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Off the Beaten Path
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.
Columbia Gardens Vineyard and Winery
9340 Station Road
Trail, BC V1R 4W6
The first winery located in
Kootenays opened in the fall of 2001. The winery is owned and operated by the
Bryden and Wallace families. Currently there are 7 acres of
vines. The winery selectively produces few wines seeking quality
over quantity. Pinot Noir, Marechal Foch, Gewürztraminer
and unoaked Chardonnay are the wines produced.
The tasting room along with a gift shop are located in a log cabin. Author John
Schreiner writes; the charm of the Columbia wine shop surprises first time visitors
who do not expect a tasting room with sophisticated decor this far off the beaten
path. Signature wine – Garden Gold blended white wine
Philosophy: Produce VQA quality wines and
a family winery producing limited quantities of fine wines
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
Pemberton Valley Vineyards
1427 Collins Road
Pemberton, BC V0N 2L0
Located in the heart of the British Columbia Coastal Mountains (near Whistler)
the geographical location gives the valley a summer climate that is typically
hot and dry during the day, coolerin the evenings, producing grapes with
good varietal character and crisp acidity
The winery is owned by Patrick and
Heather Bradner. Patrick had been making wine as an amature for ten years before
realizing his first commercial vintage in 1999. The seven-acre property has
about 3,500 vines of Chardonnay and Pinot Gris with vines obtained from the
Okanagan and about 500 Maréchal Foch vines.
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 townsite 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 owned by
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
2720 Shuswap Road
Kamloops BC V2H 1S9
Harper's Trail will the first winery to open in the Kamloops Area ( summer 2012). 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 18-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.
Tasting room: no public tasting room.
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 ciderhous 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
*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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