Founded by a small group of friends in 2006, Clos du Soleil is an artisan winery with estate vineyards, in the Similkameen Valley in southern British Columbia, Canada, producing wines which are elegant, complex, and age-worthy.
Clos du Soleil's vineyards are primarily located on the upper bench of the southern Similkameen Valley, which has an arid, hot, desert-like climate, with rocky, mineral-rich soils that produce truly distinctive wines of ripe fruit character, fresh acidity, herbal notes and striking minerality.
The team uses traditional winemaking techniques, informed by research, while adhering to the philosophies of minimal-interventionist winemaking, and organic and biodynamic viticulture. The resulting wines borrow an aesthetic derived from the great chateaux of Bordeaux, but are stamped with the flavours and aromas of our unique, rock-laden Similkameen landscape.
Clos du Soleil's wines, praised for both authenticity and elegance, are consistently rated amongst the top in British Columbia, and regularly win awards both nationally and internationally.
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.
Winemaker, General Manager, and co-owner Michael Clark was originally trained in Theoretical Physics, then followed a career in investment management in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Obsessed with understanding wine from a young age, Michael gained training in winemaking in Geneva, Switzerland, and Bordeaux, France, followed by the winemaking program from the University of California, Davis. At Clos du Soleil it is Michael's goal to produce minimal-intervention, terroir-driven, thoughtful wines.