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Address: 1230 Merridale Road, Cobble Hill, British Columbia V0R 1L0, Canada
Phone Number: +1 800-998-9908
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11:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Merridale is a delicious destination in the Cowichan Valley-an apple...

Merridale is a delicious destination in the Cowichan Valley-an apple orchard, craft cider house, small batch distillery, and wedding and event venue. Learn about the production of cider and spirits through a tour. Stroll the orchard while the kids search for faeries living amongst the cider apple trees, and then step up to the tasting bar for a guided tasting of our cider, spirits, or fortified ciders. Shop for local artisan items in the farmhouse store. Celebrate a special occasion with family and friends at a unique and beautiful venue. Experience glamping on Vancouver Island with a stay in one of our yurts. Check our website for upcoming special events, like our Sunday Pizza Nights. Pets are welcome! In our bistro, enjoy local cuisine, a large patio overlooking our orchard, and, of course, apple cider hand-crafted just steps from the bistro's kitchen. This authentic Vancouver Island restaurant combines cider pairings and seasonal menu items inspired by nearby Cowichan Valley farmers, vintners, and cheese-makers. Bring home delicious baked goods made fresh that morning in our brick oven. Merridale is located in Cobble Hill, in the Cowichan Valley, on the southeast coast of Vancouver Island, about 40 minutes north of Victoria and 1 hour and 20 minutes south of Nanaimo. Open daily.

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Interesting Self Guided Tour

We visited off season and took a self guided tour. Signage is well done. They have beautiful grounds. Their gift shop and restaurant are worth a visit. We plan to return here... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
kpatters
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Edmonton, Canada
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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited off season and took a self guided tour. Signage is well done. They have beautiful grounds. Their gift shop and restaurant are worth a visit. We plan to return here in the summer. Their cider and brandy is tasty.

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edmonton
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Every time we vacation on Vancouver Island we make a point to stop for the cider tasting at Merridale, the cider is always crisp and the self guided tour is always a great way to get into the cider sampling mood.

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California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

We planned our visit with friends to coincide with lunch and enjoyed both the food and a cider tasting. I have to admit I prefer wine to cider, but Merridale has a wide range of cider and the very dry cider was right to my taste. We also tried one of their cocktail flights...very tasty! We were also lucky enough... More 

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Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

I have enjoyed Merridale with my husband, with a couple friends or as a big organized group/tour. The grounds are lovely, very tranquil in the countryside. The atmosphere is joyful, most people are pretty darn happy, especially after a tasting! Don't miss out on this gem in the Cowichan Valley!

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Saint Croix Falls, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

Merridale Cider is a well kept place. Grounds are nice and orderly. Staff concentrates on groups or high end purchasers, couples can wait. Very chatty. Purchased a Merri Berri and a Cyser. Both were fair.

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

Thank-you Ronnie, Matt and Jackie for your awesome hospitality to our group of 10 wine-touring ladies. You were our first stop and our best stop! The grounds at Merridale are absolutely stunning, the cider delicious, and the kind and fun staff are just the cherry on top. I've been many times and plan to be many more. Thanks again!

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Newmarket, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Visited on a sunny day and enjoyed the mussels along with the cider taster flight. Would probably up the volume from 1 oz to 2 ( like wine tastings) but aside from that, everything else was fantastic.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

We walked around the place by ourselves and got a good sense of a very agreeable place. The orchards are beautifully kept, and the cider operation looks first rate. There is also a distillery on the premises, focused on making apple brandy. Both children and adults will enjoy visiting this place.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed a lovely lunch at Merridale. It is a little off the beaten path (I have to admit that we have lived in Victoria for a decade and don't venture up north nearly often enough) but so worth it. While the wait staff seemed a bit disorganized to begin with, our server more than made up for it. A... More 

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Merridale C, Guest Relations Manager at Merridale Ciderworks, responded to this review

We are so glad you enjoyed your Merridale experience when you visited. We’re definitely a bit hidden – nestled in Cobble Hill in the beautiful Cowichan Valley. Thank you for taking the time to post this review on the great service you received during your stay, and we’ll hopefully see you again soon. More 

Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

We visited to taste and buy some cider. Lovely stuff! You can buy bottles but we brought my son-in-law's growler to refill. Worth the trip!

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Merridale C, Guest Relations Manager at Merridale Ciderworks, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping by Merridale and posting this great review. We’re glad you enjoyed trying our craft ciders, enough to get a growler fill to take home! We sell growlers here as well if you’re ever interested in getting your own. Next time you visit you’ll have to try a cocktail flight or our G&T Mixologist, both using our craft... More 

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