Church and State Wines -Brentwood Bay

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Church and State Wines -Brentwood Bay

Church and State Wines -Brentwood Bay
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from $118.60
11:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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As Vancouver Island’s largest and most prolific winery, Church & State Wines Brentwood is a must-see for every visitor to the Victoria region. Pouring award-winning wines daily from both our Vancouver Island Estate and Okanagan Estate vineyards, Church & State is a unique experience just 15 minutes from Downtown. Join us for lunch from May to December in our bistro, featuring a fresh menu made from the finest local ingredients. Executive Chef Desiree Perrin creates unique dishes with the best of Vancouver Island and the surrounding Gulf Islands, each perfectly paired with Church & State’s award winning wines. Reservations for groups of 8 or more are required.
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RuthK201415
Kelowna, Canada6 contributions
Not good
Mar 2021
Staff doing tasting was not very engaging. He was more concerned with emptying the dishwasher despite only about 6 people in the tasting room. Majority of the wines are not from locally sourced vineyards. The grapes come from the Okanagan.
We probably would have bought a bottle but the extravagant tasting fee, like most other wineries is not waived if you purchase their product .
Now I know why we have never visited this winery in the Okanagan.
Written March 13, 2021
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JRE279
Calgary, Canada30 contributions
Delicious destination.
Oct 2020
My husband and I had originally enjoyed the Church & State Syrah as a restaurant in Invermere, BC. When planning our trip to Victoria this was a priority. Our wine tasting was graciously hosted by Tony and the wines were delicious. Because of air travel, we were limited to our 2 favourites: Viogner and the Meritage. We enjoyed the shelter and patio heaters on a cooler Oct afternoon. The food was delicious (fish sandwich and beet salad). I would recommend you visit!
Written October 11, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your visit. Keep an eye on our website and social media channel's, as sometimes we offer free shipping promotions. We look forward to seeing you in the future.
Written October 22, 2020
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Sandy G
Toronto, Canada349 contributions
Lovely winery, delicious & affordable wines
Sep 2020 • Friends
We made an online booking for a weekday wine tasting and showed up a bit early, apologetically. But there was no problem accommodating us on this day: we were the only visitors to the winery! Our hostess was friendly and chatty, and we enjoyed our 5-wine tasting of wines from both their Vancouver Island and Okanagan vineyards. We particularly enjoyed the Roussane, and would have ordered wine to ship home, but they don’t currently deliver to our location. The building itself is beautiful in the West Coast style, with vineyard and mountain views. The grounds are lovely, and there is plenty of parking. We will definitely return!
Written September 30, 2020
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Hi there, thank you for taking the time to visit us. It was our pleasure to have you. Where are you located? Maybe we can let you know if we start shipping there in the future.
Written October 22, 2020
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Colin C
Victoria, Canada14 contributions
Great stop for tasting or a bistro lunch
Sep 2020
We are wine club members to several of California and BC's top wineries. We find the C&S wines to be excellent - and excellent value. As is the case with most restaurants and bars, navigating the Covid restrictions make it challenging for those in the hospitality industry. We find that the Bistro has innovative and good food albeit with a more limited menu this year for obvious reasons. A lunch with a full bottle of wine here is a great bargain as you don't pay the usual restaurant 100% to 200% markup on wine. We enjoy the fish tacos and seafood chowder. If the weather cooperates you can take a packed picnic to their upper picnic area.
The winery and facility is beautiful and well worth a visit.
Written September 24, 2020
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Hi Colin, thank you for taking the time to write us a response. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit with us. We enjoy offering our customers the opportunity to purchase our wines as close to the retail pricing as possible in our Bistro. See you again soon!
Written October 22, 2020
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bgoing77
Nanaimo, Canada13 contributions
Very disappointing
Aug 2020 • Couples
My wife and I have wanted to visit Church and State for some time. Finally got a chance to get away for the weekend and made a reservation for 12pm. We had indicated that we would like to eat and do a tasting.
We got to Victoria early and emailed to see if we could bump our reservation back by and hour and were given a reply email promptly saying they could accommodate us at 11:30 which was fine.
The establishment was slow and late to open, as we passed by the tasting bar we had a quick chat with a young lady who we told we were looking forward to a tasting. She asked if we had a separate reservation for the tasting, which we didn’t realize was required, told her no and she didn’t seem to think there would be an issue getting us in.
The line up and ordering process was a bit cumbersome. You place your order off the menu that is taped to the inside of a plastic “Covid” barrier. We were not given any suggestions or wine pairing options. We decided to go for the full charcuterie and cheese board ($45) and a bubbly Prosecco style white. We were told to find table 8 and went to sit.
We were greeted quickly enough by a young woman who was pleasant but not personable (she may have been new and nervous). Our wine came quickly and was quite good. Our charcuterie board, however, was AWFUL. There was 3 types of meat, all of which only had three slices cut paper thin each. There were three small portions of cheese, none of which were special - Boursin store bought cheese, a Swiss type and one other that was such small a portion I don’t recall the type. There was a Dijon mustered and a table spoon size of pickled veg.

