"This is really good,
  I didn’t expect that
 from Strawberry Wine."

Maeve Maguire, Maple Bay BC


Tastes like summer.

Our Cowichan Valley is rich with fruit. So rich, it’s hard to know what to do with it all. We are spoiled with an abundance of wild blackberries, bursting cherry trees, and too many apples to know what to do with — you can only make so much apple pie!

Put your overflowing buckets of juicy plums and strawberries to good use: turn them into wine, cider, port and sherry so delicious you can taste the cheer of summer even in the depths of winter.

Your fruit is in good hands.

McBarley’s is one of a handful of on-premises wine-making facilities on Vancouver Island big enough — like 6000 square-foot big — to accommodate all the fruit you need Fruit Production Chart to make your very own wine, cider, port and sherry.

We’ve also got the latest fruit-pressing equipment to get the best out of your fruit. And we’ve got Erick, who helped design McBarley’s fruit production set up from scratch. So he knows a thing or two about it.

How much fruit do I need?

Check our Fruit Production Chart for quantities. Or rollover/click on a fruit image above.   Call the store to find out about combining fruit to make wine or cider, for example - strawberry/rhubarb wine or blackberry, cherry or plum cider, there are lots of options!

Why so much fruit?

There are two ways to produce fruit wines: With 100% fruit, or by mixing fruit with wine concentrate. We produce fruit wines using 100% of your own fruit.
Please call the store to make an appointment to bring in your fruit during September and October