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Indulge in a Wine & Food & Farms (Cheese) Tour - Cowichan Valley
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Indulge in a Wine & Food & Farms (Cheese) Tour - Cowichan Valley

By Island Time Tours
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About
Explore Vancouver Island’s Cowichan Valley with this small-group tour, limited to 14 people. Travel through scenic landscapes—including through a rainforest and past the Malahat mountain range—to several family-owned wineries. Enjoy tastings of both local wines and hard cider, as well as a farm-to-table lunch, and meet winery owners and winemakers along the way.
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Ages 19-99, max of 6 per group
Duration: 6h
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Half-day tour of Vancouver Island's Cowichan Valley wine region
  • Visit local wineries and enjoy wine tastings at each, as well as cider and lunch
  • Small-group tour (maximum 14): Ensures a personal experience
  • Hassle-free pickup and drop-off from your Victoria hotel

  • Driver/guide
  • 3 wineries with tastings/fees at each stop. (Fri-Sun CHEESE FARM , tastings when available)
  • Seasonal picnic lunch filled with local delights. Diet concerns not an issue with 24 hour notice.
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Ever wanted to pop the top off a sparkling wine? Pay the day of experiece $30 to your guide/ you share the bottle of wine with pals.


Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • We depart our first location at 9:45am. The Hotel Grand Pacific. Due to new bike lanes we have limited access to many hotels and traffic issues. We have chosen several different areas to pick up, covering 4 quadrants of downtown. * Hotel Grand Pacific is our first departure point * Clipper Ferry Terminal parking area * Royal BC Museum (out front of Museum entrance, on Belleville street, please be on the sidewalk area) * Double Tree Hilton or Marriott (next door to each other first reservation will meet at that hotel we will advise you prior if you pick this option) No luggage or storage in our vehicles. (walkers or wheelchairs for example we have zero storage) Anything you bring must fit on your lap or at your feet. Local groups of 6 please call our office for a flexible pickup location.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 24251P1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 24 hour notice Vegan/Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Must be 19 years or older to join tour and taste wine
  • Groups of 6 or less
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Service dogs only with proof of License and must be in uniform and working
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

How much is Indulge in a Wine & Food & Farms (Cheese) Tour - Cowichan Valley?
Indulge in a Wine & Food & Farms (Cheese) Tour - Cowichan Valley price starts from C$161.42. Discover and book Indulge in a Wine & Food & Farms (Cheese) Tour - Cowichan Valley on Tripadvisor
What is the Indulge in a Wine & Food & Farms (Cheese) Tour - Cowichan Valley cancellation policy?
Indulge in a Wine & Food & Farms (Cheese) Tour - Cowichan Valley cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Indulge in a Wine & Food & Farms (Cheese) Tour - Cowichan Valley on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Indulge in a Wine & Food & Farms (Cheese) Tour - Cowichan Valley?
Indulge in a Wine & Food & Farms (Cheese) Tour - Cowichan Valley is hosted by Island Time Tours. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Island Time Tours on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Indulge in a Wine & Food & Farms (Cheese) Tour - Cowichan Valley on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 24251P1

