Garry Oaks Winery prides itself on its growing techniques, and their wines convey a spirit of adventure and exploration, with each sip showcasing a piece of Salt Spring Island. Marcel Mercier is the vineyard guru, and his interest is matched by Elaine Kozak, the talented winemaker at Garry Oaks Winery. Their unbridled passion translates to their estate vines, grown on the island in the well-drained, south-facing, sandy-gravelly-loam slopes of Mt. Maxwell. A meticulous understanding of soil has produced acres of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Zweigelt, Gewurztraminer, to go along with their small scattering of Chardonnay. Balance and harmony is the philosophy, and it is backed up by countless awards attesting to the success of Garry Oaks’ approach.