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Seven Stones Winery

1143 HWY #3
Cawston, BC V0X 1C3

The Caves at Seven Stones Winery tell the story of an everlasting love. Built in the memory of his late wife, Vivianne Hanson, Seven Stones Winery owner and winemaker George Hanson said the building of the caves was a labour of love. Hanson co-designed the caves with his step-son, Colin Wilson, son of Vivianne, who is a Concrete Specialist. The Caves at Seven Stones Winery were built in 2012-2013. The caves are designed as a wine cellar to age wine to their maximum potential. Hanson looks forward to touring guests in the caves, providing wine tastings, and offering winemaker dinners and special events. He also looks forward to carrying on the everlasting love story by offering the venue for wedding services and receptions as well as corporate retreats.

The winery has more than 3000 sq feet of cave area that is simply spectacular! There is one large area for wine barrel storage, a laboratory for wine testing, an elevator and stairwell, a reception area that will have a commercial kitchen, a spiral staircase to enter the cave and washroom facilities. Some of the additional delights are a water feature for sound and humidity purposes Tthe cave has been wired to create a magnificent audio experience with speakers projecting from the ceiling every 8 feet. The cave will also be the home of the Seven Stones Wine Library. To top that off there is a special man cave entrance from the Winemaker's home leading into the cave.

Seven Stones Winery cultivates 20 acres of bench land overlooking British Columbia's spectacular Similkameen River Valley. In 2000 and 2001 the estate vineyard was planted with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and followed up with a new planting in 2005 of Petit Verdot and Malbec.

George Hanson has developed a solid reputation for growing and selling exceptional quality fruit from the site. The wine style George has created captures this amazing terroir and makes wine in a French style


The wines:

Auhor John Schreiner wrote :

The Standing Rock Meritage has established itself as one of the leading wines from Seven Stones. The 2006 vintage was won three gold medals and two silvers in competition. It was one of nine finalists for red wine of the year in last fall's Canadian Wine Awards (the winner was Sandhill's 2007 Phantom Creek Small Lots Syrah).

The 2007 Standing Rock Meritage, recently released by Seven Stones at $32, has already won two silvers. A blend of 60% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, the wine will certainly pick up more medals.

Awarded Best of Class for 2009 Row 128 Merlot at the 2011 Okanagan Spring Wine Festival Awards

George may be largely self-taught as a winemaker but he clearly is a natural talent, both as a grape grower and as a winemaker. This 2,500 case winery is one of the jewels of the Similkameen. - John Schriener


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