Corlan Vineyard is situated on a south-facing slope nestled within a cedar and fir forest in the heart of Denman Island, BC. Our soils are mostly sandstone with some clay. We have built the soil with the use of a “weed badger” and mowing, as we started with forest soils. We do not irrigate, so the vines show some variable growth; but we believe that this stressing will be reflected in the flavour of our wine. During the winter the Farm’s sheep are pastured in the vineyard where they lamb in early spring.
The Vines (grapes)
Ortega – A cross between Muller-Thurgen and Siegerrebe, this is our main white planting. They give us a consistently generous crop and make a crisp, aromatic wine, lovely for summer sipping. We call this wine Sandy Island White; Sandy Island being the marine park at the northern tip of Denman Island.
Siegerrebe – A smaller, more recent planting showing much promise. We have a limited amount of this aromatic white for sale.
Marechal Foch – A French-American hybrid, this red grape ripens dependably in our climate. It produces an inky red wine. This vine needs very little intervention beyond pruning, so is very suited to our certified organic vineyard. We call this wine Chrome Island Red after the very picturesque lighthouse at the south end of our island home.
Leon Millot – A new planting set to produce in 2016; a sister grape to Marechal Foch.
A combination of our own thornless and Denman wild blackberries, this achieves a high alcohol content with no fortification. It takes a year to finish fermenting, so is released in limited quantities. Our 2017 Blackberry Dessert Wine was a Silver Medal winner at the Finger Lakes International Wine Festival!
A small propagating greenhouse and nursery grows bedding plants for the garden as well as grapevines (table as well as wine), various shrubs, trees and herbs.
A sampling of available plants for sale includes:
TREES: Arbutus, English Walnut, Sequoia, Meta Sequoia, Pine Nuts
SHRUBS: Kerria Japonica, Romneya Coulteri, Echinops, Virginia Creeper
VINES: Interlaken (white table grape), Bath (table and wine), Marechal Foch, Siegerrebe, Ortega
Corlan Vineyard invites volunteers to participate in the fall harvest – a fun, educational experience rewarded with a community feast.
Inquire about pruning demonstrations.
A flock of Clun Forest Sheep play an integral part in maintenance in the off season by roaming the vineyard eating weeds and grass between rows. During the growing season the sheep are relocated to another field.
What’s a Corlan?
The word “Corlan” is a Welsh word meaning sheepfold. A corlan is a stone circle where the sheep in North Wales are brought for shearing and other attentions, as seen on the To Ewes Wine labels!
The resident Border Collies Shadow, Jill, Seren and Trooper Joy roam the property, greet visitors and herd sheep.