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There is something special in the air at 40 Knots winery. With the Strait of Georgia and the ferry to Powell River just a stone’s throw away, the 24-acre Comox Valley vineyard echoes with the sounds of sea lions barking on the rocky shore and is home to grapevines whose leaves sway in the breeze.
The magic of the 40 Knots vineyard site and surroundings comes from much more than the ocean atmosphere. Enchantment emerges from the wildlife: diving swallows, migrating swans, calling gulls, and eagles high in the wind – all watching as the vineyard unfolds.
Birds typically are not a grape grower’s friend, yet at 40 Knots, the winery “farms around them.” In return, the eagles are happy to live side-by-side with the grapes and use vineyard cuttings for their nests. Swallows, prominent in the vineyard, were symbolically seen to carry a message of
hope and good luck, representing a celebration of homecoming for sailors as they neared land. How fitting that the seaside vineyard sky is dotted with swallows who dive and play in the air overhead, making the vineyard their home.
The marine air, which has been known to produce the odd storm force wind, gives way to the winery name 40 Knots. The exceptional effort that is put into 40 Knots as a grape-growing land makes way for the exceptional wines produced by the 40 Knots team, crafted with a strong focus on quality and merit.
The wines produced at 40 Knots are as distinct and unique as the site: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Rose, Whitecaps, and their signature Spindrift Brut.