Kamloops, BC: The Thompson Valley is BC’s newest wine region
British Columbia’s wineries continue to push the boundaries, opening up new areas previously not deemed capable of ripening grapes. A decade ago, if you’d suggested to anyone that Kamloops would be on the verge of becoming B.C.’s newest wine region, chances are you would have elicited a look of disbelief – if not an outright guffaw.
However, a number of factors—from climate change to better viticulture, no shortage of sheer determination and not a little capital—have combined to produce such a scenario. The Kamloops Wine Trail is now a reality, even if the “region” as it stands today comprises only four wineries.
I’m a big fan of emerging regions. I think it’s something we take a little bit for granted. What’s more, there aren’t too many places in the wine world where you can look back over 20 years and say “I was there at the beginning.”
Incidentally, this week saw the release of the BC Wine Task Group Report, which formally proposes the creation of a Thompson Valley region. Good news, and a sure indication of things to come.
Here’s the first thing you need to know about getting to Kamloops, especially if you’re in Vancouver or Whistler: It’s a much easier (and equally scenic) trip via Pemberton, Lillooet and the Duffey Lake Road. Added bonus: you can stop at Fort Berens en route.
Because there are only four wineries (so far) you can easily get to them all in a day—or spread things out over a couple of days if you want. These days there’s a lot more to Kamloops than meets the eye.