Sts’ ailes, Seabird Island, Sq’ewá:lxw, Cheam, Douglas, Leq’a:mel, Samahquam, Sq’ewlets, and Skatin First Nation. Our region is rich in fertile soil, mighty waterways, and pristine wilderness.
DID YOU KNOW Did you know there are 3 dialects of Halq’emeylem?
Halq'eméylem Hun'qumyi'n’um Hul'q'umín'um' The Stó:lō language is Halq'eméylem. This is a Central Coast Salish language with three dialects or spoken versions: Halq'eméylem (Upriver), Hun'qumyi'n’um (Downriver),and Hul'q'umín'um' (Island). Halq'eméylem is spoken by communities upriver from Vancouver, British Columbia. This includes communities along the Fraser River from Sumas to Yale, and those along the Harrison River. Source: digitalsqewlets.ca THE FRASER VALLEY WINE GUIDE / 3
Seasons A cool climate, fertile soil, and farmers with a passion for viticulture bring a diversity of wine styles to The Fraser Valley. You will find all of your favourites and well-loved varietals, as well as some unique styles that may surprise you!
POP QUIZ What are a few other wine regions of the world that are cool climate?
Marlborough, NZ CHAbLis, FR wilLameTtE, OR Answers: All of them!
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We’re more than just grapes. The Fraser Valley offers something for everyone with a selection of meaderies and fruit wines rounding out your experience. PINOT NOIR
Pinot Noir is a black grape of the Vitis vinifera species. It is grown all over the world but thrives greatly in cooler climates. Compared to other red wines, Pinot Noir is typically light-medium bodied, has aromas of fruit, flower and spice, and is accentuated with a smooth finish.
Sauvignon Blanc is a white wine with a bit of a different taste compared to others due to its green and herbaceous flavours. The primary fruit flavours are lime, green apple, passion fruit, and white peach. In The Fraser Valley, our wineries like to put a twist on this particular variant, each specific to their tastes. From bramble leaves to pineapple, the Sauvignon Blanc is worth exploring.
PINOT GRIS Pinot Gris (or Grigio) is one of the most planted white grapes in BC, as it adapts easily to the soils and climate. It is well known for its crisp, mineral and stone fruit flavours. With scientific research showing multiple comparisons between Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir’s DNA structure, Pinot Gris has a world wide popularity and can be finished from sweet to crisp and dry. BACCHUS Bacchus is a German white grape variety created as a result of crossing a Silvaner - Riesling cross and MüllerThurgau. Bacchus is a varietal known for its assertive and crisp flavours, usually balanced with light and floral notes. As this varietal ripens earlier than most, it is often one of the first grapes harvested in The Fraser Valley each year.
L’ACADIE BLANC L’Acadie Blanc is a white Eastern-Canadian hybrid variety grown primarily in Nova Scotia. It is reminiscent of Sauvignon Blanc with grassy aromas, gooseberry, grapefruit and honey, excellent for both still and sparkling production. The L’Acadie Blanc is the most successful variety for our Fraser Valley terroir. PETITE MILO Another variety of grape commonly grown in Maritime climates, this early ripening grape makes for stylish aromatic wines and has good potential for creating blends. This varietal can achieve high sugar levels while retaining good acidity. As these wines can be finished from off-dry to dry, they nicely pair with a wide selection of cuisines. THE FRASER VALLEY WINE GUIDE / 5
Township 7 Vineyards & Winery
Langley Wineries BACKYARD VINEYARDS
Chaberton Estate Winery
Since opening in 2009, Backyard Vineyards has been recognized for producing top-quality varietal, blended and bubbly wines from 100% B.C. grapes. Their grapes are grown in their local Langley vineyard and complimented with notes of fruit from throughout The Fraser Valley and South Okanagan. Winning medals for their reds, whites, and bubbles, Backyard Vineyards takes great pride in its exceptional wine. Enjoy sipping in your own backyard, or let their captivating vineyard be the perfect backdrop for a private tasting or event. WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE / PET FRIENDLY
3033 232 St, Langley | 604.539.9463 backyardvineyards.ca | @backyardwines BLACKWOOD LANE VINEYARDS & WINERY Carlos Lee had a dream of creating a beautiful winery through his goal to produce wines that lived up to his high standards and expectations; that’s how Blackwood Lane Winery was born. Located on 12.2 acres of beautiful land in Langley’s outskirts, locals learn that they do not have to go far to get incredible wine. To create exquisite wine, you need to have great grapes; that is what they did—securing some of the best grapes in the Okanagan Valley while combining traditional techniques, creating that ultimate quality. WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE / PET FRIENDLY
