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A Tasting of Winery Living at the Blue Grouse Winery Grouse House

November 24, 2017

Imagine sipping a glass of award-winning wine on a panoramic terrace amidst a 65-acre estate winery. You and your travel companions are the only guests. And apart from the owner’s home and a well-stocked tasting room and wine cellar, the property is yours to explore.

Blue Grouse Winery Grouse House Wine and CheeseThis exclusive experience is available at the Blue Grouse Winery Grouse House, where you can taste what it is like to live (very well) on a sun-soaked hillside in Vancouver Island’s Cowichan Valley wine region.

65-acre estate Blue Grouse Vinery Grouse HouseBlue Grouse Winery Grouse House Layout

The Blue Grouse Winery Grouse House has two-bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and a central living space – it’s perfect for two couples or a family. Contemporary farmhouse-style design, custom furniture, luxury linens, and high-quality finishing make for a luxurious and cozy retreat.

Master bedroom Blue Grouse Winery Grouse HouseThe well-equipped kitchen overlooks a generous dining table ideal for enjoying the Cowichan Valley’s fabulous food and drink. On a warm day, you can BBQ and eat on the terrace overlooking the vineyards.

Photo credit: Leanna Rathkelly

The central living space includes books, puzzles, a flat-screen television, and a lounge-worthy sofa.

Photo credit: Leanna Rathkelly

Blue Grouse Winery Tasting Room

Sip and purchase the award-winning portfolio of Blue Grouse wine, including Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, and Rose in the estate’s stunning Tasting Room constructed using British Columbia timber and locally-quarried stone. Look closely at the building’s design, inspired by the winery’s namesake, the blue grouse. The dusky-blue at the entrance resembles the grouse’s tail feathers, the curved ceiling is reminiscent of a grouse’s belly, and the grouse’s head and neck inspired the building’s roofline (not visible in the picture below).

Tasting Room Blue Grouse Winery Grouse House StayA ‘bed and bottle’ retreat, Grouse House guests receive one bottle of wine upon check-in. And since it’s only a short stroll through the vineyards back to your Grouse House retreat, you can indulge when you visit the Blue Grouse Winery Tasting Room.

Novinophobia Blue Grouse Winery Grouse HouseShop For Artisanal Goods

Before you dive into the wine and immerse yourself in winery living at Grouse House, visit nearby Cowichan Bay. In this colourful seaside village, you can shop for local products like Wild Coast Perfumes and purchase food for your stay at Grouse House. True Grain Bakery, Hilary’s Cheese Co., and Great Greens Farm Market are excellent places to shop for food.

Shopping Cowichan Bay Blue Grouse Winery Grouse HouseGood to Know – Grouse House at Blue Grouse Winery

  • You can reserve the exclusive Blue Grouse Winery Grouse House experience via VRBO. The Blue Grouse Winery and Grouse House are located at 2182 Lakeside Road, Duncan, British Columbia. It’s a gorgeous property and is the winner of the 2017 Victoria Residential Builders Association Gold CARE Award for Best Interior: Residential, 3500-5000 sq ft. (this includes the owner’s home and Grouse House guest suite).
  • Click here for the Blue Grouse Winery Tasting Room hours and to make a booking. You can reserve an Executive Tasting and Tour ($25/per person) to go behind the scenes at Blue Grouse and taste wine from cellar barrels.
  • Enquire about the Blue Grouse Winery Fan Club – named after the tail feathers of the male Blue Grouse. There are three membership levels: Grouchy, Grouchier, and Grouchiest – these tiers are a playful reference to the past and present owners, affectionately referred to as the Blue Grouches. We joined the Grouchiest – it includes six bottles of Blue Grouse wine delivered (or you can pick it up) four times/year.
  • Read about seasonal offerings (November & December 2017) at Blue Grouse Winery here.

You might enjoy reading about where to eat, drink, and shop in Victoria, B.C., located less than an hour from Blue Grouse Winery Grouse House.

We enjoyed a media rate at Blue Grouse Winery Grouse House. As always, if I don’t love an experience, I won’t recommend it.

