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Beaufort Vineyard And Estate Winery Newsletter 2022


We’ve been busy at Beaufort Vineyard & Estate Winery.
Take a minute to catch up with us and hear about what’s new in 2022.

We don’t know how many times we can use the word “unprecedented” in a sentence, but it seems to be the word of the decade so far! This year was a roller coaster for sure, but we’ve made it through and are so excited for what the future has to bring. Here’s an overview of the 2022 season at Beaufort.
As always, we’re so pleased to be making delicious small batch wines from our certified organic estate vineyard and sharing them with you, our enthusiastic sippers who enjoy a good glass of local, sustainable wine with a wholesome back story to go along. Thank you for supporting organic agriculture and tasting our unique wine region.


The Beaufort Team

Our 2022 Winemaker’s Case is a curated selection from our cellars. In this exclusive case, you will find fan favourites, otherwise sold-out vintages, and a pre-release unavailable anywhere else! All at a discount of 20% off retail prices. For a full list and descriptions of the wines included in the case, click here. There is a limited number available, so don’t delay in reserving your case!

You can pick-up your winemaker’s case at the winery during our December openings or opt for FREE delivery within the Comox Valley and Campbell River. Shipping is available to eligible provinces (shipping fees apply).

Winemaker’s Case Order Form
List of wines included in Winemaker’s Case
In the vineyard…

The winter seemed to stretch along forever here in the Comox Valley. We monitor many things in our vineyard like soil saturation, temperatures, and frost days. With three times the usual frost days and not a day over 20°C until late June, to say this was a difficult start to the growing season is an understatement!

We planted just under an acre of Pinot Noir 114 to add to the existing clones at Beaufort (115, 82 and 828) and a small trial block of 250 Chardonnay vines in the vineyard this year. Both plantings have been establishing well, giving us lots of hope for great wines in the years to come. Vineyard plantings are a long game, as we won’t be seeing substantial harvests for a few years.

When the rains finally relented in mid-July, the vines wasted no time in trying to catch up. The long stretch of hot sunny weather boosted our Growing Degree Days and brought about a successful crop of grapes despite the shaky start to the season.

Harvests began October 5th and we’ve pulled a beautiful crop of grapes with our highest yields ever and ripe, clean fruit. Sunny warm days made for lovely harvests and laughter echoed through the vineyard as our super crew of Beaufort friends helped us get to the next step of our 2022 vintage.

In the winery…

BIG NEWS! Our 2022 vintage will be officially CERTIFIED ORGANIC! After our vineyard organic certification was completed in 2019, the next step was clearly to certify the wines (yes, it’s a different process). Freya was all prepped and ready, as she has been making the wines to organic standards for years now, but the final stamp of approval brings a culmination to years of hard work, planning and record keeping. This final step makes us the first fully certified organic winery on Vancouver Island, and we are glad to hear there are others making this commitment too!

Our third and final batch of our traditional method sparkling wine Stellaris was disgorged and released in August. The 4.5 years aging on the lees brought out some lovely quince and caramel notes to this dry bubbly. Stellaris is the perfect accompaniment to your holiday celebrations. Stock is very limited and the winery is the only place Stellaris is available for purchase, so be sure to stop by and grab a bottle or two before they are all gone! 

In the Tasting Room…

Many regulars noticed a certain Irish lilt was missing from the tasting room chatter this season. Our Tasting Room Manager Katie was on maternity leave this year. Katie and her husband Cohen, our vineyard manager, welcomed a happy baby boy in June. Big cheers to their family!

While Katie is away, longtime Beaufort employee Jacinda and her tasting room dream team Maddy, Kristi and Lesley poured wines and told our stories out on the patio. The cool Spring was as much as of an impediment to outdoor tastings as it was to the grapes, but we had diehard Beaufort fans wrapped up in wool blankets out on the patio (when it wasn’t raining sideways) or tucked into our improvised tasting spots amongst the barrels in our barrel room.  Once the weather turned for the better, our patio is one of the best places in the valley to sit and sip. Locals and tourists alike marvel at the spectacular views of the vineyard and the Beaufort mountain range beyond.

