Fort Berens Estate Winery is a culmination of the dreams, vision and pioneering spirit of several entrepreneurs. It was founded with a pioneering spirit and forged on the road less traveled. The winery is owned by a team of eight individuals who share a common belief in the incredible winemaking potential of British Columbia’s Fraser Canyon and a shared vision to make Fort Berens into one of Canada’s leading producers of fine wine.
Our tasting room is open year-round. During the summer the tasting room is open daily from 10am till 6pm. From November 1st until May 1st, the tasting room will be open from 10am till 4pm.
Ethical Table at Fort Berens offers seating on our patio overlooking the vineyard with spectacular views of the Fraser benchland and the Coast Mountains. Soak up the sunshine on the patio or choose a table with shade as you enjoy a farm fresh wine-paired meal. Reservations are recommended. Please call 250.486.5555 to reserve your table.
Explore the land. Experience the thrill of Discovery. Our wine club program offers you the chance to be a pioneer: to be the first to see, taste, and uncover the terroir of our region. With its snow-capped mountains and unique arid climate, Lillooet might be one of the last uncharted wine regions in the province. From the first taste of a new vintage to walking the vineyard with the winemaker, you can be part of the Discovery. In every journey there are many explorations, but only one first step.
We strive to craft a portfolio of balanced and distinctive wines, honest and pure, that reflects the unique terroir of this new region and the spirit of the winemaker. Offered at a fair price, our wines are accessible for a broad audience and allow for outstanding food paring.
A vintage review: 2012 with winemaker James Cambridge
Fort Berens Estate Winery
2pm to 4pm
In many ways, the 2012 vintage is one of our benchmark vintages. Join our winemaker James Cambridge as he will take you back a few years to talk about this particular vintage. You will have the opportunity to sample some rare wines, including the 2012 Riesling that won the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in BC Wines, as well as the award winning Chardonnay, White, Gold, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc and Meritage.
Screwcap trials: Chardonnay & Riesling tasting
Fort Berens Estate Winery
5pm - 6:30pm
Screwcaps may all look the same, but under the cap is where the magic occurs. The liner of the cap allows a little bit of oxygen through that will impact the way a wine ages. In 2012 and 2013, we experimented with different liners of screwcaps. Some allow lots of oxygen through, some very little. In this tasting session, you will have an opportunity to taste 6 variations of 2012 Chardonnay and 2013 Riesling. Same wine, different screwcap.