About Salt Spring Vineyards -  Our Wine & our Philosophy

After 24 years full of work and family life in the Fraser Valley, Dev and Joanne McIntyre made a career change and opted for beautiful Salt Spring Island, British Columbia in October 2008.  While owning a winery and vineyard  was a new adventure for them,  Dev and Jo were familiar with grape growing and the wine world.  While  living in the Mt. Lehman area in 1984, Dev and Jo began experimenting in a small ‘backyard’ vineyard on a portion of their 5 acre property.  They and others, were curious as to what varieties would ripen in the coastal climate.  Along with these enthusiastic growers (including the legendary John Harper), careful notes were kept of such things as harvest date, temperatures, brix and acid levels.  A lot of wine vinegar and grape jellies were made from the unsuccessful candidates!  Eventually, Dev and Jo became aware of several promising grape types. 

They followed  the development of the Okanagan grape industry, more than a little envious of their warmer, drier climate.  Dev and Jo continued to develop their wine palate with holidays in the wine countries of  Italy, France and Spain; and also joined several cellar clubs and wine societies.  Closer to home they organized a group of friends into a food and blind wine tasting club, which has been meeting 4 times a year for over 25 years!  They are dedicated and enthusiastic about producing excellent coastal wines, while advocating sustainability for their environment and their community.


Salt Spring Vineyards evokes the character of Salt Spring Island ... the most beautiful, artistic, musical and bucolic Gulf Island in Canada. 


Our goal is to create great wines that can be enjoyed with friends and family and provide a welcoming environment that is a destination unto itself.  Whether you come in for a quick tasting or decide to relax on the grounds and enjoy a picnic - we strive to create an experience you will want to repeat and share with your friends.


  • Our wines are local and made from 100% Gulf Island Grapes
  • Our wines are hand-crafted with love and we farm sustainably
  • We hand harvest every October 
  • We crush and bottle on the property
  • We believe the vineyard should capture the spirit of the wine - so we strive to make our tasting room and grounds a place you want to visit
  • We have picnic tables and umbrellas
  • We  stock a variety of  picnic supplies for your convenience including locally made breads, cheeses, tapenade and smoked salmon
  • We also encourage you to bring your own picnic and stay awhile
  • We feature live music every Friday and Sunday


About the Owners