C los du Soleil in the Similkameen Valley has always tried to be a unique destination and now with a new winery and tasting room, it is proud to contribute something new to the Similkameen’s wine scene. “The community of wineries in the Similkameen has been working hard at building the reputation of the valley,” says managing director and winemaker Michael Clark. “With the growing tourism industry here, we’re glad to offer an important new destination.”
That destination is now a brand new winery with a beautifully bright tasting room to welcome visitors. Decorated with lots of wood (supplied from the old honey barn that was formerly their wine shop), the new tasting room features a large  L-shaped bar and many windows to see the vineyard as well as the production area inside the winery. Even though the tasting room is easily three times as big as theold one, none of the rustic charm or atmosphere is lost. “We’ve expanded, but it’s still intimate,” says Michael. “It’s just a lot more comfortable for tasting wines.” Larger retail space also means that they can offer more special items for sale including back vintages and large format bottles.
Tasting wine is only part of the experience. Guests are welcome to experience the organic vineyard up close on their own. A large picnic area nestled among the vines is also available. Vineyard tours are available and groups may tour the winery facility if booked in advance.
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~ Luke Whittall