I spent a great afternoon visiting with Brenda Hetman-Craig and Layne Craig who are the proud new owners of 40 Knots Vineyard and Estate Winery in Comox. Friendly, welcoming and informative this couple will prove to be great stewards of this amazing place. You can find the winery at 2400 Anderton Road. Head towards the Little River Ferry terminal on Anderton and keep an eye open for the left turn just a bit beyond Anderton Nursery. Take that turn and the winery is a couple of minutes further along on the right hand side of the road, behind a set of wrought iron gates. There are signs at the side of the road with the tasting room hours.
This place is beautiful! I came here on a warm, summer afternoon when could almost hear the grapes ripening on the vines! Right as you pull into the property the tasting room is at the end of the drive. Inside the décor is simple but elegant with wine racks lining two walls, a long wooden table in the center of the room and a tasting bar along the far wall. When I arrived Layne was speaking with a customer so I had Brenda all to myself. She poured me sample after sample of delicious wine and spoke way over my head about the wines and the processes employed by 40 Knots in creating them. I must admit I was unaware of the variety of the wines they produced and was pleasantly surprised. I tasted a light Chardonnay, a fruity Rosé, a rich Port and a Pinot Gris 2012. All delicious with my favorite being the bottle of Pinot Gris I chose to take home.
“40 Knots Estate Winery has the capacity to bottle 10,000 cases per vintage! That is a lot of wine!”
Layne and Brenda took us all out back to the production area. I must say that it was extremely impressive. The picture to the left is of the stainless steel fermentation tanks that were imported from Italy. 40 Knots Estate Winery has the capacity to bottle 10,000 cases per vintage! That is a lot of wine!
With 20 acres of grapes in full production they are going to need that capacity. I predict great things to come for 40 Knots as these fine folks build the business. Their passion for the wines and the winery is in every word they speak about the place. Their investment in the valley and their interest in engaging their new community should inspire us all to pay them a visit and see what they can do.