We were so pleased to bring back events at Beaufort Winery this year! We welcomed Merville’s own Luke Blu Guthrie for two free evening concerts. Luke’s deep and easy style of Blues fit the vineyard vibe perfectly and a great time was had by all.
We hosted our first Wine & Cheese pairing event in September in collaboration with LaLiberté Cheese Co., a local company specializing in high-quality international and domestic cheeses. Guests tasted through 5 wines with paired cheeses and enjoyed a sunny afternoon on the patio. It was delicious and generous event as guests helped us raise money for local food security non-profit LUSH Valley.
It was a great feeling to be able to host guests from all over the Island, the county and the world once again (we realized we had been a little cooped up when Saskatchewan sounded exotic!) We are planning for more concerts, events, and hopefully a food truck for the tasting room next year, so keep your eyes on our social media for announcements!
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Join us for tastings on weekends in December in our cozy tasting room. Sample our wines and choose your favourites for your holiday parties and meals. Tasting appointments can be booked through our website. While we do accept walk-ins when space allows, we recommend booking your tasting to avoid disappointment. If you can’t make it in to the tasting room, you can purchase our wines through our online store. Delivery within the Comox Valley is free! (6 bottle minimum)
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2022 Winemaker’s Case

Our annual tradition of the Winemaker’s Case showcases some of the best wines of our estate’s cellars. This exclusive selection of 12 bottles for you to enjoy, share, or cellar is only available from the winery on a first come, first served basis. You’ll receive a collection of our favourites, some hard-to-find bottles, and even a pre-release not yet available for sale, all at a 20% discount off tasting room prices! Only a limited quantity is available, so don’t delay and reserve your case by filling out this short form. We will be in contact within a day or two to process payment, your case is guaranteed once payment has been received.

The Winemaker’s Case is offered at the very special price of $270.24 + tax, for a saving of 20% off tasting room prices*. Shipping IS available to eligible Canadian provinces (shipping fees apply). Pick-up at the winery during our open days in December, or opt for FREE delivery within the Comox Valley and Campbell River.

In our 2022 Winemaker’s Case, you’ll find:

1 x 2021 Borealis: A sipping favourite and the ultimate crowd pleaser, this vintage incorporates a touch of Pinot Gris into the light and floral Siegerrebe/Schonburger blend. Off-dry, with elderflower and lychee notes. A great wine to kick off an evening with friends. Serve with a roasted pepper and chili hummus for some fun back and forth between sweet and spice.

2 x 2019 Epic: Starting off bright and racy, this blend of Epicure and Ortega has taken a few years to slowly mature and develop more character in the bottle. Pear and green apple notes with a hint of honey, softer acids and a summery lemon tint. Try it with honey-miso roasted celeraic or a mild blue cheese.

1 x 2020 Ortega (Sold Out!): Proof that some good things did happen in 2020. This was Beaufort’s first vintage made with entirely estate-grown Ortega. We kept aside a few cases of this otherwise sold-out vintage for you to enjoy. The minerality and light salinity of our own terroir makes this bright and citrusy dry white wine one to savour. Enjoy a glass with pan-seared halibut with lemon and olives.

1 x 2021 Ortega: We love including different vintages of the same grape to show the changes that can come year to year in the vineyard. This 2021 Ortega is no exception. Honeydew melon notes lead the way in this light, clean and delicate 2021 Ortega. Dry and well-balanced, this is the perfect sipper to enjoy with scallops topped with an apple pan sauce.

1 x 2021 Petite Milo: This unique Island varietal has certainly captured the attention of local wine lovers. This 2021 small batch was a hit and we’ve stashed away the last few cases for our winemaker’s case. Dry and aromatic with notes of summer grass and guava. A more robust white in terms of flavour, structure and mouthfeel, this Petite Milo is a fantastic accompaniment to spicy meals, try it alongside a prawn vindaloo to give some kick to a chilly winter’s eve.

