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Tucked on a hillside overlooking the stately Similkameen River sits Vanessa Vineyard, a small artisanal vineyard that specializes in growing five grape varieties for its limited-edition reds. The vineyard only produces 3,000 cases a year — available exclusively online, at their tasting room and at high-end restaurants like Hy’s, the Hotel Georgia and the Wedgewood Hotel. Vines grow everywhere on the 74.55-acre estate, row after row planted in accordance with the terrain, rooted in the rocky sloping landscape. The natural incline provides good air drainage and minimizes risk of frost. Each element of the west-facing vineyard — its topography, climate,…

Nestled on bench land overlooking the Similkameen Valley, Seven Stones Winery is well-known for its full-bodied red wines, a spectacular view and mysterious caves. Tucked away under seven feet of earth, the caves offer a beautiful and unique feature to the winery. At 3,500 square feet, the caves have enough space to facilitate public and private events as well as provide the comforts of home to aging wine in only the finest of French Oak barrels as classical music plays 24/7. Cool Caves The caves at Seven Stones are the only ones of their kind in Canada and have been…

They’re celebrating at Clos du Soleil! This small artisanal winery recently won three medals at the Decanter World Wine Awards, the world’s most prestigious and influential wine competition. The three silver medals were awarded to: Capella 2016, the winery’s premier white, an elegant Bordeaux blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon; Signature 2014, a flagship blend of red Bordeaux varietals; and the 2013 Estate Reserve Red, the pinnacle of the estate’s portfolio, designed specifically to highlight the estate’s unique terroir. Multiple wins like this in such a high-level international competition are rare. This is a significant achievement that speaks to the…

Clos du Soleil is a winery with a difference. Instead of a tasting room experience, where the focus might be more on sales, the winery offers an immersive, multifaceted experience, wherein guests are encouraged to explore, not just the tasting room, but the estate itself. There are no restricted areas in a biodynamic winery; guests can walk through the vines or visit the barrel room to ask questions. It’s about slowing down and lingering on a view or a sip of wine. To encourage this, there’s a new licensed picnic area where guests can enjoy one of the winery’s delicious…

At Clos du Soleil Winery, they have a unique tasting room philosophy. Here it’s not just about tasting the wine, it’s about understanding its origins—the intricate journey from the vineyard to the bottle. This is a rare opportunity to learn first-hand from people deeply connected to what they create. It’s like learning from a much-loved musician the inspiration behind your favourite song. They work hard to give visitors an intimate experience, including free tastings of the majority of their portfolio of wines —even award-winning flagship wines like the 2013 vintage of Signature that was recently awarded a gold medal from…

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,…