Wine lovers who like to take a walk on the wild side of life should take a trip along Crowsnest highway, the drive is spectacular, and at the end of the trail travelers will be delighted to find Forbidden Fruit Boutique Winery and Gallery.

Sitting peacefully beside Similkameen River, under the presence of Sleeping Woman Mountain, Forbidden Fruit provides tranquil setting where visitors are seriously impressed by the scenery and superior wines.

Forbidden Fruit is the vision of Steve Venables and wife Kim Brind ‘Amour. Kim and Steve are pioneers in establishing, promoting, and maintaining high organic standards. The vines and fruit trees grow wildly under their care, and the care is apparent in the wine.

Forbidden Fruit has won over 200 medals for their wines over the years, including top medals in grape and fruit wine categories both nationally and internationally.

The tasting room is intimate and friendly; visitors should not miss the opportunity to taste Impearfection, the only wine of its kind made from a late harvest Asian pear, or the Apricot Mistelle, described by judges as dangerously delicious.

The wine is a reflection of the land, and in the gallery Kim’s artwork is an artistic expression of nature’s bounty; inspired no doubt by the 147-acre certified organic vineyard and nature reserve, where bears wander by the river and bald eagles fly past the patio.

And with great hospitality, Steve and Kim provide a guesthouse where visitors can stay awhile and enjoy a little piece of paradise.

~ Henrietta Poirier


Pictured: Winemaker Nathan Venables with 6 Gold medals won at Savor Northwest competition.