Our Story

Winemaking with “PURE” Attitude

Life is too short to drink bad wine, and that is one thing you will never have to worry about when you make your wines with us!  We proudly ferment your wines, beers and ciders with minimal sulfites and unlike the other guys, we don’t use any clearing additives.  We make wine the way nature intended, clean and simple.  Your wines are cold stabilized in our large walk in coolers where they hang out at a cool 2-4 degrees Celsius for a couple of weeks, mellowing out the sharp acidic tones that you find in a lot of craft wines and that’s also when they naturally drop their sediment.  Your wine is then filtered through our five chamber course filter system, making sure we do not strip your wine of it’s body and character.

OUR BIGGEST SECRET!  We can help you turn your fruit into wines, ciders, ports and sparkling wines!  YUP!  That’s right!  You can bring us your fruit, fresh or frozen and turn it into something amazing!  You will be OVER THE MOON when you see what you can do with your fruit!  It’s better than pies and jams!  Oh the possibilities!  Don’t have fruit trees or berry bushes?  Our island is covered in rogue blackberries and everyone has a neighbour who leaves their apples to fall to the ground…. all you need to do is pick it and bring it in to us and start your fermentation!  Trust us, it’s worth the effort!

In the spring we begin taking orders for fresh grapes.  We source your grapes from California and Washington State. You can make wine with real fresh grapes at our establishment!  Every fall we have an annual crushing party, and well, crush grapes of course!  It’s fun and it’s sticky, but the romance you will feel when drinking your wine the next year is unbelievable!

We are proudly locally family owned and operated in the heart of the Saanich Peninsula.  We really love what we do, and that love is passed into your finished products.  You won’t believe how good craft wine can be.  It’s not like your parents used to make back in the day!

Here at Flying Fish Winery, we pride ourselves on thinking outside the box.  What ever you are looking for in a wine, beer, or cider…we can do it…  and we can do it well!  We’re going to knock your socks off!  No one ever leaves with out a smile!

You are going to love your products fermented at Flying Fish Winery, we guarantee it!

Try Us!  You’ll Be Hooked!

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Cheers!

Derek and Melanie Winnicki