Lotusland Vineyards – Pulse Spotlight – 10.24.11

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

Is there anything better than a delectable drink that’s also environmentally friendly? We don’t think so, which is why we can’t get enough of Lotusland and their delicious, organic, local wines. That’s right; Lotusland is an organic vineyard based right here in Abbotsford. In fact, owners Liz and David Avery proudly say it’s the only 100 percent Fraser Valley Winery.

That means all the wines are made from Fraser Valley fruit, and they’re not just talking about grapes. Devil’s Spit, a red wine, is made from blackberries. But of course they have wines made from grapes, too. One of their best sellers is the Girlsrmeaner, a white wine in both dry and off dry, and the Ortega, with fresh citrus aromas. Or, if you feel like a red, they have a selection that includes Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc and Enigma.

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But at Lotusland, it’s not just about the wines; it’s about caring for the environment. None of the fruit is exposed to chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Liz and David say that was important to them because they knew their children would be working with the grapes, and they didn’t want their children exposed to harmful chemicals. The priority, Liz says, is being good stewards of the land.

“The people of the Haida Gwaii have a saying that we borrow this earth from our grandchildren,” David says. “That’s a philosophy that goes in every bottle we produce.”

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Because the wines are so delicious, you might assume Liz and David have an extensive history involving wines, but they don’t. Before starting Lotusland in 1997 (the retail store opened in 2002), Liz was a stay-at-home mom who did contract house cleaning once her children were in school. David was involved in regional sales for an office products company. They were amateur wine makers, who decided they wanted to spend their days in the outdoors. So they bought the property in Abbotsford where Lotusland now sits.

The acreage Lotusland is on is actually a reclaimed gravel quarry, so one of the first priorities was spending long hours in the yard, picking up all rocks larger than three inches—by hand. “There is not one square foot of this land that we haven’t altered,” Liz says.

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Liz says the move to planting seeds was actually a progression. The land was seeded with hay, but Liz didn’t feel what they were doing was farming. So, David suggested growing grapes. They obtained cuttings from the Okanagan, cut them into the appropriate sizes and then, after a few years and a lot of hard work—during which David was still involved in his sales job—Lotusland wines were available for sale.

“We wanted a coastal flavour for our wines,” David says. “We’d like the Lotusland N.V. [pronounced like envy] to become the wine that coastal B.C. is known for, similar to what the Sauvignon Blanc is to New Zealand. We want to find something unique to this region, so people come for that wine.”

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In addition to the Lotusland retail store, which offers wine tastings, Lotusland wines can be found in a variety of restaurants and retail outlets. A bottle of Lotusland wine makes a fantastic gift because it is local and organic, and so many people enjoy it. Lotusland organic wines range in price from $16 to $35. But even though the wines might just make a perfect gift, you can always pick up a bottle to enjoy yourself. Because the perfect bottle of wine, paired with a delicious meal, is a little taste of paradise. We especially love the Girlsrmeaner in off dry.

Would you like to visit this Fraser Valley winery? We are excited to send one lucky reader for a tour, for up to 12 people, of the winery, including a tasting from the tank and barrel and samples in their tasting room.

Please leave a note below to be entered to win. Winner will be chosen at random and announced on November 2, 2011. You must be 19 years of age or older to participate in this contest. 

Update: Congratulations to our winner, Doug. This contest is now closed.

Lotusland Vineyards
www.lotuslandvineyards.com
28450 King Road, Abbotsford



Contributor: Heidi Turner

Heidi Turner is a freelance writer who lives in Abbotsford with her cats and a bearded dragon. She is a senior legal correspondent for Lawyers and Settlements and writes for Cloverleaf Country Magazine and Special Families Magazine. She also writes a blog about freelance writing called TheHappyFreelancer.com. Heidi enjoys sports, the arts and travel. She is thinking of getting a dog to keep her cats in line, because they are starting to show a little too much attitude. @heidi_turner



34 Responses to “Lotusland Vineyards – Pulse Spotlight – 10.24.11”

  1. Tara McCarthy says:

    Please enter me in the contest, thanks! This would be awesome to win!!

