The Similkameen Valley is almost like a secret garden right under your nose, if it weren’t already considered by some wine experts such as Anthony Gismondi (Vancouver Sun) as the “rising star among the BC wine regions.” The Similkameen is one of BC’s nine officially designated
The Similkameen is captivating and awakens visitors and residents alike to the wonders of the natural world. This is the year to explore the Similkameen Valley Wine Region. This L-shaped region is small but diverse with rugged high mountainsides, lush valley floor, and a fertile river’s edge creating multiple micro-terroirs. The diversity in landscape and climate gives a wide range of grape varieties from which to choose, along with award-winning ciders and local spirits.
People as Varied as the Wine
Similkameen Independent Winegrowers includes 14 boutique wineries and cideries and the first distillery in the valley. All have patios and incredible views. Their winegrowers are as varied as the wines they create, from multi-generational families who settled years ago to newcomers who moved to the region recognizing its potential. Regardless of their history, they bring a similar spirit and a passion for what they do.
It’s a little less crowded here, giving you space for more depth of experience at a relaxed pace. Enjoy the signature minerality of the fine wines which reflect the hot, sunny, dry conditions and the unique terroir in this special wine region. The natural beauty is stunning.
Savour local farm-to-table restaurants and fresh farm produce around Keremeos and Cawston. Stay awhile in one of many Inns, B&Bs, and suites to capture the splendour. It’s another world just a 30-minute drive south of Penticton and only four hours from downtown Vancouver along the scenic Highway 3.
Take home a bottle (or more) of the Similkameen along with great memories this year. Visit similkameenwine.com to learn more.
This project is supported by the BC Government’s Buy BC Partnership Program; delivered by MNP LLP with funding from the Government of British Columbia