25180 8 Ave, Langley | 604.856.5787 blackwoodlane.ca | @blackwoodlane
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CHABERTON ESTATE WINERY & BACCHUS BISTRO With over 55 beautiful acres of vineyards, fields, and their 5-star restaurant, come and experience the oldest and largest Winery in The Fraser Valley. Being open since 1991, Chaberton Estate Winery is a little slice of history here in Langley. All starting with the founders, Claude and Inge Violet, who sold their winery and vineyard in France and ventured across the world, starting their new adventure here in Langley. Pack a little lunch or enjoy a meal at the Bacchus Bistro, an authentic French bistro overlooking the estate’s vineyards. WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE / PET FRIENDLY 1064 216 St, Langley | 604.530.1736 chabertonwinery.com | @chabertonestatewinery FESTINA LENTE ESTATE WINERY The words “Festina Lente” are Latin for “Make haste slowly” and reflect the care and attention to detail evident in the creation of their elegant and surprisingly dry Meads (Honey Wines). Owners Teresa and Bill Townsley were inspired by their love of fermentation and beekeeping to explore the ancient art of meadmaking and have expanded their repertoire to over 35 different mead varieties to reflect modern tastes. Having been recognized by the BC Wine Authority as a Quality Certified Wine producer, these impressive wines demand a place in every wine cellar and on your table. Enjoy their comfortable tasting room open year round or relax with a flight on their picturesque farm patio. WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE / PET FRIENDLY 21113 16 Ave, Langley | 604.510.2336 festinalente.ca | @festinalentewinery GLASS HOUSE ESTATE WINERY Glass House Estate Winery is a family-run business that has been present in Langley since 1983. The name Glass House pays homage to the de Jong family’s history in the greenhouse industry for over 60 years, which first started in the Netherlands, leading up to the present day in North America. Through a minimalistic winemaking approach, Glass House has created beautifully built wines, showcasing each varietal’s best characteristics. Enjoy a glass of wine and locally sourced food in a contemporary style, with enhanced services in a spectacular setting. WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE / PET FRIENDLY
23449 0 Ave, Langley | 604.427.3225 glasshouseestatewinery.com | @glasshousewine KRAUSE BERRY FARMS & ESTATE WINERY Krause Berry Farms & Estate Winery is a family owned and operated farm, serving the community since 1974. The Estate Winery is open year round producing award winning wines from berries grown on their 200 acre farm. Guests can select from 30 different wines by the glass or bottle, wine flights, cider and seasonal cocktails. Summer weekends they provide live musical entertainment on 2 stages for visitors of the Farm and Estate Winery to enjoy. While you’re here, order one of their famous fresh, hot, berry waffles then visit the Market & Bakery for over 100
farm made products produced in their on-site Harvest Kitchen. WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE 6179 248 St, Langley | 604.856.5757 krauseberryfarms.com | @krauseberryfarms SINOCAN WINERY Sinocan Winery is Langley’s newest winery located in South Langley. Come enjoy their estate grown blueberry wine while taking in the beautiful views of their lush gardens. Whether you are looking for a quiet escape to the country for a couple days, or to celebrate a wedding or other major event, Sinocan Winery’s manicured gardens, prestige suites, winery, conservatory and rural setting make it “Just the Place!” WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE
