In partnership with Sun Peaks Resort, Tourism Kamloops, and Destination BC, I toured the three wineries that make up the Kamloops Wine Trail: Privato Vineyard & Winery, Harper’s Trail Winery, and Monte Creek Ranch Winery. I have also included a fourth, Sagewood Winery, to cover all wineries in the city.
Privato Vineyard & Winery
In the winter, drop by and chop down your own Christmas tree at John and Debbie’s other business, Woodward Christmas Tree Farm, enjoy a wagon ride and bonfire…and of course do a wine tasting!
Harper’s Trail Winery
Our second stop of the day was at the very first winery to open in Kamloops, Harper’s Trail Winery, owned by Ed and Vicki Collett. Set in a beautiful location, bring a picnic lunch, and enjoy wine with your lunch on their large patio area.
Monte Creek Ranch Winery
Driving through Kamloops, you must stop at Monte Creek Ranch Winery for a tour and lunch. It’s just off the highway heading east, about 10 minutes from the city centre.
Maeghan is a great host and her love for the winery and farm-fresh local foods clearly shows. Marc hosted us for the wine tasting in a private room and shared with us the history of Kamloops, the winery, and why each wine is named as it is. I won’t spoil the fun but be prepared to learn more about Billy Miner the train robber.
Paired with the wine tasting, we enjoyed local artisan meat and cheese platter made from an assorted charcuterie, local cheeses, and preserves made in their kitchen. As we walked into the tasting room, guests were being served fresh-made tomato basil soup from the Terrace Restaurant. We followed our noses and Maeghan was gracious and included soup in our pairing. The restaurant is outdoors on the patio, so weather-depending, make sure you stay for a meal and wine overlooking the river.
Though not part of the official Kamloops Wine Tour, I wanted to include Sagewood Winery in my article and highlight all four of our wineries. Founded in 2005, Sagewood offers many varieties of wines to choose from. You can find them at the Farmer’s Markets on Saturdays as well as visit their tasting room on weekends.
There is much more to each winery than I have described in this brief overview. Each winery is unique, offers something different, and have won many awards for their wines—you’ll need to experience each one yourself. Book a wine tour through one of the various companies in Kamloops, or enjoy a self-guided tour at your own pace.