When you order a $45 charcuterie board, you expect a $45 charcuterie board. We had another later in the day at Aura Restaurant (Laurel Point Inn - highly recommend) which was half the price and double the size!

To add insult to injury, we then asked if we could do a tasting (and would have happily paid to do the tasting at our table if there was no room at the bar) to which we were told that it wasn’t possible. This is the first time that we have been to a winery where we have left with no history of the winery, nor a tasting, nor a case or two of wine.

I will not go back, nor will I purchase their wine. Skip this winery and drive north a bit and visit Unsworth or Avrill Creek....it is worth the drive!
Written August 4, 2020
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Hi there, first we want to thank you for your honest feedback. It is important to us to receive this information in order to improve our offerings to our guests. We have taken a look at our charcuterie option to improve and enhance it's offering. We do apologize that you were unable to book a tasting with us at the same time. We have been quite short staffed this season but this does not mean that we haven't brainstormed some solutions to improve on this since your review. We are working on offering some self-guided options with information on our winery, wines, terroir and other location that will be available at the tables for guests to learn from. Again, we want to thank you for taking the time to let us know of your experience and allowing us to grow from our mistakes. If you have anything else to add, please contact our Operations Manager, marketing@churchandstatewines.com
Written September 26, 2020
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Maureen L
Vancouver, Canada10 contributions
A lovely experience
Jul 2020
We travel to the Okanagan valley regularly and have visited Church and State Winery but were thrilled to learn they had a location on the island! We had a lovely wine tasting. Their sparkling wine is wonderful and it’s only available at this location. Next it was lunch on the patio. The charcuterie platter was tasty - if a bit sparse for the price. Nevertheless we had a great time. Service was excellent as well. We will definitely return.
Written July 18, 2020
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Caroline E
Victoria, Canada24 contributions
Retirement luncheon
Sep 2019
The restaurant / tasting room is a lovely place with a beautiful setting. We were a large group and I was very aware of the amount of noise we were making as we were in the same open room as any other diner. A separate room would have been better, I think.

I was a little disappointed in the meal (chicken), but realize that getting meals prepared for fifty guests is a challenge. But, the dessert! OMG - chocolate ganache pie. I'll go back just for that.

The Church and State winery is on a public transit route, but there is still a 5-minute walk along the driveway through the vines to get to the dining room / tasting room.
Written October 29, 2019
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Jeffrey H
Washington DC, DC62 contributions
Great Winery!
Aug 2019
We stopped by the winery as one of 3 stops from a cruise ship excursion. The wine tasting was great. Christine if fantastic. You can't visit and not have a good laugh without meeting Christine. The wine was great and unique.
Written October 14, 2019
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Erann W
Spruce Grove, Canada5 contributions
Bistro in Brentwood Bay
Sep 2019 • Couples
My fiance and I enjoyed lunch at the bistro in Church and State Winery Brentwood Bay... 5 stars is not enough! Had a fantastic experience. The food and the service were both top notch. Beautiful setting. We absolutely loved it here!
Written September 14, 2019
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Michel1961
Gatineau, Canada126 contributions
Second visit at Church and State Wines
Aug 2019
Church and State Wines offers a interesting tasting experience minutes away from the Victoria International Airport and Sidney, BC. The location is pretty and the main building elegant. We chose 4 wines each for 7$. Pretty cheap. The sparkling we tried is actually produced just outside on the premises. All the wines were certainly worth the price. On the downside, service is a little distracted and the level of engagement with the tasters (who do like to exchange observations) is uneven. Also, we had the cheese and charcuterie plate and it was mighty empty at the price (45$). We were offered 4 smallish slices of bread with this and told we would be charged if we wanted more. Really? For 45$? That left a discordant impression. Globally, I would recommend the tasting experience but would suggest a more generous food offer to the owner(s).
Written August 31, 2019
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