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The patio at Adega on 45th is quickly approaching legendary status among wine tourists. A beautifully unique, and largely unobstructed, panoramic view of Osoyoos and the lake will entertain customers while they relax and sip wines. It is easily the premier picnic spot in Osoyoos. The patio is fully licensed for wine by-the-glass or by-the-bottle, and visitors can bring their own food if they choose or pick from a selection available from their deli fridge, which is stocked this year with some great new items. Stuffed olives, pâté, tapenade, salami, artisan cheeses from BoMé on Vancouver Island and Cows Creamery…

(pictured: Winemaker Mike Clark) At Clos du Soleil, they have a distinct approach to the tasting room experience. Rather than the emphasis being on simply tasting the wine, they provide a personal and informative encounter with their wines that encompasses all facets of running of the vineyard. This from-the-ground-up practice encourages visitors to learn to appreciate the dynamics of winemaking from the experts who work directly with the vines and in the cellar. Tours of the estate are available for booking. However, the vineyard wants to foster a casual approach where visitors feel free to wander the grounds and engage…

Clos du Soleil winery located on Upper Bench Road, just minutes away from Keremeos, has a reputation for making outstanding single vineyard Bordeaux-style wines that combine the very best of old-world elegance and new-world edge. Their secret? Their unique farming philosophy. This boutique winery features a certified organic vineyard managed using the principals of biodynamics. Biodynamic viticulture is an energetic form of land management that embraces the concept of harmony and encourages a balanced relationship with every creature that inhabits the farm’s ecosystem, including the vineyard workers. This ethical approach is not only wonderful for the environment but it ensures…

Sunshine and fun times kick off this year’s wine season at Clos du Soleil. What used to be a well-kept secret has now become a signature destination in the Similkameen Valley. With the spectacular views and intimate atmosphere, it’s no wonder visitors like to while away the hours in the tranquil surroundings, sampling the award-winning wines. This year, guests can enjoy an enhanced tasting room experience as they kick back with a picnic at the vineyard. Picnic tables, parasols, and pleasant conversation are all part of a European paysan wine experience where quality wine is the beginning of good times…

Nestled against the rocky backdrop of the Similkameen hills, the Corcelettes boutique winery and vineyard provides visitors with a stunning view of this peaceful and pristine valley, in addition to their equally stunning wines. Visitors receive a warm welcome at Corcelettes, where winemaker Charlie Baessler and wife Jesce are on hand to share the joys of winemaking, and of course, wine tasting. This family-owned winery is fast becoming known for their quality wines; winning Silver medals for their flagship wine Mehnir 2014 and their Pinot Noir 2015, as well as a Bronze for their wonderfully delicate, Oracle Rosé. More significantly,…

Clos du Soleil may be tucked away in a picturesque corner of the Similkameen Valley, but their wines are well known for their elegance, character and complexity. Situated on a uniquely peaceful piece of land, this small artisan winery and vineyard was established with the intention of producing wines that combine old world elegance with new world edge, and indeed, the distinct qualities of the Similkameen mingle with the traditional Bordeaux varietals. The awards and critical acclaim tell a success story for this beautiful winery. Visitors will be delighted with the new tasting room, where a picture window provides a…

Two wines are shining in the tasting room this summer: Viognier and Pinot Noir. These two beauties are proving to be popular treats for travelers on the Similkameen wine trail. The Eau Vivre Pinot Noir has a well-earned reputation thanks to two previous Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Wine in British Columbia. Based on that history, owner Dale Wright is pleased with how the 2014 vintage of Pinot Noir has turned out. “It’s better than last year,” Dale says. “We’ve got a little bit more acid on the finish with this one.” The result is a brighter texture but…

There is romance surrounding this winery. From the people, to the vineyards to the wine, all parts play into a wonderful story of building the dream. Charlie Baessler and Jesce (Walker) Baessler were both initiated early into the wine industry by their families. Although Jesce’s life began far away in Nunavut where she grew up and Charlie’s far away in Switzerland, destiny brought them together in the Similkameen where they would meet and fall in love. Fast forward just a few years and the two are co-owners of the stunning former Herder estate in Keremeos and parents to a perfect…

Visitors to the Similkameen who are looking for a memorable tasting room experience must consider a trip to Clos du Soleil. This artisan winery offers visitors a unique view into the workings of the winery, and an exclusive opportunity to sample tastings from their small lot collector wines. A large picture window in the tasting room provides a peek behind the scenes, while visitors taste the award-winning new releases. A surprisingly broad range of Gold medal wines is available for tasting, including their flagship red, Signature. The new release Signature 2013 was just awarded 92 points by Anthony Gismondi and…

Visitors to the Similkameen Valley will enjoy getting off the well-travelled wine trail into this quiet corner of B.C.’s wine country where life slows down, and sipping fine wine in the sunshine is the only item on the agenda. And where better to sip in the sunshine than at Clos Du Soleil organic vineyard and winery on the Similkameen Valley’s Upper Bench. Clos du Soleil produces elegant age-worthy wines from European varietals that reflect the unique terroir of the Similkameen Valley. Serious oenophiles will enjoy a menu of elegant blends from quality varietals, and adventurous oenophiles will enjoy exploring this…