|The first release
of Averill Creek wines will be the fruition of many years of hopes,
dreams, and hard work, says winemaker and vineyard owner Andy Johnston.
The Okanagan was appealing, but with most of the good vineyard land
already taken, Andy was next drawn to Vancouver Island, in particular
to the Cowichan Valley. This valley in the rain shadow of the Olympic
Peninsula and the Malahat has long dry summers and very good grape-growing
soils; deep, with well-drained sand and gravel.
Pinot Gris: This wine is a complex fruity mouthful, with peach and
citrus overtones. It was barrel fermented and has gone through malo/lactic
fermentation. It was in neutral French oak for eight months.
Pinot Noir: This wine is the first release of Averill Creek Pinot
Noir. It was produced from third-year fruit, and reflects the youth
of the vines. The wine is elegant, with soft fruit on the palate.
The nose is very typical of Cowichan Pinots, redolent of plums and
black cherry aromas.
Gewurztraminer: A very Alsatian style of wine, with spice, perfume
and peaches on the nose. Soft and full on the palat, but showing complexity
and mouth-filling flavours. Stainless steel fermented with no barrel
Hours of Operation:
Summer: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Friday - Sunday.
We welcome appointments as well.
Averill Creek Vineyard
6552 North Road