2218 240 St, Langley | 604.445.7997 sinocanwinery.com | @sinocanwinery THE FORT WINE CO. Founded back in 2001 by tugboat captain and cranberry farmer Wade Bauck, the Fort Wine Company is home to wines with very diverse varietals. They have expanded into creating many different fruit wines with blueberries, raspberries, and cranberries. The cranberry wine was the first of 11 fruit varietals produced at the Fort Wine Co; it is a must-try! Through supporting their local farmers, the Fort Wine Co only gets the freshest fruit for their products. Come and enjoy some delicious wine with some fantastic company. WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE 26151 84 Ave, Langley | 604.857.1101 TOWNSHIP 7 VINEYARDS & WINERY It all started back in 2000, in Langley’s 7th Township (hence the name). Even though many years have passed, their principles, focus, and goals have stayed the same: making outstanding quality wine. At Township 7, you will not only find wine, but you will find extraordinary experiences through the knowledgeable staff and friendly atmosphere; also, don’t miss out on their live music events, culinary experiences, and art shows. WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE / PET FRIENDLY 21152 16 Ave, Langley | 604.532.1766 township7.com | @township7 VISTA D’ORO FARMS & WINERY The traditional techniques and old-world values used in Vista D’oro’s artisanal preserves are also portrayed through their winemaking process. Owner and Winemaker, Patrick Murphy, wanted to bring in different techniques from around the world through his travelling experiences with small family‑run businesses. Vista D’oro is dedicated to producing hand-crafted, small-batch wines through unique techniques. They grow produce to use in their wine and for their Preservatory. This is a duo you don’t want to miss. WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE / PET FRIENDLY 346 208 St, Langley | 604.514.3539 vistadoro.com | @vistadoro THE FRASER VALLEY WINE GUIDE / 7
Mt Lehman Winery
Abbotsford & Chilliwack Wineries Abbotsford
Maan Farms Estate Winery
CAMPBELL’S GOLD HONEY FARM & MEADERY Thought to be the oldest known alcohol on earth, it can be as distinct as the cultures who appreciate it. Campbell’s Gold makes a dry and sweet mead, and creates melomels by adding fruit, cysors with the addition of apples, pyments with grapes and metheglin with zests and spice palettes. They plant many different crops for their bees and work with Mother Nature each year to produce over thirty styles of honey wine (dry, sweet and everything in between), all made at their family store using 80% of their own fruit. WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE
2595 Lefeuvre Rd | 604.856.2125 campbellsgold.com | @campbellsgold MAAN FARMS ESTATE WINERY An Abbotsford institution, Maan Farms is known for its delicious berries, which also make incredible wine! Try their award-winning berry and dessert wines made from the berries they grow themselves, or taste something more classic like their new grape wine varietals. Their tasting room is located on the farm, which also features children’s activities, Mama Maan’s Kitchen, and more! WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE / PET FRIENDLY
790 McKenzie Rd | 604.864.5723 maanfarms.com | @maanfarmsestatewinery
MT. LEHMAN WINERY Pioneers of the wine scene in Abbotsford, Mt. Lehman Winery produces a number of red and white varietals on their 80 acres of farmland. What seemed like a dream in the early 1990s became possible through the use of new techniques better suited to the Fraser Valley’s cool climate. Their goal for their wines is to achieve drinkability, not force or power. Their accessible, easy to drink boutique wines have won numerous awards including the prestigious Lieutenant Governor’s Award of Excellence. Their tasting room provides excellent views of the rolling hills of Mt. Lehman and has a great summer patio. WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE / PET FRIENDLY
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RIPPLES WINERY Ripples Winery, nestled in the beautiful gardens of Woodbridge Ponds, is a small family-run winery that produces high end wines made from chemical free homegrown blueberries and BC grapes. They are also home to the newly established New Wave Distilling, which creates craft spirits that are fantastic on their own or as a compliment to your favourite cocktail recipe. Visitors can sample their wine and spirits, relax on their expansive patio, and enjoy a menu of locally sourced food. 3387 Tolmie Rd | 604.864.1033 rippleswinery.com newwavedistilling.com | @rippleswinery @newwavedistilling SEASIDE PEARL FARMGATE WINERY Another family owned boutique winery in Mt. Lehman, Seaside Pearl is famous for its copper-spired chapel tasting room that makes the picture perfect backdrop for a day in Fraser Valley wine country. Not to be overshadowed, their wines stand on their own being both unique and incredibly delicious. Stop by for an intimate tasting experience and make sure to try the estate-grown Charlotte Estate Petit Milo and Interurban Cabernet Foch.
