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Salt Spring Vineyards

In June, 2008, Dev and Joanne McIntyre purchased Salt Spring Vineyards. After a summer of commuting, they physically moved into the house on the winery property on October 1, 2008.

After 24 years full of work and family life in the Fraser valley, they have made a career change and opted for beautiful Salt Spring Island. While owning a winery and vineyard is a new adventure for them, Dev and Jo are well familiar with grape growing and the wine world. When they moved to the Mt. Lehman area in 1984, Dev and Jo began experimenting in a small ‘backyard’ vineyard on a portion of their 5 acre property. They and others, were curious as to what varieties would ripen in the coastal climate. Along with these enthusiastic growers (including the legendary John Harper), careful notes were kept of such things as harvest date, temperatures, brix and acid levels. A lot of wine vinegar and grape jellies were made from the unsuccessful candidates! Eventually, Dev and Jo became aware of several promising grape types.

Meanwhile, they followed with interest the development of the Okanagan grape industry, more than a little envious of their warmer, drier climate. Dev and Jo continued to develop their wine palate with holidays in wine countries such as Italy and France, and joining cellar clubs and wine societies. They also organized a group of friends into a food and blind wine tasting program meeting 4 times a year for 25 years! Dev and Jo bring to Salt Spring Vineyards their limited but enthusiastic viticultural and oenological background. Dev and Jo are dedicated to producing excellent coastal wines, concurrently advocating sustainability for their environment and their community.

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2012 OPENING HOURS FOR WINE TASTING AND SALES: January-February Closed (please phone for wine purchases) March-April Weekends 12-4 May-June 14th Friday, Saturday, Sunday 12 - 5 June 15th-September 3rd Daily 11 - 5 September Daily 12 - 5 October Friday, Saturday, Sunday 12 - 5 November By Appointment December Saturday, Sunday 12 - 5 (Blackberry Port - a great Christmas present!) December 29-30 Purchase our Sparkling Karma for your New Year's celebrations! And other times by appointment!

151 Lee Road, Salt Spring Island BC, V8K 2A5