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pat
2 contributions
Oct. 2020
Our tour guide, Colleen was excellent! Colleen shared her knowledge about the history of wineries and wine making on Vancouver Island. On the drive up we stopped at a beautiful viewpoint on the Malahat to enjoy the view and take pictures. We visited three excellent wineries and sampled some really good local wine. We enjoyed a lovely picnic lunch that included local meats and cheeses. Colleen provided everything we needed for the perfect day! I would highly recommend this tour. Thank you Colleen for a fabulous tour!
Written October 26, 2020
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haleylaboucane
5 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Friends
This was an incredible wine tour, with a Suprise stop at a beautiful family run farm for fresh cheese, We were talking about this as the highlight of our weekend. Three stops to absolutely BEAUTIFUL winery's, I don't even drink wine and I had a blast, and even bought a bottle. If you don't like wine it doesn't even matter there is something for everyone. Coleen created a unique experience one I will never forget
Written September 5, 2023
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CICILOVE123
Victoria, Canada10 contributions
Aug. 2020 • Couples
My husband and I live in Victoria and the cowichan valley wineries was on our list of things to do. Our guide, Colleen was so informative (even for us locals!), we learnt so much about the area/wineries and made sure we were all enjoying ourselves while keeping the standard of safety high (covid precautions). We highly recommend doing this tour as Colleen as your guide! :)
Written August 12, 2020
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Johan
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Colleen picked us up at our hotel downtown and then took us up to the Cowichan Valley. The drive was about an hour but it went super fast due to that Colleen talked about Victoria, the Cowichan Valley and much more - such a good guide! We went to three different wineries (first one was my favorite - such a little hidden gem) and all were very nice and had tasty wines. On the second stop Colleen had pick-up some lunch that was just perfect and hit the spot. After our last stop before we were heading back to Victoria Colleen had fixed Chocolate Chip Cookies, yummy!!

It was beautiful views both while driving and at the wineries.

If you like wine, food and beautiful views this tour is a must if you are visiting Victoria.

Thanks again for wonderful your Colleen!
Written September 9, 2021
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Myriam R
Varennes, Canada7 contributions
Sep. 2020 • Friends
Wow ! Today was the highlight of my trip! We had such a wonderful time.

The safety measure was effective and didn't take away from the experience.
We had the time to do four wineries and they all had something special. Colleen our guide was super knowledgeable and made us feel entertain. The lunch and snacks was amazing!

Overall a perfect day! Thank you again!
Written September 19, 2020
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Nicole G
2 contributions
Sep. 2020
We had a fantastic day with Island Time Tours on the small group wine & food tour! As locals, we don't often get the chance to learn about our island and it was awesome. Colleen was a great tour guide, and had excellent COVID-19 protocols in place, ensuring our health & safety to be a number one priority at all times. She was very knowledgable about the region we visited, and we learned lots. The wineries were incredible, our personal favourite being the Venturi Schulze. The picnic lunch was also stellar. We will definitely be doing this again! 5/5 Star Review
Written September 4, 2020
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Nicole A
2 contributions
Oct. 2020
Colleen was a wonderful host and tour guide, extremely knowledgeable and friendly! We visited 3 wineries, each with their own unique qualities and offerings. The little picnic-style lunch was extremely tasty and filling. She even made sure to adapt my lunch to my lactose-intolerance. I would most certainly book a tour again with Colleen!
Written October 26, 2020
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Laurel C.
1 contribution
Sep. 2020
I had an absolutely wonderful experience with Island Time Tours! Our tour guide Colleen was so prepared, she provided everything we needed to have a comfortable experience. She was super friendly, had tons of knowledge about Victoria, and Cowichan Valley wine-making history! We saw beautiful wineries, and everywhere we went was super welcoming. The wines were all amazing! I definitely recommend this tour.
Written October 15, 2020
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James & Kesslyn Tench
Healy, AK5 contributions
Jul. 2022 • Couples
This was a great trip. We had a great group. We visited 3 wineries starting with Venturi-Schulze then Blue Grouse where we had an excellent picnic lunch with our wine tasting and we finished at Zanata. Coleen the owner of the tour company was the driver. She was great and very knowledgeable about the wines and the area.
Written July 20, 2022
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Laura V
1 contribution
Oct. 2023 • Family
Highly recommend! The highlight of our three night Victoria trip. Getting to meet and taste wine from winemakers that are also growers was an unexpected treat. My husband and I don't care for wine but managed to fall in love and buy a few, along with other locally made goodies. (Very excited to open up the bottle of Blackberry Port. So good.)

The countryside in Autumn was stunning, and so were the views from the lookout point. Photos do not do it justice.

The owner drove us and she is very informative, and it's obvious she gets pleasure from talking about the history of the island.

Next trip we will be taking the Cider Tour!
Written October 30, 2023
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