Orofino Red Bridge Red Orofino is Canada first and only winery made from straw bales (used as building blocks) and boasts one of the oldest vineyards in the valley. With just over 2ha planted in their home vineyard, they source the rest of their grapes exclusively from other Similkameen growers. Vineyard Oak Knoll Vineyard, Cawston Grape 100% Merlot Tasting Note Mouthfillingly rich with warm notes of cocoa, black cherry and dried herbs. Soft tannins with a distinct mineral finish. Food Pairing Steak, BBQ meats, stew, Black Forest cake
Kettle Valley Great Northern Syrah
Kettle Valley Great Northern Syrah This wine is produced by Kettle Valley using fruit from their Similkameen Valley vineyards, “Great Northern Vineyards.” The vineyard gets its name from an old railway servicing the Similkameen. Vineyard Great Northern Vineyard, just southeast of Keremeos Grape 95% Syrah, 5% Viognier Tasting Note Blackberry and currant fruit, toasted oak, vanilla bean and spice notes. The palate is med-full bodied, a core of rich red & black fruits, mild tannin and dry finish. Food Pairing Pulled pork sandwiches, charcuterie, grilled eggplant.
Eau Vivre Pinot Noir Eau Vivre is a small family run winery in Cawston producing a portfolio of wines with this Pinot Noir considered the crown jewel. The last several vintages have picked up many prestigious awards. Vineyard Sourced from four vineyards in the Similkameen and Okanagan. Grape 100% Pinot Noir Tasting Note Aromas of cherry, cranberry and spice. Bright flavours of fresh red berries, orange zest and clove are complimented by the wines lively acidity and subtle tannin. Food Pairing Roast chicken & root vegetables, salmon. …mushrooms
Little Farm Riesling
Little Farm Riesling Little Farm Winery is the result of Master of Wine, Rhys Pender, and his winemaker wife, Alishan Driediger. They focus on low intervention, natural wine from their home vineyard, which surrounds the winery. Vineyard Mulberry Tree Vineyard, Cawston Grape 100% Riesling Tasting Note Notes of apple, peach and lime with hints of honey and mineral. The palate is ample with orchard fruit; bright acidity and minerality linger well into a slightly off-dry, yet tart finish. Food Pairing Creamy pasta, fish tacos, coconut curry.
Clos du Soleil Growers Series Pinot Blanc
Clos du Soleil Growers Series Pinot Blanc Clos du Soleil focuses on Bordeaux-Style wines, which is reflected in the Bordeaux varieties planted in their vineyard. This Pinot Blanc is part of the ‘Grower’s Series,’ a collaborative effort with local growers to produce wines that truly express the Similkameen terroir. Vineyard Middle Bench Vineyard, Keremeos Grape 100% Pinot Blanc Tasting Note Lovely aromas of orchard pear, citrus and honeysuckle. The palate has a nice round mouth-feel, crisp acidity with juicy ripe fruits that linger through the dry finish. Food Pairing Roast chicken, battered fish, Caesar salad.
Hugging Tree Viognier
Hugging Tree Viognier Named after two intertwined willow trees on the property (see label), Hugging Tree is the Similkameens newest winery. Owned and operated by the Makepeaces—two retired RCMP officers, and their children. Vineyard Home Vineyard, Cawston Grape 100% Viognier Tasting Note Fresh apricot and white peach with notes of citrus and floral. The palate has a nice lush texture balanced by crisp acidity and followed by a dry finish. Food Pairing Poached salmon, crab cakes, mashed potatoes.