Updated: May 21, 2020
Hugging Tree new properties and Winery!!!
We popped by to visit with winemaker Brad Makepeace to learn more. Hugging Tree now has two properties on Upper Bench road in Keremeos, Similkameen valley. These properties are about 10km west from the original Hugging Tree site in Cawston.
They are continuing to grow their Bordeaux varietals including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Viognier. We may be lucky to see some new varietals in their portfolio including Chardonnay and Zinfandel. Hugging Tree has always been positioned in the hottest grape-growing regions of BC allowing them to produce BIG reds.
The new winery is a big step up from their 1st. The winery is dug into the ground allowing natural geo-thermic cooling. They have also implemented solar technology to further minimize their carbon footprint. The new tasting room is stunning with amazing views of the Similkameen mountains and they are eager to open.