1 x 2021 Foch Nouveau: We hesitate to describe a wine as “crushable”, but if the cork fits… This light and bright red will show off some flashy colour and juicy, bouncy berry notes. The acidity makes it a fantastic meal date, washing down your grilled veggie pizza or cajun blackened turkey. Best served chilled.

1 x Cab Libre: Medium bodied and savoury – This Comox-grown Island hybrid had an extended oak-aging process that gifted some delightful coffee and tobacco notes in addition to rich cedar and tomato leaf. Drink this on a stormy evening with a roasted vegetable stew and hearty rye bread.

1 x 2019 Pinot Noir: A vibrant conversation between fruit and spice, this 2019 island-grown Pinot Noir has medium tannins supporting a union of plum and cherry notes alongside white pepper, nutmeg and a hint of pine. Aged in French oak. Allow this bottle to take you through a dinner of garlic confit chicken and into a spice cake dessert.

2 x 2019 Ça Beautage: Our flagship red blend continues along with its tradition of smooth and easy berry notes, a lovely deep hue and an earthy tone that reminds us of walking in the forest on an autumn morning. A year of aging in American oak added a lovely touch of smoke. Pair with a mushroom risotto and a good conversation.

1 x 2020 Ça Beautage (Pre-Release!): We’re keen for Beaufort fans to experience the evolution of our wines, which is why we’ve included a bottle of our 2020 Ça Beautage in an exclusive pre-release. Young gripping tannins and notes of cherry wood and red currant. Cellar for 2-4 years or open a ’19 and ’20 side by side and delve into the questions of age and wisdom.

* Sorry; no trade outs, and no other discounts apply on bottles in the winemaker’s case. Total $310.59 including taxes and deposits.

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Picnic FAQs

We get lots of questions about how picnics work at Beaufort so we thought it handy to put all the info in one place. Here we go!

So you have a picnic area, yes?

Yes! Our guests are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy after (or even before) their tasting. We can sell wine by the bottle and provide (real) glasses, water, and an ice bucket (if required). An endorsement to our liquor licence is what allows us to have a picnic area. The picnic area capacity is 60 persons. 

Can I reserve a picnic table?

We do not take reservations for the picnic area. Picnic spots are offered on a first come/first served basis and priority is given to guests who have booked tastings. We do not host private parties and functions. If you want to increase your chances of securing a picnic table after your tasting, we suggest booking the noon or 12.30pm tasting spot.   

Do you have picnic goodies we can purchase onsite?

No. We do not have a restaurant or food service facility at Beaufort, so please bring your own goodies, serviettes, cutting boards, cutlery etc. and pack out all your trash/leftovers. Put it this way; we can provide everything you need in terms of wine and water, but food is up to you. If you want to make life real easy, you can always order take out (or a bespoke picnic) from one of the valley’s many top notch restaurants/caterers like Jam & Co. 

This sounds great! Can I hang out all day in your picnic area?

I mean, you could BUT, we can only sell one bottle of wine per every two adults (19+) in your picnicking group. Them’s the rules in BC. 

What do we sit on?

We have lots of heavy duty cedar furniture, to include 6 picnic tables. However, feel free to bring a picnic blanket and/or your own camping chair as we may not always have enough furniture during busier times. Please note that our picnic area is entirely outside–there is no covered area in the event of rain or hot, hot sun. We do have patio umbrellas but they can only do so much in extremes.

Can I bring some games?

Sure! Though no frisbees or other flying objects that could interrupt someone else’s picnic. We have a bocce set if you’d like to borrow that.

Can I smoke in the picnic area?

Nope. The entire Beaufort property is smoke/vape free.

Can I bring my pet?

Well-behaved pets on leash, yes! Please don’t leave them in the car. You MUST pick up after your pet. 

Are kids welcome in the picnic area?

Definitely! Please do not leave children unattended though. Beaufort is a working farm and winery and we prioritize the safety of all our guests.

Is the picnic area wheelchair accessible?


What time does the picnic area close?

On regular tasting days, the store and picnic area both close at 5pm. If you would like to have a picnic after your tasting we suggest booking an earlier tasting appointment. Alternatively, if you have booked a later tasting, you are welcome to use the picnic area before your tasting appointment. 

