Savour Award Winning Similkameen Wine
There’s nothing showy about Similkameen wineries and their wines. They are rather down to earth, much like the people who make the wines. Winemakers here use traditional grapes and tree-ripened fruit. They are passionate about the land and their communities. Most of all, their passion comes through in the wines they produce. Because of this, they turn out award-winning grape and fruit wines. They also make some of the best ciders in the world.
Come and swirl, sniff, and sip your way across the valley at Similkameen wineries. There are several in and around Keremeos and Cawston. First of all, take your time, because there’s nothing rushed about wine tasting. As much as you may want to fit it all in, there’s always the next day. So come and discover why our wines have received regional, national and international awards. As a result of these awards, the Similkameen is recognized as one of BC’s best wine growing regions.
Taste our Terroir
Hot, sun-soaked summers and windy days help create the perfect conditions for growing delicious grapes and fruit. Our unique terroir was created long ago when glaciers melted creating a huge river bed. As the water receded it left behind .5 to 1.5 m (2 to 5 ft) of loamy topsoil with calcium covered river rocks underneath. Combine those elements with sustainable and organic farming practices and you’ve got the ingredients for something special.
Tours and Special Events
Similkameen wineries are open between April/May and October. In the winter they are open for one special weekend in December. Our tasting rooms and special events provide intimate winery experiences in any season. The winemakers here love to answer your questions. Come on your own or with an organized tour. You’ll discover liquid assets with a whole lot of flavour here!
Be sure to take in the Seven Stones Experience tour when you visit their winery. Your tour starts in the vineyard, then takes you inside to learn how they make the wine. Then it’s off for the unique experience of barrel tasting in the caves. Another great thing about this tour is that it also has chocolate tasting and a unique underground audio experience.
While there is plenty to do here on any given day, there are many events at Similkameen wineries that celebrate our vintages. The Grist Mill and Gardens plays host to summer concerts. There’s also Seven Stone’s Vertical Tastings held in their underground cave. In the winter you can enjoy the Christmas Open Houses at the wineries. Come celebrate Similkameen wines with us.
Making great wine is a year round job. Winemakers are busy in the winter. They must plan next year’s vintages and harvest grapes for ice-wine. Come visit in the spring and you’ll see our viticulturists working the rows. They tuck and tie the vines to create optimal conditions to concentrate flavours. Summer is the height of sipping season. Our tasting rooms are full of visitors experiencing the unique wines of the Similkameen. Our busiest time of year is in the fall with the grape and tree fruit harvest. It’s also when the annual crush begins.
Wine Tasting and Local Pairings at Similkameen Wineries
Our hot summers and valley winds create the perfect conditions for growing great grapes. Add well-drained soil and organic farming processes. Now you know our recipe for mighty fine wines, fruit wines and ciders.
You can find the flavours of our valley in tasting rooms that double as wine-maker’s living rooms. You’ll also find them on sun-drenched patios while cowboys wrangle horses in paddocks below. Come and relax under the shade of a 100-year old apple tree. Pack a picnic and sit on the shore of the river while you watch eagles circle above you. Our tasting experiences are like the Similkameen Valley itself: rugged, rustic and real.
Great wine is better when paired with great food! Spend your morning collecting your picnic ingredients from our fruit stands and farmers’ markets. Once you’re done, take a winery tour of the Similkameen. Most wineries have a license for picnicking. For something more hardy, try the family-style lunch served at the Crowsnest Vineyard.