Winery open houses celebrate Christmas time in the Similkameen

On Friday, Dec. 2 from 1-5 p.m. and on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m-5 p.m., you are invited on a tour of Similkameen wineries


In a new twist as fresh as a candy cane, four of the wineries in the Similkameen valley have decided to partner together to promote a new Christmas winery tour as part of the annual Keremeos Christmas Light Up.

On Friday, Dec. 2 from 1-5 p.m. and on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m-5 p.m., you are invited to tour EauVivre Winery, Forbidden Fruit Winery, Robin Ridge Winery and Rustic Roots Winery.  All of these wineries will help you get into the Christmas spirit with their beautifully decorated wineshops. Each winery will be offering wine tastings, goodies, gift ideas and of course the opportunity to stock-up on all of your holiday entertaining and gift-giving wines.

When you visit EauVivre Winery at 716 Lowe Drive, you will immediately be warmed up with some delightfully hot mulled wine and fresh baked goodies which you can enjoy by the outdoor firepit on their cozy patio.  They will also feature chocolate-paired wine tastings.

At Forbidden Fruit Winery, located at 620 Sumac Rd., you will be enticed into their world of temptation featuring “Wonderful Wines for the Naughty and Nice”. Sample their award-winning wines made from organic fruit, nibble on holiday goodies, and explore their wine shop filled with specials, a customer Christmas draw, holiday wrapped wines, jewelery, mosaic art, and even Forbidden Fruit etched wine glasses for those wine lovers on your list.

Fly like a bird over to Robin Ridge Winery, at 2686 Middle Bench Road and enjoy some holiday cheer.  There may even be some delightful robin’s eggs paired alongside your wine tastings.  And while you are there, check out the display of salsas, chutneys, jams, jellies and relishes as well as gift-packages.  These preserves are all small-batch, hand-crafted by Keremeos Chef Greg Fuchs from Gregor’s Gourmet and make for delightful gifts and stocking stuffers.

Looking for unique and rustic gifts for the holidays?  Then meander over to Rustic Roots Winery located at 2238 Highway 3. Browse their new stock of unique gifts, taste their award-winning wines, purchase pre-made gift baskets and gift-wrapped wines, or build your own personalized gift baskets. They will also be re-releasing some favorites over the holidays; 2008 Mulberry Pear “Port Style Wine” and 2010 Fameuse Frizzante “Sparkling Rose”.  This is a great opportunity to serve local and stock up on local organic produce and sustainable wine for the holidays.

After you complete your winery tour on Friday and Saturday, you’ll be set for all of your holiday entertaining and gift-giving times.  And rumour has it that even Santa loves to give (and receive) amazing great-tasting, award-winning wines from the Similkameen Valley.

The Similkameen is one of the grape growing hot spots in British Columbia, Canada. It was named by enRoute Magazine as one of the world’s five Best Wine Regions You’ve Never Heard Of. The Similkameen Wineries Association is a collective of eight wineries located in Cawston and Keremeos in the Similkameen Valley.  For more information on the Similkameen Wineries Association or any of its fine award-winning wineries and wines, call or visit:, call 250-488-0878 or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.