What about table service? Why do I have to carry everything out myself?

We do not have a lounge licence at Beaufort; therefore there is no table service in our picnic area (the BC Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch do not want us to facilitate you to that degree in your alcohol consumption). As such, if you need anything, you’ll have to pop back in to us. Same goes for carrying your wine and glasses to your picnic table (you’ve got to do that!). 

Can we invite some friends over to join us for a picnic?

The 6 person per group limit that applies to tastings, does not apply in the picnic area so feel free to invite others to join you for a picnic after your tasting… within reason! If you show up with a mariachi band, a bell tent, a paddling pool, a selection of decorative palms, a pastor, and 30 in-laws (even if they’re the good kind), we’ll have to ask you to take it to the beach. Remember that we do not host private parties or functions at Beaufort. Note that we will pop out to check IDs for guests who join your party in the picnic area. 

My aunt doesn’t drink wine, can she bring her own gin?


Our licence is on the line if guests bring in alcoholic beverages (of any kind) from the outside.

I don’t have a tasting booked, can I just show up for a picnic?

In theory, yes. But remember that picnic spots are offered on a first come/first served basis and priority is given to guests who have booked tastings. Walk-ins can’t always be accommodated. 

*The above pic was supplied by Jodi at Jam & Co. Luxury Picnics in Comox. If you want to make life easy and have someone else prep your picnic, contact Jodi directly for a bespoke cheese/charcuterie box. You won’t be disappointed!

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2022 tasting season at Beaufort

We’re delighted to confirm our opening date for the 2022 tasting season: Friday April 22nd. You can use our online booking portal NOW to secure your tasting appointment. 

We will be open for tastings Friday to Sunday in April and May; Thursday to Sunday in June, July and August; and back to Friday to Sunday in September (last day Sept 4th). Appointments can be booked between noon and 4.30pm on all tasting days. 

There are a couple of things to note about how tastings work at Beaufort:

  • We strongly suggest booking an appointment in advance as we cannot always accept walk-ins (especially during high summer).
  • We do not host groups larger than 6 (to include non drinkers like designated drivers and minors). This is a house policy, and is not connected to a Provincial Health Order. We’ve established that our small tasting room team is able to offer the best possible wine tasting experience to smaller groups. If you are part of a larger group, you are welcome to book two (or more) tastings back to back, but the appointments will be offset by 15-30 minutes. We do not need to know the number of people per tasting group, just know that it cannot be more than 6.
  • Please arrive on time as late arrivals cannot be accommodated. Tastings last 30-45 minutes and you are welcome to use the picnic area after your tasting. If you have a later tasting booked, you are welcome to use the picnic area before your tasting (our store and picnic area both close at 5pm).  
  • As in 2020 and 2021, all tastings in 2022 will be hosted outside. There is cover in the event of rain, but we recommend you wrap up warm especially during the earlier part of the season. Tastings areas are shaded in summer. 
  • Please note that the picnic area is entirely outside, though umbrellas provide some protection from light rain/hot sun. Feel free to bring your own picnic blanket or camping chair for the picnic area–we have lots of room but may run out of garden furniture during busier times. We can sell wine by the bottle and provide glasses (and an ice bucket if necessary). We do not serve or sell food/picnic items at Beaufort, so please bring your own goodies and pack out your trash. There is NO table service in the picnic area. 
  • Tastings are $10 per person but that fee is waived if the individual tasting purchases a bottle of wine. There is no tasting fee for wine club members.
  • You can cancel/change your booking online (via the link in your confirmation email), up to 48 hours before your appointment start time. After that window closes, please call us at the winery to cancel your booking.
  • We do not take bookings over the phone/via email or DM. You must use our website to book your tasting appointment. 
  • Need more info on tastings/picnics at Beaufort? Please see our FAQ page.
Book your 2022 tasting appointment HERE.
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Beaufort is a family-run winery and Organic vineyard 10kms north of Courtenay. We’re up to some great things in the winery, and certainly in the vines, having received the first Organic vineyard certification on Vancouver Island in 2019. We make exciting, clean wines that speak to our region and to our efforts. Our team in the vineyard, winery and tasting room is small, talented, and passionate about our cool, coastal climate. We are looking forward to meeting you!


