Keremeos BC, Cawston BC
The Similkameen wineries are a designated BC wine country region of their own, and some are known for their organic roots.
Vineyards in this area extend from Keremeos BC to Chopaka, British Columbia, on the United States border.
The Similkameen Valley region lies just west of the southern Okanagan Valley, and is connected to the Okanagan by the Richter Pass.
The village of Keremeos lies in the heart of the region.
The valley elevation is 380 metres (1300 ft.), higher than the Okanagan, bringing slightly cooler evenings but still maintaining the desert heat during the summer, which lends well to Similkameen BC wineries and wine making.
Wineries in the Keremeos and Cawston area are growing,
Some Quick Facts from the Similkameen Wineries Association:
About a 30 minute drive from the city of Penticton, and a 20 minute drive from Osoyoos BC, Keremeos BC is a small agricultural community in the heart of the Similkameen and has long been known for it's organic farming practices.
On your Okanagan wine tours, you can easily skip over to the Similkameen and choose some wonderful wineries to visit. Most are open from May to October. You may wish to call ahead to verify hours and tours, and if you're visiting during the off season.
Keremeos BC Wineries
Cawston BC Wineries
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On your tours of Similkameen wineries, you may want to explore the area surrounding Keremeos. Some places that are interesting to visit include the Red Bridge, nearby Mascot Gold Mines, and the Grist Mill, which also has wine related events during the summer.
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