Seven Stones Winery
Seven Stones Winery (Seven Stones) creates old-world style wines with new-world nuances.
All of the company’s wines are made from grapes grown on their estate site, nestled on benchland overlooking the Similkameen Valley. They are well known for their full-bodied red wines, which are aged in French Oak barrels in caves tucked away under seven feet of earth. The aging wines are serenaded by classical music 24 hours a day, which has been shown to help the aging process. These caves are the only of their kind in Canada and have been rated as a world-class cellar, offering greater control over the aging process due to the optimal and consistent temperature.
Seven Stones offers a range of award-winning wines, including: their flagship meritage, a multi-layered blend composed of 51% merlot, 40% cab sauvignon, 6% cabernet franc and 3% petit verdot, which delivers seamless pleasure and lasting length; additional blended wines, such as erratic, boulder, and legend; as well as varietal wines, such as chardonnay, pinot noir, cabernet franc, and the row 128 merlot, named after the owner’s favourite area in the vineyard, offering seductive aromas of cherry and mint, a soft mouth-feel, and flavours of plum and chocolate, with a lingering finish. All wines have Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) status and are evaluated and tested in a laboratory to ensure food safety.
The company was established in 2000 in Cawston, and they released their first wine in 2003. Owner George Hanson always dreamed of having his own vineyard and winery. In addition to selling their wines across North America, Seven Stones also hosts luxurious wine-tasting dinners in their extravagant cave setting. The vineyard is recognized as a certified Salmon Safe property and they are currently working on an environmental farm plan.