Nestled at the foot of Chilliwack Mountain, BCWB embraces its industrial surroundings and adds a modern touch. Simple but sophisticated, it’s the perfect place to share new experiences with old friends — and vice versa. Come enjoy a glass of wine on and cozy up inside with friends. Between the views of Mt. Cheam, an expansive wine list, and a unique selection of shared plates you’ll find comfort and relaxation at BC Urban Kitchen & Wine Bar — World-class BC wines paired with local ingredients. PET FRIENDLY PATIO
#101A – 43869 Progress Way | 604.392.2222 bcurbanwinebar.com | @bcurbanwinebar WHISPERING HORSE WINERY Located in beautiful Yarrow, Whispering Horse Winery is inspired by the history of the land and showcases the unique terroir of the Fraser Valley through its production of high-quality wines. This family-owned boutique winery hand-crafts exquisite, small lot, unique terroir wines made from 100% estate-grown grapes. The wines are focused on elegance, finesse and made with minimal intervention, allowing the expression of their grapes to represent the beautiful place in which they grow. Due to the Fraser Valley’s cooler climate, Whispering Horse specializes in traditional method sparkling wines, as well as crisp, aromatic whites and rosés. The entire process, from vineyard to bottling, is solely family-run, ensuring each limited production of wine maintains that hand-crafted approach. CHECK WEBSITE FOR BOOKING TASTINGS AND HOURS
43721 Vedder Mtn Rd | 604.245.0443 whisperinghorsewinery.com | @whisperinghorsewinery
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE / PET FRIENDLY
5290 Olund Rd | 778.856.1312 seasidepearlwinery.ca | @seasidepearl_winery
Seaside Pearl Farmgate Winery
SINGLETREE WINERY With extensive farming experience, the Etsell family has developed a strong work ethic, sense of responsibility, and appreciation for agriculture, that they aim to express with Singletree wines. Singletree is an award-winning winery specializing in growing white grape varieties at its Abbotsford vineyard and red grapes at their Naramata vineyards. Stop by their tasting room for a sample or purchase a bottle and some local cheese and charcuterie to enjoy in their picnic area. For an extra special experience reserve one of their De Vine Domes for date night! WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE / PET FRIENDLY
5782 Mt. Lehman Rd | 604.381.1788 singletreewinery.com | @singletreewine
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1. Vista D’oro Farms & Winery 2. Festina Lente Estate Winery
11. Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm & Meadery
3. Township 7 Vineyards & Winery
12. Mt. Lehman Winery
4. Chaberton Estate Winery & Bacchus Bistro
13. Singletree Winery
5. Backyard Vineyards
15. Maan Farms Estate Winery
6. Glass House Estate Winery
16. Ripples Winery
14. Seaside Pearl Farmgate Winery
7. Sinocan Winery 8. Krause Berry Farms & Estate Winery 9. Blackwood Lane Vineyards & Winery
CHILLIWACK 17. Whispering Horse Winery 18. BC Urban Wine Bar
Good wine is even better when paired with the right accompaniments. Every tasting experience is intimate and unique, whether you’re sampling in person with the sommelier or you’ve bought a bottle of your favourite Fraser Valley wine to enjoy at home. Try these other local treats, eats, and sips to complement and contrast flavours and take your wine and your palate to the next level.
