If you are visiting Vancouver (or if you live in the Southwest British Columbia) and you fancy a fun, relaxing day tasting wine, one of the best places to visit is Langley in the Fraser Valley. Langley is less than an hour from Vancouver so it is a very easy area to visit from the city. However as the wineries are located out in the countryside it feels like a world away from the metropolitan areas nearby.
We visited these Langley vineyards in the summer just after we were fully vaccinated and things were starting to open up. It was so lovely to see friends and try some wines. All the vineyards had options for guests to relax outside so it felt relatively safe for covid-19.
I’ve included the details about our self-guided wine tour below; So you can easily create your own wine adventure. I organized this by calling each of the wineries to book tastings, then driving my friends between each one. This was all booked at the last minute, but even the places that didn’t have any bookings available found ways to fit us in.
These were the 5 Langley vineyards we visited:
- Vista d’oro
- Township 7
- Festina Lente Estate Winery and Meadery
- Backyard vineyards
- Chambertin estate winery
Map of Langley wineries
Wineries in Langley are great if you have a dog!
Firstly (and most importantly for us as our friends have a puppy), before we visited I called each of the vineyards to check if it was okay to bring a dog with us. It turns out all of them were very dog friendly! Dotty was welcome everywhere; She just wasn’t allowed in the tasting room at Backyard Vineyards. If you need to see more of Dotty, she has her own instagram.
Location: 346 208 St, Langley Twp, BC V2Z 1T6
Cost for tasting: $10
Our first stop was at Vista d’oro. This vineyard is surrounded by fields on one side and Campbell Valley Regional Park on the other so it feels like a million miles away from the city. The wine tastings take place outside on picnic tables. They had a tent up for us, just in case it rains. For the tasting, they had a choice of 13 wines (or 3 ciders). You get to select 5 that you’d like to try. So between 4 tastings, we managed to taste almost everything. They have whites, reds, orange, rose and even fortified wines. Marc and I loved their fortified walnut wine best.
In addition to the drinks, the lovely shop at Vista d’oro sells farm produce, as well as jams and chutneys. I LOVED their raspberry, merlot and peppercorn jam.
If you need to soak up the wine/cider, there is a food truck parked at next to the shop that serves pizzams. These are a bit like pizzas, but rather than tomato sauce, they use their fantastic artisanal jams along with decent cheese and fresh toppings. We tried fig & walnut wine jam with prosciutto and blue cheese. Our friends also ordered the tomato and chili jam with chorizo and peppercorn goat gouda. Each pizzam was topped with salad and edible flowers from the farm. They were so, so good!
Location: 21152 16th Ave, Langley, BC
Cost for tasting: $7 or $15 (depending on how fancy the wine is)
This is another beautiful location with the wine tasting building right next to the vines. We were unable to book a tasting at Township 7 BUT they had plenty of space in their picnic area. So we bought several glasses of wine in carafes, and then set up our own mini tasting session.
They can provide small laminated cards with tasting notes, so this works really well if they can’t fit you in for an official tasting. I loved that they were set up to be accommodating for last minute drop-ins like us. They sell light snacks (and you are welcome to bring your own food to the picnic area.)
Dotty the puppy loved Township 7 as there were a few groups of ladies who lavished her with attention…and she could walk between the vines and sniff everything.
Festina Lente Estate Winery and Meadery
Location: 21113 16 Ave, Langley, BC (opposite Township 7)
Cost for tasting: $10
Now for something a little different! Festine Lente sells mead, but it is different to any mead I have had in the UK (which was sweeter and stronger.) This mead was more like normal wine; It is just made with honey rather than grapes! The wines are white, but like reds they can age and become more complex. It was really interesting to try them.
Plus, if you visit, you’ll get to meet their honey bear.
For their wine tastings, you get to choose 4 different meads. The one that Marc and I loved best was their spiced mead. It seemed like it would be a perfect drink for Christmas.
Dogs are VERY welcome here! They even gave dotty a flight of doggy treats. All the staff popped out to give her some pets so they showed that this is a great spot to visit with your furry friends.
Pop up Pizza
Pizza goes so well with wine! We loved the pizzas for sale at Festine Lente. There were 7 tasty sounding 10″ pizzas for $15 each. They kept forgetting us (or giving our pizza to other tables…) but we received all our orders eventually. It was worth the wait in the end.
Location: 3033 232 St, Langley, BC V2Z 3A8
Cost for tasting: $10-$15 Per Person
Our next stop was Backyard vineyards. You must book a reservation for a tasting here. However if you can’t get a booking, you can buy a glass of wine to drink in their picnic area. The only downside to Backyard Vineyards is you can’t bring your puppy into the tasting area. She was welcome in the picnic area though, and they sell doggy treats.
Each guest gets to choose 4 wines to taste. We booked the $10 tour, but they allowed each of us to try one of the pricier wines as well. Marc and I bought several bottles here, but my favourite was the sparkling rose.
We all really like the atmosphere here, so we bought an extra glass of vino after the tasting so we could stay for longer drinking in the picnic area.
Chambertin estate winery
Location:1064 216 St, Langley, BC V2Z 1R3
Cost for tasting: $10 for a tasting, or for a flight of wine to try.
Our final stop of the day was the Chambertin estate winery which had the most delightful garden to relax in and try their wines. We chose to order flights of wines. You get to choose 4 of the wines they have open, so it is likely to be different each time you visit. This is the oldest winery in Langley (and the Fraser Valley) so they have more mature vines that create some gorgeous wines. I would also quite like to go back and try eating at their Bistro.
The picnic area feels like an English pub garden. If you are from the UK and miss drinking in pretty pub gardens, you will love it. They have sun shades too so us light skinned folk could avoid turning as pink as their rose wines.
Although we didn’t have an official tasting at Chaberton winery, this was my favourite place out of the five vineyards to chill out and chat.
Visit all the Wineries in Langley!
In the end I am a bit sad that it took us so long to visit these wineries that are so close to Vancouver! We always love road trips out to the Okanagan; But we are also really lucky to have such great wine so near home! What do you think? If you visit Vancouver or BC, do you like the idea of exploring the local vineyards?
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