When you think of fine wines, do you think of Vancouver Island? If not, we’re here today to change that. Our deep love for Vancouver Island is well-known, and even with our familiarity to all the best the island has to offer, we have just recently learned of the great wine industry that is growing and receiving critical acclaim from all over the world.
We’re delighted to introduce you to Cherry Point Estate Wines today at Toad Hollow Photography. Nestled deep in the valleys of Cobble Hill, the Cherry Point vineyards are situated in the perfect spot to produce world-class wines. The temperate climate of the island works in harmony with our soils to create the perfect setting, and Xavier and Maria Clara Bonilla take full advantage of that in the processes designed to create products that stand alone.
The vineyards are absolutely meticulous. Using techniques designed to create the perfect grapes only natural and organic methods are used, producing consistent results that are above excellent.
I’ve always wanted to photograph oak barrels, they have great character in their wood and shape, and when you consider what they hold it’s hard not to get excited. The barrels at the winery are most definitely photogenic, and they add a great element of old-world character to the beautiful setting they call home.
The grounds on the estate are absolutely breathtaking. Creating the perfect complement to the vineyard and a lovely setting for the outdoor patio and Bistro, the grounds themselves are an oasis of beauty and peace. On the day I visited for the photo-shoot, the sense of oneness with nature was almost palpable in the gardens. The colors were vibrant, the flowers created splashes of wonderful tones everywhere you looked. There really is no better or unique way to add to your Vancouver Island experience than by enjoying a beautiful glass of wine while your eyes take in the pastoral landscape. It truly is an experience for all the senses.
The weather this year on the island is just picture-perfect. Sitting in the outdoor patio at Cherry Point Estate Wines, you are immediately immersed into the entire experience as the modern world just outside the gates completely melts away. Happy chatter fills the afternoon air, and any chance you might have to sit and chat a bit with Xavier and Maria is a time you won’t soon forget. They are passionate about what they do, and this fine attention to detail shows in every aspect.
Open Wednesday to Sunday from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm, a visit to the Bistro is highlighted by friendly top-notch service and fabulous west-coast fare sure to leave you wanting more. Once again, we find no detail has been forgotten in the creation of a rustic setting that is as comfortable as it is beautiful, set right into the wonderful landscapes found outside the picture windows.
No visit to Cherry Point Estate Wines would be complete without stopping by the Tasting Room. Created with an authentic feel with great wood tones and other fine details, a chance to stop and try some of the award-winning wines completes your visit.
The wines created here are definitely the star of the show, but they are also only the very beginning of the experience. As a thank you for our visit this day, Xavier and Maria graciously gave us a bottle of Cherry Point Pinot Gris to enjoy at home. The wine was absolutely delicious, full of rich character and flavors that express Vancouver Island’s character in a sip. The time we spent with them was a real highlight of our summer so far, and we really can’t wait to head back for another visit, and of course to buy a bottle of some of the finest wine we’ve had the pleasure of enjoying.
So, if you didn’t previously think of Vancouver Island in terms of world-class wines, we hope that we’ve changed your mind here today. A visit to Cherry Point Estate Wines is an entire experience, one that can turn an afternoon into a time of discovery and delight.
To see the entire set of 21 HDR photographs we took on our afternoon visit, please pop by our “Cherry Point Estate Wines Photo Gallery“.