10. The Fort Wine Co.
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C) The Fraser Valley Cider Company 22128 16 Ave 604.427.3512 US Border fraservalleycider.ca D) Ralph’s Farm Market 22728 Fraser Hwy 604.532.3033 ralphsfarmmarket.com E) Driediger Farms Market 23823 72 Ave 604.888.1665 driedigerfarms.com F) Roots & Wings Distillery 7897 240 St 604.371.2268 rootsandwingsdistillery.ca
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B) Valley Commons #3A - 9124 Glover Rd. N 604.371.4567 valleycommons.ca
G) BC Buzz Honey 6321 248 St Q 855.722.2899 bcbuzzhoney.com
A) Milner Valley Cheese 21479 Smith Cres 604.880.8184 milnervalleycheese.com
30854 Olund Rd 604.854.6261 mtlehmancheese.ca
I) ChocolaTas Chocolates 31060 Peardonville Rd 604.504.5957 chocolatas.com J) Taves Estate Cidery 333 Gladwin Rd 604.853.3108 ext. 4 tavesestatecidery.com K) Banter Ice Cream 33660 S Fraser Way 604.300.2123 bantericecream.com L) Common Good Ice Cream Lounge 33771 George Ferguson commongoodicecream.com
M) Lepp Farm Market 33955 Clayburn Rd 604.851.5377 leppfarmmarket.com
S) Hofstede’s Country Barn 45796 Luckakuck Way 604.824.1192 hofstedes.ca
N) New Wave Distilling 3387 Tolmie Rd 604.864.1033 newwavedistilling.com
T) Kent’s Ice Cream Co. 47582 Yale Rd 604.845.1795 kentsicecreamco.ca
CHILLIWACK O) Chilliwack River Valley Natural Honey Ltd. 43476 Adams Rd 604.823.7400 US Border chilliwackhoney.com P) Local Harvest Market 7697 Lickman Rd 604.846.6006 thelocalharvest.ca Q) Smits & Co.w Farm Cheese 5787 Lickman Rd 604.824.9779 smitsandcow.com R) The Yarrow Farm Store 4540 Simmons Rd 604.798.9044 fvsp.ca/farm-store
HARRISON U) Farmhouse Natural Cheeses 5634 McCallum Rd, Agassiz 604.796.8741 farmhousecheeses.com V) Creekside Cheese and Creamery 3990 Chaplin Road, Agassiz 604.796.8485 creeksidecreamery.ca W) Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory 328 Esplanade Ave 604.491.2010 rockychoc.com
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Local Eats Our fertile soils grow more than just great grapes: The Fraser Valley is well known for its superb farmto-table dining, and many of our local restaurants and cafes strive to grow and use locally sourced ingredients in each dish placed in front of you. Whether you’re looking for an intimate dinner for two or grabbing a freshly brewed coffee and baked treat, our local eateries bring together fresh flavours and a warm atmosphere.
LANGLEY Beatniks Bistro 9194 Glover Rd 604.888.4487 beatniksbistro.com Haven Kitchen + Bar #105 - 19664 64 Ave 604.539.1131 havenlangley.com Rail and River Bistro 9273 Glover Rd 604.888.3342 railandriverbistro.com Saba Cafe and Bistro #102 - 23343 Mavis Ave #109 - 9220 Glover Rd. 778.545.0024 sabacafeandbistro.ca
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Traceycakes Bakery Café 21594 48 Ave. 604.427.1424 traceycakesonline.com
Brodeur’s Bistro 3550 Mount Lehman Rd 604.746.5900 bbistro.ca
Trading Post Eatery 9143 Glover Rd 604.343.2337 tradingpostbrewing.com
Nine. Kitchen & Lounge 2625 Montrose Ave 604.776.2443 ninedowntown.com
Wendel’s Bookstore & Cafe 9233 Glover Rd 604.513.2238 wendelsonline.com
Oldhand Coffee 2617 Pauline St 778.779.3111 oldhandcoffee.com
ABBOTSFORD Bow & Stern 2551 Montrose Ave 604.776.3474 bowandstern.ca Brambles Bistro 29985 Downes Rd 604.856.9339 tanglebank.com/bistro
Paliotti’s 33886 Essendene Ave 604.855.1888 paliottisitalianrestaurants.ca Restaurant 62 #110 - 33559 Marshall Rd 604.855.3545 restaurant62.ca
Local Eats Bow & Stern
CHILLIWACK Bravo Restaurant & Lounge 46224 Yale Rd 604.792.7721 bravorestaurant.ca Bow & Stern 46130 Yale Rd 604.392.5989 bowandstern.ca/location Cultivate Cafe 10015 Young Rd 604.402.0072 cultivatecafe.ca Curly Kale Eatery 5669 Vedder Rd 604.845.5643
Frankie’s Italian Kitchen Bar
Harvest Store & Cafe 9381 Mill St 604.392.5501 harvestonmill.ca Lakeside Beach Club 4131 Columbia Valley Rd 604.858.3374 lakesidebeachclub.ca Vita Bella Bistro 45355 Luckakuck Way 604.846.5001 vitabellabistro.com Shandhar Hut 8835 Young Rd 604.793.0188 shandharhut.com Frankie’s Italian Kitchen & Bar 7350 Vedder Rd 604.705.4222 chilliwack.frankiesitaliankitchen.ca
HARRISON Morgan’s Bistro 160 Esplanade Ave 604.491.1696 Muddy Waters Cafe 328 Esplanade Ave 604.796.5563 muddywatersharrison.business.site River’s Edge Clubhouse Restaurant 14282 Morris Valley Rd 604.491.9079 sandpiperresort.ca/clubhouse The Copper Room 100 Esplanade Avenue 604.796.2244 harrisonresort.com
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ITINERARY Festina Lente Estate Winery
Make a day of it As The Fraser Valley wine region has grown in recent years, there is so much to see and taste. We recommend making a full day, or better yet, a weekend trip to the area. Beyond wine, our farm-to-table restaurants, quaint bed and breakfasts, and ever-expanding list of beverage producers will offer something for the casual wine enthusiast to the experienced connoisseur. Follow our suggested itinerary or create your own perfect day of wine tasting. Designate a driver, or check out our list of recommended tour operators. Better yet, spend the night at one of our many accommodation options and fully immerse yourself in all The Fraser Valley has to offer!
