Eau Vivre Winery is spectacularly positioned in the centre of all the wineries in the Similkameen Valley. Any route through the Similkameen will take you close enough to the winery that stopping in is easy and convenient.  Recipients of the Similkameen’s two, and only, Lieutenant Governor’s Awards to show for their hard work, it is not a winery to be missed on your tour.

The summer brought a flurry of new releases including the 2012 vintage of their big, Bordeaux-style red aptly named Buddhafull. Recent vintages of the Cinq Blanc, Viognier, and Malbec were also released. But now the gang at Eau Vivre is ready for more. The end of the summer will mark the beginning of the 2014 Riesling and the 2013 Cabernet Franc, which are both due for release as September takes over. The Riesling in particular already has a reputation after winning Silver at the Wine Align National Wine Awards earlier in the summer. Bronze Medals were awarded to the 2013 Pinot Noir and the 2014 Viognier. Often described as “a white grape that thinks it’s a red grape”, Viognier can sometimes be treated like a red grape when it is turned into wine. Winemaker Anthony Buchanan fermented 16% of this vintage of Viognier on its skins and punched it down regularly just like all of the other red wines. It was a creative way of adding texture while still keeping true to Eau Vivre’s elegant and finessed style of wine.

Check out Eau Vivre’s new website eauvivrewinery.ca for more information about their wines and wine club.

~ Luke Whittall

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