BC Newest Wine Experience! Explore Canada's burgeoning wine region in the Thompson Valley as you travel along the Kamloops Wine Trail to visit 2 popular winery destinations. This three-hour tour is a perfect mini-wine getaway with complimentary: wine tastings, chilled bottled water, a 45 minute vineyard tour and transportation to/from your accommodation ... More info ›
BC Newest Wine Experience! Explore Canada's burgeoning wine region in the Thompson Valley as you travel along the Kamloops Wine Trail to visit 2 popular winery destinations. This three-hour tour is a perfect mini-wine getaway with complimentary: wine tastings, chilled bottled water, a 45 minute vineyard tour and transportation to/from your accommodation. A knowledgeable wine guide/driver will accompany you to each winery and provide you with local area knowledge including the formation of the distinctive ancient Hoodoos and the resident Bighorn sheep that populate the surrounding hills every summer season.
Your wine tour commences at 12:30PM from the lobby of your accommodation. A Fully-appointed 14 passenger touring coach will provide you with the comfort of air-conditioning and tinted windows to see the beauty of the valley's unique landscape that winds along the banks of the majestic South Thompson River, where salmon continue their seasonal journey from the Pacific ocean to their nearby spawning grounds, and Bighorn sheep graze in the hills above.
The glacial formation of this landscape influences the minerality and the acidity of the local wines and the region's western history plays a large part in the two wineries you will be visiting. Harper's Trail Winery is named after Thaddeus Harper, a renowned BC pioneer who used the grounds as a camp and staging area, as cattle were driven from the U.S. to the Chilcotin to Harper's Gang Ranch where the winery sits today. This is where you will find wines with the names of Field Blend, Pioneer Block and Silver Mane representing a selection of Reislings, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Gamay Noir, Cabernet Franc varietals grown on the estate.
Continuing to the expansive Monte Creek Ranch Winery, where legendary "gentleman bandit" Bill Miner robbed a train and made his escape. Hear his fascinating story as you walk the gentle terrain of the adjoining vineyard and learn about this legendary working ranch that shares its' grazing land with Riesling, Cabernet Merlot, Frontenac Gris, and Foch. This western-themed tasting facility provides visitors a myriad of unique gift ideas and popular wines including the Hands Up blends, along with fruit wines (Blueberry and Haskap), offer fresh, lively table wines, with legend-in-the-making Thompson Valley brightness.
With three hours of touring and tastings, you will need to eat your lunch before you depart for this tour, and wear comfortable shoes for the gentle terrain of the 45 minute vineyard tour. Any wine purchases you make will be marked by your guide and placed in the storage coolers secure in the back of the vehicle. This leisurely paced mini-wine getaway is a wonderful experience for the wine curious or the wine connoisseur.