We’ve invited Cawston’s uniquely excellent Forbidden Fruit Winery to join our GOODS section. They are now proud members of Scout, and as such we will be posting their news in addition to hosting a page for them on our awesome list of sweet goodnesses. We’d like to take this chance to thank them for their support, and for making BC a much more delicious place to live.
We’ve invited Cawston’s award-winning Eau Vivre Winery to join our GOODS section as an excellent maker of local wine. They are now proud members of Scout, and as such we will be posting their news in addition to hosting a page for them on our awesome, curated list of independent goodnesses. We’d like to take this chance to thank them for their support, and for making BC a more delicious province.
Steve Venables – Owner, Winemaker, Sales Manager, Farmer
Kim Brind’Amour – Owner, Administrator, Sales and Marketing Director, Artist
Nathan Venables – Winemaker, Viticulturist,
Teshia Venables – Social Media and Marketing Co-ordinator.
ABOUT FORBIDDEN FRUIT WINERY
Taking a bite from the tree of knowledge has never been more exciting. Proprietors Steve Venables and Kim Brind’Amour claim they live in a “Garden of Eden”. The family operated boutique winery is located just 15 minutes west of Osoyoos and 15 minutes south of Keremeos, in Cawston, British Columbia, “The Organic Capital of Canada”. Paradise on Earth is what they call where they live and what they do. The couple’s commitment to organic farming started in 1977. They took a piece of virgin land along the pristine Similkameen River and created Ven’Amour Organics, a certified organic 32 acre orchard/vineyard within a 142 acre nature estate with desert steppe and old growth riparian forest.
The farm produces and sells over sixty varieties of exotic tree fruits and grapes while partnering with “The Land Conservancy of B.C.” to preserve the non planted acreage as unique wildlife and natural habitat. They decided to open Forbidden Fruit Winery in 2004 because of their love of wine, a desire to continue to provide sustainable food, and to help supplement their small family run farm. The on-site tasting room showcases stunning pieces of art created by owner Kim Brind’Amour, seasonal organic fruit, the wines and an outdoor licensed picnic area overlooking the breathtaking Similkameen wildlife corridor. The winery uses the farm’s fruit that is carefully grown for flavour and maturity. The juice is handcrafted with eco-friendly production practices and sensitive processing methods that help maintain natural taste and key nutrients such as flavonoids, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and tannins. The result is fruit turned into small lots of luscious, high quality, award winning wines guaranteed to please the palate.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
Today, the winery produces over 15 wines that have garnered over 175 awards in the last 7 years. The fruit wine portfolio consist of several off dry table wines such as the famous Pearsuasion , a Double Gold medal recipient at the 2012 All Canadian Wine Championship. The stunning dessert wines include the Crushed Innocence White Peach, Impearfection Asian Pear and their most highly awarded fruit wine, “Pomme Desiree Iced Apple” winning the prestigious Mt. Fairweather Award “Best of Region for all of British Columbia” at the Northwest Wine Summit Competition in Mt. Hood Oregon in 2009. The fortified wines are a foursome that include the lovely Caught Apricot Mistelle garnering a Platinum Gold Medal at the Wine Press Northwest an exclusive gold medal winner competition. The wine portfolio continues with the recent addition of the “Earth Series” premium grape wines. All made from certified organic grapes, this series is dedicated to raising funds for sustainability on earth initiatives. The whites include the SauVidal, a beautiful blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Vidal grapes, a Pinot Gris and a Sauvignon Blanc, awarded Double Gold in 2012 at the All Canadian Wine Championship. The reds include a Merlot, and a CabernetSauvignon awarded “Best of show at the Okanagan “Battle of the Benches” competition in 2012.
Other major awards include:
Best Fruit Wine of the Year at the Canadian Wine Awards 2010/11- Pomme Desiree Iced Apple
Superlative Award, Best of Category 2010 – Crushed Innocence White Peach dessert wine
Double Gold, Wine Press Northwest 2009 – Cerise D’Eve Red cherry Portstyle
Double Gold, Wine Press Northwest 2009 – Pomme Desiree Iced Apple
Double Gold, All Canadian Wine Championship 2010 – Impearfecion Asian Pear dessert wine.
What the wine industry is saying:
“Big and Bold, proof that what is arguably B.C’s best fruit winery, has the same deft touch with grapes.” Jurgen Gothe, Georgia Straight
“Iced Apple wines have taken top honours two years in a row: this one is from fruit grown in B.C.’s Similkameen Valley. Forbidden Fruit has been growing a range of organic fruits for 30 years. This golden nectar has wonderful pure apple expression, elegantly wrapped in subtle caramel notes. The sweetness is beautifully balanced.” Canadian Wine Awards, Wine Access Magazine
“As I discovered in tasting the current releases from Forbidden Fruit Winery- two grape wines and a range of fruit wines. Tasting these wines was a great sensory experience…. Steve and Kim produce the wines to the same high standards as their fresh fruit. The evidence is in the winery’s consistent record of awards.” John Schreiner, Author of The Wineries of British Columbia
Co-Proprietors: Dale Wright and Jeraldine (Jeri) Estin
Winemaker: Anthony Buchanan
Family Representative in Vancouver: Lucas McCann
About Eau Vivre Winery
Our family-run boutique winery is located in Cawston, in the Heart of the Similkameen Valley. Our French-style small batch wines are lovingly hand-crafted to help you savour every sip and celebrate every moment. Our wines are clean, pure and elegant. We offer a selection of award-winning whites ranging from our smooth Chardonnay to our bright, floral Gewürztraminer. Our reds range from our earthy, complex Pinot Noir made with 100% organic grapes to our full-bodied rich Cabernet Franc, Malbec and our newest release, Buddhafull — a big, Bordeaux style blend.
Our Philosophy: We are committed to harmony and balance and use biodynamic and sustainable farming practices on our land. We are innovative and we are constantly improving our grape-growing and harvesting processes. We embraced the clay-based soils of our home vineyard by planting hearty Gewürztraminer and Riesling grapes that have been developed in Europe for these soil conditions. We were among the first in our Valley to grow Gewürztraminer and today it is one of our award-winning wines. We are passionate about bringing joy and happiness to those that enjoy our wines and take great delight in seeing people that love our wines as much as we do.
Our Greatest Honour: We opened Eau Vivre Winery in 2008 and since then, we have won a variety of BC and Canadian Wine Awards, however we are most proud of our 2009 Pinot Noir receiving a 2012 Lieutenant Governors Award for Excellence in British Columbia Wines.
Dale Wright commented, “We are absolutely thrilled and honoured to win this award. As a relative newcomer in the winemaking world, this honour shows us that we are on the right path.”
Not only was this our first Lieutenant Governor’s Award, it’s the first time in the 10-year history of the award that a winery from the Similkameen Valley has won a Lieutenant Governor’s Award. On top of that, this year’s competition was the largest ever with 347 wines submitted.
Wine Trails | “Eau Vivre Winery Wins Lieutenant Governor’s Award of Excellence”
Yelp | I love this winery – it’s one of my favorites in BC (and I’ve been around the bend, trust me). It is definitely my favorite of the Similkameen.
Wines Of Canada | Eau Vivre Winery, the Lieutenant Governor’s Award.
House Wine | Holy Smokes – what a find!
John Schreiner | The 2012 Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence
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