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16 Comments

  • Reply Sand In My Suitcase November 24, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Blue Grouse is so close to us in Victoria! We visited the winery a few years ago — the wine touring is quite fun in the Cowichan area. But we didn’t know about the Grouse House. Having such a a lovely homey place to stay would mean one could really slowly enjoy the Cowichan Valley and all it has to offer… Glad we found out about it!

    • Reply LuxeTravelFamily November 25, 2017 at 10:12 am

      Grouse House is a new addition to the Blue Grouse Estate Winery. I agree, the location is ideal for exploring the Cowichan Valley food and wine scene – I have a feeling we will be spending more time up there 🙂

  • Reply Janice November 24, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    What a beautiful location. The guest house is very inviting and then having all those lovely wines at your disposal would make a perfect getaway❤️

    • Reply LuxeTravelFamily November 25, 2017 at 10:09 am

      Thank you. The Grouse House is gorgeous and there is no worry about a wine shortage with the nearby Tasting Room!

  • Reply Priya Vin November 24, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    How wonderful to have an entire winery to yourself. You picked a lovely time of the year to visit as well. Bookmarking this one!

    • Reply LuxeTravelFamily November 25, 2017 at 10:14 am

      Thank you, Priya. Having the wine estate to ourselves was wonderful. The boys were tempted to try the grapes growing in the vineyard – fortunately, there are dedicated vines growing outside Grouse House for guests to enjoy.

  • Reply Paige W November 26, 2017 at 12:13 am

    This looks absolutely wonderful. I love that you can have the whole place to yourself! That’s so unique. I’d love to visit the tasting room too.

  • Reply nathalie salcedo November 26, 2017 at 12:19 am

    this blue grouse winery house looks so perfect!!! I love having wine and to be in this view could really be so perfect 🙂 I love everything about this. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Anu November 26, 2017 at 2:37 am

    Ah, I just came back from Victoria & reading about this makes me feel – why did I not read this before. Looks like you had a great time in Grouse House. I will look forward to this as and when I get to come back to Victoria.

  • Reply Medha November 26, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Wow, the house looks amazing, the view of the vineyards is such a treat to the eyes and with all that wine selection at your disposal? Perfect vacation!

  • Reply Divyakshi Gupta November 27, 2017 at 8:05 am

    I am SOLD seeing the pictures and reading your first paragraph! WHO on earth wouldn’t want a retreat like that. The views are picture perfect and this looks like a culinary extravaganza topped with exemplary luxury! Those windows opening up to the greenery! WHOA! 🙂 Simply fabulous!

  • Reply Siddhartha November 27, 2017 at 8:47 am

    Living in Blue Grouse Winery House is certainly a dream vacation – not just for the wine and the surroundings, but the peace of mind it will bring to you. Your stunning pictures bring out the beauty of the place so much more…

    By the way I also learnt a new word today – Novinophobia 🙂

  • Reply Cristina Pettersen Carpio November 27, 2017 at 11:59 am

    The Blue Grouse winery experience for wine lovers! Love this opportunity to visit the place, taste the wine and then being able to sip and purchase some of this outstanding wine.

  • Reply Shweta November 27, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    This seems like the kind of thing I would enjoy with my family. Lovely pictures. We don’t have too many wineries here in India. But I am looking forward to a similar luxurious stay at a coffee plantation with stunning views, good food, beautiful villa in Jan.

  • Reply Jen Joslin November 28, 2017 at 1:53 am

    A weekend of luxury and wine? Sign me up! The Blue Grouse looks like an amazing place to spend a weekend. Even just visiting their winery tasting room would be great. The building design is beautiful, and I love the fun names for their membership levels. The one time it’s advantageous to be the Grouchiest 😀

  • Reply Punita November 28, 2017 at 5:38 am

    I want to sell my house and move into this place!!! That bedroom is so cozy and comfy and the kitchen too. The name ‘Blue Grouse’ somehow doesn’t really seem to reflect the place 🙂 Its a place to chase away the blues!!

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