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Similkameen Wild was born on a hot summer day when Roger found himself hiking along the remnants of the Old Dewdney Trail which runs just above our property. The smell of sagebrush perfumed the air, Nighthawks circled above. When he looked down from that viewpoint, he saw the perfect hidden oasis a place from days not so long ago: no traffic, no noise, just the Wild Similkameen.
From its humble beginnings as the Historic Allison Homestead, to the sweeping estate it is now, thirteen years later. We still often find ourselves up in those grassland hills, standing among the sagebrush, looking down on our grounds, seeing how far we’ve come, and drawing inspiration for all the years to follow.
Roger Hol planted his first Similkameen vineyard in 1996. Coming from generational farmers, grape growing came naturally and the journey into agri-tourism began. By 2008 Similkameen Wild Vineyard was being planted, the rows of vines precisely laid out so as to create a giant wine glass visible even from outer space!
Similkameen Wild Vineyard grows a variety of grapes: Cab Franc, Merlot, Cab Sauv and Viognier. 2013 marked our first full year of operation, with 800 cases of Similkameen Wine. We believe that nurtured grapes will naturally become great Similkameen Wine. Using the old-world methods of wine making that have been around for thousands of years, our wines are meant to be sipped, savored and, most importantly, shared.
Wine needs a glass. Different shaped glasses unlock different nuances in wines. Our glass is the earth, making the iconic shape an obvious choice. Our giant wine glass is a testament to our commitment of honouring the Similkameen soil and reconnecting people to the land: to taste its rewards, bond with others, and engage their senses to this special place.
We respect the first people of this land. The Smalqmix people are valued friends
to the Similkameen Wild family. Below is the Vision statement from their home page.
We, the Sovereign and respected Smalqmix of the Sukwnaqin-x, are committed to preserve our Land, History, Culture and Traditions. To enhance the quality of life for ourselves and future generations.
Our priority is to empower ourselves to build a holistic community, that is healthy, self sufficient, independent and strong. We will create a safe environment in which we have freedom to worship, work, and play as we choose for our Greatest Resource - Our Children!
Smalqmix People did not live in Tepees. One of their shelters was a Pit House–– click to learn more