One of the newer regions for wine development in British Columbian is the Kamloops Trail. The city of Kamloops is located about 10o km west of Salmon Arms, considered to the far north end oof the Okanagan Valley. Located at the confluence of the two branches of the Thompson River near Kamloops Lake. It is the largest community in the Thompson-Nicola Regional District.
The region is currently is home to four wineries ~ Harper's Trail Estate Winery
~ Monte Creek Ranch Estate Winery
~ Privato Vineyard and Winery and Sagewood Winery .
About thirty minutes north of the city is Privato Vineyards owned by John and Debbie Woodward. Nestled along the scenic slopes of the North Thompson River, Privato offers visitors a unique wine experience. Beautiful grounds a well designed tasting room and good wines After spending time in Italy's vines John and Debbie planted Pinot Noir and Chardoanny to 80 acre family property in 2010.
The inspiration behind the name Privato comes from the Italian word meaning private which aptly describes the wineries idyllic setting
Proprietor John Woodward began his career in the forest industry after graduating from UBC with a degree in science. It was in the late 1980s when John left the forest industry and began farming primarily in the landscape tree industry for more than 25 years. Debbie Woodward, a Certified General Accountant for over 25 years, has redirected her business proficiency toward their winery operations.
From the beginning, the goal for John and Debbie was to produce the finest quality wines in traditional Burgundy style, and to have fun doing it. John, along with highly regarded New Zealand winemaker and consultant Jacqueline Kemp have a passion for Pinot and Chardonnay and know what it takes to get the best in the bottle. A winemaking philosophy that combines the time honoured traditions of the old world with new world technology, and the best of BC terroir helps to ensure that they get the quality, elegance and finesse that they seek from the wines.
2014 Woodward Collection Tesoro Pinot Noir won gold at the Canadian Nationals.