Last week my cinematographer Chad Galloway and I took a road trip to Keremeos (about 45 minutes outside of Osoyoos) in the Similkameen Valley. We were going for a shoot, but little did we know it would be such a warm, welcoming experience.

Sharon and Lawrence Herder are proprietors/winemakers/business owners of Herder Winery and Vineyards, and they hired us to spend two days and two nights at their estate documenting everything from crushing, filtering and bottling of their grapes and wine to the incredible lifestyle they have carved out for themselves, and soon, guests as well. We also got to know them and their family, spent the days with them, enjoyed dinner and wine around the table each night, and listened to how they made it to where they are today which was a unique aspect that doesn’t happen on a typical job.

Staying in their guest house you can golf over the four holes they’ve set up around the vineyard, swim in their endless pool, and take winery tour before sitting down to a locally catered dining experience, all set against the backdrop of sweeping vistas that are this Valley. I apologize if this sounds a little poetic, or too good to be true, but I’m not kidding you, there’s something here that instantly made me feel like I was on vacation. Maybe it’s getting out of the city…or maybe it’s waking up to delicate sun beams pouring through your window… definitely has something to do with getting out of the city – note to self: remember to do that more often.

Thank you so much to the Herder’s for their generosity and wine, and to Joy Road Catering for their delicious dishes!

* Chad’s cinematography still to come!