Columbia Gardens Vineyard & Winery

Tel: (250) 367-7493
Tel2: (250) 367-7494
Cell: (250) 231-3520
Fax: (250) 367-7495
Location: 9340 Station Road, Trail, BC

About Us

Get To Know Ben & Tersia De Jager
About Us

In 2006, after Ben, an Electrical and Mining Engineer in South Africa, received a job offer from a mining house in Canada, the family decided to lift their roots in South Africa and move to Canada. On September 13, 2006 Ben and his wife Tersia together with their three kids Werner, Leandri and Darin, touched ground in Timmins, Ontario where they lived for a year before moving to Northern Manitoba.

Being an engineer means moving regularly and the family ended up in Flin Flon, Manitoba where they lived for almost four years on beautiful Douglas Lake. There, they learned to deal with the bitterly cold and long northern winters. Ben ended up flying back and forth between Flin Flon, Toronto and Saskatoon and that is when the thought of moving to the warmer climate of British Columbia was born.

“We realized that I will always be traveling for my work, and that we could basically live anywhere we want,” said Ben.

Road In To Columbia GardensEarly in the search for the perfect property they “stumbled” across the Columbia Gardens Vineyard and Winery (located in Trail, BC), but decided to investigate options in the Okanagan Valley first. After visiting the Okanagan and viewing close to twenty five farm properties, Tersia, determined to avoid another winter in Manitoba, booked tickets to Trail and on a moment’s notice they were on their way to visit their “first find property”.

They quickly realized that this was everything they ever wanted and became the new proud owners of Columbia Gardens Vineyard and Winery in August, 2013.

Ben had completed his studies at Marlow Agricultural School in Cradock, South Africa and wanted to move to a farm again. He gained experience at various vineyards when attending the school and “Learned my winemaking skills by trial and error in my home basement lab,” said Ben. He always wanted a winery and his plans for the future which included planting more vines and making port wine have become a reality. Tersia had her own dreams and with her love for entertaining converted the second house on the property into a guesthouse with an outdoor wedding venue.

“We realize every day how fortunate we are to be here,” they say. “We love Trail and its people and will be here for many years to come. We finally found the place that makes Canada home for us!”

How To Get To Columbia Gardens Vineyard & Winery

The Columbia Gardens Winery is located in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia approximately 10 km southeast of Trail. Trail is located on Highway 3B almost exactly halfway between Calgary and Vancouver (390 km), although it is a 7 hour drive from Calgary and an 8 hour drive from Vancouver. From the south, the winery is only a 2.5 hour drive from Spokane, Washington. Air Canada offers regular flights into nearby Castlegar, BC or if travelling from Vancouver, Pacific Coastal Air lands in Waneta just 3 kilometers from the winery.

If using Google maps, simply ask for directions to 9340 Station Road, Trail, BC.

If travelling from downtown Trail drive east on Hwy 3B for 5 km then turn right at the Canadian Tire onto Hwy 22A. Proceed, following the mighty Columbia River, for another 3.1 km then turn left onto Columbia Gardens Road. After a brief 1.7 km turn right at the stop sign onto Station Road and proceed for another 1.2 km to the winery.

If you are in downtown Fruitvale turn onto Columbia Gardens Road directly across from Kootenay Savings Credit Union. Stay right at the five-way stop and continue on Columbia Gardens Road. Wind your way through beautiful Beaver Valley for another 8 km then turn left at Station Road and proceed the final 1.2 km to the winery.

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