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Kamloops Wine Trail

 

The Kamloops Wine Trail brings together a group of three local wineries pioneering a new wine region in the Kamloops, Thompson Valley area of British Columbia, Canada. Harper's Trail, Monte Creek Ranch Estate Winery and Privato Vineyard and Winery

Kamloops is a place of connection – the city's name comes from the Shuswap word Tk’emlups, referring to the flowing together of the North and South Thompson Rivers

The South Thompson flows westward from Little Shuswap Lake, passing the town of Chase before meeting the North Thompson at Kamloops. Relatively slow-moving and driftable the south fork is host to millions of spawning Sockeye salmon heading for the famous Adams River. Rainbow trout, Dolly Varden and Mountain Whitefish will be found at the headwaters eagerly feeding on dislodged salmon eggs. During this time, fishing can be excellent!

Privato is located on the Northern out skirts of Kamloops, Harpers Trail is North East and Monte Creek is East

Harper's Trail was the first winery to open in Kamloops with wines made from 100% Kamloops grown grapes. The winery is owned by Ed and Vicki Collett .

Monte Creek the Sidhu family has planted British Columbia’s largest acreage of winter-hardy Minnesota hybrids . It is not just a winery. It is a full-blown agricultural business. Monte Creek produces its own honey. It makes jam from a plot of haskap berries and beef jerky from it herd of grass-fed Black Angus. It also sells beef to one Kamloops butcher shop and to Thompson Rivers University. 

Privato located a half-hour drive north of Kamloops, it is one of the more northerly vineyards in British Columbia planted to vinifera (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay). The winery is owned by John and Debbie Woodward.

All three wineries have been successful with their wines. Winning various awards at numerous wine events

Just this year a forth winery opened near Kamloops. Sagewood Winery just east of the city nestled on the slopes of the scenic South Thompson River. Owned by the Wood Family. Doug Wood has been growing award winning grapes since 2005. They are currently not members of the Kamloops wine Trail.

 

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