The Cowichan Valley’s emergence as the Provence of Canada helped form the vision for the farm. In their first season, the spring of 2005, the partners of Damali experimented with 600 lavender plants. The success of that crop led to the addition of 6000 more plants the following year, followed by another 6000 in 2007. Selected for their suitability to the climate and terrain, as well as for their properties, Damali now grows over 25 varieties of lavender.
The Damali vineyard was originally planted in 2006 with castel grapes, a North American French hybrid suited to our coastal climate and terrain. They have since added other varietals for blending ‘Maillette’, their estate grown red wine. Large rhubarb planting and raspberries were added so that a variety of fruit wines could be developed. After converting the original barn into a winery, their first wines were released in the spring of 2011.
Today, all Damali wines are made with fruit grown within the Cowichan region and their signature wines are fruit and lavender blends. These wines are truly delicious and are proving to be very popular. Damali also grows blackberries, raspberries, rhubarb and black currants for the purpose of wine making.
A working farm, Damali has been host to over 200 ‘wwoofers’ and traveling volunteers from abroad. These interested young people have shared their expertise while planting and harvesting lavender and grapes and have made a significant contribution to the farm’s development.
In 2007 a retail lavender shop and woodworking shop was designed to include a loft above. The loft facilitates a refreshing immersion into farm lifestyle for these travelers and further establishes the French-Provincial feel of the estate. Preserving their character and charm, Damali has also re-purposed the original outbuildings to serve as drying sheds and a winery/vinegary.
With considerable hard work and tender loving care, the ‘beautiful vision’ that is Damali has literally blossomed. The once tired sheep farm has been transformed into a wholesome hive of activity nurturing fields of lavender, fruitful orchards, a vineyard, winery, licensed picnic area and the Lavender Shoppe as well as a luxurious French style farmhouse B&B.
The hosts welcome you to come to their little piece of heaven. Please ‘Indulge your Senses ~ Savour the Lifestyle’.