Wine season is upon us and though the pandemic still dictates where we go and how we interact, wineries will open their doors to guests. In BC, most require reservations so be sure to contact them first.

My heart remains deeply anchored in the Okanagan Valley and for years I have promoted the wines made there, but the Similkameen Valley is just as deserving of praise. It’s only a 20 minute drive west of Osoyoos and often lumped in with the Okanagan but it is its own sub region and most certainly worthy of your time and patronage. The pace is slower and the sights are beautiful.

The view from Seven Stones Winery

One of the Similkameen’s earliest wineries is Seven Stones. It’s owner, George Hanson, a superb winemaker and champion of the entire region, passed away suddenly on February 7th. His loss is a heavy one. George was a really great guy, and his winery was always the first stop I’d make when I was in the area.

I paid tribute to him in this article for Eat North. I hope you’ll take the eight minutes to read it, and then put the Similkameen on your list of places to visit when travel becomes normalized again.