Devour! Osoyoos is coming soon! We’re so proud to be a sponsor of this fantastic festival.
The sights and flavours of Devour! Osoyoos perfectly exemplify all that makes food, wine, and film so appealing.
The winemakers and chefs that will be showcased during this highly-anticipated event are all unique and amazing. We’d like to let everyone get to know them a little better.
We’ve started a series that highlights each of the participating Similkameen Independent Winegrowers. In the true spirit of our down-to-earth, welcoming region, the winemakers and proprietors have answered a variety of questions –from quirky to sincere. Their answers may surprise you…
We hope you enjoy learning about these dedicated and talented folks as much as we have!
Seven Stones Winery
Set on 20 acres of ideal Similkameen benchland, Seven Stones Winery is the dream of proprietors, George and Vivianne Hanson. Inspired by the vineyards and winemaking culture of Australia, George knew he’d one day be headed for a complete lifestyle change. The Hansons made their way to this lush valley after a career in the Yukon, and they’ve never looked back.
The vineyard and winery are named for the indigenous legend of the Seven Stones –glacial rock formations that can be found throughout the Similkameen Valley. These extraordinary monoliths endow the region with a sense of spirituality, and their ancient mineral beds comprise the unique terroir that is essential to the world-class wines grown here.
The Seven Stones vineyard takes full advantage of this fertile soil, and pays homage to the tradition of magic the accompanies them. Cultivating excellent fruit from eight very happy varietals, George and his crew are readily able to indulge their passion for creating award-winning and inspiring wines.
If you were a wine, which wine would you be? Cabernet Franc (frankly).
What is your greatest passion? Making wine and creating memorable customer experiences.
What might people be surprised to learn about you? I am a whitewater paddler and love canoeing. We have so many opportunities to do this in BC!
What’s your secret food craving? I love chocolate. (Shocking, I know!)
What’s your favourite food to eat while watching movies? Chocolate ice cream makes every movie better.
What is your favourite grape, and why? Orange muscat…I love the aromas and colours it presents when ripe.
What is your favourite South-Okanagan/Similkameen activity? When I’m not working, you’ll usually find me fishing on my pond.
Describe your dream meal: Atlantic lobster –especially if it’s on risotto and paired with Gewurztraminer. Perfection!
What is your favourite food or wine film, and why? Bottle Shock; I love the idea that a wine could be so close to balance and get chucked out…and then become a winner!