We acknowledge that the land on which we farm is the unceded territory of the Cost Salish peoples, including the territories of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
With our multiple vineyard locations, we are able to cultivate the best grapes in the best climate. The Okanagan has optimal temperatures for many grapes especially our icewine grapes which need to reach freezing temperatures before harvesting. Here in Richmond, we grow two varieties that don’t mind the damper climate of the lower mainland. Our fruit wines are locally sourced from farmers. Our blueberries are grown right here in Richmond by some fantastic local farmers. We get our raspberries from the best place possible in Abbotsford where berries grow best! We work to honour the ground that provides us with fruit for our wine. We understand the importance of the earth and our duty to preserve it. This is why we have a full circle farm that puts as much back into the soil as it takes. Our grape must and biodegradable waste is placed back into our land to enrich the soil and reduce waste.
In 1998, owners John and Allison Chang moved to Canada from Taiwan. In 2001, they started their first winery in Richmond called Blossom Winery. They focused solely on Icewine and fruit wines as the winery was small and had limited space. Despite this limitation, they were able to establish themselves in the Asian market as a quality wine producer by exporting their products to China and Taiwan. It was John’s dream to expand their product line to include table wines and connect with the local community of Richmond. In 2006 they purchased the land now known as Lulu Island Winery in Richmond. After 3 years of growing their grapes, they opened their doors to the community in 2009.
John first learned to create wines with his grandmother. Then, after moving to Canada, John studied with many notable winemakers. Now, he combines traditional Chinese wine making methods with modern Western technology and equipment.