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Fort Berens Estate Winery - Lilooet, British Columbia ~
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Adventurous winemakers are continually expanding the areas
where grapes are grown and wine is produced
True to its name the town is steeped in Caribou History and is located on
the old Caribou Wagon Road. This popular spot was a stopping place for miners
gathering supplies before heading farther north to the gold fields. Just north
of town is the Hat Creek Ranch, open to the public May to October, which housed
weary travelers and their animals
The town's name is accounted for by a variety of legends, the most romantic
version concerning a couple of prospectors who buried a hoard of gold and
never returned to pick it up. Sadly, it's more likely to have derived its
name from early trappers' more prosaic habit of leaving a cache of supplies
at points on a trail to be used later.
Cache Creek can be reached from the south, north and east by car or bus.
It is located at the junction of Highway 97 and the Trans Canada Highway.
The Trans Canada Highway (Highway 1) winds its way north from Vancouver
to Cache Creek where it veers east and heads to Kamloops, while Highway
97 takes travelers on to northern BC and the Yukon. Visitors with private
planes can take advantage the small asphalt airstrip located just
south of town.
Bonaparte Bend Winery
Cache Creek, BC
JoAnn and Gary Armstrong selected the area near Cache Creek for
their ranch. One day
while on holiday in Hawaii JoAnn declared "when I get
home I am going to do a business with fruit wines" and
the adventure began.
were off the beaten path there was was no help from local winemakers.
They had to learn the business themselves from the ground up. The
adventure began in May 1999, today they produce 1,4000 liters of
apricot, apple, blueberry, black current, cranberry, honey, and
other fruit wines.
Columbia River Valley
Rocky Mountain Trench, also known as the Columbia Valley, is surrounded
by the Rocky Mountains on the east and the Bugaboos on the west.
are impressively high, rugged ranges. Equally impressive is the
Columbia River, which rolls through the southern part of the valley.
The broad waterway is an important stopover on the semiannual migration
route for wildlife. Canada geese nesting platforms dot the marshier
sections of the Columbia River on the stretch of Hwy 95 from Parson
to Golden. Highway 93/95 links Cranbrook at the south end of the Columbia
River Valley with Golden, about 230 km north.
1218 - 27th Ave S
Creston, BC V0B 1G1
After 20 years of successfully running a family orchard,
Al and Marleen Hoag took the plunge and opened a winery. The winery
is named after the Skimmerhorn Mountains, part of the Purcell Mountain Range,
which borders the eastern edge of the Creston Valley.*
Their 14 acres
produces a varietal range which includes Pinot Gris, Ortega, Gewürztraminer,
Pinot Noir and Marechal Foch. For a relaxing, intimate lunch or small group
gathering the Bistro at the Vineyards provides an
idyllic setting; it is open from mid May until mid October, reservations are
Since the New Zealand South Island and Creston
have similar climates the Hoags visited in 2006 and while there
found and hired winemaker Mark Rattray to help get them get started in
their new adventure.
Winemaker: Mark Rattray
Philosophy: Our wines reflect our terroir
Heron Ridge Estates Winery
1682 Thrums Road,
Thrums, BC V1N 4N4
A small family owned and operated
winery, located in the beautiful Kootenay
River Valley of south-central British Columbia. Paul Koodrin runs the blueberry
farm and winery.
The rich, unique flavours of Heron Ridge wines are achieved through careful,
measured blending of two varieties of blueberry - the sweet Northland and
the small ultra-sweet Stanley
Winemaker: Paul Koodrin
Lillooet is located on the Fraser River, 325 km north of Vancouver.
The community is one of the oldest in the province, it was a supply
point for miners heading to the Cariboo gold fields when the gold rush
began in 1858.
When the gold rush was at its peak, Lillooet boasted a population of
15,000 and was the second largest settlement north of San Francisco and
west of Chicago. While the town site itself was small, shantytowns and
tent cities such as Parsonsville, Marysville and Cayoose Flats sprawled
across the river benches, filled with men desperate to find their fortune
in the mud, rock and gravel of the Fraser River and its tributaries.
In 1859, the Hudson Bay Company planned to build Fort
Berens on a sage brush-covered river bench across from Lillooet. The
fort was intended to serve as a trading post and supply outlet for the
miners flooding north through the Fraser Canyon but that did not take
Fort Berens Estate Winery Ltd
1881 Highway 99 North
PO Box 758
Lillooet , BC V0K 1V0
One hundred and fifty years ago the Hudson Bay Company began
construction of Fort Berens on the east side of the Fraser River,
at Lillooet, British Columbia . The trading fort was never completed
and the fertile river bench was used instead for the growing
of melons, tomatoes and alfalfa.
Now the historic site is home to Lillooet's first commercial winery and vineyard. Is Fort Berens Estate Winery the harbinger of BC's newest wine region? The winery is managed by Heleen
Pannekoek and Rolf de Bruin
In the Spring of 2009 they put 20 acres of river bench under
vine with 36,000 plants, consisting of six varietals; Riesling,
Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.
