Rustic Roots is a 5th generation farm in the small Similkameen Valley town of Cawston (with the 6th generation in progress). The Harkers have 30 acres of organic farmland, and sell produce for 15 local organic growers. Besides operating one of the oldest family farms in the Similkameen and Okanagan, 5th generation farmer Troy Harker and his wife Sara decided it was time to make wine. And they’re winning awards for it.

In the tasting room, retired farm implements are repurposed as décor and give a nod to their agricultural heritage while creating a country-urban cool vibe. Agri-inspired art and accoutrements aside, Rustic Roots is about taste – how Sara (Winemaker) interprets their fruit as expressions in your glass. 

Blends organic Lambert, Lapin, and Sour cherries; earthy and smoky with subtle leathery tannins, the 2011 Cherry is perfect for barbeque season. I also quite like the Frizzante Sara is experimenting with. All three are worth trying: 2011 Pippin ($25.90) made with organic Pippin apples and nectarines; 2011 Fameuse ($25.90) that showcases apples of an almost century old Fameuse apple tree; 2011 Iced Orin Frizzante ($28.90) with light fizz and delicate sweetness.

This fall, Rustic Roots celebrates its 4th Annual Organic Harvest Festival. Join them September 29th from 2-6pm to celebrate with food, music, and wine.

Haven’t found a fruit wine to satisfy your palate? Try something from Rustic Roots, and don’t forget to thank their great-great-great grandparents.

Photo: A family history lesson in Rustic Roots' tasting room.

-Jeannette Montgomery