By Kristi Alexandra

Tucked away in South Surrey on the near-rural Colebrook Road, a stone’s throw away from Highway 10 (and just 15 minutes from the Canada-USA border), are acres of fertile vineyard. Rows and rows of grape varieties at Vinoscenti Vineyards give Vinoscenti wines their flavour – but they’re also the focal point of the winery’s other offerings: guided winery walks, wine classes, and private events.

Dr. Clinton Lee is the owner of the newly re-opened Vinoscenti Vineyards. Affectionately known as “Doc” around the winery, he hails from South Africa.

I visited the thriving winery to find out more about their 20+ year-old vines and to see how the business’ recent makeover (the winery was formerly known as River’s Bend but re-opened in July 2017 as Vinoscenti under new ownership) is a growing renaissance.

If you’re looking to peel off the road and enjoy a leisurely stroll through the vineyards, complete with a wine tasting and a slice of mango cake in the tasting room, you won’t miss the big oak barrels welcoming you to Vinoscenti Winery.

Vinoscenti also offers an array of options for private parties, and they are able to accommodate up to 80 people for dinner on their patio and outside yard. Smaller gatherings can be accommodated in their private room, and they welcome weddings.

The focal point of the winery is not necessarily the tasting room and amenities however, but the rolling 22-year-old vineyard with several grape varieties. Tasting room supervisor Davide Piccolo says his favourites are the Cabernet Franc grapes.

Cap off your visit to the vineyards with your very own tasting. The winery boasts two whites, six reds and two late harvest wines – not to be confused with ice wine. Tastings range from three one-ounce tasters for $8 or four one-ounce tasters plus the winery’s flagship merlot for $11.

Most recently, the business teamed up with King George aviation to offer a flight over the vineyard and wine tasting package. Contact info@vinoscentivineyards.ca for details.

Find out more about Vinoscenti’s events at vinoscentivineyards.ca/events-calendar/

Vinoscenti Vineyards
15560 Colebrook Road
South Surrey, BC
vinoscentivineyards.ca

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