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Thompson Valley: Kamloops
Thanks to its more than 2,000 hours of annual sunshine, the Thompson Valley is an up and coming wine area with 107 acres of grapevines. Its agriculture rich roots also make it ideal for the production of ciders and other assorted fruit wines. The area is anchored by the city of Kamloops, which is the second largest in the British Columbia interior, and is nestled along the scenic banks of the North and South Thompson Rivers. The region is considered one of the province’s most biodiverse, featuring jagged peaks, lakes, rolling golden grasslands, volcanic landmasses and valleys. Number of Wineries: 4 Primary Varieties:Pinot Noir, Marechal Foch, Chardonnay, Riesling First Winery: 2012
Regional Notes: • The name Kamloops is taken from the Shuswap word “Tk’emlups,” meaning “meeting place” • The area is dotted with stunning craggy sandstone columns known as “hoodoos” • The annual Kamloopa Powwow is one of Western Canada’s largest celebration of indigenous culture. The 40th annual event is being held in 2019 • There’s a wildlife park featuring artic wolves, lynx, eagles and a Kermode “spirit” bear • Sun Peaks ski resort hosts an annual Icewine festival • Mount Robson is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies • Wells Gray Provincial Park features Helmcken Falls, which is almost 2.5 times as tall as Niagara Falls • There are about 20 golf course dotted throughout the region
Although there is only one winery in the area at the moment, it has the distinction of being located near one of the oldest towns in British Columbia on the southern side of the Cariboo Chilcotin region. Grapes were first planted in the area in 2004. Number of Wineries: 1 Primary Varieties: Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc First Winery: 2010 Regional Notes: • It is in close proximity to Whistler-Blackcomb Ski Resort, home of the 2010 Winter Olympics • It sits at an elevation of 230 metres, but the summers are known for being hot and dry • It offers excellent back country adventure activities in the mountainous, canyon-filled region • It’s a mecca for wildlife viewing • There are about half a dozen golf courses in the Whistler-Pemberton area Lillooet