  2. Susan says:

    I would love to win!

  3. Brandie Mol says:

    I have received bottles of wine as gifts from people and have always enjoyed Lotuslands Products. Now after reading this I definitely want to go for a tour. What a great article!!!

  4. lucy says:

    This would be great! Would love to win this tour.

  5. Aldo Berti says:

    I am Italian and have a good taste for wine….at least that is what my wife and friends tell me.
    I am very interested in visiting your winery and of course I would love to WIN!!

  6. sounds very interesting to me!!!

  7. Heidi says:

    I would love to take a tour of Lotusland Vineyards :)

  8. Linda Sikora says:

    I LOVE wine…and would LOVE to try yours!!

  9. I am super excited to try the Girlsrmeaner wine. A friend of mine recently went on a wine tour there and picked up a bottle for, what else, Girls Night!
    Please enter me in this contest!

  10. Suzanne says:

    Count me in too! Would love to go on a tour!
    Would also love to hand engrave on your wine bottles!
    Cheers

  11. Wendy Hanson says:

    What’s not to love? Organic as well, can’t wait to tour your Lotusland for myself and do some Xmas shopping!

  12. Corinne says:

    Pretty sure I can find a few wine tasters to come along on a tour!

  13. Yvette S says:

    I love Lotusland Vineyard wines, and they are so friendly there. Would love to win the tour/tasting!

  14. Colleen says:

    Would love a tour

  15. Nancy Walker says:

    Enjoyed reading and finding out more about your winery. My husband and I were there quite a few years ago and found everyone really friendly. Would love to visit again with some of my wine loving friends. What a generous offer! Nancy W.

  16. Sharon Ross says:

    Wonderful to read about another Fraser Valley small business success! Congratulations! Even if I don’t win the tour I will be out to try and purchase some of your wines!!

  17. Karen Werner says:

    Can’t think of a better way to share the day with friends..please enter me for your contest!

  18. Sarah says:

    This would be such an awesome prize for my best friends stagette coming up!!! Oh my goodness would love to win this!

  19. Heather says:

    Sounds like a really interesting vineyard and I would love to see it in person! Will definitely be coming out your way for a visit :)

  20. Ernie says:

    I’d love to explore this winery.

  21. Christine MacIntosh says:

    wow! I love the story. Living the dream.
    My husband & I make our own beer and wine.
    I would love to celebrate our anniversary with a wine tour!

  22. Sounds like they have a great little place…will have to check it out!

  23. Donna says:

    I love hearing about new places to explore in the Fraser Valley. I would love to be part of a wine tour.

  24. Dee says:

    THIS WOULD BE GREAT TO WIN. WE ARE A GROUP OF LADIES THAT LOVE TO GO TO WINERIES IN THE AREA JUST BEFORE CHRISTMAS, AS WE CAN DO OUR SHOPPING. THANKYOU

  25. Germaine Point says:

    Very interested in this local Valley business. I have been a member of several wine clubs in the Okangan and enjoyed many Wine Festivals both in BC and California – always interested in supporting our local economy and would jump at the chance to win this prize and share with my family and friends!

  26. Desiree says:

    I love love love their wine and would love to win a tour!

  27. Ms. King says:

    will have to check this place – a tour would be great

  28. Tarrina says:

    Wine…… yummy!!!

  29. Murielle says:

    Would love to bring some of my wine club members .we are always looking for new wines .

  30. Hilda says:

    would love to win

  31. Kelly says:

    Definitely have to check this place out. It is nice to have Winery’s here instead of having to go up Country.

  32. anneke says:

    I love what they’ve done with the place and will definitely check it out.
    Thanks for letting us know about Lotus N.V.

  33. Doug says:

    Live nearby and have driven by Lotusland tons of times. Have always been curious, but never had a chance to check it out. Would love the opportunity!

  34. Martha says:

    I would love to tour Lotusland.

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