As BC’s Northernmost Winery
Northern Lights Estate Winery Enjoys a Unique Vantage Point.
In 2013, the Bell family recognized a wonderful opportunity to share the beautiful Nechako riverfront in a new and delicious way! They could see the time was ripe for creating an inviting social space just a stone’s throw from downtown Prince George; producing award-winning red, white, and specialty fruit wines; and opening an architecturally stunning restaurant. The Bells assembled a team of passionate, talented growers, winemakers, and hospitality experts to help them realize their vision.
Bistro Hours of Operation:
Subject to change due to weather
Monday – Saturday: 11:30am – 9:00pm (last seating 7:30pm)
Sunday: 11:30am – 4:00pm (last seating 3:30pm)
The Wine Shop and Tasting Bar are open all year offering a tasting of wines. The shop offers a selection of wonderful wines and gifts, from local chocolates to locally sourced artwork.
Public wine tours are offered throughout the summer. During the fall and winter seasons, book a private tour for groups of 10 or larger by phone or email. Tours will take you through the orchard, cellar, tank room, and the wine shop.
Prince George’s first restaurant on the river! Come down and enjoy tapas, charcuterie and cheese, naan pizza, wraps, and fresh salads paired with your favourite bottle of Northern Lights wine. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon on our beautiful patio, located just off the picturesque and serene river bank.
Purchase a bottle of your favorite Northern Lights wine straight from the source. The Wine Shop is open daily. We also have a selection of our wines available in our online store.
Northern Lights Estate Winery (NLEW) started construction in 2013 with the Winery scheduled to open in early summer of 2015. In only two years the land was logged and crops planted. In 2015 we built the winery that houses the bottling area, the wine fermentation area and the wine tasting and retail area. We will continue to develop the land, expand the growing area, and enhance the beauty of the amphitheater. The winery continues to grow in volume and services including the addition of Prince George’s first restaurant on the river in 2017.
Northern Lights Estate Winery is proud to be a certified Carbon Neutral business by purchasing carbon credits to offset its environmental impact. The winery purchased offsets via “offsetters.ca” for scope 1 and 2 of its direct emissions as seen below
Global wine consumption is approximately 32 billion, 750 milliliter bottles annually, making the environmental impact of wine consumption very significant (Mercer 2016). While NLEW is only creating a small portion of the total bottles of wine being sold world-wide, they bare a share of the impact of the entire industry. Producing all those wine bottles has a significant impact, both through the process of gathering materials and the manufacturing stage. NLEW ordered 60,000 bottles last year, generating 22.5 tonnes of CO2e through their production.
Shipping – Wine Bottles
NLEW had 60,000 bottles shipped from China last year; they travelled about 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles) by ship to a port in Vancouver, then travelled nearly 800 kilometers (500 miles) by truck to the winery. About 40,000 bottles were filled with wine last year, then distributed throughout Prince George, as well as to liquor depots in Summerland and Victoria. To calculate the emissions from shipping the wine bottles, both the distance travelled and the weight of the bottles are taken into account. The total emissions generated by shipping wine bottles for NLEW is 17.9 tonnes of CO2e.
Shipping – Fruit
NLEW tries to grow as much fruit as possible on site for creating its wines; however, it is necessary to source some fruit from farms across BC. The fruit is trucked to the winery and stored in a freezer until it is made into wine. Similar to shipping the wine bottles, both the distance travelled and the weight of the fruit is taken into account when calculating the emissions of shipping the fruit. The total emissions generated by shipping the fruit for NLEW’s wine is 1.2 tonnes of CO2e.
Total Carbon Emissions for Northern Lights Estate Winery
- Visit our Wine Shop – purchase wine, gifts, or chocolates. You can even purchase the locally designed art on display in the Tasting Room.
- Dine in our Bistro – enjoy Lunch, Dinner, or Brunch (Sunday’s only) and pair with your favourite Northern Lights wine.
- Relax in the Picnic Area – purchase some wine, pack a picnic basket and enjoy the afternoon in the orchard.
- Take a stroll along the river through the Orchard, Winery, and Amphitheatre.
- Attend a wine tour –Free Public Tours available seasonally. Private Wine Tours can be booked for groups of 10 or larger at a cost of $10 per person.
We would love to share our passion with you!
Sample up to four wines from our current selection, browse through the live gallery in the Tasting Room of locally sourced artwork or purchase a bottle of your favourite wine to take home.
Our expert staff can offer great pairing advice for your wine.
Share your experience around the winery with your group of friends, family, employees, coworkers or teammates.
For groups over 10 – Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call directly at (250) 564-1112.
The tour and educational experience of the orchard, cellar, tank room, and the wine shop. $10 person.
To purchase our wines,
- check out the wine shop during the hours listed at the bottom of the page,
- order online by clicking on “purchase wines”,
- check out the map under “purchase locations” or txt us at 604-670-4046
We are happy to offer outdoor venues for weddings and private functions.
For Ceremonies we offer 2 outdoor wedding venues:
- the Amphitheater – seats up to 250
- the Picnic Area with Wedding Gazebo- max 100 people
Reception services not currently offered
Dates: June – September
We are happy to offer the Wine Shop as a venue for casual receptions. The sales counter remains open to the public during our regular hours.
Please contact our experienced staff to discuss your event details and determine availability.
745 Prince George Pulpmill Rd
Prince George, BC V2K 5P4