We are seeking a part-time Tasting Room Associate for our busy guest season. Our tasting room and wine store is open from the end of April through September on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 5pm. A part-time position is offered (12-24 hours per week) and weekend availability is essential. 


  • Greet guests and facilitate wine tastings; inform guests of Beaufort’s farming practices, winemaking methods and wine styles. A successful candidate will facilitate excellent guest experiences with efficient, prompt and friendly service
  • Promote Wine Club and other winery products
  • General cleaning tasks and product restocking
  • Operate POS
  • Possible light vineyard and cellar work during quieter periods
  • Ensure all safety protocols and house policies are followed

An ideal candidate will:

  • Love working as part of a small, dedicated team
  • Have excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Be able to lift 40lbs
  • Have an attention to detail and presentation (while being on their feet for extended periods in a fast-paced hospitality environment)
  • Have a genuine interest in regenerative farming, wine and hospitality (plus a desire to learn even more)
  • Have successfully completed a Serving it Right certification


$18/h, plus tips and lots of wine perks

To apply:

Please email your resume and cover letter to

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Tastings in 2022

As per our usual rhythm at Beaufort, the store and tasting room is now closed for the winter season. You can always order our wines online, or find a selection at these great restaurants and liquor stores. Wine club members are welcome to call in an order for pick up during the off season too.

We will reopen in the spring–please keep an eye on our website (or better still, follow us on Instagram) for more info and an official opening date.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you back!

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Disgorging Traditional Method Wines

Stellaris has been coming and going in the store as we disgorge each batch. But what does it mean to disgorge a traditional method wine? And why the wait?

Most often, we get a wine into the bottle and that’s it. Job done. Not so with sparkling wines like Stellaris or Zephra. Both of our sparklers are made using the traditional method. This winemaking method is synonymous with French Champagne, but it’s also used to make sparkling wines in other parts of the world like Italy (Franciacorta) and Spain (Cava). BC producers are also employing the technique and Vancouver Island’s cool climate makes for some of the best examples in the province.


In traditional method sparkling wines, autolytic yeast particles (or lees) coalesce into a kind of beneficial sludge after the wine has undergone its secondary fermentation. The lees remain in the bottle for a period of many months to many years, lending key flavours and aromas to the wine as it ages.

While lees are harmless to consume, they result in a cloudy wine if they are not removed; so the bottles are riddled (placed at an angle in a special frame and turned incrementally over a period of weeks to encourage the lees down into the neck of the bottle). When all the yeast particles have gathered in the crown cap that temporarily seals traditional method wines during the aging period, the bottles are disgorged. Disgorging removes lees in a very fun, but very messy and labour-intensive process: the neck of each upturned bottle is rapidly chilled, creating a frozen plug of wine and lees in the bottle’s neck. Next, the crown cap is quickly removed, and the bottle turned upright. The pressure that builds up behind the frozen plug–remember each bottle contains about 90psi–is enough to force it straight out of the bottle.

The bottle, now upright, is topped up with a ‘dosage’–a small amount of wine, typically sweetened to balance the wine’s acidity. The bottle is then sealed with a cork, wrapped with a metal cage, and given a few turns to help integrate the dosage. The bottle is then washed, labelled, and boxed, ready for sale within a month or two.

While riddling and disgorging can be automated in large Champagne houses, we do it by hand–20 cases at a time. It’s a methodical process that resists expedition. And while we are sorry that Stellaris takes a little longer than most wines, we assure you that good things come to those who wait.


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Christmas 2021 Store Hours

Our WINERY STORE will be open on two weekends in December for wine and gift card purchases. We will be open from 11am to 4pm on the following dates:

Friday 10th, Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th December
Friday 17th, Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th December

We look forward to having you stop by to pick up your winemaker’s case, or just a few bottles for the festive season! Please remember your mask.

