Serving Courtenay, BC
Great wine is yours for the making
Wine store quality at a fraction of the price
Bottle with friends and meet new winemakers just like you!
Always have great wine on hand for every occasion

Welcome to the Wine Cottage

We at The Wine Cottage are here to help you enjoy a fun experience making your own wine and other adult beverages. We will help you select the style of wine and other beverages you enjoy, then leave the rest to us till bottling time. We’ll schedule you an appointment and then help you through the whole process of bottling. While bottling you can sample a small amount of your wine while snacking on cheese and crackers. This whole process only takes about half an hour depending on how much you wish to socialize. It is a wonderful time to catch up with friends & family.

 

We have  been helping many wine and beer lovers for over  20 years and would like to take this time to Thank You  all, for without you there would not be a Wine Cottage, so come on in and join the hundreds who continue to enjoy both the experience and there great  beverages.

We offer the highest quality wine kits and specialty wines (Port, Ice Wine, Cabernet Franc Ice Wine Style,  Sparkling Wine , Island Mist fruit flavoured wines and beer kits from Winexpert. Or bring us your own fresh or frozen fruit and grapes and we will make you 23 litres of delicious wine or cider which  can be sweetened to your preference. Quantities of fruit required vary somewhat depending on the type so please call for guidelines as to the correct quantity you will need.

 

All our wine kits are 100% guaranteed

We  also offer Brewhouse  beer kits for the home brewer  who wants more of  a craft beer making experience. Or make it on the premises.  Also  in store we have a wide variety of  wine based fruit flavoured coolers.

Wines made from Winexpert kits have won numerous awards annually at  Winemaker magazine wine tasting competitions over a number of years,  including many of our own bronze ,silver and gold medals.

We look forward to meeting you and showing you our wine making premises which we are very proud of. You can find us at our conveniently located store at the corner of Back and Ryan Rd.in Courteney  with plenty of parking.

We welcome all former Riverside Wines customers to check out our extensive selection of wine and beer kits. We have  kits for every budget and taste preference. We also offer wine making services for your own grapes and fruit  such as blackberries, blueberries, plums, etc. Please call or e  mail for more information.

Ph: 250-338-2686

Email thewinecottage@shaw.ca

 

Wine Spotlight
  • New Zealand Fumé Blanc

    RELEASE DATE: JANUARY 2019

    HAWKE’S BAY, NEW ZEALAND

    The sun loves this little bay on the Pacific coast. Hot dry winds, low rainfall and an annual average of 2,220 hours of sunshine make Hawke’s Bay one of the warmest, driest areas of the island. Several major rivers running through the region have changed course over the millennia, resulting in a diverse collection of soil types, making it very versatile for viticulture. With these ideal fruit-growing conditions, it’s no wonder this is the oldest and one of the most celebrated wine regions in New Zealand.

    FUMÉ BLANC

    Don’t let the name fool you – though ‘Fumé’ means ‘smoke’, don’t expect a smoky white wine. Coined in the 1960s to denote a new and different style of dry, oaked Sauvignon Blanc, the name is derived from Pouilly-Fumé, a popular French appellation that specializes in a similar style wine. Made with lush New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, this mouth-filling wine delivers a rush of ripe tropical fruit on the palate, with complex layers of gooseberry and melon, bright acidity and hints of grassy mineral notes expertly harmonized with a gentle creamy vanilla oak. Pair with goat cheese, seafood platters and chicken or pasta dishes with creamy sauce and spring vegetables.

    Alcohol:13%*
    *Alcohol level based on following Winexpert winemaking instructions.

     
      

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  • Italy Barbaresco Style with Grape Skins

    LE18

    Ready in 8 weeks

    RELEASE DATE: APRIL 2019

    PIEDMONT, ITALY
    Piedmont boasts a rich cultural and winemaking history going back to the Middle Ages and is home to Italy’s most revered red wines. Located at the foot of the Alps, the region’s hilly landscape is lush with valleys full of vines, with many sunny slopes reserved for the prized Nebbiolo grape. The continental climate sees long, hot summers but thick morning fogs commonly roll through the
    valleys bringing cooler air. This rhythm of rising and falling temperatures slows the ripening of the Nebbiolo grapes, resulting in aromatic wines high in acid, alcohol and tannin – prized attributes of the Barbaresco wine style.

    BARBARESCO STYLE
    Widely regarded as one of Italy’s top wines, the Barbaresco style is undeniably delicious. Made with Nebbiolo, Piedmont’s most respected and most loved red wine grape, this wine exudes intense aromas of juicy cherry combined with toasty oak and spice. The sumptuous palate seduces with cherry and ripe red berries, licorice, baking spice, leather and earthy notes. It boasts balance and structure with firm velvety tannins, a full body and a beautiful long-lasting finish. Pair with grilled or braised meat, mushroom risotto, Ragu Bolognese and mature cheeses.

