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Unsworth Vineyards

Frequently Asked Questions

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Visiting Unsworth

Does Unsworth host weddings?

Unsworth does not host weddings. We recommend Merridale Cidery and Bird’s Eye Cove for your special day.

Can I bring my dog?

Well behaved, leashed dogs are welcomed on our Tasting Room Terrace. We cannot accommodate dogs in our Restaurant & Patio due to provincial health regulations.

When are you open?

The hours for our Tasting Room & Terrace as well as our Restaurant & Patio can be found on our Contact page.

How can I make reservations?

Reserve a Tasting Experience.

Make a reservation in Unsworth Restaurant.

Can I see the current Restaurant menu?

Yes! Visit our Menu page

When can I get pizza?

Our pizza oven is part of our outdoor patio, which is open spring through early fall when the weather is appropriate for outdoor dining. During pizza season, our Pizza Menu is available on our Menu page.

Does the Restaurant have GF, vegan, other dietary sensitive options?

Yes. We have menu items that are built with common dietary requests in mind. Most dishes can be modified slightly to accommodate for dietary requests. Please feel free to let us know your requests prior to dining by emailing the restaurant.

Can I work at Unsworth?

We are always on the lookout for the next great vine star! While we aren’t always hiring, we would love to hear from you and see if there is a fit. Please email your resume and a brief intro via email.

Vineyard & Winery Information

Are your wines vegan?

Winemaker, Dan Wright’s mission is to handcraft the highest quality wines possible. He does this by using his calculated experience and a combination of age-old techniques and modern innovation. Sometimes this means the wines are vegan, and sometimes not. Our Tasting Room and Restaurant teams are happy to share any information with guests during visits. If you are unable to visit the Tasting Room, please feel free to contact us with questions about specific wines.

Where can I find out more about your wines?

We have detailed tech sheets about each wine on our Media & Trade Resources page

Do you grow all your own fruit?

Unsworth farms 11 acres at our estate in Mill Bay and own and farm a further 43 in Sahtlam, located 5 minutes west of Duncan. We also work with fruit we purchase from other vineyards. In some cases, we fully manage these vineyards; in other cases we only purchase fruit, and of course, everything in between.

Do you grow your fruit sustainably?

Since inception in 2009, Unsworth has had sustainable farming at the forefront of our mindset. Our initial vineyard planting in 2011 was with unique new varieties to global viticulture which were chosen to grow premium fruit in our cool coastal northernly location without intervention from high energy inputs. With warming temperatures, we are noticing that we can farm Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and a few other classic varieties with the same sustainable methods as our initial vineyard plantings.

Our estate vineyards are fertilized with compost that we make onsite from our pumice (grape pressings after harvest) and manure from our neighbouring farm. We operate our vineyard in a no-till manner which increases soil biodiversity, minimizes CO2 release into the atmosphere, and saves tractor emissions.

Working with 8 other grape growers around the Cowichan Valley—as well as the Saanich Peninsula Gulf Islands, and Fraser Valley—makes it difficult to use blanket statements about all the various farmers philosophies, however Unsworth is committed to making top quality wines for generations to come, while continuing to improve and provide the ideal environment for our community and beyond.

UV Wine Club

What are the membership requirements?
  • Members must be 19 years of age or older.
  • Members must provide a valid shipping address.
  • Members must provide a valid credit card on file for annual shipment(s).
  • UV Wine Club memberships are for a minimum of one year. 
When can I expect to be billed for my UV Wine Club shipments?

Signature members will be billed the week we ship your case each Spring; Collector members will be billed in Spring and Fall. You will receive an email notification prior to the billing of your shipment.

I have been charged for my UV Wine Club case shipment, when will I receive it?

Vancouver Island shipments are typically delivered withing 2 business days. Vancouver Lower Mainland shipment can take 3 to 5 business days. The balance of Canada can take 5 to 10 business days. When your case is shipped, you will receive an email with tracking information.

Can I pick up my UV Wine Club shipment at the winery?

Absolutely! If you live locally you can select to have all Club orders held at the winery for pick-up for up to 30 days. If your order is not picked up within 30 days, shipping will automatically be charged to the card on file and the case will be sent to you.

What is the Cancellation Policy?

UV Wine Club memberships are for a minimum of one year. After one year, you may cancel your membership at any time. Cancellations are required in writing to at least two weeks prior to case shipment.