We invite you to e x p e r i e n c e tea at Westholme through our Tea Tour + Tasting.
Join the Tea Maker (Victor Vesely), the Clay Maker (Margit Nellemann) and the Westholme Team on a guided tour + taste of the Westholme Tea Garden - the first commercial Tea Garden in Canada - where we grow Camellia sinensis for our rare Canadian terroir tea.
A truly unique, memorable and connective taste of Tea.
This year marks the 13th year of growing Canadian Tea and the 7th year of sharing our collection.
The nature of the tea plants inspires great hope for the days ahead of us - philosophically and practically - as we continue to grow, adapt, and evolve alongside the bushes on our slopes.
What is included...
A walk up the slopes for a full 'behind the scenes' tour of the Tea Garden
Meet the Tea Maker + the Clay Maker as they share their perspectives on tea, tea growing and teawares
One handbuilt ceramic Yunomi (Tea Tasting) Cup to bring home
Steeps of the freshest Canadian Tea to taste the Cowichan terroir
Steeps of fresh + famous Tea from well established traditional terroir
Organic + local sweet treats to pair with each steep
10% savings in the Teashop during your visit
An opportunity to gather alongside other members of our tea community: from the casual drinkers, to the curious, the connoisseurs to the ceremonial.
[ INFORM ]
An introduction to the history, culture, art and philosophies of tea worldwide ... the 5000+ years which led us to begin our journey of growing at Westholme.
[ INSPIRE ]
An opportunity to steep in the intersections of art + nature + tea in a way that will shift your perspective. Take home a handbuilt ceramic tasting cup for continued enjoyment + uplifting tea experiences.
[ INFUSE ]
Taste the terroir of Cowichan, alongside world famous tea from well established terroir. Enjoy the freshest tea you have ever experienced, and infuse in the delights of the Tea Garden...while of course enjoying a local sweet treat or two.
[ IMMERSE ]
Amongst the tea plants, glimpse an understanding of what has made tea the most popular beverage in the world for centuries, has connected different people, places and practices across continents, and continues to bring humans together today.
Tours must be pre-booked
Each individual guest must have pre-booked their spot on the tour. We have the capacity to accommodate up to 10 guests per tour.
This experience is not suitable for children under the age of 10, or those who are unable to stay engaged + participate for the full 2 hour duration of the Tour + Tasting. Children are considered guests, and must have secured a ticket for their seat. The Westholme property is an active farm, and children must be supervised at all times to ensure their safety.
Each tour begins at 9:30am sharp and will run until approximately 11am.
Please wear appropriate footwear for walking on the tea garden slopes. Please alert us in advance if you have any accessibility needs or require certain accommodations.
You will be sent an e-mail noting further details close to your chosen date.
In the event of a cancellation the following applies:
For cancellations greater than 48 hours in advance of the schedule tour start time we can issue a refund less a 10% administrative fee.
For cancellations less than 48 hours in advance of the schedule tour start time we can provide an online credit for the full amount to be used towards future purchases.
We are able to reschedule your dates free of charge at any point, although we greatly appreciate advance notice. We also cannot guarantee the availability of any future dates.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
We are looking forward to sharing tea with you!
The tradition of tea is closely tied to place – the region, the mountain, the slope. In 2010 we began planting our own tea to take advantage of the unique terroir of our home. This is the very first Canadian estate-grown tea in the world – an authentic expression of the land, soil, and climate of our farm.