Three years from now, the vineyard will hang ripe with grapes,
ready to be turned into carefully crafted wines.
Fort Berens Estate Winery is located at the junction of Highway 99 North and the Gold Nugget Arterial, just east of the Bridge of the 23 Camels, across the Fraser River from downtown Lillooet.
Fort Berens Estate Winery is less than two hours north of Whistler,
three and a half hours from Vancouver and two hours south-west
of Kamloops, on the scenic Highway 99 route from the west coast
to the interior and is included in the the circle tour from Vancouver
Fort Berens Estate Winery is a culmination of the dreams, vision and pioneering spirit of eight entrepreneurs – Heleen Pannekoek, Rolf de Bruin, Hugh Agro, Sean Harvey, Jason Neal, John McConnell, Dan Barnholden and Patrick Downey. The owners of Fort Berens share a common belief in the incredible winemaking potential of the area and a shared vision to make Fort Berens into one of Canada’s leading producers of fine wine
Left Field Cider Company
Mamette Lake , BC V1W 4A5
Established in the heart BC's interior, Left Field Cider Co. is a family owned business, making traditional cider in small batches. Proprietors are Gordon and Debbie Garthwaite, Kate Garthwaite, Theresa Pedersen two sister and their parents. Production 1,500 cases
The idea of producing Cider came to Kate out of no where thus the name Left Field from the expression Out of Left Field. Kate spent a year in Herefordshire, England apprenticing with a well-known cider maker and is the most knowledgeable in apple varieties and blends. All the owners have a role in producing their cider.
The ciderhouse is open from May Long Weekend to Labour Day on Fridays from 3pm-7pm and Saturdays and Sundays from noon-6pm. We are happy to give customers a tour of our facility. All of our products are full juice. They do not use concentrated or artificial flavouring. They blend English and French cider apple varieties with dessert apples that are typical to BC.
Winner of Best Beverage at the 2012 Okanagan Fest of Ale
Signature Ciders: Big Dry and Little Dry
Cidermaker: Kate Garthwaite
Philosophy: Real cider is made from apples. We don't chapitalize and pride ourselves on making a full-juice cider
Is the largest city in Northern BC.
Prince George is located in the Fraser-Fort George Regional District near the transition between the northern and southern portions of the Rocky Mountain Trench. The cutbanks of the Nechako River are one of Prince George's many interesting geological features
Local wild edible fruit include bunchberries, rose hips, blueberries, huckleberries, cranberries, chokecherries, strawberries, raspberries, saskatoons, currants, gooseberries, and soapberries (from which " Indian ice-cream " is made). Morel mushrooms are also native to this area.
Northern Lights Estate Winery
745 Prince George Pulpmill Rd
Prince George, BC V2K 5P4
Northern Lights Estate Winery (NLEW), a division of Family Fast Foods Ltd. started construction in 2013 with the Winery scheduled to open in the summer of 2015. The winery is
named for the impact the Northern lights had on the history of the area it is built, along with the history of the local first nations culture, and the cut banks in which sits
NLEW will produce a variety of fruit wines and blends using fruits primarily produced on site including blueberry, strawberry, haskap, gooseberry, apple, cherry, raspberry, black current, and rhubarb. The orchard will include over 2 acres of land at the bottom of the Nechako cut banks and leading up to the banks of the Nechako River. The production facility and wine tasting room will be built into the cut banks and overlook the orchard, Nechako River, and the downtown of Prince George
The winery is owned by
shareholders, Pat Bell, Brenda Bell, Doug Bell, and other shareholders of Family Fast Foods. Ltd
Northern Lights plans to become a premier tourist destination center expanding the presence. acceptance, and knowledge of quality fruit wines.
Plans will include a tasting room. Native Art displays and a restaurant.
The property will include an outdoor natural amphitheater which will follow the natural contours of the Nechako cut banks and overlook the orchard
Winemaker: Christine Leroux consulting winemaker
5450 Almond Gardens Road
Grand Forks, BC
The first winery to open in the Grand Forks area. Scot Stewart is the owner. He maybe the first producer in British Columbia with a dual
winery and distillery license. He is the first producer to
make cannabis-infused rye whisky.
Scot is a amature winemaker who decide now was the time to follow his passion. The brand is Semper Vinus Vineyards
Marquette Blend (85%) with Frontenac Gris and Marechal Foch
Winemaker: Scot Stewart
Sunshine Coast Winery
5245 Selma Park Road
Sechelt, B.C., V0N 3A2
Winery is the owners life long journey. Specializing in fruit wines. They produce a few grape wines.
Her dream comes true in July, 2014. “TABLEAU” is one of the brands from Sunshine Coast Winery, ready for friends to share and enjoy.
*Creston is about 213 miles east of Osoyoos Creston
does not change its clocks in the spring or fall. In the summer,
Creston has the same time as Vancouver and Nelson; in the winter,
Creston has the same time as Calgary and Cranbrook.
Mamette Lake is south east of Kamloops
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