In our annual (semi-annual?) pilgrimage, we made our way out to British Columbia for some cider tourism. The first cidery we visited was Gabbie’s Premium Cider on Gabriola Island. It was a great excuse to get out to see Gabriola and enjoy some cider.
We arrived in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island fairly late at night, so we tented oceanside at Living Forest.
The next morning we headed out on the short ferry to Gabriola Island and straight out to Gabbie’s.
Gabbie’s Cider Tasting
We had tried Gabbie’s real dry cider when we picked it up at a liquor store on our last visit to B.C. but it was fun to try the rest of their ciders.
Gabbie’s Real Dry
Complex, Dry and Delicious!
Slow fermented, effervescent to a creamy mouth feel.
This stony cider has loads of brisk tannins that wrap up with crisp, steely finish.
Gabbie’s Semi Dry
Diverse, Semi-dry and Delicious!
Golden in the glass, this semi dry cider opens up with a supple rustic apple fragrance.
The acidity creates the perfect balance between sweet and salty.
We were lucky to try their brand new Groovin’ Granny Smith. This was unique and besides the obvious granny smith, it had almost a citrus flavour to it. I grabbed a growler full to take home to Nathan.
We were also lucky to be able to grab a growler of their premium cider, which is made with cider apples! Last year it was only available to restaurants so it was great to bring this home too. It was definitely my favourite of their ciders.
Gabbie’s had a beautiful tasting room, a picnic area outside with games, and a lovely cidery dog!
Around Gabriola Island
The staff at Gabbie’s also gave us some great tips about other local places and experiences. Our favourite was Drumbeg Provincial Park which had slabs of sandstone with tide pools to explore, giant old trees covered in moss and beautiful views across the ocean.
The trip to Gabbie’s Cider and Gabriola Island was definitely worth it. It makes a great day trip if you’re in the area!
Want More Cider Tourism Posts?
Read more about our travels on the Cider Tourism portion of our blog.