At Volcanic Hills Estate Winery, they believe in the adage that good wine begins in the vineyard, and it’s clearly working for them.

Over the years, this winery has won a host of awards including two Golds at this year’s Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition for its 2016 Single Vineyard Gewürztraminer and 2016 Gamay Noir, and a Double Gold, Best of Class for its 2015 Reserve Viognier at the Harvest Challenge California.

Recently the winery won its first platinum at the British Colombias Wine Awards — BC’s oldest and largest competition — for its 2016 Gamay Noir.

President Bobby Gidda is thrilled. “2016 was a great growing year,” he says. “Perfect conditions, nice weather with a dry harvest.”

The Gamay Noir is extremely affordable retailing at $17. Dark, red and delicious, it tastes of cherry, cranberry and plum with suggestions of chocolate, vanilla, pepper and smoke. Oaked for four months in French and American oak, it’s light with soft tannins and medium acidity. The finish is wonderful — fresh and bright. Bobby suggests pairing it with spicy food, Indian or Thai curries, turkey with herbed stuffing, baked ham or anything with a big flavour.

Focussing on the future, this dynamic winery has exciting plans for the upcoming season. On Sunday May 6, it’s hosting a special Wine Festival Event, a vertical tasting of its Pinot Noir, comparing vintages from 2013 to 2017. This educational event is a must for those intrigued by the art of wine making. It’s a first-hand opportunity to learn from the experts in an informal setting about how wine changes as it ages.

The occasion will begin with a sparkling reception and a short tour of the winery. Vintages will be paired with sharing platters made especially by Blu Saffron Bistro.

This winery has a loyal following so you’ll want to book immediately. Spaces are limited to 12 people. Just visit the website ( and drop them an email or give the winery a quick call (778-755-5550). Don’t worry though, if there’s a demand, Bobby promises they’ll repeat the event the following Sunday.


~ Lesley Buxton