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Thompson River Valley
Adventurous winemakers are continually expanding the areas
where grapes are grown and wine is produced
Bonaparte Bend Winery Ltd.
PO Box 47
2520 Hwy 97 North (Caribou Hwy)
Cache Creek, B.C. V0K 1H0
A hostess gift of a bottle of fruit wine to an Armstrong family Christmas party in 1998 led to the opening of the Winery in British Columbia's interior gold country. Five years earlier, JoAnn Armstrong and husband, Gary, a veterinarian, acquired the Bonaparte Ranch just north of Cache Creek. Entrepreneurial JoAnn was looking for a business to develop on the Ranch and launched the Winery in 1999. The Armstrong's successfully mastered the art of producing fruit wines.
Using fruit grown on the Ranch, they make at least a dozen different wines, available primarily through the wine shop and the busy bistro.
The Winery takes its name from the Bonaparte River, which runs through the property. French fur traders named the river after Napoleon Bonaparte, who died in 1821.
The Winery's logo features the famous Uffington White Horse. The Armstrong family decided, with the logo, to represent JoAnn's ancestors who originated from the English countryside below the prehistoric hill figure.
The Bonaparte Ranch was originally founded in 1862 by a young Irishman, Philip Parke. The Ranch remained in the Parke family for four generations until it was sold by Alan Parke in 1993 to Dr. Gary and JoAnn Armstrong.
signature dark wine is our Blueberry Black Currant and our signature light wine is Rhubarb
Winemakers: JoAnn and Gary Armstrong
Philosophy: We seek to produce wine we enjoy drinking, made from clean fresh local fruit, with as few additives as possible
2761 Shuswap Road
Kamloops BC V2H 1S9
Harper's Trail the first winery to open in Kamloops with wines made from 100% Kamloops grown grapes. The winery is owned by Ed and Vicki Collett . Their Thadd Springs Vineyard is located on Shuswap Road just NE of Kamloops BC
Thousands of years ago, when the South Thompson River ran a different course, the land that now holds the Thadd Springs Vineyard was the nomadic riverside home to 30 bands of Secwepemc (or Shuswap people) whose people camped along the river. Fast forward to what in contrast are more recent times, and the rolling hills that now proudly host vinifera vines were once echoing with the sound of hoofs and braying cattle. Renowned BC pioneer and rancher Thaddeus Harper used the grounds as a camp and staging area, as cattle were driven from the US to the Chilcotin to Harper's Gang Ranch.
Today, the 24-acre vineyard is a presentation for the Thompson Valley, demonstrating what is possible for wine growing in BC. With careful attention to the land, the Colletts are committed to showing the world that Kamloops can become known as a place in BC known for crafting fresh, fruit-driven, quality wines.
signature wines: Pioneer Block Dry Riesling and Silver Mane Block Riesling
Tasting Room Hours change with the season . There is a very nice patio suggestible for picnic lunches
Winemaker: Michael Bartier
Philosophy: Michael Bartier's winemaking style is driven by his belief that wine is meant to be enjoyed with food: a strategy that seems to be working
Monte Creek Ranch Estate Winery
2420 Miner's Bluff Road
Monte Creek, BC V0E 2M0
Located just east of Kamloops, the Sidhu family has planted British Columbia’s largest acreage
of winter-hardy Minnesota hybrids . The Sidhus are immigrants from the Punjab in India who have succeeded
in horticulture in Canada. In 2001, the Sidhus expanded to blueberries, becoming one of the
largest producers in the Fraser Valley. Soaring land prices sent Gurjit,
who has a diploma in horticulture, looking for cheaper farm land in
the interior to plant more blueberries. In 2007 he bought Monte Creek
Ranch, a historic property on the south side of the Thompson River
and at the junction of Highway 97 and the Trans-Canada Highway
The Monte Creek and Lion’s Head
vineyards primarily grow five Minnesota hybrids plus Maréchal Foch, a French
hybrid. If the winery chooses to release the wines under varietal names, look for
reds called Frontenac and Marquette, a rosé variety called Frontenac Gris and
whites called Frontenac Blanc and La
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.
Winemaker: Galan Barnhardt
Philosophy: Galen strives to make balanced and elegant wines that are representative of the unique South Thompson terroir
Privato Vineyard and Winery
5505 Westsyde Road
Kamloops, BC V2B 8N5
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
In 2010, they planted 1.2 hectares
(three acres) of vines—Pinot Noir,
Chardonnay and one row of Maréchal
Foch. They will test other varieties as they challenge the condition of the north
Proprietor John Woodward began his career in the forest industry after graduating from UBC with a degree in science. Now a Registered Professional Forester, it wasn't until the late 1980's when John left the forest industry and began farming primarily in the landscape and Christmas tree industry for more than 25 years. John's seasoned attention to detail naturally progressed to viticulture practices and wine making.
Their first release was 2011 Chardonnay – October 2012 followed by 2010 Pinot Noir – August 2013. Production 800 cases
Old world Burgundy Style of traditional winemaking techniques; All our wine is aged in 100% French Oak barriques for up to 18 months; Only 2% of the world's wine production is aged in this traditional method; Further aging in the bottle for up to one year
Winemaker: John Woodward
Consultant: Jacqueline Kemp
Philosophy: "Farming requires a lot of patience. Our trees needed 10-12 years to bring them to maturity. Accordingly, the transition to crafting a fine wine over a multi-year period has not been a hardship. I realize now that having cultivated this patience over several years has been instrumental in preparing me to employ the necessary ingredients to artfully create premium burgundy wines.”
589 Meadow Lark Rd
Family owned and operated boutique winery, the vineyards of Sagewood are nestled on the slopes of the scenic South Thompson River. Home to the regions oldest commercial vineyard, winemaker Doug Wood has been growing award winning grapes since 2005
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