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Fraser Valley & Greater Vancouver
The Fraser Valley and Vancouver region has one of the most well-established wine producing regions in British Columbia Wine Country. There are 36 producers and 200 acres of grapes planted, with a focus on Pinot Noir, Bacchus and white and red hybrids. It is rich in agricultural roots, yet it’s a short drive from the city of Vancouver where urbanites can find their jam. The Fraser Valley is a farming mecca, known for its favorable climate and is home to some of the most fertile land in Canada. This is an area where an abundance of produce is grown. In fact, more than half of the province’s total farm industry is located here. The wineries are scattered between Chilliwack and Richmond, yet are considered part of the Fraser Valley wine growing region, although several are actually in the Metro Vancouver region. The main varieties are Pinot Noir, Bacchus, Pinot Gris, Siegerebe and Madeleine Angevine. Producers focus on making fresh fruit-forward wines but also use other tree fruits, yet often obtain grapes from the Okanagan to create fuller bodied offerings. The Fraser Valley is only about an hour from downtown Vancouver, but you won’t feel much of the city’s influence here. It’s a grassroots and hard-working community with a much slower pace than its bustling neighbour to the west. And surrounding farmers’ fields and vineyards are rugged mountains, dense forest and pristine waterways – terrain that offer travellers great outdoor adventure opportunities such as mountain climbing, salmon fishing, white water rafting, zip lining, biking and hiking. There are numerous attractions such as aquatic and recreation centres, historic sites, parks and campgrounds. Nature lovers will be drawn to Mountain View Wildlife Conservation and Breeding Centre and Bridal Veil Falls. The close proximity to Metro Vancouver makes it highly accessible and provides excellent opportunities for rural daytrips and urban excursions.