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NAUTICAL: Celebrating sailors, 40 Knots was originally named for the gale force winds that often strike the coast. We embrace the vineyards unique microclimate, adorning our label with swallows that frequent the vineyard and depict home to a sailor.
AERONAUTICAL: Celebrating pilots, Brenda and Layne Craig were wanting a second label representing what the 40 Knots’ name meant to them. 40 Knots was the Stall Speed of Layne’s Maule M7235B Bush Plane. Stall Speed Wines made from BC grown grapes are purchased from reputable and ethical growers. These wines bring the same thrill and sense of adventure as being in a stall where the wings of the plane give up the lift and all is at zero... all is quiet.. for that moment. Our StallSpeed Collection allowed for bolder reds and whites that we cannot achieve locally.
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40 Knots is one of the largest grape wineries in the Comox Valley and one of the largest on Vancouver Island. Located on 24 stunning acres, on a slope facing the Salish Sea, we craft wines distinctly shaped by a windswept, sun-soaked microclimate. The majority of our rootstock arrived here from France in 2005. We grow four noble varieties: Pinot Noir; Pinot Gris; Chardonnay; Gamay Noir. We also grow two german hybrids: Schonberger; Siegerrebe, and one French hybrid: Pinot Auxerrois.
SUSTAINABILITY: 40 Knots has made strides towards sustainability by evaluating the environmental impact of each process, each procedure, and each purchase before any decisions are made. Partnering and collaborating with like-minded businesses have been key to success. Our sheep, chickens, geese, and Ziggy all have a hand helping us produce clean natural wines.
ETHICAL WINES: At 40 Knots, clean ethical wines are a promise. This guides us in every step we take farming, cellar management, crush pad operation, our store, our delivery to the customer and our promise to protect the environment. Our goal is to grow ultra-premium grapes on Vancouver Island. Some of the greatest vineyards in the world are grown near oceans with the salt air embedding the Burgundy oak. Great wines are not made in the tank and the barrel. Great wines come from the vineyard.
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