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Small Group Wine & Food Tour to the Cowichan Valley
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Small Group Wine & Food Tour to the Cowichan Valley

By Island Time Tours
Recommended by 98% of travellers
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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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C$159.00
per adult
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C$159.00
per adult

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Ages 19-99, max of 6 per group
Duration:6h
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Ticket type:Mobile
English

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.
  • 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.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • 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
  • Service dogs only with proof of License and must be in uniform and working
  • Most travellers can participate
  • 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.

A note from Small Group Wine & Food Tour to the Cowichan Valley
  • Mask mandates are currently optional.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

How much is Small Group Wine & Food Tour to the Cowichan Valley?
Small Group Wine & Food Tour to the Cowichan Valley price starts from C$158.19. Discover and book Small Group Wine & Food Tour to the Cowichan Valley on Tripadvisor
What is the Small Group Wine & Food Tour to the Cowichan Valley cancellation policy?
Small Group Wine & Food Tour to the 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 Small Group Wine & Food Tour to the Cowichan Valley on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Small Group Wine & Food Tour to the Cowichan Valley?
Small Group Wine & Food Tour to the Cowichan Valley is hosted by Island Time Tours. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Island Time Tours on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Small Group Wine & Food Tour to the 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

Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
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    Vancouver Island
    Stop: 40 minutes
    This tour offers sightseeing, history and points of interest along the route to wine country. Stunning views as we climb the Malahat Mountain range. Passing through old growth forest and stopping at the summit for an amazing picturesque view of the Saanich Inlet, Gulf Island and San Juan Islands (Salish Sea) Our destination is the Cowichan Valley translated by local First Nations this ares is called "the warm land". This tour offers amazing views as we climb the Malahat Mountain range. Time for a few pictures as your driver/guide shares the history along route while referring to many points of interest along the way. This is a fast paced day with plans to enjoy tastings at 3 wineries, a picnic lunch at one, time to explore and shop in Cowichan Bay and stop for that perfect picture along the way. Let's go!
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

W9007DJcw
W9007DJcw
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Fantastic tour
We had a great time. John, our driver was fantastic! Communication was great from start to finish and could not of
Abroadtraveling
Abroadtraveling
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Fabulous Wine Tour of the Cowichan Valley
Sharing the day with friends was the best part of the day. Colleen, you were a lot of fun as our tour guide and you
irenedS4458AX
irenedS4458AX
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Malahat tour
Pick up was on time. Driver was also very knowledgeable and courteous. I do feel the fee is slightly steep.
stepheneH5980UE
stepheneH5980UE
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Fun Excursion - Easy to book
We would go on this tour again. The ticket for the SkyWalk came with the trip up there. Jim was a good guy and kn
NoemiP420
NoemiP420
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Fantastic!
John, the driver, was very kind and funny. He adapted the tour to our small group. The Malahat SkyWalk is a must-
798darlened
798darlened
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Great tour
Colleen was friendly and knowledgeable about the area. She gave us some great tips for the rest of the visit. Malah
Meghan M
Meghan M
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Great day in the Cowichan Valley
A fantastic way to spend a day in the Cowichan Valley. “Captain” John was an entertaining, informative guide. The s
claramarie15
claramarie15
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Travelling to New Heights in Body and Mind.
As I was approaching the structure, seeing at first glance the tower through the trees was a breathtaking experienc
jadewhite21
jadewhite21
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Perfect day!
John was so lovely, we had such a great time! The only two on the trip and we were really well looked after, loved
RSistersNYC
RSistersNYC
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The Malahat Skywalk is worth seeing!
The driver was very kind and knowledgeable. The drive out to the Malahat Skywalk was beautiful. The Malahat Skywa
CarmBoryca
CarmBoryca
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Malahat Skywalk a Must See
The Malahat Skywalk is a must while in the Victoria area! The van ride enjoyable & comfortable thanks to our drive
myra080821
myra080821
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Awesome Experience!
Awesome experience for me and my family. It was easy to book a reservation with Island Tours. Everything you need t
Chris P
Chris P
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Absolutely amazing excursion!!!
What a great trip! Colleen, our guide, was awesome. Funny and interesting, shared lots of great stories on the dr
stC1096TG
stC1096TG
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Very convenient
It was super easy to use Island Time to get to the Skywalk without having to worry about renting a car. There was p
wesamtmostadi
wesamtmostadi
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One of a kind
The views were excellent! You'll really feel closer to nature. It was a very unique experience. Wendy, our guide
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Sarah B
1 contribution
Aug. 2020
Our tour guide Colleen was excellent. She was very organized, informative and fun. She did a great job with the Covid precautions, providing sanitization before and after entering the vehicle. She knew the history of all the wineries extremely well, including the owners. The minibus was super comfortable and spacious for 6 of us. I would definitely do this with her again!
Written September 15, 2020
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Kareen M
Victoria Capital Regional District, Canada3 contributions
Oct. 2020
Colleen was so informative and gave such great commentary along the route. All 3 Wineries we visited were ready for us and made us feel right at home. Even though it rained our whole journey we were well taken care of with blankets, umbrellas and a really nice Island lunch. Highly recommend this tour and thanks Colleen for making us feel safe and the extra to get us home in the rain was very much appreciated!
Written October 11, 2020
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Jennifer S
1 contribution
Nov. 2020
This was a wonderful day, our group of four enjoyed every minute.

Colleen is very knowledgeable, not only about wine but about the area. We learned so much. The wineries were unique and we all found something to take home. The provided lunch was delicious and we were able to enjoy it in a beautiful location.

Do not hesitate to take this tour in you are in the area.
Written November 12, 2020
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Johan
Vastervik, Sweden1 contribution
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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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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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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Marguerite S
Kingston, Canada450 contributions
Jun. 2022
Colleen the owner/operator & our tour guide for the day was excellent. Very friendly, good sense of humour & pleasant with all the tourists. Very well known & respected by all the Winery Owners/Operators that we visited this day. The little special lunch kits that she provided during our stop at Blue Grouse were very well received & enjoyed by all the patrons. Excellent Very different presentation & very tasty food to enjoy during the excellent wine tasting. All the wineries that we visited this day, all had their own special blends, very different selections & varieties to choose from. Had a perfect day to enjoy the wineries, the pleasant scenery & drive along the coastline. Colleen certainly takes it to the next level to ensure you have a full day & enjoy the experience. Great most enjoyable bus tour, a great day to see some of the countryside & also their local businesses.
Written July 4, 2022
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Colleen B
Hey, brings a smile to my face for all the kind words and so happy you enjoyed your day out! Hope we'll see you again in near future. cheers
Written July 7, 2022
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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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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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