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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

Eau Vivre

Eau Vivre WInery is all about focus in 2016. The new streamlined portfolio for this boutique Similkameen Valley winery is focusing on the elegant style of wines that have made them famous. The portfolio is featuring two white wines, Viognier and Riesling, and three reds, Pinot Noir, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc. Owner Dale Wright is excited about focusing on these wines and building on their strengths. Clearly, one of those strengths is Pinot Noir. Their Pinot has garnered quite a reputation over the past few years. Eau Vivre has won the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in BC Wine twice…

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Very exciting things have been happening at Clos du Soleil Winery. Last season they completed their new state-of-the-art winery and new tasting room. “When we re-open May 1 this will be the first full season for visitors to fully appreciate the new facility,” says Michael Clark, managing director and winemaker. “We are eager to welcome people, show them our new project and share our award-winning wines.” Clos du Soleil has been fortunate to receive many awards for their wines over the years. “Most recently we submitted three wines to the International Wine & Spirits Competition in London, England, and won Silver…

EauVivre

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…