30 Day Adventures # 11 A day with Miss 604 at Some Langley Wineries

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Vista D’Oro, Neck of the Woods, and Township 7. I’ll be back!

When I launched 30 Day Adventures one of the first people to come up to me with some ideas was Rebecca Bollwitt (aka Miss 604). Many of you have read her blog and I thought a great adventure would be to spend a day with her and see what it’s like to hang out with one of the best-known bloggers in Vancouver. So we chose to spend our day touring some wineries in Langley. Yes once again this Yaletown boy has left downtown Vancouver and ventured out to the burbs. Boy am I glad I did, what a fun day.

We visited 3 different wineries and enjoyed something special at each. Here begins the adventure…

What's a road trip without a pic of the driver

We started at Vista D’Oro (means view of gold) and we were greeted by Lee and Patrick, proprietors. They treated us to a spectacular start of the day. Scones, preserves, wine tasting and a tour of the farm. Check out the photos. Some are my own but most of the best ones were taken by Rebecca.

Vista D'Oro

Lee and Rebecca at Vista D'Oro

Vista D'Oro preserves a must taste

Vista D'Oro a little slice of scones and heaven on the farm

Vista D'Oro every vineyard needs a dog and this Paris is famous

Vista D'Oro in the packaging room

Vista D'Oro the original dairy barn

Vista D'Oro nature is everywhere

Vista D'Oro what's a farm without horses

As a special treat we were invited into the old dairy barn shown above where a family of Barn Owls live. We tried hard to get a pic and this is the best we could get but we saw three beautiful creatures and it brought Goosebumps to Lee as she thought there were only 2!

If you look close you can see the Barn Owl eyes

We said our goodbyes to Lee with a promise to visit again. Seriously, we both said we could have spent a weekend there. Hint hint Lee put in a B&B Smile

Off we went to stop #2 Neck Of The Woods to see Trent and Sue.

Neck of the Woods

Our hosts at Neck of the Woods Trent and Sue

One of the wines that Neck Of The Woods is known for is their Blanc de Noir Brut which is what we started with. How very civilized wouldn’t you say? Trent then gave us a quick tour of the vineyard and the production facilities where we were able to see that they were only a day away from bottling a new year of their sparkling.Neck of the Woods look at those beautiful vines

Neck of the Woods just preparing to bottle some sparkling

Neck of the Woods does all their riddling by hand for their sparkling wine, a 5 week process

Tour done it was time to taste some wines! Neck of the Woods has a fairly large tasting room suitable for a large crowd and they even have a nice tasting bar. One of their favourites is a line of chocolates made just for pairing with wines called Brix.

Getting schooled on some of the finer points of the wines at Neck of the Woods

Neck of the Woods what's a wine tasting without cheese and chocoloates

Brix special chocolate perfect for pairing with wines

For our last stop of the day we visited Township 7. When friends Kristine and Maryanne of Urban Life Media heard we were in their hood they joined us for a glass of vino. What better place to join us than Township 7.

In talking with Cindy (Langley Wine Shop Mgr)  it was clear that Township 7 is not just a winery but also an anchor in the community. They host multiple events each year ranging from Easter egg hunts, Father’s Day festivities, to a Calgary Stampede themed event (see video). We grabbed a glass of wine, headed to a picnic table and enjoyed sitting in the sun and shared some stories.

Township 7 family of wines

Township 7 celebrates the Calgary Stampede at the Vineyard

Township 7 is the official wine for the Calgary Stampede

Sipping wine

Township 7 in front of the Tasting Room

Kristine Cindy Maryanne and Rebecca at Township 7

Township 7 uses roses as a method of pest control

A memorial bench and 8o year old vines

Memorial bench inscription

A fantastic day and only 1 hour out of the Downtown core. You can bet I will be going back. To help you experience a taste of what I enjoyed I’ve a give away for you courtesy of the wineries. I’ll be giving away a gift basket with a treat from each winery visited.

  1. Vista D’Oro preserves (4 in total)
  2. Neck Of The Woods Blanc de Noir Brut + a box of Brix chocolates
  3. Township 7 a bottle of each of the special Calgary Stampede wines.

To enter to win this Langley prize pack here’s how to enter: Draw will take place at noon on Friday June 22nd.

  1. Comment in this blog post about your favourite Langley Wine or Winery that you would like to experience (1 entry)
  2. Tweet the following (1 entry)

RT to enter to win a Langley Wine Pkg from @Vistadoro @neckofthewood @township7 & @amuse_events #30DayAdventures http://ow.ly/bwP9i

I’m not sure what my next adventure will be so stay tuned and I hope you enjoy some adventure today!

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Marc Smith is a single, 45-year-old, gay urbanite, living in high-rise heaven in Vancouver’s chic Yaletown neighbourhood. After a ten-year career as one of Vancouver’s pre-eminent event planners, he decided it was time for a change and posted on his Facebook page “I am ready for a change. What shall I do with my life?” 30 Day Adventures was born from that status update.

16 Comments

  1. I was lucky enough to spend my Mother’s Day at Township 7…with a picnic supplied by the winery and a lovely glass of their Merlot it was a happy Mother’s Day indeed!

  2. Thank you for reminding us we have some wonderful wineries right here in our backyard. I think that is a wonderful way to spend a day, it would be even more fun to get a group of 8 friends and rent a mini bus and driver (Safety first) and visit them all.

  3. What a great adventure! Yum this is right up my alley!! As a momwhoneedswine, do you deliver if I win?! ;). The next time I’m on the Coast I will be checking out these wineries! Thanks Marc!

  4. Kelly Clarke on

    My friend and I went to Fort Wine Company – which only has fruit wines. We had a lovely time, did a tasting and had a yummy cheese plate. I loved the Keremeos Fruit Stand wine as well as Bite Me which is made of strawberries and has this great sweet then tart quality. I’d love to get out to the rest of them but being transit bound means I don’t make it to Langley that often.

    Here’s their website:
    http://www.thefortwineco.com/

  5. I love Domaine de Chaberton’s wines. Even though I live in Langley, I’ve never actually visited any of the wineries here before, which is a huge shame. That’s something I can hopefully accomplish at some point this summer.

  6. Township 7 is my fave winery! We went last summer and the farmer’s market was happening that afternoon too! I’m now a huge fan of the Township7 Viognier – YUM! :)

  7. For me, Vista D’Oro is the standout amongst the Langley’s wineries I’ve visited. I love the cozy country atmosphere of the place and their walnut wine is incredible. I’ve never tasted anything else quite like it. I haven’t yet tried Neck of the Woods’ products and am intrigued by that chocolate you mentioned!

  8. I haven’t visited any of the Langley wineries yet, but I’ve been to Township 7 in the Okanagan, and I love their viognier!

  9. I bought my parents a groupon for tasting at Neck-of-The-Woods, but they didn’t take me along! I’ve been meaning to go ever since, but I always seem to end up driving right past Langley to the treasures of the Naramata Bench.

  10. I think it’s Neck of the Woods, but it’s a very tough choice. So much good wine in B.C.

  11. I’ve actually never explored wineries out here. I’ve gone to Kelowna and Naramata… but good thought! Township 7 is a label I recognize and would love to try something of theirs. Maybe the Centennial Selection Chardonnay because I’m hitting up the Stampede this year!!

  12. I would really like to visit Blackwood Lane wineries or Neck of the Woods (just because I like the name!)