From Field to Glass since 2007.
In 2007, John & Catherine Windsor brought their vision of a small family owned and operated organic vineyard to life as ‘deVine Vineyards,’ converting 23 acres of overgrown farmland into their home along with 3 vineyard plots of Gruner Veltliner, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir grapes. Though much has changed over the years through the evolution of our vineyard into a winery and finally a craft distillery, our vision of a truly local grape and grain to glass offering has remained the same.
Located in the heart of a thriving agricultural community on the Saanich Peninsula just north of Victoria, BC, we are so fortunate to be able to source or grow the majority of our raw ingredients through partnerships with local farmers right here on the peninsula.
Whether it’s Whisky and Gin crafted from locally grown and malted barley, brandy we make using our own estate grown grapes, or eau de vie made from locally grown strawberries, we strive to showcase the local terroir through the incredible ingredients grown here in our community in each of our spirits.
From our humble beginnings, family has always been at the heart of DEVINE’s operations, including our small extended family of loyal staff.
John Thomas, our first and longest serving employee has been a fixture here at DEVINE even before the first vine was planted. Involved in everything we do here, you can always catch a glimpse of him somewhere on the property whether on a tractor, tending to the vines, or manning the still.
Winemaker and Master Distiller Ken Winchester became involved in the early days of DEVINE, initially consulting on our vineyard and winery operations before joining us full time as our winemaker in 2014. Ken then began our distilling operations in 2015, using his renowned creativity to produce a number of unique and award-winning spirits and vermouths before heading into a well-earned retirement in 2020.
In 2015, John & Catherine’s daughter Kirsten Titcomb expanded her involvement with DEVINE into a full time role leading the business into the launch of the distillery operation that same year. With continued growth on the horizon, Kirsten’s husband Kevin Titcomb joined the production team in 2016, before taking over the distillery operations from Ken in 2020.
Through the growth and evolution of our business with each passing season, we have truly found our sense of place in our spirits, where our passion for handcrafting good honest spirits using locally grown ingredients shines through with every sip. Our DEVINE family shares the same unwavering passion for celebrating the land, cherishing our community, and enjoying good food and drink with the people we love. After all, life is DEVINE!
Every sip has a story; taste the Peninsula in every glass.
A popular and often misunderstood term in the wine world, terroir is best described as the “somewhereness”. At DEVINE, we believe the terroir is what sets a spirit apart as well. By using locally and sustainably sourced ingredients in all our products (oftentimes growing them ourselves), we are able to create offerings unlike any other. Taste the peninsula in the malted barley grown just five minutes away from the distillery, touch the botanicals that we grow and use in our Vermouth’s, or gaze at the vines that grew the gin in your martini.
Vineyard, Orchard, Field & Hive.
Our philosophy for creating the finest of craft spirits. When it comes to our process, you’ll hear us say: “We do it the hard way”. Our award-winning gins are tenderly crafted using Vancouver Island wine grapes or Saanich Peninsula-grown grain and infused traditionally during distillation with whole botanicals either grown by us or sourced locally and sustainably.
Our estate-grown vineyard is certified organic and has been farmed without pesticides or sprays since day 1.
The Honey Shine trio is unique as all three rums are made from 100% BC honey. We have partnered with the good folks at The Honeybee Centre in Cloverdale to provide us with the divinely delicious wild-gathered clover honey to keep us in compliance with our ‘true craft’ standards.
Both our vermouths are made in traditional European styles and are crafted from a base of our wine, fortified with our own craft spirit, and aromatized on whole botanicals in our distillery before being lightly filtered and bottled by hand.
What does it mean to be True Craft?
- Only BC grains, fruit, and produce
- Only on-site fermentation and distillation using traditional methods
- No additives, preservatives, or artificial flavours
- No neutral grain spirit (bulk alcohol produced by industrial distilleries)