Garry Oakes Vineyard

1880 Fulford-Ganges Rd.
Salt Spring Island, BC

In a well-planned career change, Marcel Mercier (an environmental consultant) and Elaine Kozak (an economist) have developed Saltspring Island’s largest winery. The vineyard work is so detailed that many vines are grafted to early-ripening rootstock, giving Garry Oaks a leg up on the island’s short season.

The winery is named for the species of white oak native to the Pacific Northwest. The winery ages its pinot noir in Garry oak barrels. Winery visits can be enhanced by a stroll through the Cretan labyrinth built in the vineyard in 2004. The vineyard grows gewürztraminer, pinot gris, pinot noir, Léon Millot and zweigelt.

Purchases of Okanagan grapes have now been discontinued, even though the difficult seasons of 2007 and 2008 were challenging. On the other hand, the 2009 vintage on the B.C. coast was, in Kozak’s words, “spectacular [with] terrific fruit and unbelievable yield.” On that high note, Kozak and Mercier currently have the winery listed for sale.

Owner/Operator: Elaine Kozak
Phone: 250-653-4687

One Comment on “Garry Oakes Vineyard”

  1. Hello, I recently bought two cases of your zeeigelt wine from 2017 and it’s still fizzy and tastes like a new wine. I’m very disappointed. I have given a couple of bottles away as gifts as I had another case and it was delicious. I will be bringing this case back the next time I’m on SSI.

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