A Cozy Afternoon At The Fort Wine Company
Jun 18, 2015
As we pulled up to The Fort Wine Company on a sunny Saturday afternoon, we couldn’t help but take a collective sigh. Hills in the background, fields in the foreground and a cozy little winery sitting smack in the middle.
Located at 26151 84 Avenue on the outskirts of Fort Langley, not far from the Fraser River, The Fort Wine Company is just far enough down the road that you wonder if you might have missed it. The quiet road it sits on adds to the peacefulness of the location, something you’ll appreciate even more once you arrive.
Next to the wisteria and climbing vine-shaded patio, you’ll notice a welcoming wood front door. A water bowl indicates that furry companions are invited to enjoy the patio with their owners.
Inside, the wood floors and bar feel warm and intimate, yet roomy, with space enough for wine tastings, browsing and sitting at the provided tables to enjoy a glass of locally grown fruit wine or a cheese plate. A stone fireplace sits to the left, beckoning you to return in the chilly autumn months.
We’ll be honest, we didn’t know quite what to expect. It had been years since we’d tried fruit wine and we'd often found it too sweet, not sure how to serve it to guests. How times have changed!
Sitting on eight and a half acres of cranberry bogs which have been in operation since 2001, all of the winery’s cranberries are grown on site and the other fruits are sourced locally.The Fort Wine Company’s most popular wines include: Valley Girl Blueberry wine, Keremeos Fruit Stand pear and apple wine and Isle Queen Blackberries wine.
On our visit, friendly Fort Wine Company staff member, Meaghan, took the time to find out our preferences before choosing three for us to try. First up were two table wines, Ghost of the Bog, a white cranberry wine that was very dry and tart and Keremeos, a very smooth, light pear and apple wine, perfect for sipping on a hot summer day.
Our final taste was of Saucy, a cranberry dessert wine. Not as sweet as one might expect from a dessert wine, this one (with it’s playful label) is nice and tart, with that cranberry bite that just feels festive. Meaghan recommended we add a little club soda and serve it in a martini glass. We did just that the next day and polished it off with a little help from dinner guests. Year round, this would be a great way to introduce fruit wines to even the wine-phobic!
We didn’t get a chance to enjoy the patio on this visit but were told it would be expanding within the year. We hope they keep the same rustic but modern feel because we can’t stop thinking about sitting beneath the vines with a glass of Fort Wine Company sangria after a day of exploring the Circle Farm Tour in Langley.
The Fort Wine Company website: www.thefortwineco.com
Summer Hours: Thurs-Mon 11am-6pm; Winter Hours: Fri-Mon 11am-4pm
5 km East of Fort Langley village at 26151 - 84th Avenue, Langley, B.C. V1M 3M6
Click for map: The Fort Wine Company map
There are 5 Circle Farm Tours to explore:
Tours are self-guided with road maps and detailed descriptions provided on the website and downloadable brochures.
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