We are pleased to introduce you to Harper's Trail Estate Winery, 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
They produce a Late Harvest Riesling
Tasting Room Hours change with the season . There is a very nice patio suggestible for picnic lunches. They are pet friendly.
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