Backyard Vineyards, Langley

 

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Fraser Valley & Greater Vancouver
More than half of British Columbia’s total farm industry is located in the Fraser Valley, so it should come as little surprise that it is also a great place to grow and make wine. The valley itself is a patchwork of barns, silos and swaths of fields and vineyards with the Fraser River winding its way through the core. This vast region also includes Metro Vancouver and, thus is the perfect mix of urban meets rural for visitors who want it all. There are wineries scattered throughout, in the city proper as well as Delta, Surrey, Langley/Aldergrove, Abbotsford, Richmond and New Westminster. They include grape wineries that focus on making fresh, fruit-forward wines, but also produce alternative fruit wines, mead, craft cider, spirits and beer and even sake. Regional Notes: • Metro Vancouver has a population of 2.46 million and is home to the Vancouver Canuck NHL hockey team, the Vancouver Whitecaps MLS soccer team and the BC Lions CFL football team. It’s a place to see big name concerts and has a thriving film industry • The region is home to the largest gatherings of wintering eagles in the world • There’s an annual tulip festival • Stanley Park offers over 1,000 acres of natural beauty in the middle of Vancouver along the seawall • The annual salmon run on the Fraser River is an awe-inspiring attraction • Steep mountains and canyons are a big attraction for hiking, rock climbing, alpine biking and skiing • There are in excess of 100 golf courses in and around Vancouver and the Fraser Valley Approximate Number of Wineries: 40 Primary Varieties: Siegerrebe, Pinot Gris, Bacchus, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay First Winery: 1991