Robin and Mike Nierychlo left Langley a few years ago to chase their dream of owning and operating their own vineyard and winery. In 2014, the couple bought Emandare Vineyard. They will be in Vancouver next Friday, sharing their story, as well as some of their wines, at Marquis Wine Cellars.

‘We bought a vineyard’

Langley couple living their dream after purchasing vineyard, winery on Vancouver Island

A little less than three years after chasing their dream, the rewards of their efforts are continuing to grow.

It all began in 2013 for Mike and Robin Nierychlo.

The couple — who were born and raised in Langley and actually first met when they were two years old — had moved to Victoria the year prior.

The original move was for a lifestyle change but in the back of their mind, the ultimate goal was to purchase and run their own vineyard and winery.

The pair both have business and project management backgrounds and Mike spent years working in the wine industry in a media capacity.

They created multiple business plans over the years, but never knew if their plan would come to fruition.

“We had a doubt in the back of our minds that we would never find something that would fit,” he admitted.

But that all changed when they found a property in north Cowichan, which they purchased in September 2013.

“It was a perfect opportunity for us to take a giant leap of faith and dive in face-first in to what became a crazy journey and adventure,” Mike said.

“We were very aware of the challenges we would face. It is an insane amount of work.”

The vineyard is named after their first name initials — Emandare Vineyard.

The 8.5 acre property had long been neglected and they spent months removing weeds which were anywhere between three and eight feet tall.

The vineyard had previously served as a grower for other wineries, but the Nierychlos wanted to make their own wine as well. They thought about selling that 2014 crop to build more capital.

They ultimately decided to hang on to the crop and make their own wine. They even finished construction on a 3,000 square foot winery on their property in time for the September harvest.

“One of the most mental things we have ever done but it was so worth it,” Mike said. “We made some incredible wine in 2014 and our reputation is starting to precede us.”

While this is their dream, the couple still has their day jobs.

Mike, 32, runs his own custom counter top business, and hung on to some of his bigger contracts, which brings him back to Langley and the Lower Mainland for work every month. Robin, 31, still works in health care in Victoria.

The couple will be in Vancouver next week (March 11) at Marquis Wine Cellars where they will share their story ‘We Bought A Vineyard.

It is also a free wine tasting.

From 3 to 4 p.m. there will be a media and VIP guest tasting for all Marquis customers and new guests. The wine tasting will be from 4 to 6 p.m. with wine talk and a meet and greet with the winemaker.

The event is being held at Marquis Wine Cellars (1034 Davie St.).

Just Posted

Coleman decides against running for Surrey mayor

‘I’m a Langley guy,’ MLA says

Glow Langley returns bigger and brighter this Christmas

Organizers will also introduce Harvest Glow — a celebration of autumn

Aldergrove Food Bank leader ‘retires’

Darlene Isaak has a ‘legacy written in the hearts and bellies of the vulnerable’

A closer look at law enforcement for RCMP junior cadets

Annual Langley event marks 13th year

Langley man arrested for alleged voyeurism at BCIT

Burnaby RCMP have arrested a 48-year-old man after he allegedly took photos of a woman in a washroom

Trudeau asks transport minister to tackle Greyhound’s western pullout

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s asked Transport Minister Marc Garneau to find solutions in Greyhound Canada’s absence.

Hub for mental health and addictions treatment opens at B.C. hospital

St. Paul’s Hospital HUB is an acute medical unit that includes 10 patient beds

Restaurant Brands International to review policy over poaching employees

One of Canada’s largest fast-food company to review ‘no-poach’ franchise agreements

Calgary family’s vacation ends in tragedy on Texas highway

Three people died and four others were injured in the crash

Union construction cost competitive, B.C. Building Trades say

Non-union firms can bid on infrastructure, but employees have to join international unions

Trudeau to shuffle cabinet ahead of Liberals’ team for 2019

Trudeau could lighten the work loads of cabinet ministers who currently oversee more than one portfolio

Car calls 911 on possible impaired B.C. driver

A luxury car automatically calls Princeton police to scene of crash involving alcohol

BC Games marks 40 years in 2018

Cowichan Games a milestone for BC Games Society

VIDEO: Life’s a beach at this B.C. sand sculpting contest

More than $50,000 was up for grabs at the annual contest held in Parksville

Most Read