Self-Guided Tours of the Cellar & Orchard: There’s no need to make a reservation if you’re just a small group. Simply grab a map in the farmhouse (or download it here) and set off on your Merri way. Watch for the numbered signs which will help guide you. Our distillery operation does require staff accompaniment, but you’re welcome to sneak a peek in the window.
Self-Guided Family Tours of the Orchard: On this family-oriented tour, you can explore our orchard and learn about apple trees, indigenous plant life and little known facts about Cowichan. This tour also highlights “Merri and Dale” – the magical apple blossom faeries living on our property. Pick up our “Mystical Orchard Adventure Map” to search for faeries, dryads, hobgoblins, gnomes and elves or download it here. And don't forget to ask about our Kid's Menu when you join us in the Eatery!
Guided Tastings at the Bar
At Merridale, we have dozens of ciders and spirits that are just waiting to get to know you. Our team is happy to introduce you to them in a guided tasting session. This is an opportunity to sip on cocktails, sample flights, or even enjoy a glass of wine or beer from our neighbouring friends. If you’re a group of 10 or more, please consider making a reservation so we can give your group individualized attention. Don’t forget the lounge snacks if you want just a little something to go with our potables. Our house-made kettle chips are rather amazing!
One last note, net proceeds from our cider tasting flights are donated to charities. We donate to those in need that are close to our farm, or those that are close to our hearts. Yes, you can feel good about taking a flight at Merridale. Please ask at the tasting bar if you would like to hear more about the charity we are supporting when you visit.