Carbrea Vineyard & Winery

Strong family values, deep Hornby roots
and a love for good wine.

Stephen Bishops's family moved to Hornby Island in 1972, taking a giant leap of faith and beginning their family business, Sea Breeze Lodge. Suzie, the youngest of Jim and Pam Gordon's nine children, moved to Hornby in 1976 at age 12 and later married Stephen. In 2001 Stephen & Suzie bought their own home on Hornby on 10 acres of agricultural land. After much research and industry study they planted the first stage of their vineyard in 2002. Stephen continues to manage Sea Breeze and juggle winemaking, vineyard management and family, while Suzie focuses primarily on Carbrea and family life.

Carbrea's four acre vineyard benefits from sunshine from sunrise to sunset on this beautiful south facing property. Early bud-break and long summer days bring sweet, ripe grapes ready for harvest in early October. Sustainable farming methods are practiced without the use of herbicides or pesticides. Constant maintenance on the vineyard is required with the plants individual needs being met along the way. For this demanding job they rely on Mick Vet who is a wealth of agricultural knowledge.

Small lots of hand crafted wines are produced in Carbrea's micro-winery. They use French oak for aging their red wines and malolactic fermentation to reduce acidity and soften the wines. Italian stainless fermentation tanks are used for aging their whites.

Visit Carbrea Winery for a tasting, wander the vineyard (enquire about on-site picnics), and to visit the Wineshop with a display of local art and a great selection of wine related curios.