“really good fruit wines that are as complex and enjoyable as any grape wine”
They moved the Delisle Co-op building onto their farm, and it has a new lease on life. The back end is used to manufacture the wine, while there is a small tasting area at the front.
“Our biggest challenge is convincing people that you can make really good fruit wines that are as complex and enjoyable as any grape wine,” says Sue.
The second challenge is based on location. “It’s a whole different ball game from BC,” Sue says. “Sourcing equipment is difficult when you’re so far away from the industry. Let alone getting delivery trucks to find your farm.”
Living Sky Winery is currently selling Rhubarb, Raspberry and Strawbarb table wines, a Framboise dessert wine and a Juliett cherry port. The port won a bronze in the 2010 Canadian Wine Awards. And I’ve just learned on Twitter that they hope to start making cider in 2011.
Taj Mahal restaurant now serves Living Sky wines, and Sue hopes that they will be able to sell more wine directly to restaurants in the future. “Some BC wineries sell 100% of their wine to restaurants,” she says.
Once the good weather returns, I’m looking forward to driving out to the winery for a tour and tasting. Tours are by appointment only. “We want to be able to spend some time with people,” Sue says. “We don’t want people to just taste and leave.”
Good luck, Sue and Vance. Living Sky Winery is a welcome addition to our province.
Note: Mooberry Winery in Parksville, Vancouver Island is also a fruit winery.