Please note that we will NOT be hosting tastings this holiday season.

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2021 Winemaker’s Case

Our winemaker’s case is an annual traditional that guarantees savings and delight in equal measure.

We hope you’ll enjoy sharing, and maybe even cellaring, this year’s selection. Winemaker’s cases are not available in our online store and, as always, are first come, first served. This year, we have just 60 cases available so don’t delay! To RESERVE your case, please fill out THIS SHORT FORM. We’ll be in touch within a day or two to process payment. Payment guarantees your case.

The winemaker’s case is offered at the very special price of $251.36+tax, for a saving of 20% on tasting room prices*. Shipping IS available to select Canadian provinces; pick up is possible on store open days in December; and FREE delivery is offered in the Comox Valley/Campbell River. Here’s what you’ll get:

1 x 2019 Pinot Noir (pre-release): Berry bright in the glass with cherries, huckleberry and something a little woody and resinous too. This is a Vancouver Island Pinot; fresh and light with great structural acidity. Aged in 2nd year French oak. Dry. We suggest cellaring this one for 2-5 years. We won’t be releasing this vintage until next year, which means you’ve got your hands on an exclusive pre-release.

1 x 2019 Ça Beautage (new release): 100% estate grown Marechal Foch and Leon Millot give Ça Beautage its deep ruby red colour. Expect a rambunctious fruity profile with blackberry, blackcurrant, and cherry. The palate is smooth, with light tannins and a med-long finish. 2019 was a warm one for us in the Comox Valley and we harvested a bumper crop on Oct 1st. Aged in American oak. Dry. Drink now or cellar 1-2 years. Ça Beautage is a light bodied Island wine –– try it with pizza, or stuffed portabello mushrooms.

1 x 2019 Epic (new release): Wily fans will notice that we usually hold onto Epic a little longer in bottle, releasing it 2 years after the vintage, rather than the standard 1 year for whites. This gives the acids a little more time to settle because Epicure (the grape variety from which Epic gets its name) is a sassy hybrid. It’s also one of Freya’s favourites. 2019’s vintage is lemony bright with some honey and pear to boot. On the palate, expect Epicure’s acidity to lead (the blend contains 20% Ortega). Dry. Drink now, or let sit a year or two if you prefer the more mellow characteristics of the 2018 vintage (also included in the case). Try Epic with Indonesian gado-gado.

1 x 2018 Pinot Noir: Light in body and in appearance. Cherry cola, spice and cranberry. Aged in new French oak for toast and texture both. Dry. Drink now or cellar for 2-4 years. Drink at cellar temp or, as we discovered in the summer, slightly chilled makes for a refreshing take on things. As for pairings, lighter dishes get our vote; a garlicky tomato pasta with parmesan and toasted breadcrumbs, for example.

2 x Cab Libre: Savoury as she goes. Light roast coffee, tobacco and blackcurrant leaf. Bell pepper too, perhaps. Dry, with a medium body and finish. Structural tannins and acidity contribute to Cab Libre’s distinctive personality. Cab Libre is a unique Island variety (it was hybridized on Vancouver Island by Swiss grape breeder Valentin Blattner). As for aging, this one is dealer’s choice: why not drink one now and save one for later (2-4 years cellaring)? Pair this robust and savoury wine with lasagne, or a winter stew and creamy mash.

2 x 2018 Epic: An opportunity to see where Epic goes as it ages. The slightly oxidative notes in the 2018 vintage are a fun departure from the freshness associated with the younger vintage. 2018 gives honey, beeswax, propolis, and orange marmalade. It’s dry, and still bright of course, but mellow by comparison, with more complex aromatics. Drink now. We always advocate opening two bottles at once, and we especially recommend doing that when you have two vintages of the same wine; vertical tastings are a great way to understand the changes that occur in bottle as a wine ages.

