A new wine-producing region was just recognized on Vancouver Island: the Cowichan Valley.
This means wine lovers will see the Cowichan Valley recognized for grape-growing and winemaking on labels.
The area is being recognized as a new sub-geographical indication, which is an official and protected term under BC law used to help consumers identify provincial wines’ origins.
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“The Cowichan Valley sub-GI is roughly defined as the area between the Cowichan watershed, the eastern coastline from Mill Bay to Maple Bay and the western area of Cowichan Lake,” reads a release.
“Officially recognizing the Cowichan Valley as a distinct and unique wine grape-growing region in B.C. is a testament to the hard work, passion and dedication of the many local entrepreneurs and staff in the wine industry,” said Sonia Furstenau, MLA for Cowichan Valley.
“This is a well-deserved accomplishment for all those involved in producing exceptional wines and memorable winery experiences.”
In total, there are nine official geographical indications in the province and five sub-geographical indications.
According to a release, the Cowichan Valley is the first sub-GI outside of the Okanagan and joins the Golden Mile Bench, Naramata Bench, Okanagan Falls, and Skaha Bench in the Okanagan Valley.