Beaufort Vineyard and Estate Winery

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Adjusting course

It’s May 4th. In any other year, our tasting room would be open by now. We’d be relishing the long and leisurely visits our guests similarly enjoy in spring and early summer. There’s always so much to catch up on, and so much to discuss as the vines burst into life.

This year is a lot different however, and we’ve had to adjust the course of our usual tasting room season. As with all restaurants and bars in BC, tasting rooms are unable to operate. It’s a tough time for many.

We really hope to see you soon, even if it’s from afar. Our ‘Drive-Thru’ vintage release is happening on Saturday May 16th. If you would like to pre-order a case for pick up, you can find out how in our most recent newsletter. Free/discounted shipping continues across BC and select Canadian provinces too.

Otherwise, our wine store will be open from Friday May 22nd. We will be open Fri-Sun from noon until 5pm for wine purchases only. Call ahead and we can prepare your order so you don’t have to leave your car, or simply pop in to select your own bottles. To ensure 2m physical distancing, we will be limiting the number of people in the store at one time.

We cannot offer tastings during this time and our picnic area will remain closed. Thank you for your understanding and we will look forward to hosting you all shoulder to shoulder at the bar when it is safe to do so.

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Organic certification at beaufort

It’s been a while; it’s been a wait; it’s been a lot of work. However, it’s been WORTH IT!

We have just received official notification of our organic cert, which makes Beaufort the first vineyard on Vancouver Island to receive organic certification. Our vines and crop lands are now FULLY certified by PACS (The Pacific Agricultural Certification Society) and we are beyond excited to share this news.

This is a big milestone for us, as it provides a solid verification for the work we’re already committed to in the vineyard. In the field, we’ve seen a steady improvement in the quality and quantity of our grapes. The soil, too, is thriving; teeming with earthworms and coming into balance in terms of nutrient levels. But we won’t  rest easy; we’re eager to continue to push the envelope of sustainable viticulture on Vancouver Island. And we will.

And so, with this new chapter for Beaufort as an organically-certified vineyard, we’d like to say thank you! Thank you for choosing to support sustainable agriculture, and thank you for supporting Beaufort.

 

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Pruning

 

Ever wonder what’s happening in the vines at this time of year?

Well, nothing much on one hand; and then, really, quite a lot.

During the winter months, the vines at Beaufort enter a period of dormancy; no leaves and no perceptible growth. And yet, this is a very important phase in the annual growth cycle of the vine.

Winter time functions as a rest phase and the vine, no longer generating energy through photosynthesis, slows right down. It slows down so much in fact, that a really hard pruning can take place without damaging overall vine health. Indeed, pruning is key to creating a robust and healthy vine in the following season, as well as a good yield at harvest.

Of course, there are lots of different pruning systems employed in vineyards throughout the wine-growing world. Climate, soil type, labour availability, grape variety and vineyard orientation are just a handful of factors influencing a vineyard manager’s pruning technique. At Beaufort, and mainly due to our cooler climate, we employ a technique known as cane pruning. Up to 90% of the previous year’s growth is removed, and a careful selection of shoots is made so that the plant can preform in the most desirable way during the growing season. Grapes grow on vines after all, and vines can be particularly vigorous in their growth, though not necessarily generous in fruit set. While great wine certainly starts with good soil, pruning is similarly key in mitigating many of the potential problems in the vineyard and in the winery. With pruning we can influence yield and ripeness, reduce the risk of disease, lay the foundation for a quick and efficient harvest, as well as limit the amount of work required in the vines during the growing season.

And so, as we approach pruning time at Beaufort, here’s to the shears – one of the most important tools in the winery! Well, after the corkscrew…

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Officially ‘in transition’ to organic

 

We’ve got exciting news on our organic certification process. Last week, the Pacific Agricultural Certification Society (PACS) sent us a document which denotes our official transition to organic agriculture in the Beaufort Vineyard. While we have been adhering to organic standards in the vineyard for many years, this marks the first step towards an official organic status and we are very, very happy indeed. Hurray!