Glass House Estate Winery
DAY 01 Have breakfast at Saba Bistro & Cafe Langley Wine tasting at Glass House Estate Winery (1) Langley Wine tasting at Festina Lente Estate Winery (2) Langley
Wine tasting at Seaside Pearl Farmgate Winery Abbotsford Have dinner at Restaurant 62 (3) Abbotsford Spend the night at Brookside Inn Boutique Hotel Abbotsford
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DAY 02 Have Breakfast at Brambles Bistro (4) Abbotsford Visit The Farm Store Chilliwack Wine Tasting at Whispering Horse Winery (5) Chilliwack Have lunch at BC Urban Wine Bar (6) Chilliwack
Grab a treat from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (7) Harrison
Cheers! The Fraser Valley is the second largest producer of wine in the province.
Have Dinner at Morgan’s Bistro Harrison Spend the night at the Bramblebank Cottages Harrison
Whispering Horse Winery TOUR OPERATORS
BC Urban Wine Bar
BEYOND BUBBLES WINE TOURS
VANCOUVER WINE TOURS
Pick Up locations throughout The Fraser Valley, including Langley, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission & Harrison Hot Springs. 604.615.0910 beyondbubbles.ca
Pick Up locations throughout The Fraser Valley, including Langley, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission, Harrison Hot Springs, & Hope. 604.789.0101 vancouverwinetour.ca
CANADIAN CRAFT TOURS
VINE & HOPS WINE & CRAFT BEER TOURS
Pick Up locations throughout The Fraser Valley, customizable to each private tour. 778.320.3409 canadiancrafttours.ca CHEW ON THIS TASTY TOURS Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Beautiful self-guided walking tours for Lower Mainland foodies No Pick-Up locations; tours start in Fort Langley. chewonthistastytours.com
Pick Up locations throughout The Fraser Valley, including Langley, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, & Mission. Harrison Hot Springs and Hope are an extra cost. 778.320.3409 vineandhops.ca SKY HELICOPTERS Tours depart from the Pitt Meadows Airport and Downtown Vancouver Harbour Heliport. 604.239.0760 skyhelicopters.ca
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CiRcle fARM Tour Escape the concrete jungle and explore local farms, meet local farmers and learn how your food goes from the farm to the table with this legendary self-guided farm tour.
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Kensington Prairie Farm
FUN fact History In 2003, Circle Farm Tour program was formed by the District of Kent for Agassiz and Harrison Mills. The original intent of this program was to encourage the development of a strong and vibrant agritourism sector in the Fraser Valley—which still stands true today.
Experience a SelfGuided Agricultural Adventure
The Back Porch
The Fraser Valley’s beautiful countryside is filled with experiences to captivate your senses and connect you with our friendly people and their agricultural roots. The Circle Farm Tour allows visitors and locals to spend an afternoon (or longer!) choosing their own agriadventure and exploring the best farms in the Valley. It can be found in the communities of Abbotsford, Agassiz & Harrison Mills, Chilliwack and Langley. Find everything here from u-pick fields, learning opportunities at working dairy farms, great local shopping for farm fresh food and more. With categories such as Farm Experience, Farm Store, Sips & Spirits, and Eateries there is a way for everyone to experience life on the farm!
