Sip and Swirl at these Six Wineries
June 29, 2019
Not every wine adventure needs to be a road trip. Abbotsford is a thriving agricultural hub in British Columbia and is home to several wineries.
Three are nestled in the countryside of Mt. Lehman, famous for its rolling hills and stunning views of Mt. Baker. Under an hour from Vancouver and 30 miles from Bellingham, this winery cluster in the Fraser Valley region makes for the perfect day trip.
Owned by the Siemens Family, Mt. Lehman Winery specializes in limited edition artisan wines, rooted in excellence and quality. Branded as a local favorite, and with 80 acres of red and white wine grape varietals, highlights include the Brawny Tawny and Vern Siemen’s favorites—the Pinot Noir and Pinot Noir Reserve.
Small batches of less than 3000 cases per year and always made with love. This award-winning family owned and operated winery offers a portfolio of wines that pay respect to the family’s deep farming roots. Their premium grapes showcase the aromatic and crisp flavors created by BC’s warm summer, mild winters, and nourishing soils with varieties like Siegerrebe and Grüner Veltliner.
It’s the chapel in the country—and Abbotsford’s newest winery—with the vision of cultivating, creating, and sharing ‘world class’ wines that whisper elegance and distinction. Balanced with richness and delicacy, feature wines include the Royal Engineers Petit Verdot, Landing Road Red Blend, and Sam and Isaac Pinot Gris.
With Abbotsford being the Berry Capital of Canada, it is only natural that these world-class berries are picked and pressed into delicious wines. While in town, don’t miss out on the diverse and complex flavors of berry wines at these local wineries.
The Fraser Valley is known for its high-yield berry-growing including strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. Ripples infuses its own antioxidant-rich farm-fresh blueberries, producing beautiful hand-crafted fruit wines. True to most wineries in Abbotsford, Ripples is family owned and operated. Top picks include Intemperance, Antheia, a port-style fortified wine, and the fruit wine Cupere.
Farming for four decades, the Maans began growing premium strawberries and introduced themselves at a simple fruit stand. From a fruit stand to a fall destination, the Maan Estate Winery is their latest endeavor. From vine to glass, Maan Farms only uses high quality fresh fruit and processes with minimum sulfites. Varieties include a Strawberry/Raspberry blend, Blueberry, and Blackberry wines.