    Alcohol:14%*
    *Alcohol level based on following Winexpert winemaking instructions.

     
      

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  • Chile Corazón

    LE18

    Ready in 8 weeks

    RELEASE DATE: FEBRUARY 2019

    CURICÓ VALLEY, CHILE

    Corazón, Spanish for ‘heart’, comes from the Curicó Valley located in the heart of Chile. Nestled in between the Andes and Coastal Range mountains, the valley’s vineyards reap many benefits from these towering neighbours. Meltwater rivers provide irrigation during dry summer months and deposit rich minerals in the soil, and hot sunny days are balanced by cool air drifting down from the snow-covered peaks of the Andes at night; these daily temperature swings cause the grapes to ripen slowly, allowing for optimal flavour, tannin and colour development.

    CORAZÓN

    This wine is a charismatic blend of Carménère, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, and Pais. Carménère, the signature Chilean grape, delivers jammy raspberry and herbal spice. Cab Franc brings bold cherry, juicy berry and acidity, while Syrah lends intense black fruit flavours and tannin. Pais, widely planted in Chile for centuries but little-known elsewhere, rounds out the blend with rustic red fruit and crisp acidity. This juicy blend is full of expressive black and red berries, surrounded by cherry and tart plum notes in harmony with underlying oak, bright acidity and smooth polished tannins. Pair with rosemary lamb chops, beef skewers, Portobello mushroom burgers and aged cheddar.

    Alcohol:13%*
    *Alcohol level based on following Winexpert winemaking instructions.

     
      

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  • California Symphony Gewürztraminer

    LE18

    Ready in 8 weeks

    RELEASE DATE: MARCH 2019

    SIERRA FOOTHILLS, CALIFORNIA

    The Sierra Foothills were the center of the California Gold Rush in the mid-1800s. European immigrants flocked here seeking their fortunes and planted the area’s first vineyards as they settled into life in the Wild West. Rustic and remote compared to the state’s  other regions – Gold Rush ghost towns still dot the countryside – growers take full advantage of the varied terrain of the foothills, utilizing the slopes to maximize sun exposure. The shallow soil is mainly decomposed granite, shale or volcanic matter; not particularly fertile ground, nor does it retain much moisture in a region where water can be scarce. These harsh-sounding conditions are actually good news for grapes as the vines yield less fruit, resulting in more concentrated flavours.

    SYMPHONY GEWÜRZTRAMINER

    Symphony is one of California’s hidden gems bringing peach, apple and tropical fruit flavours, it is a natural and perfect complement to Gewürztraminer’s characteristic lychee notes. An aromatic blend with floral and juicy peach aromas, this off-dry wine  deliciously combines lush tropical and stone fruit flavours. Crisp and bright with expressive fruit and subtle sweetness, this wine really sings when chilled. A beauty to sip on its own, or a perfect companion to spicy Asian dishes, zesty barbecue or baked ham.

    Alcohol:12%*
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  • California Black Cab

    LE18

    Ready in 8 weeks

    RELEASE DATE: JANUARY 2019

    Grapes have long been a part of the Lodi landscape, where bountiful wild vines used to grow along riverbanks. From the first planted vines in the mid-1800s, the region has flourished into a world-class producer, with most of the land dedicated to red wine grape varieties. Lodi’s grapes benefit from a Mediterranean climate of warm days and cool nights, and a dry growing season which allows growers to precisely manage vine growth through irrigation. Two mountain-fed rivers run through the region bringing rich granite-based minerals to the soil which lend complex flavours to the grapes.

    BLACK CAB

    Black Cab is an intriguing blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Gamay Noir. Gamay is a light-bodied red wine revered for its floral aromas and earthiness, with tart red berry and lively acidity. Cabernet Sauvignon is a full-bodied red loaded with black fruits, cherry, black pepper and hints of earth. This balanced blend marries the best of both varietals into an energetic medium-bodied beauty. Ripe and round with vibrant acidity and silky-smooth tannins, expect pronounced cherry and juicy red berry flavours rounded out with notes of cassis, spice, subtle earthy undertones and soft vanilla. Pair with grilled red meats, pizza, black peppercorn tuna, black bean stews or roasted pepper dishes.

    Alcohol:12.5%*
    *Alcohol level based on following Winexpert winemaking instructions.

     
      

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Contact
The Wine Cottage
312-130 Centennial Dr
Courtenay, BC, V9N 6H5
Get Directions

Phone: 250-338-2686
Email: info@thewinecottage.ca
Store Hours
  • Monday-Friday : 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Saturday : 10:00 AM–4:00 PM
  • Sunday : Closed
The Wine Cottage
312-130 Centennial Dr
Courtenay, BC, V9N 6H5
Get Directions

Phone: 250-338-2686
Email: info@thewinecottage.ca
Store Hours
  • Monday-Friday : 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Saturday : 10:00 AM–4:00 PM
  • Sunday : Closed