This will be a bit of a construction site,” Seven Stones Owner/Winemaker George Hanson tells me. If you are planning a return visit to Seven Stones Winery in the coming spring, you might notice something a little different with the view. The spectacular mountain scenery will still be there. It’s what’s underneath that will be changing. Construction began late last fall on the new caves which will be dug into the gulley that separates the winery from the house. It’s an exciting addition to an already spectacular setting that will provide more crucial wine making and storage space.
The wine shop will be open by appointment only during the winter months except for Dec 7, 8, and 9 when George will be hosting an Open House complete with a jewelery and wine sale for the Christmas light up. It’s also the perfect occasion to release two very special products.
“The Legend is our top tier wine,” explains George. “It’s from the best barrels in our cellar in 2010.” George selects his favourite barrels to make up the top wine in Seven Stone’s portfolio that contains 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 12% Petit Verdot and 8% Cabernet Franc. “We only make 100 cases of The Legend each year.” At $45 bottle, it sells out very quickly.
Also released just in time for Christmas is the 6-bottle Seven Stones Gift Box. “We’re opening our library for Christmas Gift Boxes – six beautiful wines.” says George. The full line-up hadn’t been decided when I spoke with him, but George could tell me that it would include a 2006 Meritage (nominated for red wine of the year in Canada), 2007 Meritage, 2007 Cab Franc, 2008 Syrah, and “probably a Legend,” adds George with a grin.
To make an appointment for the wine shop, email Seven Stones at email@example.com and visit them year round online at sevenstones.ca.
~ Luke Whittall