A great afternoon adventure from Vancouver.
I’ve explored wineries in BC from as far North as Lillooet and as South as Osoyoos, and West to Vancouver Island but the easiest wineries for me to visit are just a 45 minute drive away in Langley. You could say that they are right in our backyard and todays wine adventure is at Backyard Vineyards. Open since 2009 Backyard Vineyards has won over 30 awards in its short 5 years and you don’t have to give up a weekend to visit them. In fact this is not my first time at the winery, as part of my first adventures I visited them with Rebecca Bollwitt aka Miss604 and was quite impressed. One thing that really stood out for me from that adventure was that they made their sparkling wine in the Method Champagne way from hand. I’ve decided to revisit them to see what’s new, after all they are just in my backyard.
Getting to Backyard Vineyards is easy, they can be found at 3033 – 232nd Street, Langley a short drive off the Trans Canada Highway. Aside from the winery itself the first thing I see at Backyard Vineyards is the massive covered picnic area. This is definitely new since I was last here and I bet it is the place to hang out during the summer months when they host wine maker dinners and other such events. A great view looking back towards the vineyard as well from this picnic area.
The wine shop and tasting room itself hasn’t changed much. It is still a warm and inviting room with plenty of stock on the shelves. With rustic charm and plenty of seating the wine shop is a great place to bring your friends on a wine tour. Sit at one of the Wine Barrel table tops, sip a glass of wine and be amazed at the wine they are making in the Fraser Valley.
instead of having my tasting in the in the wine shop, winemaker James Cambridge and I head out to the vineyard and enjoy a glass in the fields. James chose three wines for me to try the first being their Blanc de Noir Brut then we try the 2013 Riesling ad last we try my first port styled wine of this tour the NV Porch. Every day should start with some sparkling and all the fruit for the Blanc de Noir Brut is grown in the Fraser Valley, as for the Porch, if you enjoy Port you will enjoy this Fraser Valley homage to it.
- Is wine tasting free? a nominal fee that is waived when you purchase a bottle or two.
- Can you eat on site? yes they have a small tasting menu that is perfect to pair with their wines
- Where can I buy these wines? Of course you can buy them at the wine shop itself, at many fine stores in BC and Alberta or you can also order them online.
- Are they on Facebook and Twitter? Yes you can follow them on Twitter and on Facebook.
What a treat and they are only 45 minutes from Vancouver. A perfect Saturday or Sunday afternoon, hop in the car with some friends and drive to Langley. Visit Backyard Vineyards or one of the other 3 wineries. Try some wine, pick up a few bottles then perhaps drive into Fort Langley for lunch along the river or a tour of the Fort itself. Whatever you decide to do with your day I can guarantee it will be enjoyable and you may be surprised at how good the wines are right in your own backyard.
Thanks to the Wines Of BC for their assistance in helping to plan and organize this adventure. Start planning your next trip to BC wine country to discover the beauty and diversity of the Wines of British Columbia. There’s excellent resources with information on the province’s wine regions and what grows there. After visiting, relive your experience by picking up a bottle (or a case) at a BC VQA Wine Store.