30 Acres Planted Vines
118 - 240 Meters Above Sea Level
Averill Creek Vineyard is located in the heart of Vancouver Island's Cowichan Valley, where the dry, temperate climate lends itself to all the hallmarks of cool climate viticulture. The unique combination of soil and aspect make it an ideal place for growing cool weather varietals.
The soil under Averill Creek is Royston-Qualicum (a blend of glacial sand and gravel). Sloped and well drained, it is perfect for viticulture. A vertical shoot positioning system (Guyot) is used to allow for optimal photosynthesis, air circulation, and ripening.
While the Cowichan Valley is prone to long, dry summers, the southern aspect of the vineyard captures and holds heat making it several degrees warmer than the surrounding valley.
Averill Creek’s small-lot plantings of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Maréchal Foch, Foch Cabernet, Cabernet Libre, Merlot, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier are cared for by hand, and pruned to yield approximately 2.5 tons/acre. While some varietals can produce much more fruit, the yields are kept low to increase the quality of fruit harvested.
Founded in 2001. Designed with gravity in mind.
Averill Creek's 150-ton capacity winery is built into the side of Mt. Prevost. With the help of designer Vasco Pavlov, Averill Creek embraced the opportunity to create a new kind of winery. Guided by ingenuity and gravity, the state-of-the-art facility incorporates three buildings structured together, allowing wine to flow down from one stage to the next without the need for pumps. This gravity flow method allows for gentle handling of delicate varietals - helping to retain their subtle characteristics.