A day trip from Vancouver to these wineries in Langley will satisfy your inner sommelier
When thinking about all things wine, one often dreams of Napa Valley or Tuscany and not touring wineries in Langley BC. However, one can, and should, look at wineries much closer to the city. Whether you’re strapped for cash or time, you can feel like you’ve had a holiday without going far.
The suburbs of Vancouver can provide wine lovers with a place to sip and savour delicious wine. Less than an hour outside Vancouver, Langley wineries are serving up award-winning wines.
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When going far isn’t an option, it’s nice to know that we have a number of wineries within close proximity of Vancouver. Langley has the perfect climate and soil for growing grapes.
How many wineries are there in Langley?
According to Langley Tourism, there are currently 9 wineries in Langley. This includes both traditional grape wineries as well as fruit wineries.
Many of the wineries in Langley, BC produce award-winning VQA (Vintners Quality Assurance) wines. BC VQA wines are made from 100% BC-grown grapes that have been approved through a strict quality assurance program.
I should note that all of the wineries covered in this post are located in the Langley area. As such, they are approximately a 45-minute drive from downtown and they are all located very close to one another. While there are a few fruit wineries out that way, I did not include any here.
Don’t want to drive? There’s no need to draw straws for who has to be the designated driver. Hire one instead! There are several Langley Winery tours that will pick you up from downtown Vancouver and do all the driving.
Map of this Langley Wineries Tour
Quicklinks to the 6 Langley wineries in this post:
- Backyard Vineyards
- Blackwood Lane
- Glass House Estate Winery
- Chaberton Estate Winery
- Township 7
- Vista d’Oro
Wineries in Langley, BC
The first stop on my Langley wineries tour day trip was Backyard Vineyards. It is open for both tastings and tours. I opted for a tasting where I sampled 5 wines. A regular tasting is 4 wines, but our awesome hostess gave us a bonus wine to try.
I quite liked a lot of the wines I tried, which is not surprising since eleven of the wines from Backyard Vineyards won awards in 2019. And an impressive 30 of their wines won awards in 2018.
They occasionally offer Date Nights with limited capacity so check to see if these are going on when you wish to visit. You get two glasses of wine along with a cheese and charcuterie platter to share.
Sharing wine and cheese overlooking the Fraser Valley will almost feel like you’ve been transported to Tuscany. Details and reservation information is available on their website.
If you go: reservations are required so be sure to book in advance
I must start off by saying that the outdoor patio space at Blackwood Lane is gorgeous! It is the feature image for this blog post. I would say that it is the most picturesque of all the wineries in Langley BC. The views from their vineyard are stunning. Next time, I’ll definitely plan to make this my lunch stop.
Blackwood Lane currently uses disposable plastic wine glasses for their tasting, or you can purchase a wine glass from them. They do not use any chemicals or mechanical pumps. And they only use their barrels once. After each use, they either sell them or repurpose them as reclaimed wine barrel furniture.
Perhaps the most unique wine I tasted all day was their Sea Buckthorn Reisling. Chock full of vitamins, minerals and Omega fatty acids, Sea Buckthorn berries are considered to be a superfood. Delicious and healthy? I’m in! For the reds, I especially liked Alliànce. It is rich and full-bodied.
Getting married? This is one of the wineries in Langley to check out for weddings. If you’re interested in getting married elopement-style, you should check out their Pop-Up Wedding event. It is taking place on May 22nd. They take care of all the details, you just show up with your 8 guests. Details can be found online here.
If you go: tastings are only available on Saturday and Sunday and you must make a reservation and put down a deposit to secure your spot.
Glass House Estate Winery
Family-owned, this Langley winery is part of the Joseph Richard Group. It is a boutique winery that produces hand-selected, single-vineyard, low-yield artisan wine. The winery’s name, Glass House, pays homage to the family’s 60-year history in the greenhouse industry.
I am a lover of red wine and, while I do sample whites at tastings, it is rare that I like one. This was one such occasion. I liked both their Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc so much that I bought a bottle of each! The Sauvignon Blanc is meant to accompany spicier dishes so I am looking forward to making a curry dish for dinner one night.
Before heading off to the next winery on our Langley wineries tour, we stopped to enjoy a Charcuterie board on their back patio. When doing several wineries in a day it’s important to eat something, lol!
If you go: they are accepting walk-ins and we got right in for both the tasting and lunch
Chaberton Estate Winery
Next up, and the final stop in this Langley winery tour, is a winery rich with French history, but that makes 100% BC wines. Their Bacchus bistro may be authentically French, but they prepare everything with local ingredients and a West Coast flair.
Established in 1991, Chaberton Estate Winery is the Fraser Valley’s oldest winery. In 2020, they took home an impressive 23 awards from a variety of different competitions.
Currently, they are offering tastings in the form of wine flights of four different wines. Once you receive your flight you will be directed to a table in their outdoor dining area.
If you go: they are only accepting walk-ins right now
Fully booked the day I went out to Langley, I was unable to visit Township 7. While I did not visit them on this winery tour, I have previously been there and enjoyed their wines. This Langley winery boasts of serving their Chardonnay to Her Majesty the Queen at a Government of Canada State Dinner in 2010. Quite an accomplishment indeed!
They are hosting several events in the coming weeks, including a Winemaker’s Dinner on May 22nd. Details on that and other upcoming events can be found on the Township 7 website. They are hosting a wine and chocolate pairing event for Mother’s Day. A great idea if you wish to plan ahead and treat mom 😉
If you go: book reservations well in advance to avoid disappointment
As they do not have an outdoor dining area, Vista d’Oro winery was closed the day I was touring the wineries in Langley so I did not get to visit. I have been there in the past and from what I recall it was lovely.
If you go: at the time of writing, they were closed due to indoor dining restrictions
With the exception of Vista d’Oro, all of the wineries in Langley, BC that I mentioned here have outdoor seating or patio space available. If you are looking for a fun day trip, I suggest heading out to these Langley wineries. Sip a Cab Sav on a patio overlooking the Fraser Valley and imagine you’re in a Tuscan villa. Cheers!
I am purchasing and drinking BC wine more than ever before. I truly believe that we vote with our dollars and I try and put as much as I can into our local economy. I’ll happily raise a glass to support BC wines, whether that’s in the Okanagan Valley or Langley.
If you are looking to travel a little further and take a road trip to the Okanagan Valley, check out my posts on Beautiful Oliver Wineries that are worth a visit as well as my post on the wineries in the Okanagan Valley.