1 x 2020 Borealis: Our Siegerrebe and Schonburger blend is a perennial favourite, and for good reason. Its aromatic profile is a pleasing swell of honeysuckle, lychee candies and elderflowers. It’s off-dry too, which softens the acidity that otherwise typifies Island whites. Drink now. The typicity and balance of Borealis is best enjoyed when the blend is young and fresh. Siegerrebe’s genetic connection to Gewurtztraminer, aided by the blend’s residual sugar, makes it an ideal wine to pair with spicy dishes. We’re partial to a Goan curry with BC spot prawns.

1 x 2020 Ortega: A Spanish name. A German grape. An Island wine. Jasmine, apple blossom, something citrusy. If we said yuzu, would you call us pretentious? Either way, this is a wine with a zesty mouthfeel. Dry, and fermented only in stainless steel. Drink now to best enjoy the bright aromatics and structural acidity synonymous with Ortega on Vancouver Island. Ortega pairs with such west coast delights as seared scallops, halibut, or a steaming pile of Manila clams with french fries.

2 x 2018 Petite Milo: Apples, nettles, hops. This Blattner hybrid has been a favourite of ours for some time. There’s something so pleasing about cool climates wines with perfectly integrated aromatics, alcohol, and acidity. Petite Milo is dry (it was crash chilled at zero brix), but it’s still got oodles of intrigue. We suggest sharing Petite Milo with someone who indefatigably claims to dislike dry wines. We think they’ll change their mind. Drink now before the acids wane. A fantastic friend to Vietnamese spring rolls and a salty dipping sauce.

* Sorry; no trade outs, and no other discounts apply on bottles in the winemaker’s case.


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On shipping and the challenges faced by small BC wineries


Our online store is open 24/7 and can be accessed HERE. We are able to ship to the following Canadian provinces: AB, SK, MB, PE and NS. We cannot ship to ON, QC, NL, NB, NT, YT or NU.

We love sharing our wines. But sharing them outside of BC presents some major challenges, especially for small BC wineries like Beaufort. Not all provinces and territories allow for the free movement of privately purchased alcohol across their borders.

For example, BC wineries and wine principals who ship DtC (direct to consumer) in Ontario risk colossal fines and jail time both. On the flip side, BC residents can easily order wine from their favourite winery in Niagara. If this seems unfair, that’s because it is. Canadian wineries (and wine lovers) have effectively become pawns in the tit-for-tat arguments that have stymied interprovincial trade for decades.

Although the federal government paved the way for uninhibited interprovincial DtC shipping in Canada in 2019, some provinces have been dragging their heels. As with New Brunswick’s R v. Comeau, prohibition era liquor laws in Canada seem to require a pariah for provinces to engage with modern trade and consumer practices. Most BC wineries have decided that it’s not worth the risk.

It’s maddening for us, and incomprehensible to most consumers, that we cannot ship a case of wine to a BC wine lover in Ontario or Quebec, and yet, that same consumer can jump on Amazon and effectively order anything, from anywhere, and have it delivered to their door.  The official line in Ontario, for example, is that wine sold to an Ontario resident IN Ontario MUST be processed/sold through the LCBO, which means that it cannot come directly from a winery or liquor purveyor in another province.

Oh, and if you live in ON, QC, NL, NB, NT, YT or NU and ARE receiving wine shipments from other BC wineries, you might be scratching your head at all of this. Some (especially larger) BC wineries sell directly to the provincial liquor boards. This likely means there’s more leeway given to those wineries when they DtC ship to a province where they already have a market share. Alternatively, your favourite BC winery might just be getting lucky each time they ship your case across a provincial or territorial border…

As for US and international shipping, all wine shipped to the USA must come from an appropriately licensed winery. While some (again larger) BC wineries have agreements with US authorities (including the FDA), Beaufort does not. For now, we are unable to ship to the USA. International shipping brings with it the dual impediments of labelling requirements and customs duties. So sending wine to Ghana, Germany, Greece or Guatemala will almost always be a no-no for small to medium BC wineries.

We keep a close eye on developments regarding DtC alcohol shipping in Canada. Most BC wineries do. There are some efforts underway to overhaul these antiquated and unfair laws, but progress is slow, and the legislative work required is mind-boggling. We will be sure to provide an update as soon as there’s news to share.