Our story

Saxon winery was named after the owner’s Anglo-Saxon heritage from their home country, England and their home county “The Kingdom of Kent”.

England’s Saxon history comes from the 5th century when the Saxons migrated from northern Europe after the demise of the Roman empire.

Jutes, Danes, Angles and Saxons came across the sea by oar-driven sailing ships and settled in southern England where they lived for hundreds of years to become known as Anglo-Saxons.

It was not until the 11th century that the Saxon stronghold came under threat from the Normans when the great battle of 1066 – the battle of Hastings – was fought, in which the Saxon King Harold was slain.

From that time on, the Saxons held out until they formed a truce with the Normans creating a division across what became known as Kent in south-eastern England.

Saxon Estate Winery Symbology

  • The Invicta Horse recalls the great Saxon warrior Horsa who was slain in Aylesford, Kent. A white horse now stands in his memory.
  • The Dragon recalls the great St. George of England and his victory over the dragon.
  • The Lion represents the great emblem of England – the three lions.
  • The Rose represents not only the English rose – but also the rose of Alberta where the Graydons settled in 2003 with their three children.

So why Saxon Estate Winery?
The owners the Graydon family come precisely from this location in Kent and created their unique shield containing relevant symbols from their Saxon heritage.

The symbols that the Graydons have chosen to represent their Saxon heritage include the Saxon ship which forms an iconic logo on all Saxon winery merchandise and signage. The oar-driven ship was the authentic ocean-going vessel used by the Saxons to settle in England from overseas.

Did you know we are the largest grower of the Léon Millot grape in BC ?

What is Léon Millot you ask?!

Well.. Léon Millot which can also be known as “Leon Millot Rouge” is a red varietal of hybrid grapes used for wine. It was created in 1911 in the Oberlin Institute in Colmar Alsace, by the French viticulturist Eugène Kuhlmann. He crossed the hybrid grape Millardet et Grasset with Goldriesling. The variety was named after the winemaker and tree nursery owner Léon Millot.

Léon Millot is cultivated in small amounts in Switzerland, Alsace, Oregon, and Canada. It can be found in a variety of our wines including the English Rose, our Crown Jewel sparkling, and our Red Blends.

Our Vineyard …

Is one of the oldest established vineyards in BC being planted in 2000 when the original owners replaced an ageing organic orchard with our four varietals : Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer and Léon Millot.