My husband and I first met Peter and Pat Dicken in 1998 when they took over operation of the business “Valley Vines to Wines” in Mill Bay, BC. We have been loyal customers since that time and have nothing but praise and admiration for the owners and their management expertise. Peter and Pat are very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the products which they sell and we have always found that they are more than willing to impart that information to their customers. Peter, Pat and Valley Vines to Wines have become an integral and much appreciated part of this community.
We would have no hesitation in recommending Valley Vines to Wines to anyone who is interested. We wish to add that we have recommended Valley Vines to Wines to our family and friends, most of whom have now become regular customers.
Norman and Gillian Wills ~ Mill Bay, BC
I spent a number of years painfully making wine at home. I then tried several Wine making shops in Ontario. They were less frustrating than making it at home but it still was not great. We moved to Vancouver Island and I decided to try Valley Vines. I was very impressed by the scope of equipment and the professional approach they have towards making wine for you. I had never seen the opportunity to share an oak barrel before as an example.
I have been a happy user for 6 years now and have yet to receive a batch I am not pleased with. Any questions that I had were answered professionally and knowledgeably. I had several failures when I was making wine on my own but none with Valley Vines to Wine.
Cam Magnan ~ Arbutus Ridge
My husband Dave and I moved to Mill Bay from Toronto 10 years ago. We visited our local liquor store to see what wines were available. A lot were different from those on the shelves in Toronto, so we figured it would take a bit of trial and error to find ones we liked. And or course the sticker shock, with prices much higher than Ontario. Then neighbours invited us over for wine and served a very nice white, which of course we wanted to get the name of, and were very surprised to find they had made it themselves at Valley Vines to Wines right here in Mill Bay. Now we had friends back East who made their own wine as well as the wine available in the LCBO from Ontario vineyards, and hadn't found any that were to our liking at all, so our wines of choice had mainly been French and Italian. This couple said they made all their own wines, red and white and they were all great quality and great value for the money. Their only advice was to go with the 8 week kits, premium or better. We have now tried many of the different reds and whites, as well as the specialty wines, and have never been disappointed. It's great to have your own ''cellar'' to visit anytime you want.