Located on the outskirts of Keremeos in the beautiful Similkameen Valley. The valley runs from the desert like region of Osoyoos along Highway 3 to the historic town of Princeton, some 100 km (60 mi) away, while the Okanagan Valley stretches some 250 km (155 mi) starting at Osoyoos and making its way north to Enderby. The Similkameen is historically known for its gold mines, western heritage and ranching. The city of Keremos is known as the Fruit Stand Capital of Canada.
After finishing careers as an officer in the Canadian Navy and in business, Spencer Massie returned to his native Okanagan with a passion for wine, food and travel.
In 2006, he and a small group of professional business people (Les Le Quelenec and Sue Lee, Peter and Andria Lee, Bonnie Henry, Gustav Kramer) acquired a four-hectare (10-acre) orchard on the Similkameen Valley's Upper Bench Road. He had also met Lawrence and Sharon Herder who helped find the vineyard and manage early operations, planting it and launching Clos du Soleil. the vineyard with the Bordeaux varietals of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.
The name Clos du Soleil, a French term meaning an enclosed Vineyard of the Sun, refers to the rocks, soil, and sun, which together define this very special piece of land where we grow our grapes. The enclosure is the mountain that forms a tall natural stone wall at the back of our vineyard, almost surrounding the cobbled terroir which lends its unique flavours to our wines. Most importantly, our name highlights the long days of sun which pour in on the Similkameen Bench, one of BC’s most unique and promising microclimates.
The winery is managed by Michael Clark who according to wine author John Schreiner "who has emerged as one of the best winemakers in British Columbia." John list their Clos du Soleil Signature has one of BC Icon Reds.
Clos Du Soleil Signature Red 2014 ($44.90 for 29 barrels). The blend is 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 14% Petit Verdot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 3% Malbec. Winery notes: “The taster is enveloped in the dense aromatic profile of ripe red barriers, forest undergrowth, and hints of both cedar and mint. On the palate the wine is the epitome of elegance with integrated flavours of black currant, blackberry, raspberry and black pepper notes. Displaying a voluminous structure built fine tannins and fresh acidity, it ends with a very long finish.”
Their new tasting room opened in 2017. The winery closes during the winter and will open again in March.
The Vineyard is 100% organic and offers a very unique experience as soon as you enter the property. Not only is it organic, but the vineyard is also managed using biodynamic practices, as the winemakers at Clos du Soleil believe that great wine starts with very healthy soil. Their wines are focused on Bordeaux Style, ranging from traditional Bordeaux Blanc to big Bordeaux style red blends.
The Clos Du Soleil Signature Red 2013 won Gold at the Wine Align Nationals 51% merlot, 34% cab sauvignon grown on the home property.
2568 Upper Bench Road,
Keremeos, BC, V0X 1N4