Tuscan Farm Gardens
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Wine MakiNg Winemakers in the Fraser Valley are some of the best in their field, with many of our local wines being awarded on the world stage.
Best in their Field Dating back thousands of years, the practice of making wine is both an art form and a scientific process. Each winery and winemaker utilizes a different technique, style, and vision to create their perfect vintage, that keeps us pouring another glass. From planting to bottling, wine making is a strenuous yet delicate process with a sweet reward.
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wine making 1. THE GROWING SEASON Each year the cycle starts with pruning happening in late winter/ early spring. The exciting bud break comes at the start of spring leading into the rapid growth and maturity of the vines. The vineyards are managed, pruned and maintained making sure the fruit is able to ripen to the level that the winemaker is looking for their particular wine. As most of the vineyards are smaller in size, the majority of maintenance is done by hand. Constant care allows the wine team to prepare for the best time to harvest. 2. HARVESTING The winemaker has a rough plan for the grapes before they come off the vines so they will pick when the grapes are showing the right level of flavour, acid and brightness. Grapes for sparkling wine are harvested a bit earlier with a higher acidity. Red wine grapes are left to hang a bit longer to develop more tannin structure and deeper flavours. Harvesting is often done in the early and cooler part of the day and in the Fraser Valley it can start mid September depending on the season leading up to it. 3. CRUSHING & PRESSING: Next, winemakers perform the century-old tradition of stomping the grapes into what is called ‘must’. It is fun to think of winemakers jumping into a barrel of grapes and crushing grapes with their feet; however, change has presented itself as time has gone on. In the present day, you will most likely see wineries use mechanical pressers, as it is a cleaner technique. Once the grapes have been crushed, it is then time for the pressing process. Until this point creating white and red wine is the same. However, when a winemaker is making their white wine, they quickly press the must to separate the juice from the skin and seeds. Doing so will stop unwanted colour (from the grape skins) and tannins from leaking into the white wine. Red wine keeps in contact with the skin and seeds to create that beautiful red tone. Today, most wineries use a mechanical crusher/destemmer or press. 4. FERMENTATION Simply put, yeast reacts with the natural sugars in the grapes to convert that sugar into alcohol. During this process, winemakers will take yeast and add it into the crushed and pressed grape juice, which forces fermentation. The process can take anywhere from 12 days, to multiple months; it is significantly dependent on how sweet the maker wants their wine to be and its overall taste. 5. AGING AND BOTTLING Once the wine is done fermenting, the winemaker will choose to age it in a barrel developing more flavour and giving the tannin some time to soften. White wines are often not aged in barrels and therefore are usually the first wine of a new vintage to be released. Once the winemaker deems it ready, the wine will be bottled. Some wineries age their wine in bottle before releasing, some will release soon after bottling.
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Whether you are looking for a luxurious suite, family-friendly accommodations you will find it in the Fraser Valley. TAXES A federal goods and services tax (GST) of 5% and a provincial sales tax (PST) of 7% are applicable on most purchased goods and services. In some municipalities, there is an additional hotel room tax of up to 3% as well. AIRPORT The Abbotsford International Airport (YXX) is the primary airport in the Fraser Valley region. With its central location, it is a quick, hassle-free alternative to the Vancouver International Airport for both Fraser Valley and north of the Fraser communities. BORDER CROSSINGS There are two border crossings in the Fraser Valley that can be used to enter Canada from the United States; the Abbotsford––Sumas border as well as the Lynden––Aldergrove Border Crossing. More information can be found at: cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/travel-voyage/gbi-rgf-eng.html
CAR RENTALS The Fraser Valley is home to a variety of car rental companies to meet your needs in exploring our communities. PASSPORTS All international persons who enter Canada from any foreign destination by air, land or sea are required to have a valid passport and may also require a visa. US citizens entering Canada are not required to present a passport, however you should carry proof of citizenship such as a birth certificate, certificate of citizenship or naturalization, as well as photo ID. More information can be found at: cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/travel-voyage/ivc-rnc-eng.html GET A PIC OF THIS!
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